Monday, October 3, 2016

October 3, 2016 Aftermath of Typhoon Last Week

                                            Elders Thomas and Nelson Post Typhoon


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This week was a good and a tiring one. I dont know, I think the stress must be catching up to me because I've just been so tired and stressed recently. Whichhhhh I think is in big part because of a few mishaps with our investigators. This week kinda just had a lot of really unfortunate stuff happen. The worst of which was with Y and E, 2 of our investigators. A member in our ward said we could invite some investigators over to eat pizza so we set up for the two of them to go to this members house. The plan was to have a lesson with E first at 11 then we would all eat pizza at 12. Y especially had told us that she didn't want to talk about church stuff, she just wanted to get to know some members or what not. Well, there was some big miscommunication because we had a lesson with  E at 11 and then at 12 Y came and the member was like "k bye E" and awkwardly made her leave and we were like "uhh whattttt" and then when Y came he tried to have a lesson with her for an hour, meanwhile we were wondering when the pizza was coming out. Then after this horrible hour discussion  she awkwardly says she has to leave and so we try to leave with her but then the member in front of this investigator is like "no elders wait! We're going to feed you lunch" and we were like you have got to be kidding me.....better yet E feels like she was lied to and doesnt want to meet with us for a while, while Y has also been showing less interest since that day. So yeah that was terrible.

Tuesday the typhoon came. It was pretty nuts, even here in Tai zhong. To be honest, we probably shouldn't have gone outside but we did. My companion got his bike blown out from below him. Luckily none of the big stuff that was flying through the air hit us. It was funny, if we biked one direction (with the wind) we would be going faster than the cars and if we were going the other (against the wind) we could barely move. But yeah trees and debris everywhere  per usual.We eventually made it back home safe. 

Besides that, we continue to meet a lot of cool new people. This week will be a big one to see which of them actually start progressing. It's been fun being with Elder Thomas again. We get along really well.

Zone Conference was on Friday. There were 2 parts that particularly stuck out to me. The first was a quote by Einstein that I'd never heard before. It's his definition of insanity : doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.I feel like that applies to us all, not just as missionaries. And second, was about the enabling power of the Atonement. President emphasized that a lot of us are familiar with the cleansing aspect of the Atonement but not so much with the enabling power that it has. He quoted Elder Bednar "I suspect that many Church members are much more familiar with the nature of the redeeming and cleansing power of the Atonement than they are with the strengthening and enabling power. It is one thing to know that Jesus Christ came to earth to die for us—that is fundamental and foundational to the doctrine of Christ. But we also need to appreciate that the Lord desires, through His Atonement and by the power of the Holy Ghost, to live in us—not only to direct us but also to empower us.
Most of us clearly understand that the Atonement is for sinners. I am not so sure, however, that we know and understand that the Atonement is also for saints—for good men and women who are obedient, worthy, and conscientious and who are striving to become better and serve more faithfully." I hope as i continue my mission (and throughout my life) that i will be able to better understand the Atonement, especially how it can enable and empower us to become the best person possible, to become more like Jesus Christ.

Love you guys! have a great week!

Elder Nelson


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