June 10, 2016
I don't have much time, but I do want to say that I love you all and I love my mission.
It was 14 months ago that I entered the MTC, unsure of if I'd last even 3 months. I expected to merely endure my mission, but have instead found joy in every second. There is nothing quite like putting all your time, love, and efforts into other people.
As I mentioned last week, the youth groups have been taking over. Yesterday, one of the leaders gave my companion and I an opportunity to talk with them. And as they sat in front of us, we were able to pour our souls out to them.
Also, a few days ago a man named Kevin called Mormon.org. I answered, and was able to have a very meaningful conversation with him and Grace. I love the opportunity I have to teach God's children all over the world. Also, I think I forgot to mention a conversation I had with a man named Jerome a few weeks ago. He called in with a logistical question and we ended up talking for a few hours. He mentioned to me what my spiritual gifts were, and promised we would stay in touch.
These are the conversations I love. Miracles come from humble people with questions. I find myself wishing all my conversations could be spirit to spirit, rather than face to face...(but also realize that part of that is my fault. We all, in today's world, tend to be closed off.)
I have recently been studying the New Testament, and love the parables spoken by Jesus Christ.
From Matthew 18:
23 ¶Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
The BYU international folk dancers came this week! :-)
I hope you all have a fantastic week!