Tuesday, March 14, 2017

March 14

We do have a little bit more time today so I'll try to write a little bit better of a letter.  We'll see.  I feel like I never know quite what to say.  But I'll give you a little rundown of how the week went, and then I'll see what kind of a spiritual message I can come up with.  Its actually been pretty crazy week.

As you know we had interviews with President Andrada last Monday, and that was wonderful.  After that we just came home and did some studies because our curfew here in Cagayan is currently 6:30.  Tuesday we traveled back to Aparri for zone conferences.  We were blessed to hear from President Andrada and the AP's, and we learned some good stuff about how to help others come unto Christ.  That lasted all day long, so again we went just went home and did some studies.  The next morning we woke up early and headed to Laoag for some exchanges with the AP's.  It was a fun 6 hour ride through the mountains.  Its really pretty actually, I'll send some pictures.  Then when we made it to Laoag we spent the day with the AP's.  It was fun getting to work with Elder Paje (one of our APs right now) and especially fun because the AP's area is my old area (Laoag 3) so I got to see a lot of the members there that I'm friends with and such. It was a good exchanges, Elder Paje had some good advice for us as well on how to improve our proselyting.  It was fun.  Then next morning (thursday) we woke up and headed back to Lal-lo.  Yaaaayy for bus rides.  When we got home we went out and finally did some proselyting in our own area.  It was good, I really missed our investigators here.  There are a couple that are getting really close to baptism, there are just a few little problems left to work out before they get baptized.  Friday was another good proselyting day, then Saturday we had a wedding in the morning which I played the piano at (way worse than playing the piano in sacrament meeting by the way. I was super nervous)  then we got to go visit one of our progressing investigators before we went to a baptism in Camalaniugan. I also ended up playing the piano there as well.  As bad as I am at piano, I am in high demand right now in the Aparri District.  Sunday showed up and we went to church in the morning, then straight to Magapit Junction so that we could get on a Van and head to Laoag again.  We had a meeting with President Andrada so we got to go back again.  The good thing is that while we were waiting at Magapit Junction a member from Laoag came up to us and asked us where we were headed and then if we wanted a ride.  So we got to ride with the member in their car to Laoag which is a little bit nicer than the van we would've ridden.  Faster too.  Yesterday we had meetings all day with President Andrada, then celebrated Sister Andrada's birthday afterwards. She's turning 47 on Saturday.  Then we went to the bus station and hopped on a bus home.  We ended up making it into the apartment and into bed at around 2 AM, and that brings us to today!  What a fun week right?  It was hectic, but I learned lots.

One thing in particular I've been thinking about is quiet dignity.  Just being like the Savior would be.  I have been experiencing the importance of this principle.  People make judgments about us and the church from the minute they see us, and if they just see a bunch of 19 and 20 year old kids, they will be less likely to listen to us.  On the other hand, if they notice the difference in us, there will be more of a desire for  them to listen to us.  This principle applies to everyone, because whether you know it or not, there are people watching you to see what you will do in every situation.  Eyes are always turned towards each of us, looking to see how we will react, will we remain in control of ourselves, or will we let the natural man inside take over.  These are the things people knowingly and unknowingly look for all around.  Our goal as members of the church is to make sure that when people look at us, they see people who are something more than the world.  To use the Savior's words, they need to see people who are "in the world, but not of the world".  Those are the members of God's church.

This quiet dignity affects every aspect of our lives.  As we keep control of our emotions and actions in every situation, we will gain the discipline to avoid and resist temptations.  As we remain clean from sin, our lives will be filled with the Spirit of the Lord.  Through that Spirit, we will be blessed with success in our endeavors, whether it be at home, work, school, or anywhere else.  And through that success, we will gain more opportunity to be a blessing to the lives of those around us.  And in the end, that is all God wants for us.

Through our quiet dignity, we can be a great part in God's glory of "bring[ing] to pass the immortality and eternal life of mankind."  I know that this is true, and that this will bring more peace to our lives than we can imagine.  I love you all, have a wonderful week!

Elder Childs

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