It's been another fantastic and peachy week as a missionary! Lots of fun, exciting, and testimony building events happened this past week. One of the biggest things that happened this week is that all missionaries worldwide participated in a broadcast done by the church's missionary board. They announced some new changes that will be taking place in the missionary schedule. I'm not sure mom and dad would understand much but I know John and Drew, you would be interested in the new schedule. It gives missionaries more flexibility in their daily schedule. Missionaries are now given an extra half hour of personal time in the morning and at night. Daily Planning is now in the morning, just before studies. Also, Personal study is the only study hour required before going out to proselyte now. The flexibility part comes in because now missionaries can choose when to do Comp, Twelve week, and language studies, as well as Lunch and Dinner during the day. Missionaries then go back home at 9 pm, and then can choose to either go to bed an hour early (9:30), or get an extra hour of personal time (9:30 to 10:30). We also get two more hours of P-Day!
The church would also like the missionary schedule to be adjusted to the culture in their part of the world. They said for example, that missionaries in Latin America could wake up at 7:30 and go to bed between 10:30 and 11:30. There was a really neat quote by Elder Bednar, who said that the church develops and becomes more refined, "line upon line, precept upon precept". This is but one example of how the church is developing more spiritually, to fulfil the Lord's commandment to "fill the world with [His] gospel".
We keep working with our investigators. It's been a bit difficult to sit with our most progressing investigators, but we keep striving to sit with them. I had an absolutely bizarre experience this week. I'd never experienced it up into now. We just came out of a lesson and our following lesson had fallen through, so we had a little bit of contacting time before we moved on to our following lesson. So we decided to contact some houses that we'd tried before but when no one was home. The very first house we talked to, a man came outside, and we started introducing ourselves. This man ended up being a crazy bible basher (I wouldn't be surprised if he were a JW) who insulted us by saying we didn't know the bible and shouldn't be preaching the gospel. This guy ticked me off though, and got my blood boiling. I'm telling you right now, for all of you that know me as the calm person that I am, I'd never felt my blood rush like that ever in my life. I walked out of that situation just mad, and I calmed down for a bit. We then tried to contact another lady, who again, was a JW. She went off on some tangent about Abraham and Adam not being prophets, so we just left. It was so weird. I'd never experienced anything like being rejected like that before.
The time then rolled around to go to our next appointment. It was with Zelfie, and we taught her about the Plan of Salvation. I remember sitting in that lesson, and just pausing for a little bit while my two companions taught. I remember just this wonderful sense of peace come over me as we taught. The thought then came to me that "Spiritual light and knowing God does not come from Biblical knowledge, but from living and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ". That desire of having God in our lives can be described as a light that we feel. The great, spiritual truths of the gospel that enable each on of us to return to our Heavenly Father, really are simple and easy to understand. We are so blessed to be given the fullness of the gospel, and to have the Book of Mormon. It brings in that spiritual light that we all want, to return to our Heavenly Father.
Have another fantastic week. I'll talk to you in seven.
Ik hou van jullie!!!
|What they ran into!|
|Ik en mijn collega's|
|time to cool down|