Never let your pride keep you from learning a lesson that will further your eternal progression and receiving greater blessings
Hola everybody! This week was awesome! We worked like crazy. Also I'm staying in my area for another change so that's cool. I love my area. First off, we were able to have a baptism this Saturday, and it was awesome. The service was great. The members pulled together to help us a little bit, and it was really just a good solid service. We almost didn't have this baptism. Our ward mission leader filled up the faunt in the morning which we thought was awesome until we went to check everything and found the water was really dirty. He had forgotten to clean the fuant and there was spiders and dirt and gum and all kinds of things in the water. So, we knew we had to drain it, but we didn't have enough time left to drain the water. So, we tracked down a pump so we could pump it back into the well. While that was happening fast enough for 3 1/2 hours, we, my comp and I, used buckets to get it out of the faunt. Then we cleaned it and at around 1:30 we began refilling it. This faunt is huge so we were worried we weren't going to have enough time to fill it up by 4, which was when we had the baptism. Well we said a prayer. We left for 20 minutes to eat and we went back to the chapel and found the font was still almost empty with only 2 hours left. So for two hours we were racing with buckets to fill it up and at 4 o clock exactly we through the last bucket in and we're ready to go. The people got there. We got everything else ready, and we had us a baptism. It was miracle we were able to fill the fuant up in time for sure. That's really what it means when it says "After you have done all that you can do." 2 nephi 25:23. We did all that we could have done and wouldn't ya know it, we made it somehow. We were trully blessed a lot. This week we walked so much. We went to all 4 corners of the earth to find people, not just the corner in Ecuador. . . We are making progress though. I'm really hoping to see some success in December. I feel like we are super close right now with some people. Ya well here in Ecuador we didnt have thanksgiving. They don't celebrate it and I honestly didn't even notice it passed by. However there are some Christmas lights going up around our sector right now. Some are prettty awesome; I need to try to get pictures. This week I was just reading a little bit in the book Marci made for me cause I was bored. I was reading what Michelle said and I read an awesome qoute. I never knew my sister was so wise with words. She said "Never let your pride keep you from learning a lesson that will further your eternal progression and recieving greater blessings." felicitaciones a Michelle Morse for the qoute of the week haha. I immediately thought of Elder Valverde. I dont know if I ever told you guys the story of how I was able to learn so much from him. One night Elder Valverde and I were planning and we were pretty tired and I just wanted to get it done. Well I was a little impatient because I was tired and he started messing around with something. I dont remember what, but I said hey let's get this done, and he could see I was pretty tired and a little frustrated with various things, so he told me we would plan in the morning because if we were to plan right then it woud not have been good at all and would not have served us for anything. I was a little more frustrated at this point so I got up and left the room for a few minutes and layed on my bed for a second or two. Then I went to talk to him and he asked me, why are you acting like a girl? Now just try to imagine what I was thinking at this point. I told him, are serious? I said I'm learning a new language in a new country in a new culture and I'm a little frustrated and I just want to plan and move on with my life. Then he told me, very calmly which also bothered me a little (I dont know why but it did) He said " Those are little things" I about fell out of my chair. I couldn't believe it. He then said, "I've seen you speak the language really well. You have been in this area for awhile so I think you have adjusted just fine. I think your just letting little things bother you. Now at this point, with my pride screaming that I was somehow right, I had two options, continue with what I believed, or give his words a chance. I thank my Heavenly father everyday that I gave his words a chance because from Elder Valverde I was able to learn how to deal with a hard companion. I had to look at myself through his eyes to learn this and realize I was being a little bit of a hard companion. I learned to forget about the little things and really just be a man in the mission. He told me to just be a man. That ticked me off but I gave his words a chance and I learned. Just be positive with everything. I also learned how to be patient from him. I was never a patient person before my mission but I can honestly say I am now a pretty patient person. I can continue to go on with what I learned in two weeks with Elder Valverde. But I will say there is a lot of wisdom behind that qoute. "Never let your pride keep you from learning a lesson that will further your eternal progression and recieving greater blessings." I have a long way to go as a missionary, but I am the missionary I am today because I didn't let my pride win in a situation where I was sure I was right. Thats about all I've got today. I love you guys. Hope to hear from you next week. Hasta luego.
This blog is dedicated to Easton Nielson's mission to Ecuador Quito North Mission.