Well it happened! My first typhoon! Now before you get excited it was only a signal 1, which means it was slightly raining, but it literally rained for 2 days without a break which was new for me! But anyways another slice of big news, WE MOVED!!! It took a long time, but I pushed it through to the office for long enough that we finally got a new apartment approved and we moved on Friday! I also had the chance to sign contracts and all that fun stuff too, feeling pretty official at the moment!
Now for a funny story, with a spiritual message attached. I woke up on the day of the big move feeling great! I was so stoked for the new apartment, that I was the first one packed and ready to go. I called and rented a jeepney to move our stuff to the new apartment (there weren't any moving trucks available). We packed up and were ready to move when a problem arose. When we showed up to the apartment, we found a huge and deep ditch (5 feet deep, 4 feet wide) in front of the drive way, and the only way across was a 2 foot dirt path on the side. It took a while be were able to move our refrigerator and wardrobes across the ditch. Then we got to the apartment and found that the rooms were too small to fit our study desks, so now we have to study in the dining room. When we turned on the water pump (fancy right?), it started spitting out rusty water. When we hang up our clothes to dry it rained. So many small inconveniences happened and I got very frustrated with everything. It reminded me of the book "Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day". But After I thought back on the day, I realized that I had let the small annoyances (which can be fixed) get in front of the many blessings. Isn't that something that happens a lot to most of us? How often do we let the small things overshadow the big? I realized after that day that more good than bad had come out of that day, but my attitude and selfishness got in the way.I think most of the worlds problems could and can be fixed if we would focus more on the blessings, than on the small "demons" we have to conquer on a daily basis. If we smile a little bit more, even if we don't want to, if we would skip a little more, even when we want to kick rocks, if we would lift our heads up a degree more, I am sure that we would see so much more than the dirt at our feet. Just remember, even when its pouring, we can still enjoy the breeze.
Zion is well here in Malasiqui, and I know for a fact that Zion is in good hands back at home. Keep it up! I love you all!
See you in 14 months!
Elder Trevor Kent Johnson (TWMYK)