Letter from January 30, 2017
I just want you all to know that this week we were informed by Bobby, the veteran, the self proclaimed rapper, that Moses had a longer cranium than we all do and that’s what made him a prophet, but no worries, we all have a third eye in the middle of our forehead and that’s what really matters. Also, I feel like we’ve come home smelling like weed most nights this week! The smell just seems to be everywhere. Thank goodness for washing machines, imma right?
On an exciting note, we had a worldwide missionary broadcast on Wednesday and it was AWESOME. From goal setting to the daily schedule, each mission has the flexibility to change things to work best. Here is what’s changing in our mission. Yes we still get up at early and go to bed at the same time (ish) but we have more flexibility with our morning schedule. We plan in the morning and our studies have changed slightly. We get an additional 30 minutes in the morning to use for exercise, getting ready or for planning. Normally, we have our personal study at 8am and comp study at 9am. But now personal is more at 9 and comp is at whatever time of the day we want it to be and we dont have comp study on pdays anymore! I like that! Today we have already done our laundry, studied and cleaned. So we will go over to the church and play basketball and stuff with other missionaries in a bit! Also, things we set goals for, paperwork, etc. which was also slightly crazy has been changed. We are still adjusting.
I want to tell you all about the power in the word! The Book of Mormon changes hearts! Pure doctrine (the Book of Mormon) changes lives! Steven is a less-active that we have been working with and he finally decided to start reading his scriptures everyday. When we went to our appointment he seemed lighter and happier! It was crazy to see such a big change so fast. And he said ever since he started reading he was getting a prompting that he needed to come to church. So let that be a lesson, we receive guidance from the spirit when we choose to read the Work – crazy how that works. It was just more proof to me about how powerful the Book of Mormon is and how true it is!
The Gardner’s are doing amazing of course. We did go over to their house late Friday night to check up with Jimmy, who has been trying to quit smoking. He has been free since then but keep praying for him. On Sunday, Nicolette came to church with Liam and there was no Demitri or Jimmy (start the panic). Ha ha, we left to go rescue Jimmy, praying he hadn’t given up or wasn’t home smoking. He opened the door half dressed for church saying he would be there in 20 minutes and not just that but he had also been attempting to fast, but had already forgotten once, accidentally eating a banana. We couldn’t help but smile! The effort was pretty adorable! We was making a good effort, the best effort!
This week has been long and busy. But I found a cool poem that I read from Elder Nelson’s talk “Endure and Be Lifted Up”-
Stick to your task till it sticks to you; Beginners are many, but enders are few.
Honor, power, place, and praise; Will always come to the one who stays.
Stick to your task till it sticks to you; Bend at it, sweat at it, smile at it too;
For out of the bend and the sweat and the smile; Will come life’s victories, after awhile.
Agency is one of our greatest gifts from our Heavenly Father but it is difficult to control. Sometimes it is a challenge to choose the right. Jimmy has definitely experienced that this week as he strives to overcome his addiction. It’s a struggle to stick to right choices or positive goals. This week we were told by a complete stranger that we were too young and inexperienced to understand the world. We were mocked and literally spit at. Yet it was in those moments that I knew I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world. It was in those moments that I truly felt joy because I was SO happy I had the truth in my life, and a more loving perspective on who all these people are who surround me; God’s children.
Aight fam, what can you learn from me this week? – Whatever you do, DON’T DO WEED or drugs in general I guess. Keep your God given right to control your AGENCY. Love you all!
Pday nap in front of Sister Blackwell’s fire.