This week I started reading Doctrine and Covenants and in a word, it was very insightful. Now, it's actually easier to read my scriptures in Spanish than it has been in English. I love the revelations that the Lord gave to Oliver Cowdry during the first few sections. There are so many things said that really impacted me,
"Fear not to do good, my sons, for whatsoever ye sow, that shall ye also reap; therefore, if ye sow good ye shall also reap good for your reward. Therefore, fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail." (D&C 6: 33-34). That scripture really stuck with me during this week, and I truly enjoy the thought that We should not fear to do that what is good. Whatsoever we sow, the same we shall reap, if we are prepared, and edified upon the rock of our redeemer, we shall not fear. It reminds me of the stirring lyrics of the him "How Firm a Foundation"
"The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose
I will not, I cannot, desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I'll never, no never, I'll never, no never,
I'll never, no never, no never forsake!"
Such comfort and bravery is a strong message to all disciples of Christ. "Let us have the courage to defy the consensus, the courage to stand for principle. Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval." (Thomas S. Monson, "The Call for Courage" April 2004). My companion and I have really been trying to put that into practice, challenging more and more of our investigators to be baptized. Sadly enough, that means that more and more of are investigators have started dropping off of the map.
Right now we are finding a lot of anomalies in the street...namely dogs. Lots of dogs, Dogs that look like lions, Dogs that look like Ben Stiller and Dogs that their owners leave up on their roofs to bark at all the pedestrians in the street.
And also, a volcano exploded on Saturday. For about 2 Hours, Ash was falling from the sky and making my clothes look like I have really bad dandruff. The whole world was just freaking out about it and everyone stayed inside except for us.
So we did some service, helping a family move from Quetzaltenango to our ward. It took 7 people and 3 really strong ropes to lift their sofa from the ground level and onto the balcony, because it couldn't fit up their small stairs!
We are trying to see what we can do to occupy our time.
I am sure that the Lord will bless us very soon with more chosen investigators! Vanessa and Jasmine are progressing really well, they both read the scriptures and prayed to know if Joseph Smith was a Prophet. Both of them say that they received an answer!
So...little by little we will see progress here. I just have to learn patience!
Happy Valentines Day!