This week has been pretty crazy, I hope that I cover everything. Well first things first, I did get my new comp. His name is Elder Jensen. He is from Murry Utah. We have been really busy. We got a new set of
sisters in Hammond area and so we had to help them move in. We are
getting so many new missionaries that we don't even have enough beds
for them! So the sisters didn't have beds, but don't you worry Elder
Jensen and I drove to our place and threw our beds in the back of the
truck and brought them to their place. So it's the couch and the floor
for Elder Jensen and I! The BYU baseball team came and played LSU this week. Pres Wall knew
one of the coaches so he set up a fireside in Denham Springs. It was
really cool. I enjoyed it a lot. And I got to see Keaton (friend from
home ward who plays on BYU baseball team), it was so sweet. I also saw
Colin Braithewaite, we went to Elementary school together. He plays for
them too. I went to the BYU SE Louisiana game on Saturday. BYU didn't
play very well, but I guess they beat LSU which was a big upset.
We got to put our truck to good use. A less active member got stuck in the mud at his house, so we just turned on the 4wheel drive and went back in this super wet muddy grass. They tied a rope up to both trucks, but sadly it was too wet and his truck was really stuck. But hey at least we got the truck a little muddy! It was sweet.
Now that Elder Bennett is gone, I'm just trying to get use to the area
and training my comp on how to be a Zone Leader (I'm still learning for myself). But something that I learned this week... I've been reading the New
Testament and 3 Nephi side by side, and it's remarkable how much you can get out of the Savior's teachings that way. But something that I read this morning out of John 15, the Savior says in vs. 2 "Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit." This was a little confusing to me at first, but as I pondered and used the footnotes, I learned that the branch is us, and that the fruit are our good works and our faith being put into action. When he "purgeth" us means he tests us, or lets us go through trials and hard times. But why does he do that? So that we "may bring forth more fruit." So that from our trials our faith and conversion will be lasting and that "our fruit should remain" as it says in vs. 16. From being purged, we know that it's only because our Father in Heaven loves us and wants us to learn and to grow. From these trials, we will remain, we will be truly converted and we will gain deeper understanding of the Gospel and our relationship with our Father in Heaven. I miss and love ya'll like crazy. I can't beleive it's 8 months until I come home, I'm most likely going to be that weird awkward return missionary that just wants to talk about his mission all the time. Haha!