Things are going well here. This past week my companion and I were really able to work hard and it felt great, "work, work, work- there is not satisfactory substitute, especially in missionary work." - Pres. Ezra Taft Benson. That's something that I've really come to see the truth of. There is no time that you feel better than when you know that you've worked your hardest, that you've done your best, and that you're doing what is expected of you.
Being on a mission sometimes it feels like we are over loaded with rules and some of them can be difficult to understand why they need to be followed. But, an eternal truth that I've really come to appreciate and understand, is that we need to, "Keep the commandments. In this there is safety, in this there is peace." -Hymn #303 How true is that?
Rather than always looking over your shoulder to see if someone is watching you, or having to try and constantly justify your actions, isn't it better to just have peace? Isn't it better to just be safe?? I guarantee you that it is. And that little act of being rebellious can never make up for what could have been gained or kept by simply being obedient.
But, Sometimes, we do make mistakes, sometimes we slip up; what matters after that moment is how we will react. I'll tell you what though, if a child disobeys his mother and touches a hot iron that he was warned not to touch, the solution is obviously not to go and sob quietly in the corner because he is too ashamed to go and tell his mother that he didn't listen and because of that he got burned. He needs to go to his mother whom he disobeyed and confess. He needs to get help! The damage is done, damage that could have been avoided, but there is no need to hid it now and let the injury get worse.
It seems obvious right? Especially, when we are applying it to other people.. but how good are we at applying it to ourselves? To our own lives? With our own mistakes?... Do we really believe that it does apply to us?
Wither you believe it or not, it does! So try and figure out how.
"Choose the right! There is peace in righteous doing. Choose the right! There's safety for the soul." It's so true. We have the choice to choose between momentary pleasure and eternal joy (not to mention the peace we all desperately search for).
As a wise man named Shia once said: "JUST DO IT."
I love you all :)
This guy is one of our investigators. We met him, I think on Tuesday, and since then we have seen him 3 times (he wants us to come every day) and he came to church!! He's so cool, and he really wants to change his life around. It's great to see!