Alma 1:25 Now this was a great trial to those that did stand fast in the faith; nevertheless, they were steadfast and immovable in keeping the commandments of God, and they bore with patience the persecution which was heaped upon them.
This scripture is really helping me through Jauja. The Lord is really trying my patience, and I can tell that it is helping me. I never thought that I had problems with this kind of thing, but I guess the Lord knows me better than I do and wants me to be better than I think I am, if that makes sense. I guess that I just have to keep this scripture in mind, and this one from Alma 7:
Alma 7:23-24 And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive. And see that ye have faith, hope, and charity, and then ye will always abound in good works.
However, things are going well. I’m enjoying myself, even though there isn’t a whole lot of measurable success. However, I know that the Lord is mindful of me and that He appreciates my ideas, even if others don’t understand them.
There were some pretty awesome events this week. We had another District Leader Counsel and had a blast. We fixed some of the problems in the mission and we all learned a lot and came out edified. We were also reminded that the Work of Salvation doesn’t just include new members, but also includes rescuing less and inactive members, which is what we are trying to do here. It was great. We played soccer, ate Burger King, ate brownies, ate pizza, and watched Despicable Me 2 (in Spanish, which was not as good as the real actors in English, but it was still awesome).
Friday we had another activity in the Chapel. We watched an awesome video that my companion got in his last area called “Luz a las Naciones, Sus Promesas” which is a celebration that took place in the Conference Center in October 2012. In the video, they talk about the “Great White God” of the ancient American people in all of America. They had dances and celebrations from almost every Latin American country and it was great. The Peruvian dance was a Huancayo dance, which made all in attendance very proud. It was a cool way to note the connections in scripture with old tales and accounts. Only two investigators came, which was a bummer, but the program really energized the members.
Well, that’s about it for this week. It has been very rainy and very cold. It is hard to want to go out and work in such conditions, but we just keep on keeping on, trusting in the hope that what we are doing has eternal significance. I love this work and hope to be able to help many people.
Well, I’m off to have an adventure!
With many llamas,