This week was crazy, it started off Sunday night!!!!! Last Sunday, we had a way cool experience! It was about 8:30pm, and we were heading on our way home from a visit, and then we got a call from a member ACROSS our area for help for a less active lady that was way sick and needed a blessing, so we headed over, but the family that she lives with is way strong LMS (London Missionary Society?), so they wouldn't allow the blessing to be done in or around the house, so we had to take her to bishop's house and we did the blessing there with bishop's son! Then we found out, this lady, Pei, hasn't been to church in ages, and bishop's wife knows her really well, so we found a lost sheep this week and are getting her reactivated! WOOOOOOP WOOOOOOOP!!!
Then, no baptisms this week because of the cyclone, so they all got postponed to next week!! BUT, I'm not sure if yous remember Julian, he was pretty much ready to get baptized but then he fell off the face of the earth. He bounced from his house and is now living with some friends in 'Ili'Ili. So Esau, E Faalogo, and I went searching for him! For 2 and a half hours we searched for this kid, up and down this one road, asking everyone and their dogs where or if they know where he is! We're all getting blisters, Pres Hannemann told all missionaries to be in by 6pm cause of the cyclone warnings, and it's closing in on 5:30ish, and we cannot find this kid for the life of us. But there was one last house that we wanted to try and knock one last time, to see if he could actually be there. So we knocked. No one. Knocked again. Nothing. Then right before we were about to leave, I went to knock one more time before we left. Knocked and the door. Nothing. Welp, thinking we had totally failed we headed home so we could get home before 6.
The next morning during studies, I was trying to figure out what the Lord wanted us to learn, cause I was frustrated as all get out. We were wet, blistered, and tired, we could not find this kid. All I wanted was to find him. His family situation isn't looking to great and we're trying to get him back on the straight and narrow before he leaves too far! So I kept praying and flipping through the scriptures for something...and then I found it with the help of the Spirit guiding....Endurance!
I flipped to D&C 121:7-9, one of my faves!! I reread it and I got yet another meaning from it!
Joseph Smith at this time si in Liberty Jail, suffering persecutions and afflictions, and all he is concerned about is his family and the persecuting that the saints are receiving. And then the Lord gives the Prophet, Joseph, this counsel and words of comfort.....
"My son, peace be unto thy soul; THINE ADVERSITY and thine AFFLICTIONS shall be but a SMALL MOMENT;
'And then, IF thou ENDURE it WELL, GOD shalt EXALT thee on HIGH; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.
'Thy FRIENDS do STAND by thee, and they shall HAIL thee AGAIN with warm hearts and friendly hands."
Anyone can endure, but we need to endure it well with Love in our hearts towards God and our friends and neighbors...The 2 GREATEST COMMANDMENTS!!!! THEN will we TRULY feel and know the first and greatest TRUTH...That God our eternal Father, Loves us with ALL His heart, ALL His might, with ALL His mind, and ALL His strength!!!
Love yous all and hope yous were able to pull something to apply this week to yous weeks!! LOVE YOUS ALL!!!
|George (the boxer), Elder Daley, Elder Faalogo, and Colby (Elder Daley came back for a week so he could get his license so George when on splits with them.)|
|Another pic with the Book of Mormon in Samoan.|
|Tree of Life--this is from the top of the mountain or hill on American Samoa that you can see the whole island. The missionaries call the tree at the top the Tree of Life.|