Monday, October 28, 2013

Being A Christlike Person

Hey guys!!!!

Well i'm glad to hear you all had a great week! I still seriously can not wait to watch Audrey play soccer when i get back. You guys will have to send me a video or something. :)

Well I feel like with as much that has happened this week, there's not too much to tell. We continue teaching F, but now she brought a friend G who we are also teaching. They're both cool and continue to progress a lot. We've seemed to kinda hit a stopping point with the Family LM, because they still don't want to get married. So as for now our plan is to focus more on the kids to get baptized so we can motivate the parents to get married, but we'll see how that goes. It was kind of a bummer because we had 8 people committed to come to church yesterday but only had 1 person come! Things popped up and for one reason or another the rest of them weren't able to go. But we did have 2 inactive families come to church yesterday which was super cool! 

We've been working a ton with the members and less active members with noches de hogar and having them invite friends, and it's been working pretty well! We've gotten some really good references from it. But it's been a little weird trying to adjust the way we work so much. I feel like every 6 weeks there is a drastic change in how we have to work which has kinda made it a little hard at times to adjust. But i feel like we've finally got a good feel on how to get things done! What else what else... well today we had a zone activity and got permission to watch Despicable Me 2 in the church, so that was awesome!! I don't know if it's because it's just been too long since i've seen a real movie but i was seriously dying laughing the whole time. And a member brought us all carne asada so i ate a tonnnnnnnnn! Also for a side note, i'm gaining a ton of weight! I weighed myself the other day and guess how much i weigh... 169 pounds!! I like to think it's because i do exercise every day, but i really know it's because the 3 pounds of flour tortillas i eat daily... So don't make fun of me if i come back from the mission obese. Hahaha

So about 2 months ago Aunt Larissa sent me a quote that has seriously made such a difference in the way i look at things and the way i act, and i wanna share it with you guys, because it's awesome!!

         People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. 
                Forgive them  anyway.
           If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  
               Be kind anyway.
           If you are honest and sincere people may cheat you.  
              Be honest and sincere anyway.
           If you find happiness, some may be jealous.  
              Be happy anyway.
          The good you do today, may be forgotten tomorrow. 
              Do good anyway.
          Give the best you have, and it may never be enough.  
             Give your best anyway.
        Because in the end, it's between you and God.  
              It was never between you and them anyway.

Cool huh? I think that in a nutshell, this is what it means to have charity. Or having the amount of love necessary to be willing to sacrifice everything for the Lord, and for others, regardless if it backfires on you or if you don't see the results. And really that's what i've tried to reflect since being here, to just be Christlike and a good person no matter what, because in the end it will only matter what God thinks. And i've been able to find a different kind of happiness in being more servicial (i don't remember how to say that in english) and turning outwards. The talk ''Characters of Christ'' by Elder Bednar talks about this too and is seriously one of the best talks i've ever heard, so if you haven't read it, you guys should look it up!! And really the more we turn outwards and just do good for everyone around you, you develop a new kind of love for them and for yourself tambiƩn. Well that's all i got for now! I'll try to write you guys back (the ones who wrote me). Love you guys!!!

Con mucho amor,
Elder Bird 

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