Date

June 13, 2016

Area

El Monte South

Companion

McCoy Rowley

The Hardening in the Cool water of Understanding

I like to describe what happen to me through a scripture. This scripture is in 2 Corinthians 7 and reads:
> 8 For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season.
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> 9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.
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> 10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

I have been pondering about my experience lately of this transfer as Elder Elton is no longer with us. I really haven't told you much because I was locked in a war like state. I was battling between two different forces one of good and one of evil. It was my refiners fire and now the heat has broken and I have come out stronger as I have been dipped into the pool of cold and living water to be refined.

It has been similar to the scriptures where it says, "the sorrow of the world worketh death." It was hard for me to focus with Elder Elton and Elder Rowley. I couldn't keep my eye on both of them for they both were getting trunky. Anyways I couldn't handle the two of them. Elder Elton is now at home now as he was just ready to go home. We walk in a trio no longer. Now it is just Elder Rowley and I and to be frank it is nice to only be two.

This week we found a great amount of investigators and it has encouraged me in doing the work. It is always exciting when you find new people, especially if these people are willing to listen. We had two lesson this week with them and it was chaotic, but it worked. She has six children and five of them were there listening. It made me feel like I was teaching my little brothers. We were able to make it very simple and help them out.

We had exchanges on Wednesday with Elder Jackson and Phillips. They are the English elders that go to our same church building. Elder Jackson was the one who went with me to my area. It was another moment of rest from the trio during this week. I just felt free and happy. It was a spiritual day as you felt the wrestle with the spirit in each lessons. We basically were able to reverse the damage done to some families and help them in there journey back to the fold. My favorite part is where we were able to help our recent convert Sarahy as she was in dire need of spiritual nourishment. It was a battle and we did everything we could to help her. God literally started using all the people in the church to rescue her. It was powerful. Probably just a
testimony to me that God works his miracles in our days.

Thursday was the day where we learned our companionship would shrink. We really didn't tell anyone he was leaving so many people were surprised when they found out he was gone. We were able to take him to the airport on Friday. It was my sixth time going there coming and coming back. I am pretty sure I haven't seen the last of it. It was an interesting time and I was able to feel the weight be lifted.

We had some pretty cool lessons that night. One of which was when we were with a family who just had lost two family members. They also have two kids who are under the age of two. It was a difficult lesson as there kids were everywhere. They were able to feel the spirit though and it was cool as they accepted a return visit. We are hoping that they are going to accept the message with a open heart. We were also able to coordinate things more with the stake as we had a good stake correlation at the beginning of the month. Our weekly meetings with Brother Jarvis he improved and I love hearing his experiences. He is a eighty year old man and has been on several missions with his wife. It is always great to hear from him.

Saturday we went to a Father's Day activity and had a blast as we received two new investigators from going. We literally are carried around by the spirit to help people. Our plans everything has been so orderly and God has been helping us pull everything together. The work is just now so smooth. On Sunday we had a fantastic time at church. We didn't really eat that day so it put us in a foul mood at the end of the night.

I believe the biggest problem I now encounter is just accepting things with good cheer. It is my new goal to be looking at everything with a different eye. I am trying to be more grateful and loving. Also I learned today a lot from one of my favorite heroes. Mormon has taught me how to have faith although it may seem dark. I have to keep going and make it work no matter how much I have to deal with. It is my new goal to be orderly and quick to solve my problems.

From your refined friend and sword,
Elder Richards🐉🇺🇸🇲🇽




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