Saturday, August 2, 2014

Week 25: "One is good enough"

Hi everyone,

So, this week was really really fast.

I arrived in Agua Prieta, and we started working right away. The members were awesome, my companion is super cool, and there had been like three thunderstorms in a row! One moment it was sunny and then five minutes later we were running for shelter to hide from the rain and lightning bolts it was nuts. I actually dont know that I have seen lightning so close or so bright. I was super cool. It hit me once but it didnt even hurt.

So after a quick week in Agua Prieta, turns out that they actually want me to be in Nogales! So today bright and early at 2:45, we woke up to go to the bus station, where I left Agua Prieta, and went to Nogales which was about 4 hours away. Nogales is also a border town, but the thing that is way different is that it is a city of hills. Up and down and up and down. My new companion se llama Elder Beddes, and he is from California. Real cool dude, we are gonna do big things together.

So I dont have too much time today, but I want to share a little something with you all that my dear friend Rachael Duncan shared with me after her incredible trip to El Salvador (ask her about it). Hope you enjoy:

Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions. Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?” The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.” The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”

Always look for ways that you can help others. You never know how much of a difference you can make in somebodys life. Even if you can only help just one, it will be special for that one person, and one is good enough.

Love you all, Hope you have an amazing week!

Elder Bernal

P.S. Next week I will have my new address!

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