hello hello! another week comes to an end and I have some repetitive
news: I love being a missionary.
Life is great out here in Illinois and the weather is actually warming
up a lot. As soon as the temperature gets to about 45 degrees we pull
out the short sleeve shirts, it feels great.
This week was a pretty normal week, we had a nice schedule, and we
were busy everyday. The only slight disadvantage that we had was no
car! The other Elders that we share a car with got hit when they were
parked, so our car is currently in the shop. The bummer is that our
area is pretty darn huge, and walking is not the most effective thing
to do. Needless to say, we hit the pavement hard and contacted a lot
of people! Me and Elder Hughes are working hard to strive to become
better teachers and contactors. I absolutely love contacting people.
Some of the people we meet...hahah lets just say that they are one of
a kind! I have been working on memorizing all of the Book of Mormon
scripture masteries...I'm not there yet, but it is so much fun to be
able to share scriptures with people from memory.
Our investigator pool is an interesting one. Alfredo is not
comfortable with baptism at all, so we are praying for a miracle to
change his mind. We would love your help and support through prayer!
It would be frustrating to have to stop teaching a man who has a
testimony of the Book of Mormon and comes to church, but just doesn't
progress to baptism. Strange right? But if there is one thing I have
come to learn and respect on my mission, it is the free agency of
others. God trusts us enough to give us the freedom to choose, now we
are to respect others enough to let them choose and decide for
themselves. As missionaries we present the doctrine of the Gospel of
Jesus Christ, and we bear testimony of the validity and divinity of
the message. Then it is up to them!
Our ward is fantastic, I am growing to love them more and more each
day. It is definitely a different atmosphere than being in my last
area with just our tiny little branch. More drama that's for sure
This week I have definitely noticed the occasional complications that
we as members add to the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ. After
all, that is what we as members declare ourselves to be, right?
Followers of Jesus Christ. I feel like occasionally we forget the
simplicity of our membership and overcomplicate who we are and what we
are. Whatever situation, background, family life, religious ideology,
intelligence, or biases you may come from I encourage you to rethink
and refocus on why you do what you do.
My invitation is to study and focus on the principles and doctrine
that the Savior of the world taught when He was on the earth.
recognize the simplicity. Live a life in concordance with His
teachings, and I will personally promise you a day/week/life filled
with more happiness and peace than you can imagine.
I love you all, please have the best week! I wish you all the best,
Con Mucho Amor,
1319 Butterfield Rd Suite 522
Downers Grove, IL 60515