Week 57 of 101 (10/13-10/19)
This week was rainy, muddy and so extremely beautiful and great. Elder Lee and I get along great and we get work done.
On Tuesday, we had a branch presidency meeting. Since the church hasn't been on the island for very long, the branch is still growing and learning. As part of that, we, as the missionaries have been told by the mission president that we function as counselors in the branch, which gives us a great opportunity to learn new things. To assist with the organization of the branch, we also work with Brother Alden. Brother Alden is one of the owners or something for Skull Candy. He has a condo here and has been asked by President Hintze to help the branch. We are learning a lot from him and it is great to see the branch progress. The rest of the day went really well and a lot of people were home.
On Wednesday, we left with Pablo, who is preparing to go on a mission. It is great to go with him because he really loves the gospel and it is helping prepare. We got to do a little bit of contacting with him because a appointment fell through, but afterwards he helped us find Jonathan, who had moved. We also got to visit Jackie, the reference from Omar. She is great. She reads just about everything we give her and has been able to recognize the hand of God in her life since we have begun to talk with her.
Thursday was zone meeting so we had to wake up at 5:00 AM to take the 6:00 o'clock boat back to Belize City. We got there early and went and got breakfast. We had a great district meeting about the importance of the Spirit in the conversion of someone and how we can help investigators feel the Spirit. Later, in the district meeting, Elder Kilifi and Elder Kapisi talked about how our area is a reflection of who we are as missionaries and our work effort and attitude. They also talked about how we should apply the gospel to ourselves as missionaries. It was a great meeting. Our zone is great! The orange chicken we ate afterwards was pretty good too. They don't have that in El Salvador.
Friday, Elder Lee and I started our work out regime. We wake up in the morning and we go run along the beach for about 20 minutes and then we go out on a dock and work out a little. It probably is more fun than productive. We were also able to have the opportunity to find three guys that were really prepared for us. Two of them said they are really interested in baptism. They definitely have to make some changes in their lives, but they are open to it.
Saturday, we went all out. We visited a lot of the less actives and we contacted a lot of people and found news. WE were feeling pretty good but then...
Sunday no one showed up to church! It was super frustrating considering how many people were committed to church and considering that they have both a morning and a night session to attend to. Anyways, we will go check up on everyone this week and see what we can do to help them make it.
I have seen this week, maybe more than any other week the consequences of peoples sins. God gives us commandments to keep us safe, happy and peaceful. We may feel pleasure for a moment as we break those commandments, but in the end it just brings heartache and pain. I am so very grateful for the ooportunity as a missionary to help others to come unto Christ and learn the commandments of God and have the opportunity to access the healing power of the Atonement. It is never too late!