Hi! Whether you're friends, family, or total strangers who have stumbled upon this page I'd like to welcome you to my blog. My name is Elder Josh Hamm. I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am currently serving a 2 year mission in Puebla South, Mexico. This blog is kind of like an online journal where I will be recording all the experiences, both good and growing, that have while I'm on my mission.
Monday, November 25, 2013
They grow up so fast :'(
So basically this week was completely uneventful, due to the fact that the doctor told me to take it veryyy veryyy easy for a few days. And so we only taught a few lessons. Butttt the big news is that my companion, and trainee Elder Pe is going to leaveeeee tomorrow to go onto bigger and better companions who will teach him all the things i never could :'( Its all fairly melancholy haha nah im kidding, its alright, but it was a pretty good 12 weeks together, and i have realized something that i think i can apply to my life fairly easily. I have learned....that I really do NOT like changes haha I was thinking about how this life is just one constant state of changes and changes. And well, it kinda helped me! haha I dont know about you guys, but i have always freeked out about how eternity is just gonna be...well eternity. I mean, thats a longggg time in my book. But hey, the good news is, we probably wont be going through sooo many changes at that point! But anyway, im gonna put a picture in here of Elder Pe and I or at least sometthing that can accurately describe our companionship....and isnt terribly offensive haha but in conclusion, Elder Pe is the companion that anyoneee could get along with. We never faught once in 12 weeks, and thats saying something cause you know me pretty well haha He was a hard worker, could speak both spanish and understand English really well, AND we had a ton of good time. ---End of Obituary--- ;)
Sooo the only other news from this week would be that we set a baptismal date with an investigator that we have who is awesomeeee and totally has sincere desires to hear our message and to change. He actually has a job that requires him to work on Sunday and we were worried about how we were going to bring it up with him. But we brought it up in our lesson and before we could invite him to pray about it, he told us that he had already thought about how he should talk to his boss and change his schedule, and if that wouldnt work, he was gonna quit. Needless to say, this man is chosen haha hopefully we can keep him progressing.
OHHHHHH But the biggest news from the week would be that we got......FRIKIN MICROWAVES!!!! AHHHHHH!!!! So stoked for that haha this is a big developement in the mission and I really dont know how many different possiblities were just opened up to me haha but one thing is sure...there will be microwaving going on in our house shortly.
So spirtual thought from this week comes from 2 Nephi 31. I was reading about how Nephi saw Christ get baptized, and Ive always loved the verse (and we use it a lot on the mission) where Nephi tells how if Christ HIMSELF needed to be baptized, then how much MORE do we need it! But I always put such emphasis on that part, that i have totally overlooked the next few verses where Nephi explains WHY Christ was baptized. In verse 6 it starts and says: "6 And now, I would ask of you, my beloved brethren,wherein the Lamb of God did fulfil all righterousness in being baptized by water? 7 Know ye not that he was holy? But notwithstanding he being holy, he showeth unto the children of men that, according to the flesh he humbleth himself before the Father, and witnesseth unto the Father that he would be obedient unto him in keeping his commandments." And then in verse 9 it concludes: "9 And again, it showeth unto the children of men, the straitness of the path, and the narowness of the gate, by which they should enter, he having set the example before them." What I was able to take away from these scriptures was that Christ "descended" down to Earth, and became a fallen being in a human state. He came and suffered for us, so that we could return to live with God and so that we could have the EXAMPLE that he set for us. In these scriptures, Nephi tells us that the flesh is weak, but thats not an excuse. We have to humble ourselves before God like Christ did and keep his commandments if we want to recieve eternal life. The path is straight, the gate is narrow, but it is not only possible, it is worth it.
HEY FAM! Thanks for all the prayers and that good stuff. It sounds like things are good for EVERYBODY at home! Keep being awesome and try not to have too much fun while im gone!