This week was some of the same. We got fed a lot of Mongolian food this week....that hasn't been super good for me. but hey, I'll survive. I went on a split with our sister training leader, it was perfect. Nothing went quite like planned but we were really busy and did a lot of great work. We went to drop by a little treat to a member family and got caught in lunch...and they're crazy kitten. Then we went out to a really far part of my area to meet with a less active...she only had given me her toot number and her phone was turned off....so we ended up looking up every street for #13. The first was empty and this lady came over from a store and told us where else to look. the second was a Buddhist monastery...and a lot of monks. the second was a Korean church and the last one we checked was "Mr. Idea" aka batbold, he talked to us from his balcony and tried to help us....she eventually called and said she'd see us on Sunday. We went and visited my new member, she is really awesome. we're meeting with her a couple times a week. She needs more of a support system. the ward is so small because of summer. But she is doing great, teaching her kids to pray!
We still don't know our whole area and members and such, so we've just been calling members from a ward list and have been meeting with them. I set up a 5 o'clock with a woman chuluun-erdene and another at 7:00 with a less active, ganhuyag......no doubt that I was surprised and a little confused. when ganhuyag came and found us at the bus stop and took us to meet his family. They're married....they were probably just as confused as I was. "why does this girl keep calling me and my wife and saying different times?" #mybad
I had a really hard lesson with a new member. She got baptized for all the wrong reasons and wants to give up on church. It is so sad. she's going to give it a month, and she's agreed to meet with us once a week and to receive the lessons.....that is probably the hardest part of my mission. Seeing people loose sight of the big picture. They get caught up in the wants of now, they want money and possessions...they loose their hope and when they get a glimpse or a taste of hope...they feel like they are drowning. It is so hard to help them see the commandment for what they are, loving guidelines that keep us safe and lead us to true happiness, from the restrictive tie that Satan tries to convince you they are. It makes you just want to shake some people and be like, don't through it away! don't give up!
It's all in the Lord's timing! and His timing, as I’ve learned, is often times different than ours. The things we need are not always the things that we want. We all want rainbows and butterflies...but in order to experience those we have to get through the storm...corny (can I get a little bit of wine for all this cheese) But seriously, it's true. God loves us each so much. He is there cheering for us and crying with us. I was really touched by what I read in Romans 8 this week. (He knows what we need!)
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I know that this is true. God is our loving Father in Heaven. Christ is our Savior. They live. They love us and are waiting for us. There is no reason to give up, we can't quit. if God be for us, who can be against us? Through the Savior's infinite atonement...we are more than conquerors.
hairtai shvv, never forget it!