Tuesday, March 17, 2015
SET YOUR ANCHOR
We had a busy week.
It is kinda an interesting situation we got here. We have some people we meet with, but we dont do the typical lessons with them. Some are more serious than others. We are working though and helping some battle smoking and drinking. That's a long fight, so we are just trying to be a consistent source of support. We have someone else that is actually progressing a lot I think. She actually came to church! She lives really far away and we havent been able to go out and visit her yet. We are planning on doing that this week hopefully. We usually will call and kinda do a lesson or a check on the phone with her.
The next morning we had made plans to go work in our Branch president’s garden (that's also why we didnt just spend the night in Buc cuase we needed to get back) So we woke up kinda early and went over to our Branch president’s house and helped him out. We got a solid 2 or 2 and a half hours in. They then fed us an amazing meal. After we finished eating we went into the living room. We all then just passed out for like 10 or 15 minutes. We literally took a nap with our branch president! haha he is super chill! It was also really needed. All this farming and gardening experience I am getting on my mission really makes me want to have a garden some day. Not like a little dainty one, but one that I need to actually put some effort into. That would be kinda dope.
Anyways I dont know if i have mentioned this yet, but in the mission we are doing this thing called POP. It is basically just a short 2 minute role play about a certain topic in the lessons. With every POP you are supposed to have a scripture. There is certain POP that I really like. One cause it is simple. Two because it is easy. Three cause it can actually be pretty deep. It is the one I have up my sleeve. I want to share the scripture with you cause it is one of my favorites.. actually like in my top 5. :) It's Ether 12:4
Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.
So this scripture is awesome for a couple of reasons. I really like how it says so clearly that faith is the anchor. It keeps us abounding in the good works. Faith is what makes a steady and ready when the storms of life come. That is obvious conclusion right. But going a little deeper. What happens to a boat not during a storm?Just out on the water? It still drifts right? The water will typically always keep you moving just a little bit. So it's that anchor of faith that we need constantly. Especially during the "calm" times when there is no storm. Sometimes we even lift the anchor just a bit to "go out exploring" a bit. But when you find that good place where you are supposed to be drop that anchor and dont let the water make you drift. Ether 12 is a great chapter. I recommend it :)
That's about it for this week. Things are good, and my companion is good. I'm lucky to have him right now. I love you all so much! Talk to ya soon!
PS. I actually forgot this. This week we only had one hour of church!.... it was so nice! haha I loved it a little to much I think :). But no I didnt get to just relax. It was Elder C's turn but we have that American guy who comes sometimes and he gave a talk. Usually we have a member who is a good translator do the translating, but he wasnt at church. So I had to do it. It's really the first time where I have just flat out been put on the spot to on the go translate for someone for like 30 minutes. It was kinda rough, but overall it was fine haha :) I would've also had to teach Sunday school, but everyone had to catch train or go back to work so literally everybody left after the first hour.