Monday, October 10, 2016

When The River Meets the Sea

This week has been pretty good so far. Elder Scott is training and he's in weslaco! so i saw him and my grandson. it was so great to see elder scott again, i missed him a ton. There are 34 missionaries in the zone now. on monday we had a cita with an investigator and member a couple miles from home. so i look at a map to find the best route and end up finding one that doesnt make us get on the freeway. so we head out and make our way to this street that should lead us to where we need to go. we get to the road and all is well and then we get to the levey and ride up and can see that someone has drove their car on the trail so we know its good. so we start riding down in hopes that it will lead to our destination. we get about halfway and come to a stop cause someone had destroyed the bridge that crossed a small creek. the creek not being that big we decide to see if we could walk across. i step down into the mud to make sure its good that we cross. the mud is soft but firm so i turn around to grab my bike and when i did that i then instantly sank to my knees in the mud and i began to sink more and i turned to get out on my own but i had decided to wear slip ons this day and could fel them coming off. it was way to hard for me to get out on my own. I yelled to barnett to help me out and he grabbed my hand and started to help me out. it was super hard to get out. after a short while i was able to get out and my feet were wrecked. i had mud all over. I dont know why but in that moment it made me think of how the savior helps us. in our life we are going our way through sketchy paths and end up finding ourselves knee deep in sin, addictions whatever it may be. i tried to get out on my own but it was clear that i wouldnt be able to without help. we made our way across the creek onto the lesson we finally arrive at the members house and there we met their friend/neighbor who is interested to learn about the gospel and the lesson was amazing. we gave her a book of mormon and that night she read all of 1nephi. all of these days have been a blur. i have a hard time remembering what i did the last 3 hours without looking at my planner. there are these highrise apartments in mercedes. they are about 7 stories high. its the tallest building in the valley and one day we decided to go to the top to check out the view. we get in the elevator and make our way up and as soon as the doors open and we walk out we got hit with vertigo..we could barely make our way to the was super strange.
miracle moment, we have this time every morning where we go out to find the menos activos and we were out on our bikes going to see if this hermana still lived at this address. we get there and knock on the door a few times and nothing. then as we are about to leave, this man walks up to the door and we ask him if this hmna lives there and he says no and invites us in for some water. he ends up telling us that his church doesnt accept him anymore cause he got divorced a few years ago and to be honest i could see his pain in his eyes.. he was hurting a lot. he told us he would try to come to church and see how it is. he misses having god in his life. this transfer is super good so far. we are focusing on inspiration right now. when i was younger i would watch skateboard videos all the time and everytime i would watch them i would want to go right outside and skateboard!! those videos inspired me to go out there and do it!!. we can apply that same principle to acting in the gospel. inspire people to have more faith in christ or hold onto the iron rod tighter. we can inspire others through the scriptures or even through personal experiences. the gospel is perfect! things have been great. heavenly father is truly watching over us. I dont really know what to say as the days go on i learn so much. i love the mission so much. ive almost been here for a year and ive been in the lords hands since day 1. enduring through so many things to shape me into what He wants and needs. submit yourself to Him and cousel with Him and you'll see miracles and have the greatest joy in your heart. the refiners fire is real. there was a question that was asked at stake conference and it was "how can i remain happy while im in the refiners fire?" I feel if you truly study and pray and ponder eternal blessings and remember them as you endure the fire. the spirit will testify to you in your heart and bring you comfort. im very grateful for all the lord has given me and loving parents to guide and support me in this life, for the atonement knowing I can be forgiven of my sins. its not easy but its all possible through christ. Dont give up..
the view from our street
 rio de diablo
the crossing
 queen city
1lb burger

for my boy Doc

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