August 10, 2015
Well this week was slow due to a massive festival that they had here. It lasted all week, and everyone just drank SOOO much beer, dressed up in traditional Basque wear, had parades, drank, threw wine on each other, danced, drank, and then there were fireworks. The only upside to it all was we could watch the fireworks from our balcony every night. Otherwise our missionary work was slow. Nevertheless, it was a good week and I grew a lot.
One of my favorite scriptures of this week would be 1 Corinthians 13:11 “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” Over these past weeks I have definitely grown a lot and I have really seen the child I was, the man I have already become, and the man I will be. I can already tell these two years will shape the rest of my life and I know without a doubt it is the best thing that I could be doing right now. I have always been a member of The a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and I have always believed that it was the true Church of God. I never had a doubt, but I wasn’t converted to this gospel. I’m still not fully converted, but I definitely have started and have made progress in this endeavor. Conversion is a lifelong process and it is something that I know we all need to work on, and something I have been working on A LOT this last week.
My mom, Big Nance, is kind enough to send me an email every day with a thought of the day and I’m loving it. She said she won’t miss a day, but we will see ;). Anyway, she sent me a quote that I really liked a lot. It was:
“We are bombarded on all sides by a vast number of messages we don’t want or need. More information is generated in a single day than we can absorb in a lifetime. To fully enjoy life, all of us must find our own breathing space and peace of mind. How can we do this? There is only one answer. We must rise above the evil that encroaches upon us. We must follow the counsel of the Lord, who said, ‘It is my will, that all they who call on my name, and worship me according to mine everlasting gospel, should gather together, and stand in holy places.'”
It is so very true that we are all going through both the same and sometimes different hardships in our lives, but there is one solution for all of us and that is to look to our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. He is the best example for us. He loves, cares, and knows each and every one of us by name. Even when we feel like we can be alone, we are not alone because he endured it all, and overcame the world, so that he could succor us and comfort us. He didn’t just suffer our sins but he also suffered for our afflictions and pains both physical and mental. It brings me great comfort to know this and know that it is through Him I can be cleansed from my sins and have all guilt and sorrow lifted from me. To be able to return to live with my family, Him, our Heavenly Father for time and all eternity. This gospel and church bring calm to my soul and can to all of us.
Well I’m out of time so I will talk to you next week. Love you all.
Elder Turner often refers to the Hale Six Boys, his friends from BYU-Hawaii. He forwarded this picture to me that has most, if not all, of them in it. All are currently serving missions, and I’m pretty sure they are all serving Spanish speaking missions: Elder Will “Texas” Callens, Elder Carson “LarLarLar” Simon, Elder Guy “Nug” Baxter, Elder Kyle “Anklet” Kinnear, Elder Sam “Simple” Turner, Elder Chandler “Chindl3r” Brown, and Elder Shane “Gains” Massey