On Monday, we got to visit Piero and we watched a video about John Tanner and the faith he had to be healed which eventually led to his baptism. Piero doesn't know too many songs in English, but he does know "Beautiful Zion, Built Above", so we downloaded the music and sang in Spanish. It was such a spiritual experience. On Mondays, we also have a Family Home Evening type lesson with one of the less active families. They have four young kids, so we have fun planning short little lessons with an activity to keep them entertained.
I love Wednesdays because our schedule is always packed and productive. We had Elder Lamipeti's first District Meeting as District Leader and our weekly dinner visit with the Martin's, but the highlight of my day was probably tracting in the rain. The best time to tract is between 5-7, which unfortunately is the time when everyone is eating dinner, or "tea" as they call it here. Every time someone says that they're busy with dinner, I'm so tempted to say: "sir, the message that we would like to share with you will feed you for an eternity and bless you and your family with eternal happiness".
On Friday, we had a joint zone conference at the Hyde Park Chapel in the city which was absolutely amazing. President Checketts taught us about the worth of souls through three parables in Luke Chapter 15 as well as how we can be more effective missionaries. He also had our Stake President, President Hamilton, come and teach us how we can work with the members better. He told us that the best way we can do that is by simply being who we should be.
After coming up with numerous characteristics of good missionaries, he explained that we don't need to have all of the characteristics to be good missionaries. We just need to recognize one simple thing and that's described in 3 Nephi 5:13, which reads: "Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life." We as missionaries are disciples of Christ, called to preach His word. I am not here to do the work of Cameron, I'm here to do the work of the Lord. That's the best thing to remember when the work gets tough: I'm not here for myself, I am here to do the will of the Lord!
Sunday was a pretty long day with a lot of walking, but Piero came to church so it made it all worth it!
Love you heaps!
Phrase of the Week:
- Good on you, Often times when we tell people what we do, they basically congratulate us for teaching people about Christ
- Mosiah 27:36"And thus they were instruments in the hands of God in bringing many to the knowledge of the truth, yea, to the knowledge of their Redeemer."
- Similar to the scripture shared by President Hamilton, we are not only disciples of Christ, but instruments in the hand of the Lord. When we speak by the Spirit, we are not speaking our own words, but the words of the Lord. It's been really cool to see sometimes where we'll be teaching a lesson and the Spirit is really strong. I'll have no idea what I'm going to say next, or how I'm going to answer a question, but as I open my mouth, words begin to come out, and I know that it's through the Spirit.