I Am Melting

This week was pretty alright. It’s starting to get pretty hot. It was kind of a depressing week until Sunday we started having some success and things are really looking up here!

Monday we went to Charleston and got Elder N’s doctor situation taken care of for good. It was nice getting that out of the way.

Tuesday we met up with the Elders formerly known as Sandhill, and discussed new area boundaries for a large majority of the day. We ended up just deciding to keep the same basic boundaries, after a long discussion. That was most of the day.

Wednesday and Thursday were pretty dull. Wednesday we had Zone Conference, which was good. That was pretty much the only notable thing that happened though. We had zero success the rest of Wednesday and Thursday the only notable thing that happened was doing service at PAALS. Honestly it was a pretty depressing couple of days. Probably the slowest I have had on my mission. It just seemed like nobody wanted to talk to us.

Friday we did service for SBP, which was fun. We sanded drywall for most of the time. Afterwards Elder N and I biked considerably far out into our area (which now includes the country because the Spanish/English car Elders aren’t in our ward anymore), and I biked on the most terrifying road I have biked on in my mission. It was basically a freeway and I will definitely not be biking there again.

We went to this weird neighborhood right outside of a high security insane asylum and a prison. It was so odd. The whole place was super run down and it felt like nothing had changed there in decades. I literally saw a live possum climb out of the bushes and look right at me. I have never seen a living one of those before, let alone a living one in broad daylight…

Anyway, I got a bad feeling after a little while of being there so we left immediately and biked home for the night.

Saturday was pretty good. It was a little slow but we were able to get in contact with a less active member who is deaf. I didn’t realize he was deaf at first and then when he started talking it all made sense. He told us that he didn’t come to church because he needed an interpreter. It really made me feel for deaf people. It really must be a hard life to live.

Sunday was awesome! The first official Sacrament meeting of the Summit Ward was very well attended and for the first time in probably years the overflow was opened up and it filled up as well! It almost felt like a ward out west. Our new Bishop is super awesome and really wants to make missionary work a big part of the ward. I am really excited to see where this ward goes, because good things are starting to happen.

After church, we had an appointment with a referral, L. We had a really great lesson with him and he expressed that he wanted to start getting back into church and wanted to be baptized! Pretty much a dream come true, and it saved this week from being the most depressing week of my mission ever. I am really excited to see where he goes!

Anyway, that was the week. It was pretty hard and sometimes discouraging but it ended on a good note, so all is well!

This week I was reading in 2 Nephi and as I was reading the famous Psalm of Nephi, something really cool stood out to me.

Nephi say’s

17 …O wretched man that I am! Yea, my heart sorroweth because of my flesh; my soul grieveth because of mine iniquities.

18 I am encompassed about, because of the temptations and the sins which do so easily beset me.

19 And when I desire to rejoice, my heart groaneth because of my sins; nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted.

When Nephi said that he knew in whom he trusted, it really stuck out to me. Nephi, a prophet of God, someone who we see as an example, was harrowed up by his “iniquities.” It seems kinda silly to us almost, but Nephi did make mistakes. I can relate to Nephi, at least when it comes to being bothered by my mistakes a lot. However, what brings Nephi peace is remembering in “whom [he] trusted.” I think that’s really cool. When we evaluate ourselves we should ask ourselves, who we are trusting in? If we are trusting in the Lord in all things, and trying our best, we should not let our past mistakes and regrets bother us. Just a thought.

Whelp, I gotta go. Hope you all have a great week!

Stay crazy,

Elder Jeremiah Brown

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