Well according to my Mom, I have the Johnson Sleeping Sickness. Basically I sleep whenever I sit down. Still conquering it, but I find that as I keep talking lessons that I can stay awake. Just an update if you were curious...
So now about the title. This week we are looking of a new apartment because they are adding 2 to 4 new missionaries to Asingan. we have looked everywhere for a house with no luck until we found the perfect house. There's one catch though. So we walk into this house and take a look around (checking for anything broken or things not appropriate for missionary housing), and we saw a door that was closed in the back of the house. We asked to take a look, and the lady showing us around said "Huwag, ang baho niyan!' or "Don't, it smells bad in their". we persisted and when we opened it, it smelled like embalming fluids, and when we looked around we found actually mortuary equipment! when we asked about the history of the house the lady said it used to be a funeral home, and the room we went in is where they drained blood and stuff. Kinda creepy, and from what the neighbors say, everyone is terrified of the house because it houses the spirits of those who were embalmed... So yeah, looks like we won't be renting there...
This week I finished 3 Nephi and 4 Nephi. I learned something about the people that I think all of us can apply to our lives. Before Christ came to visit the Americas, everything was either destroyed or ruined. If it was associated with wickedness or inhabited such, it was given to the mercy of the elements. After such destruction it was quiet, and there was darkness. I am sure it was a turning point for those who had survived. They probably wondered why they had survived, and why it was so dark, it was in the darkest night that they brought themselves to humility, and they saw a need to depend on the Lord. After this happened, Christ appeared, and he taught to those who had been prepared to listen to His words. When he left, the people prospered for a very long time, as they acted on the lessons, and doctrine they learned. So how does this apply to us? I have narrowed it down to 3 basic steps to a prosperous life. 1- The Lord will eventually put us in a situation where we must rid ourselves of all pride, and give us to ourselves to decide when we want to humble ourselves. 2- When we reach the depths of humility, He will teach us, and give us the things we need to build ourselves to be His disciples. 3- We maintain the principles we learned by acting and living we know, the Lord prospers our obedience, and punishes disobedience. as we later know the Nephites and Lamenites both became wicked and the Nephites were eventually destroyed, showing how this principles stands. Knowing what we need to do is only half, but its the experiences we have, and how we react that make us who we are.
All is well here in the Philippines, I'm safe and healthy! But more importantly, the Lord is watching over me, and I know he watching after each of you! I love you all!
Alam ko na mahal tayo ng ating Ama sa Langit! Patuloy Kayo!
Mahal ko kayo lahat!
Elder Trevor Kent Johnson (TWMYK)