So transfers were this week and Elder Tory went back home to get ready to go to Hawaii. I stayed with my comp in the same area and the new missionary that is in our house is Elder Torres who is from Mexico too. He goes home right after General Conference. I am now a District Leader. We have 3 new missionaries in our district. One is from Alaska and he is 6 foot 6 and plays ball, then the one from Mexico who plays soccer and makes really good food and the other one is from Hawaii and he plays the guitar and sings. It looks like it will be a pretty fun one.
I gave my first training to the district last week and I think it went well. The training was all about charity and who we represent. As missionaries we are called to represent Jesus Christ which means if Christ could be here teaching these people then He would be. But since He can't be here then we are. He called us through a prophet to represent Him and help His people come unto Him. We talked about the way Christ taught the people and the biggest thing Christ did was show charity to everyone he met. The people Christ talked to and taught knew that He cared about them and they knew that He loved him. And because they knew He loved them, they listened to what He said. As missionaries we need to be the same way. Since we represent Jesus Christ we need to show everyone charity because before they care about what we say they need to know how much we care about them. When they see that we truly care about them and what is important to them they will recognize what we say is true. The district seemed to really like the training so I think it was successful.
I’ve noted a recurring theme in life. That is that as we turn to Christ and are progressing; including going to church and reading the Book of Mormon, we get blessed a lot. For people here, it seems to be in the form of getting new jobs and getting a lot of help from God. Then they stop doing the right things. They forget how they got to the point where God was blessing them. They are forgetting the work they put in to get blessed. I think it is a pretty simple concept so I don’t know really understand. If I score 30 points in a basketball game- that is obviously a good thing. The only way I got to 30 points a game was from practice. So to get 30 points again or more I need to keep practicing. If I stop practicing, then I am no good anymore, like now. (haha) So the same is true with the gospel. When we keep the commandments and do the right things God is going to bless us but as soon as we forget where the blessings come from and stop doing the right things then the blessings stop coming, just like the points in basketball. So what we are trying to do with our investigators is help them realize what is happening.
We do have a car now so that is sweet because it snowed again yesterday. Well that is pretty much the latest here. Hope all is going super duper over there. Love ya!