August 24, 2015
Not too much happened this week… Just the usual, nothing major to report. I’m still with elder Sedgwick in the same place and everything, but we got a new elder here in the area though like I said last week. He’s elder Cifuentes and he is companions with elder Jones. Elder Cifuentes is from Argentina but he has been living in Madrid because he plays for Atlético Madrid. He’s ridiculous … He’s a super good missionary too, I hear one of the best in the mish. We only speak Spanish in the piso so my Spanish will get better obviously. Our piso is nice – we have a study room for each companionship and a bedroom where we all four sleep – there is only room for our four mattresses on the floor. We have two bathrooms, a living room with a couch and set up for a huge tv but we just put Books of Mormon and pamphlets there, and a small kitchen.
We eat like meat rice or pasta for every lunch and sometimes add fries and veggies of course. I like onions, who knew!? We don’t do dinner here which is pretty lame of Spain to do – we are the only mission that doesn’t get an hour at night for dinner, so sometimes I have some cereal at night.
Hmmmm not much more I can think of …. yesterday we drove out with the bishop to visit some recent converts at their house about 30 minutes away in a pueblo, and the sunset was ridiculous. Oh, there was a gnarly storm one day this week. Out of nowhere, a 35 C degree day turned to a lightning storm with gnarly winds. We were with a member, so I felt bad. It got so gnarly that I went to buy an umbrella, which the member ended up making me let him buy it (6€), and it broke like 10 minutes later…oh well.
I really started stepping up my prayers this week, so that’s one thing I have been focusing on. Reading the Book of Mormon like a fiend too. I also read a great talk, well a few, but the one I like was “Let Him Do it With Simplicity” by Elder L. Tom Perry. I really like the beginning part about him and his wife. One thing that has seemed to be in my studies a lot this week was families and building a happy home type things.
Apart from that it was normal week here. We have a lot of investigators and stuff, but nothing super cool yet. A huge problem here is the jobs. People have to get jobs and they work on Sunday so a lot of our investigators and members can’t come to church… Which brings up a topic that elder Sedgewick and I were talking about which is faith/God’s will. Is it possible to be over confident in your faith? God’s will is for us to baptize and he has the power to help our investigators (who are doing all they can) to come to church, but he doesn’t seem to be helping us right now – so what is he trying to teach us?
So, I’ve been doing a lot of pondering, but basically when it comes down to it I know whatever needs to happen will happen if I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing, this applies to later life as well. Basically I’m just learning things every day and growing so much. Missionary work is so good and I love it so much. Every day is honestly a good day, one thing I learned this week along these lines was that the storms of life are inevitable. Everybody is going to go through hard times and have bad things happen to them, there is no getting around that. What we need to do is endure those trials, but we cannot simply “endure” them and think that it’s ok, we need to endure them with happiness. This is why I say it is possible to only have good days. Yeah there will be hard days and there will be days you can classify as bad, but you can choose to look at the positives of that day and ask yourself what God is trying to teach you through the trials and challenges of that day.
On the contrary we can also have amazing things happen and have a lot of success, but something that we cannot do is neglect that it comes from God, we cannot think that we are the amazing one. He is. We cannot get prideful. We see the “pride cycle” many times in the Book of Mormon, and every time the people get prideful, they lose their peace, they go against themselves, then their enemies overcome them, and soon everything they “had” is gone. Don’t let it take horrible things to humble you, stay humble through trials and triumphs. I hope those thoughts weren’t too jumbled.
This church is the true church of God on the earth today. There’s not much more that needs to be said after that, it means everything the church stands for is of God. I know the Book of Mormon has the power to change lives, it has changed mine, and I see it changing others all the time. I know that it can changes yours, wherever you’re at in life, the hardest times or the best times, not a member of the church or member of the church, reading the Book of Mormon will help you and change your life for the better.
Have a great week. Get some buckets!