April 9, 2018




Elder Maughn

Weekly dose of poetry

We were finally able to watch conference with our ward this weekend, which was amazing. They translate those talks super sophisticated. My Chinese ain't that good—Still got lots to work on! I did not fully understand all the talks, but the spirit was able to teach me thoroughly. 

One of the coolest things this week was a lady named Loopy, who called us out of the blue. asking if we could meet with her. She said she had met with missionaries before and wanted to meet with us again. We were like yeah sure, so we met and we read some scriptures about baptism and we were like Loopy you need this. We asked her if she would be baptized, and she was like for sure! Kinda random but we are working to prepare her. 

Today we went over to a member’s wood shop and he let us make some stuff on the lathe so I made a 雞蛋. An Easter egg! That member got such a chill vibe, he just told us to come back whenever to learn how to make more stuff. 

Hey remember that banner you gave me that said, "Never leave that til tomorrow which you can do today”? I was reading a talk where is quotes Tolstoy’s War and Peace and it adds, "Why not put off til tomorrow what you shouldn't do today?"
Mindblown! I am always learning and always trying to improve, but lots of times you have to run everything past the filter of whether or not what I'm doing is helping me achieve my purpose.

I read this poem this week and it got me thinking to the part of conference that referenced prophets as standing next to us and pointing the way. Enjoy! 

Elder Marsh

He stood at the crossroads all alone,
The sunlight in his face.
He had no thought for the world unknown—
He was set for a manly race.
But the roads stretched east, and the roads stretched west,
And the lad knew not which road was best;
So he chose the road that led him down,
And he lost the race and victor’s crown.
He was caught at last in an angry snare
Because no one stood at the crossroads there
To show him the better road.

Another day, at the self-same place,
A boy with high hopes stood.
He, too, was set for a manly race;
He, too, was seeking the things that were good;
But one was there who the roads did know,
And that one showed him which way to go.
So he turned from the road that would lead him down,
And he won the race and the victor’s crown.
He walks today the highway fair
Because one stood at the crossroads there
To show him the better way.


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