Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sept., 8, 2014

Another Fast week. i can not believe im over 300 days now thats pretty crazy 65 more days and its all down hill. This week was just a roller coster and had many ups and downs. but the best is having people notice your hard work and share their love for you. For example i told one family that transfers are next week and the mom was like No i dont know what would happen if you left Elder Sorenson because ever since you've been here the whole branch has grown and everything is just working so smooth. it was nice to have a little pick me up because i was getting down this week think that no one is really caring or seeing the change taking place but anyways it was nice. But the biggest highlight of the week came with a brother named Sifiso. This guy is powerful and has a big desire to know the gospel but he was a smoker so about 2 or 3 weeks back we started a Stop Smoking Program with him and his Bro Cebo that is on B-date as well but this week Sifiso completed the Program and hasnt smoked in about 3 weeks. Its amazing to see this work change lives and have a big part in it as well. Whether things are going good or bad for me here in africa or at home theres always a bright side it every situatuion. Take those to brothers for an example, both were hard core smokers and it didnt seem like there was any light of hope for them but there was only little sparkle of faith in Jesus Christ that began to illuminate as we began to share them this message. but i heard this week that there was some crazy guy back in AZ that burned and peed on a bible outside a church, whats up with that? that had to have been a big story if africans in these little shanty towns know about it. But things are going pretty well here and im hoping things will continue. we find out transfer news on friday and i hope that i stay since i've worked so hard here i feel i deserve fruits of my labor which will most likely be 7 baptisms(4 men above 25), dividing this branch into two, and helping people prepare for the up coming temple trip on October 4th, which i might be spending a little to help my recent converts pay for the trip so that they are able to go soon after baptism. i love you all and continue to update me on life back home. Almost over that One Year hump, the harder i work the faster it'll go! cant wait to see you all in another year! time will fly! but for now i gotta be willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else i try everyday to make every hour effective i get up early and work out with greene then im at my desk 30 min before im suppose to be then making the work effective in the area and coming home at the end of the day worn out to finish with some P90X,You don't always get what you wish for, you get what you work for. Greene and i Know how to work hard but also to play hard like going golfing this morning for a few hours. You gotta have fun on pday or you'll go crazy. love you
Elephant Story:
As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.

He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?

Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life

An outside religious service.

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