Lots of firsts this week: First exchanges, first FHE in the field, first time dramatically falling onto the floor on a jeepny at a sharp turn while asking two men what the Tagalog word for cucumber is (it's pipino).
Wednesday morning I was reading in Mosiah for personal study and a verse in chapter 23 really stood out to me:
21 Nevertheless the Lord seeth fit to chasten his people; yea, he trieth their patience and their faith.
Sister Zander and I discussed in personal study the idea of God intentionally giving us trials. We then went on to have one of the hardest days in our transfer yet. We walked around for hours without teaching a lesson. We did eventually teach on to a less active family. The next day we saw much success. This brought me to think of one of my favorite verses found in 2 Nephi 2:
11 For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my firstborn in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility.
Our lack of success allowed us to better appreciate the successful day as well as learn patience and faith in the timing of God. That's all this week!