How was everyones Memorial day? Hopefully safe and fun! I know we had a good time... we went out and worked instead of having a P-day so that's why I'm late getting this out! Sorry about that... everyone here is out having BBQ's though so it was a good time. Apparently the secret to the BEST BBQ is apple-cider vinegar? Who knew. Interesting something I ate this morning though? Oatmeal... mixed with chocolate protein powder, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. The things we missionaries eat sometimes.... it was good though. Also, boiled peanuts? Amazing. Funny story.... my companion and I got off on some dirt road in the middle of no-where trying to find a referral from church HQ... ended up in the tree's... randomly, there was an ANCIENT graveyard right there next to the road. Seriously one of the strangest things I've ever seen...
So what should I talk about today? Man... I've learned soooo much recently! I don't even know where to start.... how about a story? The other night, my companion and I went to an appointment with a family we've been working with... it had been a REALLY long day and things hadn't been going well to say the least... so we were really excited to come and see this family again to end the night. But nope, they weren't home and we couldn't get them to answer their phone.... I went back to the car feeling like I could just stand there and bang my face on the hood for the next hour! I was frustrated.... but I stopped myself and said "No, we're doing our best. Everything happens for a reason." So instead of doing the aforementioned, we got in the car and drove off to visit a member. As we drove, we drove past a hispanic family that was out working in their yard... I told my companion to pull-over so we could get out and talk to them. We were slightly hesistant since there was so many people out there working and they seemed busy, but we were determined to find someone that night to teach. Long story short, we go over and meet Jose and his family. End up having a kneeling prayer with all 15 of them out on the front lawn and then teaching the 1st lesson to Jose. He ended up inviting us back over for lunch the next day. It was AWESOME!!! Another quick story.... same kind of situation happened, had to tell myself the same thing. Ends up we ran into a group of kids playing basketball that I got to play with for a bit before having a kneeling prayer with them and teaching them a lesson.
So ya.... what can be learned from these things? The Lord will bless you... especially as we keep moving forward in the hard and trying times. We recieve answers and blessings after the trial of our faith (check out Ether 12). I know some of you out there are having some problems, and I know that some of you probably feel like you can't do it, that you can't keep going... maybe even like its not worth it to keep going... but remember this, Nephi went to get the plates TWICE before he succeeded, and the the 3rd time when he did accomplish the task... he was at his wits end! He had no idea what he was doing or what he should do... but the Lord took care of the rest... the Lord didn't just make the difference, He was the difference. I promise and testify to each of you that the Lord is there for you... He is there to make up the difference and to make all the difference. Keep going! You can do it... you will do it! He is right there with you.... who will contend with you, whom is thine adversary? The Lord is standing next to you... you need not fear anything... you need not struggle alone in anything.
Y'all are amazing... so much more I've learned and want to talk about but I gotta get going!
Continue to follow the Lord with all that you have. He will abide with you (in you) as you abide with Him... He loves you. God loves you. I love you. I testify to you that He lives. That all sin and all burdens and all obstacles can be overcome through Him.
Y'all are amazing. Take care and have a blessed day!