This week was really hard for me. Mainly because Donald Trump is now president.
No, that's not why. This week was really hard because we did not have any success. And I blamed a lot of the things that happened on me. We were going to have six people come to church this last Sunday. But 2 of them went to go work (as they are SUPER poor) and the other 4 were drunk. I was very frustrated especially because this week the Stake President AND my Mission President were going to be there so my investigators could meet them. Sometimes my investigators are going to disappoint me; but I have to keep going - the mission is hard. Sometimes we have good days and bad days. Bad weeks and good weeks. And what I like about the mission is that it prepares me for life. I am not always going to have a good life. But that is why we have the atonement. The atonement is not only to repent of sins; but to have a change of view on the world, other people, and yourself. It is a thing of joy!
I'd like to share a scripture. In Alma Chapter 8, the great missionary Alma is preaching to the people of Ammonihah and is rejected, with force, he is very discouraged and leaves. But them an angel comes:
14 And it came to pass that while he was journeying thither, being weighed down with sorrow, wading through much tribulation and anguish of soul, because of the wickedness of the people who were in the city of Ammonihah, it came to pass while Alma was thus weighed down with sorrow, behold an angel of the Lord appeared unto him, saying:
15 Blessed art thou, Alma; therefore, lift up thy head and rejoice, for thou hast great cause to rejoice; for thou hast been faithful in keeping the commandments of God from the time which thou receivedst thy first message from him. Behold, I am he that delivered it unto you.
16 And behold, I am sent to command thee that thou return to the city of Ammonihah, and preach again unto the people of the city; yea, preach unto them. Yea, say unto them, except they repent the Lord God will destroy them.
Well, that is all I did this week. Kept on keeping on. BUT I GET TO MEET QUENTIN L: COOK AN APOSTLE OF THE LORD TOMORROW!!!
Son, you will have hard days. I remember waiting at the church for investigators to come. When they didn't show up I thought it was because I hadn't worked hard enough or didn't pray long enough. Remember that we have are agency to choose our own path. Some people just aren't ready to accept the gospel and that is okay. It is hard to feed people the words of the gospel when they are hungry and need food and clothes. Sometimes you need to be a little creative to help people see how the gospel can help them in their daily lives. Last week you shared an experience you had with a dog. I had a similar experience in a small town I was assigned to. There was this huge German Shepard that would be across the street from our little church house. It was actually a house that was being rented so we could use it as a chapel. Whenever this dog saw the missionaries he would run across the street to greet us. He would follow us around and I know he was our guardian angel at times. No one was going to mess with us with this big dog around us. One day my companion and I were walking to the church and the dog saw us and started to cross the street. At the same time a big dump truck full of rocks came around the corner and ran over the dog. I had to turn away because I didn't want to see him get run over. Well, after the truck passed we went over to the dog and we knew he was dying. He was bleeding and I could tell his bones were broken. I was crushed and I couldn't get the image of it out of my mind for days. Sometimes things will happen you can't control like this dog being hit. What is important is that you always keep the Lord in sight and he will guide you and don't be too hard on yourself. Remember you are on a mission of charity. The more you show love and compassion to the people of Peru the more they will want to come to you. It is exciting that you will be able to meet an apostle.
Trump was sworn in as president last week. People are protesting all over the place for just stupid reasons. Be glad you are down there for now. Most are just acting like spoiled brats. Anyways, I love you and keep your chin up. Dad