Cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians, the classic game of cat and mouse. It's a story that has been told ever since the beginning of time: whenever there is bad, good always has to come and kick it's rear-end. "For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my first-born in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility." (2 Nephi 2:11)
I find that even on the Lord's errand we always see evidence of said opposition. During the past week we have seen the hand of the Lord in everything that we do...but at the same time we have also seen the aftermath of the wrath of the adversary taking a toll on those that we are working with.
There's opposition in all things. That's the bottom line. There will always be good and bad, it's up to us to do all in our power to bring about as much righteousness as possible.
That's been on my mind all week. Because it's sad to see people lose interest in the Gospel and fall away...especially when they are so premature in the process...
That happened a lot this week, there were various people who read something negative on the Internet that heard something from their neighbors about the "mormons" or just didn't take the time to read or pray...
But the good thing was that some of the successes that we had glimmered like a diamond upon a sheet of black felt. President Gordon B. Hinckley once said, “I know it isn’t easy. It’s discouraging at times, sure. Aren’t you glad it isn’t just fun all the time? Those valleys of discouragement make more beautiful the peaks of achievement.”
We brought a family to sacrament meeting this Sunday! Jorge and Evelyn, and their 8-year-old son Cristian. We found them on Sunday when we contacted Evelyn's Brother in law and sister, Marlon and Andrea. Marlon commented to Jorge that we were going to come by their house to teach a message, and Jorge was just thrilled.
Because, little did we know, Jorge is an inactive ex-missionary with desires to return to church. His wife had never met the missionaries before but is very receptive and willing to learn and progress.
So, the two couples are what are filling my soul with joy right now...because on Sunday, Jorge brought his wife and kid to church and they stayed for the whole 3 hour block...and at the end committed to go to Stake Conference next week.
The Lord is truly blessing us; we have 5 baptismal dates set for June and a lot of other people who show potential to progress.
So, even though it may be rough sometimes, if we really dig down deep....we will always see that the Light conquers darkness and everything turns out alight.
So I'm just going to keep working at it!