So this week was Thanksgiving and it was great! While I was doing exchanges this week I was talking to my companion for the day when I saw a small turkey farm by our bishop's house. So out of curiosity I asked how much it would cost, and come to our surprise it was really cheap, and it turned into planing a giant Thanksgiving feast with our investigators! We went to go help them, and it turned out they wanted me to dry rub the turkey and stuff the turkey, so yeah it was my first time, and it worked out good, must have done something right! I also cooked the turkey over a fire and did mashed potatoes, it was a very accomplishing evening!
We also got bikes this week! Our quads are sore after only 2 days, and we have already been like 40 miles! our mission has been introducing bikes for a month, and my companion really wanted them, I joked and said he should call the supply manager, but that's what he actually did, and in 2 hours we had decked out mountain bikes.
This week I had a humbling moment associated with the Thanksgiving Feast we had. we worked really hard to make this a god evening for everyone, and of course as most things do, one thing or another went wrong. I was too focused on what "I wanted" and so when things didn't meet "My standards" I felt very frustrated, I got angry, and my attitude bombed. I took a moment of silence and thought about what was going on, and realized the important parts were still going on well and as planned but it was the small details that threw my mood out the window. I had a moment when I entered into the room where our investigators were waiting, and expecting people with similar mods as mine, I found happy people talking and having a good time, the reason we did it. I forgot the reason because of the small details that bugged me. I see this in some of the lives of less-active members of the church. Most of their concerns are over small questions that don't satisfy when answered (Joseph Smith and his "wives, Word of Wisdom and Jesus drinking wine, Sabbath day on Saturday, just to name a few) When I thought about it, even if I had solved all the details, I still would probably find another problem, in other words details create more details, deep questions get deeper. the gospel is beautiful in the fact that those who want to know the truth are not just asked to think and pray about it, but its meant to be acted upon. When investigators ask about the Word of Wisdom, the only question they need to solve is whether or not it brings blessings, and if Joseph Smith received it from God. Let God worry about the details, He always does a good job at that!
All of you are great! I love writing all of you every week!
Mahal ko kayo!
Elder Trevor Kent Johnson (TWMYK)