Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Week 27: "Which wolf wins? ...The one you feed."

Hello hello!

Honestly the weeks are just getting better and better and I am loving it. Lots to include so perdoname por excribir mucho ok?

1. I read an analogy this week abut an old Cherokee story that I like a lot:

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. “One is Evil – It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good – It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith." The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.” There are many ways that we can "feed" the wolves inside of us. What we feed them are the things that we give our attention, and the environment that we surround ourselves in. Let us be sure that we are not giving food to the wolf that we do not want to follow.

2. A new investigator that we have this week is a super cool guy named Michel Fuentes. Michel, is a Pastor for his church, yet he asked that we visit him. He has a strong faith and God and knows alot about him, yet he has so many awesome questions that the bible alone simply cannot answer. His humility was very remarkable in that a Pastor of a church was willing to say to a pair of young missionaries that there are still plenty of things that he wants to know, and more, that he was asking us for answers. It was an awesome lesson because all of the questions that he has, are able to be answered because of the knowledge we have of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and The Plan of Salvation. I love having people who really want to know, because it makes it so much better to tell them that we have answers for them. Really excited to meet with this guy this week.

3. We did a service project this week for a family we are teaching. They currently don't have a place to live, so this week a ton of members from the church took time to come tear apart an empty terrain and make a place for them to live. So we built them a house! Hours of hacking away at weeds and putting together whatever pieces of blocks and woods that we could find, but at least now they will have a roof over their heads. They were so happy and grateful for what we did, and it was fun to do, so in the end everyone was just happy. Service is really good, do it. And be grateful for the roof above your head!

4. Thursday was a day I will always remember for the rest of my mission. We were eating lunch with a member, and then began to share a scripture with them. In the middle of the lesson, it started to rain. And then it started to rain harder. My companion and I thought eh maybe lets wait it out to see if it will just pass by, but it only worsened. After a few minutes, I realized it would probably be really easy to say "eh its raining, they don't expect us to work in this, there's not even that much we could do." But in that moment, I realized, I actually wanted to go out in that rain. I wanted to get absolutely soaked and drenched, walk through all that mud. The fact that it was raining that hard actually made it seem more of an adventure to me. We asked the member to lend us a couple plastic sacks to cover ourselves, and then we headed out into the storm. Within seconds we were completely soaked. Everyone was running away like it was a world war, trying to get inside. The Thunder roared like I had never heard before. It was like a giant whip in the sky, that pierced the air with each strike. The car alarms to every car were literally going off. It felt like the end of the world.

And yet there we were, two missionaries in our shirts and ties, laughing and joking. Skipping around in the rain and pretending as if all were well. It didn't matter what was happening around us, we have a message to share that does not depend on the weather.. We ended up stopping by a few of the investigators that we have and shared our testimonies. It was an awesome experience and something that I am always going to remember because I realized how much I love this work. That even when the city was practically flooding, I actually wanted to be out there. I hope people saw us and thought to themselves "What the heck could be so important that those boys are still out there?"

I do not want to be anywhere else than where I am now. The Gospel is true, and it is that important. I want nothing more than for these people to realize that truth.

Love you all, and wishing you a great week!
Elder Bernal

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