Well our mission president has asked us to get creative in our finding activities, so we did just that. Everyone here loves taking "Selfies" (For those who don't know, a "selfie" is self taken picture of one's self), especially the kids. So when we showed up to one compound all the kids started to flock around us, and we said if they introduce us to their parents we will take a selfie! Now we are famous in one of the compounds we visit, and a lot of curious parents have asked us who we are and what our church is! Pretty fun way to find new people to teach!
This week I noticed how long I've been her in Malasiqui. Multiple times this week people have called out of their cars, bikes, buses, etc, saying "Hey Elder Johnson!" or "Hey Elder Alaska!". I don't recognize most of the people, but just goes to show that I've talked to a lot of people, and they still recognize me!
I love being happy! Sounds kinda weird, but I really do love being happy! Sometimes I see peopel who are content on being "ok", or "fine", but wouldn't it be nice to have everyone try to "love being happy"? This week was a challenge for us, we were "punted" more than a football this week (fyi: the term "punted" is a slang term for missionaries meaning that appointments fall through, whether it be because they're busy or no one's home). This week I was working on being patient when we get punted, and it seemed like the Lord really wanted to give me practice, so we were extra punted this week! After every punt I would turn to Elder Sapaden and say something like " Well that's ok, there's always next time, maybe someone else needs us more". Something weird happened , I was still happy, even though something bad happened! I was reading about Job on Sunday, I wasn't really sure about what happened to him, and I was surprised to read his story. This is a list of everything he lost, or his afflictions:
1- All of his children died
2- All of his animals died (take in mind, he a ton of animals)
3- He started to smell really bad, so his friends didn't like to talk to him.
4- He had a really bad case of Elephantiasis (BAsically nasty boils all over your body)
5- His friends chastised him about his condition and called him "self-righteous" "sinner" and more.
6- Basically his life was closer to Hell than Heaven.
Well what did he do? He worshipped God, and was GRATEFUL, that the Lord trusted him with such a trial. What!? If you don't believe it, read it yourself! I can't imagine saying "Thank you for killing my children, my animals, my social life, I know that you trust me now". Remember this also, he had no idea that the Lord would bless him after his trials, but in my mind and opinion he loved to be happy, and even though it was extremely difficult, he decided to see sparkle of the knife that cut him. He knew that whatever the Lord had planned for him, he would "win" someday. But if you don't remember anything I said above remember this!
This week was good! I Love you all so much! Please Email me if you need anything from me!
Elder Trevor Kent Johnson (TWMYK)