So it's been a sweet week!
Monday 8/17: This morning I honestly did not want to get up for Racquetball. It was a struggle but I ended up doing it and it was a blast. Today we went to Downtown Eugene and walked around and checked out the shops. It's pretty weird down there haha. We also played some Dunk ball and that was alright. Tonight we saw D and L. They didn't come to church like they said they would. We are running out of patience with them but we just have to continue to love them and support them. They are slowly progressing...
Tuesday 8/18: Today was Elder Johansons last full mission day. I realized that he will be my sixth companion to go home. This morning we served at Lane County Foods making some lunches. Afterwards we went to B-Dubs with some of the Elders. Elder Strech had some of the Blazin wings and was crying hahaha. Today we helped Elder Johanson prepare to go home. Tonight we had splits and saw some good peeps. It was good. Elder Johanson is now packing and getting his stuff all ready. It's weird to see missionaries go home.
Wednesday 8/19: We dropped Elder Johanson off at the mission home this morning and that was really weird to see him go. It's pretty sad to be honest to see a homie go but Elder Strech and I are going to continue to go hard. So today as I was thinking about who to go visit, R popped into my head instantly and I wasn't sure why until we got there. As we started talking to him we could tell something was wrong as he was on edge. I guess something really bad happened to his sister. I don't want to give details. The Spirit definitely played a huge roll in that lesson for without it R would probably be in prison. I have learned from this experience to always be worthy of the Holy Ghost and if he prompts you, you better do what he tells you right away. An amazing experience never to be forgotten. Tonight we also taught V who is slowly learning but as long as she is learning I'm happy. The L family finally met with us tonight as well. They are such a great family who is just straying away a bit so we are trying to real them back in.
Thursday 8/20: This morning we went and played some soccer at the turf fields. I'm trying to keep in shape and keep my touch with the soccer ball. So today we had to do a ton of planning and a ton of phone calls. I have never talked on the phone as much as I did today in my whole entire life. It was insane how many times we had to call people and talk with them. The glories of being a Zone Leader... Ha yeah right. Tonight we had correlation with Brother Deane. He lives by a pond so afterwards he gave us a bunch of seeds and we had some fun feeding the ducks nearby. I thought they were going to bite my hand off. It was sweet though! Tonight we ate with the Flores family. Extremely awesome family! Sam is the husband and he's a convert. He's from a tough past and he's got a strong testimony so it's sweet talking with him. So we shared a message with them about how Christ is the bread of life and how he is there with arms wide open. It made me think of the picture of Christ standing by a door that has no handle. We are on the other side with the handle and it's our choice to open it and let Christ in our lives or to leave it closed.
17 O ye fair ones, how could ye have departed from the ways of the Lord! O ye fair ones, how could ye have rejected that Jesus, who stood with open arms to receive you! (Mormon 6)
He stands there with Arms Wide Open to Receive Us! Don't reject Him!
Friday 8/21: Today I went on Exchanges with Elder Peterson in his area. He's a goofy kid but he's extremely smart. Not too much happened today because a lot of the appointments he had canceled on us. That's always the worst. Today we did have a really good lesson with the Sabrowski family. The wife is getting baptized in one week and the husband is returning to the church. They are such a great family! It was a blast eating with them and then we had a bomb lesson. The wife is totally ready for baptism. It's great to see how the Gospel of Christ can change someone's life.
Saturday 8/22: This morning our service canceled that we were going to do so we decide to knock some doors. As we were knocking we ran into a guy about our age who was going door to door selling satellite. Turns out he's a member from Washington and served his mission in Italy. Him and about 10 other members are in the Eugene area doing the same thing. I guess it's just like selling pest control. They always go for the Mormons since we are use to knocking on doors. Later in we ran into another one doing the same thing. They were everywhere haha. It was cool talking with them though. They said its a lot easier to sell satellite than the Gospel which is pretty sad to see. People are just lost in the ways of the world. We attended a baptism today for Tonya. M and M came as well and they loved it and are excited for their baptism. We spent the rest of the day in Santa Clara. We ate dinner with Bernardo Guittierez and his mom. They are from Michoacan and have family in Sacramento and Salinas. Small world so we had a good chat about that. We are basically family haha. There's about 8 Guittierez families here and they are all related. Boss families! Tonight we taught Patricia and Fidel. They let us right in and we had a good lesson with them. Patricia has 5 brothers in Guatemala who are all members. Sweet!!!
Sunday 8/23: Tonight we had dinner with the Gallup Family. Such a sweet family! Probably one of the coolest here. They are all track, basketball, and soccer fans. They love the outdoors so we get along very well. I was about to lose hope on cool families here but I guess there are a couple haha. M and M are also doing great. Their wedding is this Saturday the 29th so we are excited to attend and then they are going to get baptized the next Saturday. Two awesome weekends in a row.
So this week President Russell my Mission President brought this scripture to our attention.
20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, that Satan has great hold upon their hearts; he stirreth them up to iniquity against that which is good.
21 And their hearts are corrupt, and full of wickedness and abominations; and they love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil; therefore they will not ask of me.
22 Satan stirreth them up, that he may lead their souls to destruction.
23 And thus he has laid a cunning plan, thinking to destroy the work of God; but I will require this at their hands, and it shall turn to their shame and condemnation in the day of judgment.
24 Yea, he stirreth up their hearts to anger against this work.
25 Yea, he saith unto them: Deceive and lie in wait to catch, that ye may destroy; behold, this is no harm. And thus he flattereth them, and telleth them that it is no sin to lie that they may catch a man in a lie, that they may destroy him.
26 And thus he flattereth them, and leadeth them along until he draggeth their souls down to hell; and thus he causeth them to catch themselves in their own snare.
27 And thus he goeth up and down, to and fro in the earth, seeking to destroy the souls of men.
Satan tries to deceive us, he tries to make us think what we are doing is right even though we are going down the wrong path. He is our enemy and will try everything in his power to drag us down the gulf of misery. He wants to destroy our souls. We must not let this happen. As we follow Gods commandments, read the scriptures, pray, go to church, follow the Prophet, listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost we will stay on the right path.
I want you to ponder these questions.... Are you on the right path??? If you are, are you doing everything you can to stay on the path???
I love you all! Thanks for he support and I pray for you everyday.