Tuesday, November 15, 2016
El tiempo se va demasiado rapido....
I try not to count the time I have in the misison but the people and the other missionaries always ask or remind me... I had no idea that these 2 years would go by so fast.
This week came and went in the same way. On Tuesday we went to the family Thomas Chuk that had attended 2 Sundays in a row and we were sure that they would accept a baptismal date, however, they heard a testimony of the work for the dead and just couldnt accept the concept... we invited them to pray and they said they would; I am praying that hey might recieve a testimony of the Restoration. Unfortunately we couldnt get them to church this Sunday. We also met a young man named Raul in a bus and began talking about the Restoration, he told us that he didn't attend any church and had always wondered which was the true church. He understood everything we taught him and read The Book of Mormon, but he then told us in the following visit that he didn't feel anything and that he didn't feel a desire to attend church. We also put a baptismal date with a lady named Martha... yet, when we tried to follow up with her she hid and lied to us when we found her in the street. All in all the week was going pretty bad until I had an exchange with a Mexican elder named Elder Torrez. We had a vey spiritual day and found some very positive people, and as we worked we chatted about our areas, the mission and many other things. I have known this missionary for a while and he is honestly one of my best friend in the mission, but I had never realized just how humble and willing he was. When the people rejected us and told us that what we were teaching was a lie he kept smiling and working with the same enthusiasm. He told me that no matter how bad things got he kept enthusiastic because he was grateful for the fact the he had a testimony. I didnt think i would learn so much from the example of a 6 month missionary... He even shined my shoes the next morning. it was a humbling experience that was much needed.
On Sunday we showed up to church without any investigators, but to our surprise two young mothers that I have been inviting for a long time showed up! They liked the church and felt the spirit. I am hoping that they accept a date and make the commitment.
Well, this week was a humbling one and I am reminded of a concept that I read somwhere that states that the formula for happines is Gratitude + Humility = happiness. I know that that is true. I love you all and I pray that you may apreciate and be grateful for what you have, especially your testimonies. The Church is true. -Elder Davis