Monday, January 13, 2014

Week 23: We shoveled a lot of snow.


A lot has happened this week that has made it feel like the longest week of my mission looking back, but it also has gone by super-fast. An insight I learned this week involves how great a privilege it is to be living here in mortality and experiencing all the trials, joys, and lessons of life. It is such a privilege and has helped me persevere through difficult moments. Looking back at those moments makes me more grateful for the peace that comes from enduring. It also has helped me learn more about myself, Heavenly Father, and spiritual development that would not have occurred otherwise. One of the biggest goals for this area is to start having weekly coordination meetings because we've only had one since Elder Jacobs got here and we haven't had a branch council since Elder Pasket was here. We decided this in weekly planning and it was reinforced in Zone Training Meeting.

Jerry is doing wonderful. We taught him the 10 commandments, Sabbath day holy, and chastity. He understood them well. Had some questions about the Sabbath day, but was willing to keep it holy. He came to sacrament meeting again. He talked with his daughter Michelle about Baptism and they might be baptized together on the first of February. Michelle is in Winner.
In accordance with instruction, I got a bike this week. It has proved to be a great blessing because it has opened new ways of travel to areas that we didn't go very often because of mileage limitations. It was great to be able to use it in the warm heat wave we are having here in Chamberlain.

So on Monday I bowled an 86 and a 113. Tuesday I made orange Julius. We helped out with the cub scouts of the community. An EMT came and taught them a lot about first aid. She gave us a funny look when talking about frostbite. On Wednesday we shoveled a lot of snow. On Thursday we tried to meet at a ministerial society, but there wasn't anyone there so they must have changed the day or time. Sister Kundell's mother fell and broke her hip at the nursing home and we were able to give her a blessing with President Barth. On Friday we had Zone Training Meeting in Pierre and then to Mission for a baptismal interview and exchange with the Elders in Winner. I was with Elder Perkins. We had a great time meeting people on the Rosebud reservation.

The best experience came from last night. We knocked on a potential investigator's door right as he was coming out. He expressed concerns to us about having nightmares about dying. We were able to testify to him of Alma 40:11-12( Now, concerning the astate of the soul between bdeath and the resurrection—Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are ctaken dhome to that God who gave them life.
12 And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of ahappiness, which is called bparadise, a state of rest, a state of cpeace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow).

We have a return appointment for Friday where we will teach him more about the Gospel. The lessons I've learned this week about perseverance have truly blessed me and this area. I'm hoping to develop a more patient attitude to get over little frustrations. This will help bring greater joy into my life and lessen the chances of discouragement because the Lord has blessed us in His own time, not when we think it is necessary. I love it here and look forward to further miracles.
With great love,

Elder Davis

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