Date

January 8, 2020

Area

Prato

Companion

Anziano Tyler Brady

28

This week has been really weird. Some ups, some downs and some crazy stuff. Highlights:
• My comp and I had a camp fire on our balcony(just a little one)• we went to China town here in Prato and we had the best Asian food of my life 
Ya that's it haha. But this week we also got to meet this less-active named Xiomara and she was super sad because she got married a couple years ago, and she got pregnant in September and then got scared, then got excited and really happy about it, and then she miscarried and it wrecked her. For our lesson with her we just bore our testimonies on how thanks to Jesus Christ, we not only can overcome our difficulties, but be made stronger from them. There is a quote I think from Joseph F. Smith(son of Hyrum) that says, "The more difficulties and trials a person has, the larger his potential grows." She excepted it super well. I have really seen that in my mission. It's really hard to see the light when you are in the middle of all the gunk, but I know the Lord would never permit something to happen, if it wasn't for our eternal welfare. Just one step in front of the other, trusting in God, loving people and enjoying life. That's what's all about. It will all make sense.
I read this quote from Hellen Keller that said, "Life is either a daring adventure, or it is nothing." So don't fret if life seems hard right now, it all plays a part in the adventure. So keep the faith! The hope! Walk forward knowing that Christ probably carrying you. He has always done that for me even when at the time I didn't notice it, he was there. Oh how sure I am that he lives. 
I love the apostle Paul when in 2 Timothy 4: 7 he says, 
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith" 
soon after he was killed by the Romans. I love Paul's legacy. I mean that dude went ham. He is like the ultimate example of what the gospel can do to a man! Change a blood thirsty terrorist into an everlasting legend, an apostle if Christ. He truly fought a good fight, he endured to the very end. That's what I want to do. With this mission, I wanna just keep fighting, struggling, biting, scratching never give in and at the end look back and say, "I have fought a good fight, I have kept the faith." What a cool guy. 
My experience to you all is that life can be hard as it is. By fearing and loosing your faith in Christ will make things so much worse! So don't. Keep the faith and enjoy life. So  "Fear not, I am with thee; oh, be not dismayed, For I am thy God and will still give thee aid. I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand.  The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose. I will not, I cannot, desert to his foes; That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,I’ll never, no never, I’ll never, no never, I’ll never, no never, no never forsake!"
Let's get it. Let's fight the fight!
-Anziano Bawden




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