Well, we hear its supposed to be the rainy season now, but there is very little rain coming to Urdaneta this time around. It was transfers this week, and I am staying in Urdaneta, who knows, this may be my last area, but no complaints from me, this area is great!
My thought happened this week while we walked home from a very long day of work. We were outside our house when we noticed something that wasn't there before, and had some people taking pictures. When we checked t out we saw two of the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen. When we asked where they came from, the owner said that the blossom is what becomes a dragon fruit after it dies. It turns out that the Dragon Fruit plant only blossoms once a year, on one night, and in the morning it withers away and dies. I was so impressed, and intrigued by it, that I took pictures, smelled, and looked at it for what seemed like hours. Even when we went inside I kept asking my companion if we could go out to look at it again. This blossom got me so excited that it made me sad when it wasn't there anymore. While we were inside planning for the next day, a member came to drop off my companion's clothes. I knew they had probably seen one before, but I brought them outside to show them the blossoms we saw earlier. When they saw it, they also took pictures and had the same experience I had. This is what I call "Lehi's Fruit Syndrome", or when something is so amazing that you want everyone experience it as well. We all know the account in the Book of Mormon when Lehi partakes of the Fruit of the Tree of Life, and his desire to share it with others. This is what the gospel should feel like, something so sweet, something so beautiful, that we want everyone to have it. This is what charity should feel like, something so pure, you want to share ti with everyone. Life is too short to keep such happiness within the comfort of our homes, and the gospel is too beautiful to be hidden it is "a city on a hill that cannot be hid". The best part is, when we share this gift, our joy from it increases, it is a joy that grows, as it is shared! So if you haven't tried it, try it today!
Talk to you next week!
Mahal Ko Kayo
Elder Trevor Kent Johnson (The Weirdest Missionary You Know)
P.S. A picture of the blossom will follow this email!