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, August 18, 2014
The Power of the Priesthood
Soooo Ive been feeling a lot better this week. Not such a whinner now that ive grown up so much. I DOOO have 18 months now ya know. Sooo anyways, we had a good week in addition to me feeling better so lets get to it!
As for my Dads questions, they are as follows - 1) Almost all the kids here go to school, but there are a good portion that just work with their parents. 2) They get summers off...kinda, but they have year round school so they get off only like one and a half months and then have a tonnn of vacation time throughout the year. 3) Most of the time, we are in pretty safe areas. But there are always drunks and gangs that hang around especially at night when we are on the way home from appointments, and you have to be careful. But, most of the time youre just thinking, please dont say anything, please dont say anything, and then they dont say anything and we keep walking. 4) There are police everywhereee haha like we actually live right next to the court and prison so there are more, but even in the center, there are always police around to help with the drunk guys. ANDDDD 5) The drink that i have discovered that i will miss when i go home has to be a tie between orchata (a cinnimon milk drink) and Manzanita which is an apple flavored soda but it comes in the 3 different flavors - green apple, red apple, and yellow apple, with names all in spanish haha
And....my lovely companion
Alright well first things first, we were able to really help our investigators this week and we have some AWESOME investigators. A and M (the ones with the miraculous baby healing) are progressing like maddd. They are reading and understanding like nobody ive ever taught before. They are even receiving insights through the Holy Ghost that i have read in the Liahonas haha seriously they are on topppp of it. So they are doing great. Unfortunately they are also going to have to get married and we are STILL working on the other investigators we are trying to get married. BUtttt thats just part of the job haha and we also have a mom and her daughter that we are teaching. They came to church and the members were really trying to help them feel welcome this week. They even passed around the calender in relief society and they signed up to give us food this week! haha so things are going really well.
My elbow.....smashed. haha it was def broken
Buttt the spiritual thought for this week is about the priesthood. I dont know why God thought i needed some testimony boosters in reference to the priesthood this change, but apparently I needed it. So you already heard about the mom and dad who had their infant son blessed in church and the baby was healed of his skin condition. BUTTT now this week i had yet another experience with the priesthood. As you all know, im not the brightest crayon in the box, and thus, i have been known to do some pretty dumb things (lest we forget the paint thinner incident). Soo accordingly, this week we were waiting for an investigator and we were next to this ledge. The ledge was the height of my shoulder and as i was sitting on it, I told my comp that i could jump high enough to land on the ledge with my feet. Natrually he told me that i couldnt, and thus the irrevocable laws of manhood commanded me that such a feat must be attempted. Soo I backed up, got a running start and hurled my body at the ledge. Now, first off, there is NO doubt, nor reasonable speculation, that i did NOT make it up to the ledge. I did, and my comp will testify of that. HOWEVER, right as i was taking off, i threw my arm out to gain momentum....and absolutely smasheeddd my elbow in a most beastly manner. Im serious man it was awful. And when i reached down to feel it. I knew it was broken. I could feel a hugee separation in my bone, and the pain was that of when i have broken my arms before. Numb, painful, hott, painful, oh, and did i mention PAINFUL?!? So im like DANGG IT man, i broke my arm. But i had the distinct impression to get a priesthood blessing so we went to the store, picked up some ice, went to the house. My comp gave me a blessing and during the blessing we both felt like it was gonna be fine, even though my elbow was a bit disfigured and swollen like no other. So I took 2 ibuprofen and did ice on and off for 3 hours. The next morning my elbow was fine. It was still sensitive as if it was a bruise and there was an impact cut on it, but it was fine. No break, no immense pain, and at this moment 4 days later, it feels fine! So i want to testify to you guys that i know that the priesthood is God's power here on the Earth. It can be used to heal, to bless, to seal, and it can ONLY be found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know that it is real, and I know that it works miracles.