Hi family and friends,
Hi family and friends,
I think I’m going to stop labeling my emails with what week I’m on because it’s legitimately starting to stress me out now that I’m counting down.
Helloooooooo everyone! How is everybody’s week this week?
So this week has been quite a rewarding week, but definitely not in the ways that we were expecting. Remember all those potential investigators that we planned on inviting and having them become investigators this week? Yeah that didn’t happen. One who we invested a lot of time in nurturing spiritually and getting to know threw a curveball at us during our lesson with her. When just talking to her, she very friendly and chatty and open. As soon as we entered into the lesson setting though, she completely shut down on us. Poker face the whole time, like she was determined to not give us any sort of foothold in teaching her. That was really unexpected for us and it became one of the most awkward lessons I’ve had in a long time.
We talked a long time to one of the senior couple missionaries about how the lesson went to see if there was anything else that we could have done to make it a better situation where maybe she would have accepted the message, but he assured us that we’re not here to convince people of the truth. Our job is to share the message that we have been called to share and provide an environment where we can invite the Spirit. One of the promises that comes to my mind is quoted in a scripture: And now I, Nephi, cannot write all the things which were taught among my people; neither am I mighty in writing, like unto speaking; for when a man speaketh by the power of the Holy Ghost the power of the Holy Ghost carrieth it unto the hearts of the children of men.
Pictures: Us with the Area medical authority adviser, pictures of a baptism at the church, and picture with various members of the branch (one of them goes on a mission to Melbourne Australia this Thursday).
I’m not sure where to start exactly. This past year has been…I don’t know. There’s no words to describe it. This past week, I largely kept myself from thinking that it’s been a year and I only have 1 left because we’ve been so busy. Honestly, sitting at the computer and writing this, this is the first time I’ve had to actually think about this in any sort of depth. I apologize in advance cause a lot of this is going to be on the fly.
Dear family and friends
Oh man where do I even start with this. I guess to summarize, this week has been nothing short a spiritual freight train. I think to break from the usual pattern, I’ll share first what I’ve learned and then talk about what we did this week, because it’s pretty interrelated this time around. I’ve seen so many miracles in the past 7 days that continue to convince me that God is there guiding this work.
Hello family and friends
According to my past emails, I should be on week 50, buuuuut, the year mark is coming up this next Thursday, and since there’s 52 weeks in a year, technically that means I should be on 51 right? Whatever, I was terrible enough at math before my mission, but now? Forget it haha!
y experiences, especially when before, the two are seemingly unrelated. The concept applies to teaching people. We can tell them this is what they need to do in to receive salvation, but honestly, you feel something more and they feel something more when you don’t just tell them, but show them how this can help them in their life and testifying how it has helped you. I can definitely testify of this experience.
Hey look at all those 7s! Nifty, that must mean it’s gonna be a lucky week this next week. As for this last week, it actually turned out to be one of those weeks where not too much happened. We have the Hanoi Zone Conference happening this Tuesday, so a lot of our time has been spent indoors preparing and planning (remember a couple weeks back when I said that missionary is a lot more indoor work than people expect? There you go).
I’ve felt pretty restless and itching to get out there and do normal missionary work, but sometimes you just gotta bite the bullet and do what you gotta do. One thing I’m definitely learning is that as a leader (or whatever excuse of a leader I may be😊) in the mission, your priority is not necessarily the investigators you teach as a companionship, but the missionaries that the Lord has charged you to take care of. It kinda follows along the same principles of being a trainer. Your trainee is your priority, not necessarily your investigators. It’s still something that I’m trying to figure. I wish by some magical way there was a means by which we could focus our attention on everything that we need to without compromising on the other things. Oh well, that how it is as humans😁
This week was a very interesting week, and I learned a lot. I’ll talk a little about that after talking about how our week went.