This week was just swell. We did lots of interchanges, so for two days I was working outside of my area helping bring up the success in others. In terms of numbers, it was pretty rough due to our lack of investigators at church, but hey, that's the mission life. Satan's been working hard with some of our more progressive investigators, but we are certainly NOT letting that get us down.
Fun story of the week: today. I wanted to be able to do something for Thanksgiving, so Elder Grajales and I planned a zone activity where each companionship would choose the companion who was from the more interesting country and then bring a traditional dish from said country to the chapel. We had a TON of food. Elder Grajales made Bonuelos, which are basically fried cheese balls typical in Colombia. Elder Johnson brought some Corn Dogs (they have EVERYTHING at WalMart here). Someone brought fried chicken, and Elder Gonzalez kept going back for more, saying, "¡Viva África!" Oh, Elder Gonzalez. Triste payaso.
So we ate a lot, and then we decided to play volleyball. I added the challenge that the last person to throw up won. Don't worry, no one threw up. I got a little bit fried, but I was on the side in direct sunlight. Not the best decision I've ever made... Either way, it was fun to be back in my element of the volleyball court and not feeling like an idiot on the fútbol field.
As mentioned above, Satan has been working pretty hard to get our investigators down this past week. Blanca (mentioned last week), who was super excited to keep learning about God, suddenly got swamped with night shifts at work, so we didn't see her for the entire week until last night, when she told us that her work is making her take some sort of medicine class every Sunday from 10 to 1 for the next three weeks. Those are the exact hours that we're at church! Satan in far too powerful. Elder Groesbeck is not amused. She still wants to learn more and has been reading in the Book of Mormon, but we have no idea what we're gonna do about her baptism. She has to be able to go to church to get baptized. Dumb work schedule=no church=no baptism. SUPER lame. We're going to visit her later tonight to make a plan, so we'll see what we can do.
As children of God, we've been given the marvelous gift of agency, the ability to choose between right and wrong, good and evil, better or worse. God cannot (ever) take our agency from us, although I would very much like Him to sometimes. Satan's goal is to get us to use our agency for worse and make us miserable like unto himself. Our goal as missionaries is to help God influence others to use their agency for good and find out just how happy it can make them. Unfortunately, despite our influences, people still have said agency and many have chosen not to read the Book of Mormon, not to pray, and not to go to church. Needless to say, this makes us and the Lord quite sad. Therefore, as a servant of the Lord, I plead with each and every one of you to use your agency for good. Study your scriptures, pray, and be spiritually nourished at church. You will see the blessings, and you will find true happiness. Then, and only then, can you be the best instrument for good in the hands of the Lord. Don't take your agency for granted. Use it for good. Iré y haré,
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