Monday, November 16, 2015

Week #21 - In the field

This week has been decent. There isn't a lot of teaching going on in
our area right now. It's more or less a lot of finding. We go out
everyday and try to track down all the potentials that are in our area
book. There are a ton of them. A lot of them have been in the area
book since like 2009 and have probably since moved. It's just a matter
of tracks those people down. That's where most of the doors slammed in
our face happen or the people yelling at you. But I guess that's what
makes it interesting. It makes for some good stories, that's for sure.

On Monday, we had dinner at a recent converts house. She is from
Ethiopia. She fed us Ethiopian food. And to my surprise, it was
actually pretty dang good. If you get over the sheer fact that it's
super weird looking, it tastes good! The only way I would describe it
is like an undercooked pancake that's only cooked on one side, that
tastes like sourdough bread, but is gray. You then use that bread type
of thing to pick up the meat or the vegetables or beans or whatever
else you're having. You eat with your hands which is pretty cool. that
was another mission experience that was pretty cool. Who would have
thought you get homemade Ethiopian food while staying in the states?
Pretty sweet.

On Saturday, we spent a lot of time organizing our area book. We broke
our area up into sections (like A1, A2, B1, and B2). We then went
through every person in the area book and looked up their address and
next to their contact, we put the section that they live in. So now
whenever are planning where we are going to work for the day, we can
just go to one of the 10 sections that we have and there is a list of
all the potentials in that area. It's super sweet. It makes tracking
down all those potentials a lot easier.

This week during my studies I have been studying Captain Moroni. That
man is a stud. He is such a feat example of a leader. He knows that he
needs to be physically prepared with soldiers, supplies, and armor.
But then he also knows that he needs to be spiritually prepared as
well. In Alma:43, Moroni even asks Alma, who is the high priest at the
time, where the Lamanites are going to take their army. And the lord
reveals to Alma that they are going to Manti and Moroni is able to
take his army and meet them there and develop something like an ambush
for when they arrive. Captain Moroni is a prime example of the
scripture, "if ye are prepared, he shall not fear". He knows that as
long as he is physically prepared and he relies on the Lord, they will
be given enough strength to conquer their enemies. And one of my
favorite scriptures describing Moroni is Alma 48:17. It says, "17 Yea,
verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever
would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have
been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the
hearts of the children of men." I think that verse says it all. I hope
everyone has a good week!

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