As a wise man once said... "Well....that was an interesting week."
off, logistics: I found out that my companion from the CCM, Elder Fordham is
now in the office of the mission! It was very exciting to run into him again
and get some time to chat (but this time in Spanish). After that, I met my new
hijo: Elder Quispe. He is 20 years old and from Cusco, and he has a sister
serving a mission also. Other than that...I know nothing else about my
companion hahaha. Oh well, at least I am a Papi!
to demonstrate the fruits of language study in the mission: Watakushi wa Dax
Kanemochi desu. (Apparently in Japanese it is I am Dax Rich. Bacan.)
now the explanation of the title. We had stake conference on Saturday and
Sunday, and it was nice and spiritual, and we had investigators there, and
people were smiling and singing, and yeah. It was all a good stake conference
should be, until a man bore his testimony. A returned missionary got up and
bore his testimony, and then said something about how even though Joseph Smith
was born 200 years ago, we can still appreciate his story today. Well, that was
a mistake. In the congregation of at least 500 people, the man 3 persons to my
right stood up and yelled, "¡Espera! ¡Espera! (in Spanish) My grandmother
was born BEFORE Joseph Smith! Therefore SHE is older than him!" (Direct
translation, by the way.) No one knew what to say or do, and the poor returned
missionary stood speechless. We finally got the man to sit down and be quite,
until the Mission President’s wife got up and started speaking, to which the
man stood up again and applauded her. Yeah....it was certainly worth writing in
my journal hahaha.
finish off this entry for the blog, I´ll share a quick thought from my study of
the scriptures. About 6 months ago, I had a meeting with the mission president
in the CCM and he talked about how he loved the story of Nephi in the Book of
Mormon, because Nephi grew so faithful and righteous that he got to the point
that he just flat out hated sin itself. In 2 Nephi 9:49 his brother Jacob
writes: "He aquí, mi alma aborrece el pecado." It is short, but it is
awesome to see how both Nephi and Jacob grew so faithful and righteous that
just sin itself became displeasing and horrible to them. It is certainly a goal
that I want to set for myself: to one day also have such a hatred for sin
itself. And that is the beauty of the Gospel: we can always improve ourselves
and come closer to God. Anyways, I recommend for everyone reading the blog to study
2 Nephi chapter 9 specifically. It is just full of everything to explain this
life, the next life, and well God’s plan for us really.
thanks to all for reading the blog and keeping up to date with me. I am praying
for you all and hope that you are all seeing the Lord’s hand in your lives in
one way or another!
y cuídense mucho!
Elder Dax Rich