So this week was transfer week and Elder Ottesen left the house :( but it's ok because Elder Hansen came here and he's a stud. He's fresh out of the MTC and had a lost puppy look on his face when he walked in the door but he's adjusting well. We'll break him in today at P-day ball.
Other than that this week was a lot like last week. Teaching lots of people from Africa and getting rides for everyone to church. Which led to the craziest and most stressful Sunday of my whole mission, probably my whole life because we had 14 people come to church and 13 of them only speak about 10 words of English. But at the end of the day it was great to see how happy they were and to see them have spiritual experiences at church. Dad sent me a thought that helped explain my thought process that night:
"The more we obsess about our difficulties, our struggles, our doubts, and our fears, the more difficult things can become. But the more we focus on our final heavenly destination and on the joys of following the disciple’s path—loving God, serving our neighbor—the more likely we are to successfully navigate through times of trouble and turbulence."
It was pretty easy and tempting in the moment to focus on the storm of craziness and confusion all around me and to get frustrated. But when I remembered the reason I was doing this was to help others feel the spirit, experience the gospel, and be able to receive the ordinance of baptism, the storm seemed pretty small comparatively.
We also had a great conversation with this guy last night who believed in reincarnation and was convinced that in his previous life he was a 7 foot tall lion hunter in Africa. He told us his strategies for hunting lions on the Sahara. And he also believed that his cat was a reincarnated leprechaun. That conversation helped lighten our moods for the night hahaha.
Quote for the day inspired by Momma Cox:
"There are no freebies. If you are not willing to pay the price needed for success, you will pay the price of failure."
This quote is truer than true. Everybody wants success but too many sit in idleness and are not willing to pay the price, hard work, diligence, perseverance, etc. that is needed for success.
"Go and do it"- Nephi
Love ya all