This week has been pretty fun but difficult. We've been running all over our area trying to find new people to teach because we've been rejected by almost everyone from last week. We still have a few really strong families that we're working with but opening an area really makes everything much harder. I have also given up in a way and have started learning Tagalog in addition to Waray-Waray. A lot of people in the city only speak Tagalog so it is almost necessary to learn both. Its not too different so it should be easier to learn now, but learning two languages at once will really be a challange. I have faith, however, that the Lord will help me through it.
I have also been lucky to have some funny experiences this week. One day while we taking our trash out, Elder Bosley discovered that his garbage was infested with ants. This caused us to run, quite fast, to the drop off point which was about two blocks away. I was needlessely laughing the whole time as my trash was perfectly ant-free. Sorry Elder Bosley, better luck next time. Last P-Day we also had a lot of people taking pictures of us. I don't know if it was just because it was valentines day but at one point someone pulled out a huge professional camera and started snapping shots. A member saw the photos on facebook and sent them into the ward groupchat so I'll include one down below. We also had an earthquake this week which was pretty cool. It woke us all up at around 2:00 am and we all immedietetly went back to bed. Needless to say the shenanigans have not stopped since I've left Tolosa, and the mission continues to be a super fun yet challenging experience
Something that has been on my mind recently is the word remember. Throughout the scriptures we see the word remember a lot and I think this is for good reason. C.S Lewis describes in his book "The Screwtape Letters" that one of the most powerful tools the devil uses against us is making us forget the blessings that we have been given. When we're having a hard time or are doubting our faith it is most imperative to not only remember what God has done for you, but also what he has promised you. This weeks Come Follow Me was on the Beatitudes from the Sermant on the Mount. I've heard most people describe them as a list of things that we have to become but I also like to look at them as a list of promises. To illustrate my point I would look at the third and fourth verses from 3 Nephi 12.
3 Yea, blessed are the poor in spirit who come unto me, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 And again, blessed are all they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.
To me, these verses are only filled with hope. Hope for those that mourn and those with a poor spirit. Is that not all of us? Do we not all grieve because of trials? We need to remember these promises because Satan would have us forget them. He would have us curse the Lord for the situation we are in, rather than give thanks for the promises he made with us. He would have us forget our covenants rather than come unto Him. In these verses the Lord has given us hope. A promise that one day, we will be comforted. That one day, we can ascend to a better place. Hope for the future. I cannot think of a better gift than that. I have faith in the Lord and His promises, and I will do my best to come unto Him. I know that if we come ubto Him, we will attain the Kingdo of Heaven.