I did it man! It was hard, but I did it!
Friday in my exit interview President said, on behalf of the Lord and the First Presidency of the Church who called you to this assignment we thank you for your dedicated service and want you to know you will be returning home with honor. Awesome man. So pumped.
Well, can’t believe it, but this is the end of the dynasty. It’s been a great run and I’m really glad i made the decision when i was young to come out here on a mission. I can honestly say I did all i could these past couple years and have no regrets of things I did or didn’t do. I’m returning home happy with the work I did here, and sad for having to leave the people and country. I’ve really grown to love both.
On Saturday we were able to baptize Kevin Ríos, a 16 year old kid that had a baptismal date last year. It was a good baptismal service and I was really excited when he asked me to perform the ordinance. The 2-year sacrifice is worth it when you can see the people you visit change. More than anything, that’s what I am going to miss. Watching people change.
As we share the gospel with others and see them make changes in their life to be able to feel the spirit constantly and also receive forgiveness for their sins by being baptized is crazy. This brings us one of the greatest joys we can feel, just by knowing that we are an instrument in the hands of the Lord.
I’ve been able to feel that same joy and energy for the past 2 years. There are always ups and downs, but seeing people change and come unto Christ as a result of my service is what it’s all about.
I’m grateful for the atonement of Christ and know that through that, we can receive complete forgiveness of our sins. It can carry us through any challenge or obstacle we face. It gives us hope when everything seems to be going against us. It can make us feel loved when we feel alone. It’s also the best motivator we have.
Thanks for all the support you all gave me these past couple years, I’ll see you all this week!
First off, thanks for all the birthday wishes! It was awesome this year, a lot better than last year! I had cake on like 3 or 4 occasions and some members grilled some steak and chicken for me as well. Never been a huge fan of cake, but… it was good! haha. The members here are great!
So this past week we had a couple of crazy things happen.
We met this little family and found out the 13 year old daughter lives with her boyfriend and 6 month old kid in her house with her mom. Even though they don’t pray, read scriptures, go to church, etc. they say they are good right now and don’t need the help of God to have a happy life. Sad, but i guess we can choose how we want to live.
We went to the house of someone we are trying to reactivate Saturday morning and ran into a couple evangelical missionaries. We asked if we could go in and participate and they said sure. They began asking why we were there and we explained our mission objective, and then they began attacking our beliefs on the great apostasy, saying the church of God was never lost. They began using a ton of boring scriptures and when we asked them to look up Amos 8:11-12, they freaked and started attacking Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. We bore testimony of both and they asked what time it was. We told them it was 1130 and they said they had to leave and without skipping a beat, they got up and left. Haha, we began going over the little visit they had had with the less active, asking if they had prayed, invited the spirit, invited her to participate in the lesson, etc. We asked her what differences she feels when we are there compared to when they are there, and we shared scriptures about how contention doesn’t come from God. It ended up going well, just those evangelicals that were there for like 5 minutes were annoying.
We have a few positive people we are teaching right now, 6 of which have told us they will be baptized on specific dates. So we have 6 baptism goals but aren’t counting any sure dates right now. We could easily baptism 2 people, DIna and her son Jefferson, but they live really far from the chapel and we can only talk to them in person on Sundays. I imagine they get baptized on August 2nd or August 9th, but again, we don’t have any set dates for right now.
Sacrament meeting yesterday was rough, you know it is going to start bad when someone who can barely read begins reading a manual for his talk. He reads 2 pages and then said, well, that was my talk, now I am going to bear my testimony. haha. He gave a powerful testimony, but it was kind of a rough meeting. Next up was a long time member, and wife of an ex-stake president. No worries there, right? Nope. She began my singing a hymn from another church and then talked for 25 minutes before inviting the congregation to sing How Firm a Foundation to finish her talk, right before singing the rest him. haha oh man. It’s not that they were bad, but really different from the good ol 4th ward.
The rain this week hit hard as well and we walked through one street where the water was up to the middle of my shins! It was crazy and i felt bad i didn’t have my camera. But i’ll get a picture the next storm.
Everything is going good here and i’m still learning a lot. Sometimes people make the mission harder than it should be, but it all helps me learn more. Excited for another week! Thanks again for all the happy birthdays.