|Elders at Bocas de Senizas aka P-day paradise|
This week we had Zone Conference. We were taught a lot about our goals, our investigators, what types of things we should be focusing on. We had a great example from the Book of Mormon talking about the dream of Lehi. They taught us that the gate/doors in the dream represent baptism, it opens up and leads people onto the narrow path, where they can hold on to the rod of iron. The pathway then passes through life, taking us to the temple and eventually takes us to the Tree of Life, where God is. For us, we need to make a goal for all of our investigators to make it to the end, to the temple and to live with God forever. If we help them see that baptism is just the gate, that sets them on the right path, where they want to go, then we help them recognize that it is only the first and very important step they need to take. They drew a big picture, it was awesome
We also talked about light and revelation. They continue to teach us about different levels of conversion. Everyone has a different understanding of right and wrong, it just depends on how much they know, and what they have been taught. As we are ready for more revelation, it will come to us.
When we receive knowledge and revelation, and we don't live what we know is right, then we are setting up our own condemnation. If we know better, we should do better. In order to receive more revelation, we need to live the small things that God has given us first, then he will give us more. As we take each step, we will get closer and closer to him. He will help us.
There is a really cool video that talks about light. It teaches us that sometimes we have to take 2 steps into the fog before we can see the light. Every decision we make should be based on the knowledge we have, and the spirit that guides us. Don't be afraid, just move forward.
In La Playa I'm learning more about smiling. It really makes a big difference in your countenance. If you learn to smile at every hard thing that comes at you, you will learn from every challenge that you get. If you learn from the hard things, everything will be good.
It makes a huge difference to do the little things everyday. The person who connects with God through daily prayer and scripture study, draw closer to him, have more peace, and can handle life's challenges. The little things add up to the big things, and makes pretty much everything better.
As for Sunday, I'm super sorry you guys now have 9:00 church. But just so you know, Sundays are the days that I get the least amount of sleep. I wake up at 5:30 in the mornings so I can do divisions. My companion goes to church for ward council, and I go with a member and a bus to circle our area twice to make sure we knock on every single door, and pick up everyone that wants to come to church. So... 5:00 am, and 9:00 am are a little bit different. But yeah. Just stick with it guys, you'll be fine. ; ) haha
Focus on what's important. Learn from your mistakes. Everyone has something to teach you. Everyone has something to offer. Looking for the good may be hard, but it is one step closer to your true conversion, and closer to what God wants you to be.
Love you guys!