Good day everyone. Good day.
|Just a little nighttime cathedral action|
Hope all is well wherever you might be reading this. Shoot birthday to McKayKayKayla on Wednesday! The big 19. One more month til I join that club. Well my friends, it has been a good week! Not a ton of things happened but it was just a solid week and I have no complaints. If you're wondering, no tears were shed over missing Vigo this week hitting my stride and moving forward because it does no good to look backwards. That's something I've learned for sure, we need to constantly look upwards and forwards! Looking in the past does us no good and we have so much good to do in the future! Look not behind thee. Don't be like Lots wife. I think she was diabetic because she needed more salt yikes that wasn't a good joke. Anyways, move forwards. Like I said, nothing too important or big happened this week but any week on the mission is a good week to be alive. Any week in general is a good week to be alive! We met with a less active 19 year old, Richard, like three times this past week because he likes spending time with us and we always have way deep conversations about life with him. Again, I'm glad for the challenges we have in life because after we overcome them, we can use them to help other people and that's what I've been doing with this kid. He hasn't been to church in white some time and he came yesterday! 30 minutes late, right in the middle of my talk in sacramenet meeting but he came! Hahah Sunday school was awesome. A RM from Germany taught it and it was all YM and YW and it was such a good discussion, it wasn't a lesson because we literally discussed Lehis Dream the whole time and had a really good discussion about the teenage life. It's awesome to give some somewhat adult like advice lol. It was super spiritual and I think it helped Richard a lot(: he called us Friday and was like "hey can we have a FHE with you guys tomorrow?" Uhh what's happening with this kid? He wouldn't talk about the gospel two weeks ago but now he's asking for FHE...repentance works my friends! My talk yesterday was on missionary work. Weird right? What was weird is that I dint know the members here yet and I don't necessarily have their trust quite yet. So I should have picked a nice, calm subject right? Sike. I felt inspired to chastise them. So I did it! Right before the meeting, a member of the Stake Presidency starts talking to me and said he'll be speaking right after me. This is when I considered changing my talk because I wasn't about to chastise the congregation in front of this guy. But I went through anyways. And wow, it was incredible. I hard,y said a thing I wrote down and just followed the Spirit. I did in a loving way I feel like and afterwards it was just dead silent as I sat down... Honestly I don't remember what I said. But the Stake Presidency guy gets up and basically testified of my words for 10 minutes then sat down. "How inspiring it is to have a bold, excited, dedicated missionary like this among you." And when it was all said and done, the members didn't say a word to me after so maybe they got offended. Idk. But the missionaries were stoked for what I said so I guess it was good I just want to testify of the Book of Mormon. How lucky are we to have the Fullness of the Gospel in our lives? In one book we hold all the keys necessary to have and live a successful life. I had the opportunity of finishing the BoM again this past Thursday. I got down in my knees and asked our Heavenly Father if this truly was his word. I sat there in silence for a few minutes as this warmth and peace came over me. I got the chills and it was just this comfortable warmth I felt. I knew before, I knew during the process, and I know without a shadow of a doubt that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Joseph And Hyrum Smith died for this book, among many others who died for it and this religion as well. They wouldn't lie in front of God in their last moments of life on a book if it wasn't true. I invite you all to watch the Mormon Message "Testimony of the Book of Mormon" by Elder Holland because it's something else. So powerful. I'm grateful for this book and the opportunity to preach it's word here in Toledo. It's so simple that a sunbeam can understand it, and we can change our lives through it.
Much love amigos.
I've got soul but I'm not a Soldier,
Enjoy this portrait of a man from the bishopric. Notice the BoM