Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving Week

This last week we've spent a lot of time with our investigator who is going to be baptized on Sunday. It's been so awesome working with him. Seeing him change and start recognizing the joy of following Christ has been incredible. It's inspired me to do better to keep the Spirit with me, because that is what has brought this change to him. Were it not for the joyful feeling of the Spirit that he was so ready to receive, being such a humble person, I don't think he would have seen any reason to keep meeting with us. I'm so grateful that I've had this opportunity to work with him.

We got snow for the first time this week, and it was very cold. Unfortunately, I was on an exchange when that day came, and I didn't have all my great winter stuff with me. On top of that, my exchange companion needed to go to the office with another elder for choir practice, so I went on another exchange with Elder Hall during my current exchange. We were both greenies (I actually know Elder Hall from the MTC), and we were both in a totally new area on the coldest day of the year. The only thing for us to do was a 4-hour street contacting block. Not super effective, but something cool to mention. 

During an exchange with Elder Cable this past week or two, he committed me to pray about five things I did well that day, and then to ask about something I needed to improve in. I've often hesitated to ask questions in prayers, and that was probably because I was afraid of not getting an answer or not being worthy or sincere enough to receive it, but the answer and impression I got from doing that has stayed firmly in my mind. Since then, my prayers have become of utmost importance to me, and I see them as my time to account to the Lord how I have cared for His children that day. This has helped me stay humble and continually diligent, something I've always struggled with. I've learned that experiencing a single powerful personal study, meaningful prayer, or really focused, consecrated day of work isn't enough. Every study, prayer, and thought must be increasingly meaningful. The Spirit is a Spirit of progression, I have learned, and contentment will not invite it to remain with me, keep me humble, and keep my mind and heart close to my Father and His work. Having the Spirit with me always is one of my most earnest desires, and I know that when I do, I am a much more effective and Christlike person. Now, I must seek always to remember this, and keep my eye on Christ in order to stay humble and focused. 

Elder Moore and I are doing the 100 hour week this week, which means for 7 days we will wake up at 5:30 AM instead of 6:30, get ready and eat breakfast for an hour, do an hour of study, another 30 minutes of personal study, then leave and not come back to the house until 9:30 PM. Unless we eat with a member or investigator, we have only 5 minutes for lunch and dinner, so basically we just eat while we work. I've heard it's pretty exhausting, so I'm excited. Because I've been focused a lot since coming on my mission of being continually humble and focused on the Lord and His work, I hope I will learn and develop this throughout the week. If I can stay totally diligent, then I hope to apply this Christlike attribute throughout my mission. 

I hope everyone is doing well and had a great Thanksgiving. We ate some chicken, because there is no turkey here (that we know of, anyway). I can send pictures next week. Have a great holiday season! 

Hwae ting, Elder Jones! I sarangheyo you too! (That's some really bad romanization right there)

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