I'm loving my mission. Yeah, I almost feel bad for everyone back at home because life in the mission is just so awesome. Just got one thing to worry about, sharing the most important message to people that don't know what true happiness is. I am loving my mission. Not saying that its not hard at times...
not saying that it's always fun and games... simply just saying that it's the best thing in the world. I am so happy. Even though its hard... even though I still don't know Spanish and it's difficult for me... even though we get rejected every single day... even though I get harassed on a daily basis... I am so happy! I know the truth... I know I am here for a purpose... I know that I will be able to live with my family and my future wife/kids in happiness for time and all eternity. What else do I need? Just sharing this message is amazing. People don't know this. People don't know why they are here or where they are going or how to live happy. Guess what? The gospel is the only way to truly receive answers to these questions. The Gospel is the only way to really be happy.
Life is tough. We all are here in this life and have trials. That's part of the plan. We are here to be tested... but we're not the ones that write the test. We are tested and given trials to make us better... so that we can grow. We should thank God every single day for the trials that we have in our lives... not curse him. I know it's tough to see the light of our lives when everything seems to be going wrong... when everything seems dark. But just look around you! Everything here in this world has been given to you. You're Father in Heaven loves you enough to put you in this world so that you can one day live glorified after this life. Count your Blessings. I guarantee they out weigh your afflictions. Especially if you put in perspective that even all the hard trials are blessings. They only make you stronger and a better person. So pretty much, everything in your life, is a blessing. Next time you feel like cursing God for a little thing like a lack of money or a crappy day... thank him instead. Thanks to Him you live in this beautiful world, you are here with your wonderful family, you have been given the tools to live happy for ever and ever. Use the tools... go to church, read the scriptures, pray, be nice, follow the prophet, and keep the commandments so that you and your family can live in happiness. Life is simple. Do what God tells you and you will be able to get through anything. Don't do what God tells you and you wont be able to handle the onslaught of trials here on the earth. Just do what you're told and you'll be happy... simple right?
Okay so things have been going good here... haven't had a lot of success, been struggling with the language, I have been learning a lot about patience... and feeling the Spirit so strong every single day. My companion is awesome and I legit love him. He's just a really good guy and just loves the gospel so much.
He's a good example to me... at times this week I have learned that I just need to shut up and put my pride out of the way and listen to the Gigante Espiritual.
One thing that I am learning is patience. Love my companion but he is just super slow. He takes a long time to get ready every day. When I am ready to leave he usually needs at least a half an hour more. But its okay. Yeah I could get ticked and be angry with him... but why? Its just hurting myself. This week one of the days my companion got up a little late so I started doing my laundry outside (trying to save money... much cheaper doing it by hand than going to la lavandaría). He woke up a little while later and started watching my do my laundry. He then came over and asked if he could help. I told him no at first... I didn't want help from him... he got up late, what could he show me? Then I told myself to shut up and let him help. He told me that I needed more soap, and that I needed to wash more up and down along the washboard, and that I needed to spread my clothes out more so they could dry easier. At first I was hesitant at his advice but then I followed his counsel. Guess what? I was way more successful following his counsel. Imagine that Elder Summers... he knows more than you in this subject. Why are we as human beings so hesitant to admit that someone else is smarter than us? Honestly Elder Hernandez is way smarter than me... I just got to shut up and listen... I've got to quit acting like I'm hot stuff and just humble myself. Love the mission! I am living the best life feeling the spirit super strong every single day, and helping people come unto Christ. Best job in the world... it's chill that I don't get paid. Blessings are way better than money.