Hello everyone, we had a great week this week and there were a lot of lessons learned as we put our shoulders to the wheel, pressed along, and did our duty with a heart full of song.
I love how the Lord teaches lessons. They are unique to the individual and are personal manifestations of his love. These can be during the good times and the bad. Through a warm embrace of the spirit or the hard trials that beset us as we travel through mortality. No matter what the case may be as we put our trust and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ all things work together for our good and our benefit and will be to our advantage and learning.
President Mecham put it best when he told me, "The Lord expects us to develop the talents we have and as we do so, we are promised to receive an hundred fold. One way we receive those additional talents is through the trials that we face and the lessons that we learn."
Many of these "talents" cannot be learned in any other way than the way the Lord has prescribed for our souls. I have learned this throughout my mission and I continue to apply these principles as I seek to come closer to the Lord every day.
The week’s activities are thus,
Tuesday we traveled down to Missoula Montana for a Zone Conference. It was here that we were taught the last time by President and Sister Mecham before President and Sister Wadsworth comes into the mission. It was a very powerful meeting focusing on teaching people principles to answer their own questions rather than just giving them the answer. Sort of like the old proverb, "If you give a man to fish, you feed him for a day. But teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." This same principle applies to our gospel study as we are taught by the Holy Ghost DAILY and that's the key DAILY through personal prayer, scripture study, and meditation upon the things of the spirit.
Wednesday we went on exchanges with the Columbia falls elders. I was with Elder Anderson who came with me from the South Dakota Rapid City Mission. He and I are now going home together on August 29. It was a great exchange and we were able to help out in the community by providing service through project homeless connect.
We are now biking a lot as the month comes to a close and we are short on miles. We bike and as a result the Lord blesses us. President Anderson always said the most successful areas are the ones who bike. I have seen this constantly. We see more people, talk to more people because we are not behind the wheel of a car. Thus we are able to accomplish much more.
We got 11 referrals on Friday which we spent a long time (all day) to contact. With the Lord's help we were able to contact them all. Many of them were repeats and weren't interested, but there were some who were genuinely searching for truth and thanked for caring enough to stop by. One in particular, Sandy, was so glad we came that she was moved to tears. She also asked us for a pamphlet. That's something that doesn't happen very often with sincerity and we could tell she was being sincere.
Later that evening we received an additional 5 referrals which we spent our time the next day contacting. Church was really good. Elder Hansen was able to give a great impromptu lesson in Gospel Principles when the instructor contacted us that he wasn't able to attend. Luckily it was on a subject we are very familiar with...Missionary Work! So it was easy to keep the conversation going and I admire the spirit that he was able to bring to the lesson. It was very powerful and helped motivate everyone to act in some way to help the Lord in his work. (This included me).
It's been a great week. I am grateful I was able to write once again. I appreciate each and every one of you. Keep up the good work.
Elder Jaden Davis