Monday, March 21, 2016

Living on a Prayer

Wooooooooooaaaaaaaahhhhh, we're halfway there!

I've been waiting to use that one. I've also got some dorky ones coming for near the end of the mission, so be prepared. My update was pretty short and pretty weak last week, so I plan to talk just a bit more this week.

Well, this week passed by a little bit more quickly than others, and I think that a lot of it is because the life in the office calmed down a lot. We haven't had too much to worry about, which meant that I was able to catch up on a lot of little things that have been getting past me. But it's mostly been a pretty boring week in that aspect.

Something cool that happened is that the new couple arrived! Elder and Sister Alvarez come from the city of Highland, Utah (though they lived most of their lives in Mexico.) They're a really neat couple, and their main responsibilities are to help out the local stakes and districts with their auditing, and making sure that money doesn't get lost in the numbers. They may also be taking on some of the responsibilities that we have now, but President wants to give it a week or so. I really hope that they end up taking some responsibilities. At that point, we'll be able to go teach at least by around 3, and we like to teach. Like a lot.

The person I'd like to talk a little bit about this week is called Jailson. He's an inactive member for some time now, but will always sit down and talk with us. He likes to read the Book of Mormon, he knows (and for the most part, follows) most of the commandments that we teach, and he has a desire to do what's right. The problem? For some reason, he just simply hasn't made it to church. It's not that he doesn't want to, because every time we talk to him he says that he does. We try to ask him what's stopping him from going, and he just says "I don't even know!" There has to be something, or else he would be going! It's sometimes difficult to understand, so I plan to pray a lot more about his specific situation, and how we can help.

Something really cool that I noticed yesterday was when I studied the first lesson in Chapter 3 of Preach My Gospel, which talks mostly about the Restoration. One of the main goals behind the lesson is to explain the character and purpose of the Godhead. Our loving Heavenly Father sent His Son to give us His teachings, and to help us to return to His presence. He and His Son appeared to Joseph Smith so that the world could once again know how to become like Him. He sent us the Holy Ghost as well, so that we can know for certain that this is His way, and not some kind of foolish trick. He cares for each of us, so He has everything planned out accordingly. Our church has a very unique way of defining the Godhead, in the way that we believe that God is what we all could be ourselves. It doesn't deny His almighty power, but rather it gives us hope and the knowledge that He truly is our Father.

Keep up the faithful service to your fellow men! Spread the wonderful message of the Living Christ this Easter! Love you all!

Elder Penner

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