This week has been fun, and we’ve been working hard! We spent a lot of time in some of our wards trying to get to know the leadership and find more people to teach. We haven’t had a whole lot of success, but we’ll keep trying! We did have interviews with our mission president, that was a nice experience as always! We have a lot of things planned for this coming week, hopefully they don’t fall through. This morning we played basketball with the group that we usually do for almost 3 hours since it was MLK day and a lot of them had the day off work. Right after that we had our zone activity for the transfer. We ended up playing volleyball as the main activity, and then had people splitting off in smaller groups to play basketball and other games. It was pretty fun overall!
This week I’ve been making a more meaningful personal Study. As part of that, I’ve made it a goal to finish all of the standard Works from where I am now by the time I finish my mission. Currently that has me reading in the Bible, in the oh-so-exciting book of Deuteronomy. While I haven’t retained a whole lot of what has been said, I do have an idea of the general theme and have actually learned a lot. In Deuteronomy, Moses takes a lot of time to pretty much recap a lot of what was written in later Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers. Two things I’ve noticed are 1) The commandments and processes the Lord gives to the Israelites to get clean (mostly through sacrifice) and stay clean, and 2) the requirement for the Israelites to trust wholly in the Lord. Although those aren’t expressed in the same way today, I think the principles are just as important now as they were 3500-odd years ago. We don’t get clean through animal sacrifice, we repent and are clean through the ultimate sacrifice, Jesus Christ, and it’s important to try to stay clean. Being clean is so crucial because we “can inherit the kingdom of heaven” (Alma). And I cannot stress how important it is to trust the Lord. Paul taught us that we “see through a glass, darkly” (1 Corinthians ), which means that we have a really limited perspective. It’s easy to see trials, questions, and other misconceptions and wonder why they happen or what they mean, but our limited perspective keeps us from having a full understanding. We need to, absolutely need to, trust in the Lord and turn our will over to Him. There is no other way to have true and full happiness.
I hope everyone has a great week! Keep being amazing!
Having a little fun at dinner
Signs it’s a mild winter: our neighbor was watering his lawn