Tuesday, January 26, 2016

P-day hiking to some lighthouses

Literally this was the fastest week of my life. Such a blur. And just know this is kind of long but I believe it's worth the read. 

K my week.  We had that worldwide missionary conference Wednesday which was amazing! Literally like a general conference for missionaries and my mind was being blown off left and right, taking some spiritual sucker punches here and there, and just buoying being a missionary.

1) First miracle is having Elder Reese in the same district as me. Y'all don't know this but he was my MTC comp. he played football for LP and we've played against each other a couple times. But Elder Reese and I talked about it (the conference) for the hour and a half bus ride back to Vigo. I just want to publicly give him a shout out because we had no clue who each other were before the mission and now he's already one of my best friends and will be AP one day and is a stud. Glad to have him so close to me out here. 

2)Thursday Elder Jones and I found 4 people on the street! FOUR! It was a miracle! Hahah we've never found that many people in a day before and the best part is, they all gave us real phone numbers! It was literally a miracle. We found 8 references this week which is another miracle in itself. Patience pays off my friends. But we only taught 2 lessons the whole week which surprisingly isn't the lowest we have. 

3)we were in a little grocery store and I was looking at the wall mural which I've seen 10 times and studied it out. I've never said anything about it though but randomly I blurt something out in English about it and the guy in front of us starts talking to us in English. I think the Holy Ghost made me say something because if I didn't, that guy wouldn't have known we spoke English and we wouldn't have talked to him for 30 minutes and set up a lesson with him this week. He's from Peru and his fam lives in Texas but he's here. He loves Americans and wants to feed us so I'm not complaining 🤓 

Lol that same day we were talking to people and I was scanning the street and saw a group of six girls and did a double take because they screamed "typical white girl" from the states. So being the shy guy I am i go up and I start talking to them. They're all like 22 here for school and were really friendly! Some had been here for 5 months (like me) so I start talking to Spanish in them and they had no idea what I said. Lol I felt so bad because I embarrassed them in front of everyone there. The Gift of Tongues is real people. But like I said, they were really friendly. A little too friendly if you know what I mean, so we took a selfie and left their presence.
Our American friends. (Elder Jones didn't want a picture apparently, he's over my shoulder lol)

4) Yesterday all of our non-active families came to church again! It was awesome and they have come 3/4 Sunday's this month! I love seeing them come and it brings me so much joy. The chapel was overflowing which wouldn't be a problem in Utah, but it was here. It was awesome because when we first got here it got maybe half full. So we really enjoy working with the members. Miracles!

Right before Christ appears to the Nephites, all the signs from the former Prophets take place. Every prophecy was fulfilled. The people were terrified and eventually didn't make a single sound for a few days because of their astonishment. Christ says to them before His appearance in 3 Nephi 10:4, "how oft HAVE I gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and have nourished you." Then again in verse 5, "how oft WOULD I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings." Later in v.5, "how oft WOULD I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens, and ye would not." And verse 6, "how oft WILL I gather you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, if ye will repent and return unto me with full purpose of heart." A hen puts her life on the line to protect her chicks, and when danger is there she spreads her wings and covers her chicks to protect them. Christ is telling us He will do the same thing for us! Idk bout you but that's pretty comforting to me. Look at the words in caps now. Have I, would I, and will I. He HAS protected us before, he WOULD HAVE protected us IF we would have let him, and HE WILL continue to do so. We just have to let Him and do what he asks of us. The Gospel is simple. 

Quote of the week, "Life is tough. It's even tougher when you're stupid." -John Wayne. 

My miracles were probably different than what you assumed. But Miracles are all around us my friends, sometimes we just need to look at them from a different angle to realize what we are being blessed with. 

(Spiritually) Waaaay up I feel blessed, 
Elder Gearig

A beach with literally no sand. It was 100% seashells. Really cool if you have shoes on. 

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