Monday, January 12, 2015
Putting God First
WHEEEELLLLLPPPPPPPPP Here we are as another week has gone by. MAN they seem to be going fast lately (though im sure i cant imagine why) although it might have something to do with the fact that ive had "Big Yellow Taxi" by Counting Crows stuck in my head like the ENTIIIIIIIIIIIRE week haha oh well.
My Dad's questionsssss - 1) Our last investigator came from the guitar classes that i am teaching (suprise!) haha The people in our ward knew somehow that i play guitar and asked me to teach lessons to a bunch of them. I told them that if they would bring investigators then i would teach them to play guitar. And so they did! And it was great. We are currently working with the sister of a member and her daughter. They are pretty great. Lots of doubts, but really great haha 2) My bed is pretty much just like at home. Its a twin sized old mattress that sits on top of the base. Its pretty comfortable though after a day of walking, lemme tell ya. 3) Yes, people generally shower every day here and 4) One thing thats great about this culture is that they have lots of ways to greet people, or talk to people you dont even know. I mean, here you walk around saying good afternoon, good morning, and good night to allllllll the people around you and its not wierd! haha and if you walk by someone eating you say "Provecho" and they say thank you.....people, i have no idea who this random dude eating is but we just had a moment! haha so its great. And one thing that could usse improvement about the culture...hmm...id have to say the intolerance. Anything that is different here, the people reject. Like, if you are from a different religion, people wont even let you do service for them or participate with them in community activities. And a lot of people dont like us just cause we are white or from a different place. Its just kinda a cultural habbit that could be improved.
Alright, well this week was just grand. Honestly not really. It was a good week, but boy was it a tough one for us. We just walked...and walked....and walkedddddddd. Looking for people to teach and not finding anyone, appointment after appointment falling through, getting stood up by the bishop and not having him on our side in the work, not recieving the support we need from the members, AND of course trying to keep up our motivation up and keep searching. It was tough, but thats how the mission is sometimes. God gives us such great oportunities to realize just how vital it is to struggle sometimes. Hes great, and i love him for it. We are ready to get back out there this week and really stretch ourselves!! Its gonna be AWESOME!!!!!! Im STOKED! But yah, that was pretty much the whole week in a nutshell actually. Not a ton to tell, sorry!
Well the spiritual thought this week comes from my Dad! (sorry Dad) haha yah yah yah two weeks in a row, Hamms losing his creative originality but hey, 23 months wears on you haha nah im kidding, but seriously it was too good to NOT share with everybody else ya know?! So my Dad shared with me a quote from President Ezra Taft Benson that i really really liked. President Benson said: "When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives. Our love of the Lord will govern the claims for our affection, the demands on our time, the interests we pursue, and the order of our priorities. We should put God ahead of everyone else in our lives.” How great is that! Truly giving our will to the Father is a hard thing to do, but when we look at it as such an enabling and helpful move in our lives! When we are struggling with finding a balance in our lives, or when we are just overwhelmed by the amount of tasks we have, we need to put the Lord first. And then when we do that all the things that are truly important will follow, the unimportant meticulous things will fall away, and the glorious calm that comes with that descision will come into our lives filling us with peace. I know that if we place our lives in the hands of the Lord, he will bless us infinitely.
Elder Josh Hamm