We saw our first heavy rainstorm this week and it came at the best time. We hit almost 46 this week and then it rained hard, when we got home it was really nice and cool, a welcome blessing!
I got official news this week that my release date is on September 14. We have a thing in our mission called a trunky letter, where you start to figure out your arrangements for going home. Its super weird that its been 20- months, seems like last month I was at 4 months. Lesson is, the mission goes by fast when you work hard.
This week I had an interesting experience with faith. I had asked my mission president before if I could extend and he looked into it for me, but this week I received the news that I couldn't extend. To be honest, I took it harder than I should have. When the news came I took it the wrong way and it left me a blue mood for a couple hours. I asked myself why I couldn't stay longer, and got an answer saying that the Lord needs me home. It was still a hard things for me to grasp because I didn't know all the reasons, but isn't that how the gospel works most of the time? The Lord doesn't give all the reasons most of the time, but he does promise safety if we follow Him. Things DO happen for a reason, and sometimes we might not know that reason until after this life, but the Lord's promises are always true. My favorite scripture has given me comfort through some big trials in my mission:
2 Nephi 5
19 And when I desire to rejoice, my heart groaneth because of my sins; nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted.
20 My God hath been my support; he hath led me throughmine afflictions in the wilderness; and he hath preservedme upon the waters of the great deep.
21 He hath filled me with his love, even unto theconsuming of my flesh.
22 He hath confounded mine enemies, unto the causing ofthem to quake before me.
23 Behold, he hath heard my cry by day, and he hathgiven me knowledge by visions in the night-time.
24 And by day have I waxed bold in mighty prayer before him; yea, my voice have I sent up on high; and angels came down and ministered unto me.
My favorite line is the one that states "nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted". Trust the Lord, he knows what He wants you to become!
I am very grateful for the support I get form each of you every week, it sustains me and keeps me going strong.
Mahal ko kayo!
Elder Trevor Kent Johnson (The Weirdest Missionary You Know)