Tuesday, May 20, 2014

May 5, 2014

Fam Bam, Wow its been a crazy fast week! time really flies when you work hard all day everyday. Things were pretty good this week just trying to expand the teaching pool sense there isnt really anyone thats progressing. but Friday was a crazy day we showed up at a lesson with a guy named Osborn. we found him sitting outside talking with all his drunk friends they were wasted its was pretty funny i wont lie but with drunks that can go from the happiest guys to absolutely crazy in 2 sec and thats what happened, one guy was up in my face just asking me all this random crap but i just stayed calm and was laughing and said things to make everyone laugh. when we left my comp was like man that guy was about to smack you with that bottle but we just laughed it off and bonded over it. but other than that nothing really to talk about till i get home! this week tho its mothers day and im excited to be able to call and skype. i'll be skyping about 6pm my time which is about 9 in the morning back in AZ. so im excited for that big time and the day i skype 6 months before was the day i was on the plane all day coming to S.A. crazy stuff 1 quarter down 3 to go! but to keep a little thought of mission in the email i wanted to shared a little story that the Elders Quorum President shared on sunday. he was talking about a Chinese Bamboo plant and how it takes 4 years of water and fertilizer each day to sprout but after those four years of care it sprouts and can grow 6 meters in 6 weeks. he applied it to home teaching but theres so many ways to apply the little parable so to say and i thought it was cool but i love you all so much and cant wait to see and hear from you on sunday. i love you! LOVE, ELDER SORENSON
-Proverbs 17:17
-Philippians 4:13

Also that talk i wrote i emailed it to President Zackrison last week in my weekly update letter and this week in his letter to all the missionaries you put it in so all the missionaries could read it which was pretty cool in my book. Love ya

Zone Conference Talk, TCU Baseball Remix: We serve missions to be apart of something much bigger than ourselves. We join together. We believe in one another and we push each other to reach a level of greatness that can only be reached when we all work as one. Our Quiet Confidence comes from knowing that, while we may just be 19 and 20 year old boys and we may face the Advisary along the way, collectively we will rely on an Extreme work ethic, The Spirit, and sound fundamentals of The Gospel to meet the challenges we all face. We're told in Preach My Gospel to not worry about the things we cant control, its a waste of our time and its a waster of the Lords. The only things we can control when stepping out into the Mission Field are Effort and Attitude. I promise you if you give 100% of both You Will See Results. Resist the temptation to bind to the hype of a good area or a good week or something thats going on at home, it will only serve to distract and move us further from our goal. Keep your blinders on and sharpen your focus. Grasp the importance of now and win This day. Then when the Last Day of mission comes and the last lessons is finally over, only then will we know if we were Consecrated. But know this that a single day or a single lesson does not define a missionary. A True Consecrated Missionary comes forth in the early morning hours, A Determined Force, Full of the Spirit and Humility, but deprived of relaxation, mentally driving his body beyond fatiuge, beyond pain, beyond reason, to the point of exhaustion. How far a missionary is able to consecrate himself and be obedient when no one is watching... Thats the essence of a truly consecrated missionary. So when your home and happen to catch a glimps of a consecrated missionary hitting the wall and pushing through, take pause, look closer, and feel fortunate for what you are witnessing. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. * not sending this to boast of myself but hopefully to motivate missionaries and members alike to put forth that effort to do The Lords work. *

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