Serving an LDS Mission in Vina del Mar, Chile.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Just the life of a missionary

So the scripture thought for the week isn't actually a scripture. I'ts a quote from Elder Packer.
   "The true success of the gospel of Jesus Christ will be measured by the spiritual strength of its individual members."
Are we hurting or adding to the success of the gospel? What do we need to improve?  How?   A few questions for thought....

So I just about melted like the wicked witch of the west every day this week. No, it's not because I'm wicked. Nor was it because someone threw water on me (though that would have been a blessing). The Sun is the reason. I now know what raisins feel like as the sun sucks the water out of them. 

Besides that the week was very calm. Not much out of the ordinary happened. No dead people, no gun shots (though as we were teaching a guy, his 18yr old son walked in, pulled a gun out of its hiding spot, then walked out), just the life of a missionary.

It's a little weird to me that some parents have such strong opinions / biases / grudges that they won't let their kids choose for themselves what they want. For example - A less-active lady and her super Evangelical husband wouldn't let their son go to church yesterday. We haven't even had a lesson with him yet but he has read part of the BOM and wants to go to church. It's going to be hard to teach him because his parents want nothing to do with the church and since he isn't 18, he has to have permission from his parents to be baptized. We are going to be working super hard and praying a lot so that his parents' hearts will be softened. 

I don't really have much more to say for this week. So until next week!
Love y´all!
Elder Groneman

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