So another week that has flown by here in the Central Ward. I know I’m always saying this, but it’s crazy how fast time goes by here. I am just trying to do all I can to not miss or waste even a moment. Everything is good though and I’m loving it.
This past P-day was cool because we went down to the beach. Trujillo is a coastal city however most of the coastline isn’t Beach. They built the shanty homes too close to the water many years ago and, with the constant changes of the swells over the years, the beaches have come up farther and farther and washed away the homes… kind of like the parable Christ taught of the foolish man who had built his house upon sand, in Matthew 7:24-27:
“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
Anyways, to avoid the tides destroying their homes, they threw up a bunch of rock barriers. So we had to walk for about an hour to get to the regular beaches. We also found the first counselor of the stake presidency fishing and talked with him for a bit. The best part was just sitting on the beach, running the sand through my fingers and watching the waves, Hahaha, I miss the beach a lot.
Another way hectic thing that happened this week was that I got very sick out of the blue. I think I must have eaten something bad cuz I had a fever, diarrhea, and nausea for three days straight. I’m all better now, but it just sucks being sick in the mission because when you’re sick you can’t give all that you normally would be able to give.
This week, we have had the opportunity help lots of people. I marvel at the great faith it takes for those we teach to put off worldly traditions and desires. It makes me think of the Lord and how hard it must have been for him. In the mission, and in life, things may not seemed to go perfectly. Sometimes we try our hardest to do what we think is best and we will see that the Lord doesn’t always give us what we want. But he will always give us what best.
“Or what man is there of you, who, if his son ask bread, will give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them, for this is the law and the prophets. Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, which leadeth to destruction, and many there be who go in thereat; Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
Something that I have learned in the mission is that God never will give us ”stones” nor “ serpents”, though it may not always seem like it, If it comes from Him, it will always be “bread” and “fish.” It’s pretty cool to know that.
I hope everything is going well back home and that you guys don’t get asked about Trump and the wall as much as I do, hahaha.
Seebs til next week.