Mama Luchi is our angel who helps us with laundry and cooking
WAHOO! G was baptized this week! G was in the process of receiving the missionary lessons and has wanted to be baptized for a long time but he went on a month long trip to his home in Chiclyu. The good news is that he came back and received the remaining lessons, then was baptized Saturday. I have really come to love my area of Santa Isabel all of the members, our converts, and the people. Even though this area is really difficult I love it and have learned that life is truly what we make it. Something that I read this week about the law of harvest in Thessalonians really struck me, it says "this we commanded you that if any would not work, neither should he eat." Its a law so simple. We have to work to receive rewards. We have to work to get results. Nothing in this life comes easy and we have to just keep working and pushing through.
Another realization that I had this week is that we cant obligate people to do anything. For example, if someone doesn't want to come to church they aren't going to come. We cant force people to do things even if they are right. We also can't make decisions for other people. If someone is misbehaving or making poor choices, we cant force them to change. The only thing we can do is try to INSPIRE them to change. We have the power to promise blessings, testify and do all that we can so that people can make good decisions. Ultimately however its up to every individual to find a path . The other day we started teaching a man named G. He is 40, lives alone and spends every weekend drinking. Its a really sad life that he is living. We cant force him to stop but we can for sure help him realize the consequences that he has received and the blessings that he can yet receive. Really as missionaries people sometimes call us angels to help them through their addictions and problems. One of our purposes here is to inspire people to live better lives and to make good choices. I am so thankful for the opportunity that I have to serve a mission, to help spread the word of God and help people find happier and better lives.
Have a great week!
See you this summer,