Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Great Fire of `13

Popo in the Snowsnow (see what I did there?)

  Sooo this week was a little more eventful in comparison to others, although we are continuing to have a tough time with the work in our area, but there will be more to come on that front in a moment so dont worry.

       First off, HUGE thanks to all those who sent me Birthday wishes and if you havent sent one, no this is not to call you out haha Birthday isnt till Wednesday so dont worry...there is time for repentance ;) No, but thanks to everyone seriously, it was nice to remember that Im remembered! haha

       Second off, things here are good. We didnt teach a whole lot of lessons this week, but we had four less actives all at church!!! They all came as a family and it was the primary program and so they all loved it and felt the spirit. No promises about attendance next week but it was cool none the less haha Also, we cant technically count this guy yet, cause we havent taught him, but we were talking with the less active family and the mothers dad had been listening to the missionaries a while back. So we visited him and he said that he is VERY interested, he has a copy of the Book of Mormon (which he has read in), and he told us that he was going to read more before we visited him again this week and write down his questions that he has. Also, his wife isnt too interested but we are gonna work on THAT!! haha Sooooooo we are pretty much stoked! Hopefully we can answer all of his questions. And then we also have a less active mother who is married to a non member, but she has been coming back to church and the husband is a really nice guy. He is christian, but the only problem is he works in their house which they converted to a bakery and so he has like NO time to talk or anything. But im hoping that he will accept our offer to help him make bread (I wanna learn so bad!!) and that it will help us talk with him. But the jist of it is, thanks for all the prayers for us...cause it seems as though we found 3 new investigators.

A creepy cornfield we walk by everyday
       In more exciting news, I unsuccessfully almost burned our house down on Saturday haha we were in a pueblo (a little tinyyyy town) to eat on saturday and when we walked into a store to ask directions...they were selling bottle rockets....but Mexican style. Its basically a little tube of cement with gunpowder in it, tied to a stick. Its dopeeee. So i bought 10 for 10 pesos (for those of you playing along at home, that would be less than one dollar for 10 bottle rockets....ummm YES.) So we were lighting them off in our backyard but the first one didnt have enough power to lift it out of the ground....so we ran inside and it exploded, then we shot one that went haywire and shot at the house...also fun, but then heres the best part. Im like dude, you know what we need?...a freekin bottle! Thats why theyre called bottle rockets (hint hint) so theres this 2 liter soda bottle with some water in the bottom, so i take it and pour it over the wash counter out back and down the drain.....but then it starts smelling....and i realize it wasnt water, it was this stuff called "thinner" and they use it for painting or something? dunno but im like uhh well im not gonna let it sit there.....so i dropped a match on it. Bad idea. Shirt on fire, tie on fire, wash counter engulfed in flames hahahaha it was pretty great. Shirt went out quickly and so did the tie.....but the counter man....sooo much fire haha water did nothing and basically it took like 5 minutes with water running over it to put it out. But God is merciful, and so our house still stands...And we escaped unharmed...ish.

       So spiritual thought this week comes from a sctipture Im sure you have all heard in 2 Nephi. In 2 Nephi chapter 25, Nephi is talking about how we are to live our lives and I loveeee verse 23. It reads: "For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brothren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." So I added in the bold and italics to show my point. The way I see it, there are generally 2 types of people in this world who could benefit from this scripture. First type: People who think that we can eat drink and be merry, and that we will make it to heaven by some incredible feat of grace and mercy, no matter what we do (that would be nice), and Second Type: People who think that NOBODY will make it to heaven because we are all too wicked. They believe that no matter what we do, we will always be imperfect and that God will always hate us for our imperfections. But they are BOTH completely wrong. We believe that we are a fallen people...meaning as humans, we are imperfect and live in a physical fallen state. BUT we also believe that we can make it back to heaven because of our savior Jesus Christ and his atonement. So its just like the scripture says. We labor all our lives to teach our children, and our brothren. We try so hard to be good, and in the end....we fail. But we do not fail eternally. Because we KNOW that it is by grace that we are saved....only AFTER ALL WE CAN DO! Brothers and sisters, are we doing ALL we can do? I challenge you as i have now challenged myslef, to strive to do all we can do, with a confident knowledge that we will fall short, but the grace of Christ and his everlasting arms stretched out, will catch us.

HEY FAM! Thanks for all the birthday emails. I sure do love you guys a lot! I miss you too, but im gonna have to put up with you for eternity anyways so a break is good once in a while ;) Love you all!

Elder Josh Hamm

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