Tomorrow I complete 20 months in
the mission! It’s crazy to see how much time has gone by!
This was a good week. It was pretty average.
The district meeting we had on Tuesday went well. This time I was prepared
and ready for it. It turned out well. There was a lot of participation from
the missionaries, and we were able to learn together. We talked about
charity and how to better contact people in the street or in their houses.
Thursday we were able to go to the Family History Center and help one of
our recent converts build her family tree. At least, start building it. I
really like doing Family History and it’s fun to see everyone get excited
about their ancestors and their lives and stories. I encourage everyone to
start doing their own family history research. And if you’ve already gone
as far as you can, help someone else with theirs!
Yesterday, Peru had elections. On election days, you can’t have public
meetings. So that means Church was cancelled. It was really weird being out
in the street early Sunday morning visiting people. We had some good
lessons, though. We also did a Family Home Evening with a family of
investigators. After the lesson, we played Uno. (I always think it’s funny
that they play Uno in Spanish. It should actually be called “One.”) The
mom, who had never played before, beat all of us twice. We’re going back
tonight to teach some more and play another round or two of “One.”
Also, speaking of Uno, one of the less active families we are visiting has
Uno Jenga. You have a Jenga tower, and each block has a number and a color.
There are skips, reverses, wilds, and draw twos. It was fun. After pulling
out a block and putting it on top, the next person needs to pull one out
that is the same color or number. It was a lot of fun. Here’s a picture!
Now for the spiritual part. I was thinking about the story of the rich
young man that goes to Jesus and asks Him what he needs to do to be saved.
Jesus tells him to keep the commandments. The young man had done that since
he was a kid. Then Jesus tells him to sell everything and follow Him. At
least, that’s what we all remember Jesus said. I found a small part that we
often look over. In Mark 10:21 it says, “Then Jesus beholding him loved
him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever
thou hast, and give to the poor, *and thou shalt have treasure in heaven*:
and come, take up the cross, and follow me.” Like Jesus always does with
us, along with the commandment that He gave to the young man, He gave him a
promise. “Thou shalt have treasure in heaven.” We often think of the young
man as just being materialistic and loving his treasure more than he loved
God. That’s part of it. Another part is possibly that he didn’t trust in
the Lord that he would have treasures in heaven, that he lacked faith. Or
maybe he was like most of us and shortsighted. He didn’t want to wait for
treasures in heaven. He wanted them now. We need to make sure that we’re
not like this young man. We need to have faith in the Lord and trust in His
promises. And we need to wait on the Lord’s time to receive those
blessings. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with having treasures or
riches, the Lord told the young man he was going to be able to have them.
We need to be willing to give what we have to the Lord, though, so that He
can give us something better.
I hope everyone has a great week! Don’t forget to trust in the Lord! And
also to do your family history!