So I've been working a lot, not really getting baptisms, but I don't even think twice about that. Knowing that the Lord commands when making covenants with His children makes it easy to understand progress as a missionary. We have contacted so many people in Garupa that we tract and find people who say "But you guys already gave me a card?" That's happened a lot actually.
Other than that, I am working on ways to be optimistic. (You can never be too optimistic ) It's really fun, I would recommend the study to all of y'all. I want to be the best me I can be. I find that some of my strengths have to with enthusiasm, loudness, and a sense of humor; Appendages to a lively character.
I want to be conscious of my own behavior at all times. I want to recognize my uninvited pride before I make ignorant decisions! I really feel like ranting about how pride can ruin one's life. Honestly I need pride removed from my life. I know it is the strongest key that Satan has to chain me down. In my opinion if someone has the capacity to control THAT end of the many weaknesses of man, he or she is a master of his life. It's something that denies access to knowledge, to wisdom, to understanding. It just blinds, and affects all of your surroundings. If one can dominate pride, that person will enjoy this life more than anyone.
Pride has to do with the way you think, the way you act, the way you speak, the way you consider and ponder and study. EVERYTHING! It secretly plays with all the controls on the panel while you try to find the buggy virus!!
But my mission gave me an open mind. I am so blessed to have been able to look upon my sins, and my pride and to give it away. I NEVER WANT IT BACK! I want to love the innocent! The naive! I don't want to fight with the ignorant! The opposite end from pride is the beautiful, merciful, humble, love that God reigns with!
Oh how great the verse that says that we must become as the innocent child!
Here's an example I found:
That moment when your parents call you over and ask "Who did it?"
Good parents don't ask that question to know who it was, because they already know. They ask to give a chance for the child to repent.
Oh how one can apply that example to Adam when he sinned. He hid from the Lord. The Lord asked "Where art thou?("Who did it?")
But the wisdom of Adam is manifest when he IMMEDIATELY LEFT HIS HIDING PLACE and stood infront of his Father.
Now, we know that the all seeing judge will ask us "Who did it?"
Will you give in, will you give up your pride, will you come out from your hiding place, and take responsibilty for what your errors are?
Because God does not ask to know who it was, but he asks so you can repent.
Therefore repent, and establish yourself on His side! Feel the righteous love that comes from the opposite end of pride! Love is such a profound word! Who can describe it!?
I think that's enough for today :)
Impressions of Garupa:
-I love Leche... I drink like 2-3 liters a day :)