12 October 2015
Super basic week honestly … Sorry to be boring again. The most exciting that happened this week was that we got a mini basketball hoop in the piso and we’ve been having pig tournaments at night. Needless to say I am the champion.
I had to eat some crazy mussels at a member’s house this week, so that was super fun. He brought a plate of them out and my companion and I gave each other that look. Elder Oliver couldn’t even eat one but I picked around one and got the meat and found some nasty hair/poop looking thing inside. I felt bad so I told him I would eat one at the end of the meal. He also brought out some cuddle fish smothered in olive oil and after eating that he asked if we wanted peaches. We got super stoked … but it turned out to be canned peaches. I could have sworn everyone told me Spain was luxury when it came to the food … At the end of the meal, I ate that oyster and muscled it down. ;). (Get it cuz it’s a mussel). Ha, sorry missionary jokes aren’t that funny. After that we had to go home and brush our teeth.
Other than that nothing out of the ordinary happened. We’ve been working and learning, and we are about to get rained on for a week straight. I’m still getting barreled out here I guess?
Search for the wanderers. “Why is my boy wandering tonight?” There are people around us of all ages who, though they deny it, are hungry for attention, for brotherhood, and for an active life in the Church. We as members of the Church are leaders. We need to let them know that we love them and the Lord loves them.
1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.
2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
3 ¶And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
There is a lost sheep in all of our lives. That sheep needs our prayers and our consecration, and nothing will bring us greater joy and happiness than to see them come back. I’ve heard it said that “not all who wander are lost” and I used to think I was super indie and whatever saying this back in high school. Don’t get me wrong I’m still indie, I’ve just now come to realize that maybe all who wander aren’t lost, but all who are lost got there by wandering. It is time for them to come home. And we need to go to them and bring them there. It isn’t easy, but it can be done.
In my opinion the best way to do it is through sincere love. We are all doors to God’s love and we don’t know who’s door we will end up being. I love the story President Eyring shared this last General Conference. He talked about an Elders Quorum president that he met that had helped bring many men back into activity. He said “When we met, I told the young man I was surprised by what he had done and asked him how he did it. He shrugged his shoulders. He obviously didn’t think he deserved any credit. Then he said softly, ‘I know every inactive guy in this town. Most of them have pickup trucks. I have a truck too. I wash my pickup where they wash theirs. In time, they become my friends. Then I wait until something goes wrong in their lives. It always does. They tell me about it. I listen and I don’t find fault. Then, when they say, ‘There is something wrong in my life. There just has to be something better than this,’ I tell them what is missing and where they can find it. Sometimes they believe me, and when they do, I take them with me.’ You can see why he was modest. It was because he knew he had done his small part and the Lord was doing the rest.”
We must not give up. We are not failures if we have friends, children, or family that have strayed — unless we give up on them.