It’s been awhile. Actually, not really, but it’s felt like forever to me! I hope everyone is doing well at home!
This week has been a turn-around. Here in Vietnam, we have entered what the missionaries here call the “Season of Miracles”. Apparently, the Season of Miracles is a period during the year when the investigator and baptismal numbers really go up. I was a little skeptical about the whole thing in the beginning, but I now I’m convinced that this is a thing. Just in this past week and a half, we went from 2 investigators to 9, some from referrals, some from some inspired contacting, and some just by miraculous circumstance. It’s been crazy! There’s no way to know how many of our investigators will progress and eventually make the covenant of baptism, but where there’s hope there’s a way.
Other than that…not a lot has happened. It’s been a pretty normal week as far as the work goes. I guess another significant thing that happened is that I finally got to try ostrich. They put it in a burger for us and it was pretty good for a burger, at least by Vietnamese standards. It’s no In n’ Out, but at least I can say now that I’ve had ostrich.
It’s hard to believe that I’m about 10% of the way through already. I shouldn’t be counting the days, but…I did. I’ll try and be better about that as the weeks go on. It doesn’t sound like much, but like I think I said last week, the time really flies. It seems like only yesterday that I left Arizona. Since then, there’s been a lot of growth and development, at least I feel like on my part. A lot of it is little changes that I don’t notice until I actually take time to look back over the full time period. It’s actually a perfect example of our senior class quote. I forgot the exact words to it, but it’s the same basic idea that I just described above.
I suppose since I don’t have a lot to share in terms of what has happened this week, I’ll just share another quote that my mom shared with me in a letter.”There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.” Let me tell you, that little piece of inspiration is absolutely 100% true. The attitude one presents in whatever situation they are placed in really does make a huge difference in their outlook, and that’s something that I’ve really tried to take to heart ever since I came out here. To be honest, I was scared to come out on my mission, for a few personal reasons. But going on a mission was something that I had commited myself to do ever since I was little. Kinda like going to high school or college. It’s a little weird when you hear someone say they won’t do high school or college, so its the same basic principle for me here. Going on my mission was just something that I always knew I would do, a lot like any other milestone in life. But I was nervous about it. The hardest part was definitely leaving. But once I got over that hump and realized that this was going to be my life for the next 2 years and it was going to be what I made of it, that’s when I started to really apply the positive outlook. After all, you can only worry about the things that you can control. I can’t change the fact that I’m out here, but I can control my attitude to that. And doing that has made me come to love the work that we’re doing here. There’s no place I’d rather be, because of my love for the work, and the fact that I would feel downright awful if I for whatever reason decided to stay home. But yeah, positivity is key everybody! A positive attitude not only works miracles for you, but for the people around you! That’s a general lesson that I’ve learned throughout my time out here and as a principle, it hasn’t failed me yet. It really does brighten your outlook and lighten your burdens.
I love you all, and once again, thank you for all the emails from home. Hopefully next week, I’ll have more to talk about.