Well, I’ve been a year out now, Elder Wimmer and I celebrated by eating at Sushi King. At night, we commenced our ceremonial shirt burning signifying one year gone, one year more. I had a great reason to celebrate, but I think my investigators celebrated too. This week all of my investigators.. somewhat dropped us. We were not able to meet with any investigators this week, probably because they were too busy celebrating our year mark for us (this is a joke, I’m just not very funny, so feel free to laugh along with my joke). It was quite a stressful week, but we were able to do some good at least.
I had zone meeting in Johor Baru on Monday and Tuesday. My zone leaders trained me on how to eliminate distractions and focus on finding more investigators. We returned to our area to find that the work is the same, but we received some great spiritual strength. In this area of Melaka, I’ve learned to dig deeper in the scriptures than ever before. I love to study the scripture missionaries and learn from their examples. One thing I realized is that missionary work has never been easy. It always requires sacrifice, complete confidence and diligence, and faith. The fruits of the work are always worth the work. I find it depressing to not see immediate results, but I still find joy in the simple parts of the day. Scriptures as always are a great source of help, but I found the sacrament this week to be most influential. I am most grateful for Christ’s Atonement for me. Of the little knowledge I know of the Atonement, I understand that His sacrifice was difficult. He, being a God, asked if there was another way. I often ask myself this question, is there another way; this path is really really hard! I will never make a sacrifice as great as Christ’s, but I do feel that in order to bring a soul the most important message on Earth it will require the most exerting effort. I find it odd to say that I truly am grateful for trials, I have never seen Christ or His church or His Gospel in a more glorious way than now.
I’m sure next week will be a great week, I think that it’s time we find someone to teach!
Ponderize Scripture: 1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ
I love you all sincerely,