Monthly Archives: December 2015

Learning

The area just keeps on changing and changing. Things have gotten to
where we have a decently-sized teaching pool, but few who will act
upon the invitations we leave with them. Agency is vital to our
eternal destiny as children of God, but it can be frustrating at times
when investigators use their agency to turn down the message of the
restored gospel. All you can do is work hard and make sure you help
them to know what to do. Many times it’s not even that they don’t want
to hear the message; many times people just don’t muster the willpower
to follow through on their commitments. I think that may be a problem
in society at large, not only as it pertains to missionary work…

Other than that, things have been all right. My favorite part of each
morning is personal study. When Elder Holland came, he urged us to
make good use of this time, because it will likely be the only time
that we get to study the gospel this in-depth. I’m very grateful for
all the things I have learned so far. I know at they will stay with me
for the rest of my life.

Until next week.

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“Sim-ply ha-a-vin’ a won-der-ful Christ-mas time…”

I’ve found Christmastime on the mission to be a lot more fulfilling than it was previously. Out here, you get to just ignore all the silliness and commercialization and concentrate on Christ and the importance of the family. Not that the spirit of giving is a bad thing, either…
One thing that’s been on my mind a lot lately is music. As I’ve ridden my bike over the past few months, I’ve found a lot of music from high school drifting back into my head, especially the spiritual songs we sang in choir. If anyone is in touch with Mr. Griffiths, please tell him that I said thank you, because music has brought me a lot of peace out here that I haven’t been able to find anywhere else. Sometimes I’ll be having a rough day, and that Celtic prayer we sang will drift into my head as I ride, and make the burden a little less burdensome. Even the stuff I learned from the brief time I spent in music theory class has brought me a lot closer to the music, and made it a deeper and more personal thing. It is unquestionably something that I want to keep a part of my life into the future, and I owe a lot of that to my experiences not only in choir, but in band and piano lessons. So I guess that’s a thank you to all of my music teachers!
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are probably going to be pretty crazy. We’re going to visit as many people as we can. Just the regular holiday missionary stuff. Then again, Thanksgiving wasn’t as nuts as I thought it was going to be… We’ll just have to see.
Anyway, I guess that’s it for this week. I hope everyone has a happy Christmas.

Bike Tricks and Christmas Flicks

I took a pretty awesome spill off my bike recently. We were going
uphill, a bit too slowly for my taste, and I got a little too close to
my companion’s bike. My front wheel ground against his rear wheel, and
I lost control. I bailed out into the dry grass and did a graceful
somersault. I guess you could say it was practice for after the
mission when I’m shouting “AS YOU WISH!” when my true love pushes me
down a hill.

There’s going to be a baptism this week that we’re hoping to get some
investigators to. There’s also a nativity celebration coming up that
we’ve been handing out invitations to. A lot more people have accepted
those while we’re tracting than our actual message.

I made up a new term this week: I.S.S. – Internet Sophistry Syndrome.
We’ve met a LOT of people lately who refuse to hear our message
because they’ve “researched” the Church on the Internet. One guy
literally told us that he didn’t want us to come back because he had
looked us up on Wikipedia. Even on the more “credible” internet
resources, there are a lot of specious arguments. Anything can sound
true if spoken or written in an authoritative fashion. That’s why
reading anti-Mormon literature is stupid.

It’s stupid. There’s no way around it. Everything backs up to your
testimony of the Book of Mormon. If you have read it, and prayed, and
know that it is true, then you know that Joseph Smith was a prophet,
and therefore that the church that has been restored is the true
Church established by Jesus the Christ. From there, everything that
disagrees with your testimony is wrong.

Anyway, that’s what’s been on my mind lately. I’ve been trying to have
a better attitude lately. Being rude back to people never helps me not
to be rude. I’m glad Christmas is coming. The Church’s new videos are
awesome. If you haven’t seen them, you should check them out.

Happy December