After I said that, it was quiet for a couple of minutes, and she kind of nodded and agreed that she can. Then her boyfriend, from across the room, who has been participating in the lessons and is a less-active member of the church, was kind of blown away by it all and said, “Man, you are one cool dude. “ And that’s a first too. It was such a spiritual moment when we were teaching. It was awesome, not gonna lie, Super sick! She’s been so happy and grateful that we’ve just been teaching her.
We’ve also been teaching John-Marcus. I don’t know if he has some mental handicap or if he’s just not all there, but it’s super fun to talk to him. And he’s changing and doing better, and ya know, it’s awesome. And because my problems with dyslexia, I can relate to him, as well. And it’s so great. It’s amazing; my dyslexia was not given just for me. It’s actually been a blessing to me here on my mission.
During my personal study this morning, I was reading the scriptures and came across Hell. It got me thinking, hm, what is Hell if God can send it. Then it’s not so much a place if it can be on this earth. So I was kind of looking at, what is Hell, and in the Bible Dictionary it talks about Hell being a place of torment. School (get that mom)? However, for me, Hell was school==a place of torment. The Lord allows us to go through hard things (Hell) in order for us to grow. Hell is not a punishment, but allowed. If we do not repent, if we don’t do well, or if we need to grow. For me, it wasn’t that I needed to repent, it was a place that I would learn and grow and become better. It’s also the reason you guys had me go to school, even though it was hell for me. Because it was good for me. So, that kind of opened my eyes a bit. Hell can be something on the earth, it can be something that we experience within our lives, the only difference is, after this life (depending on if we accept Christ and do our best), we can escape it. And it makes me so sad for those that do not accept Christ. That they will endure an endless state of misery instead of peace.
I’ve also come to the conclusion, that the Lord makes some things purposely not make sense. Although He is a perfect God, and His house is a house of order, some things are incomprehendable to us at this point in time. And should not make perfect sense to us. Because if it made perfect sense to us, it would be in favor for those who learn easily, are smart, studied, and wise. And if that is true, then they have an advantage over the people who are not learned, or have various learning disabilities, or fewer opportunities. Thereby, the Lord has given us faith. I think he purposely made some thing challenging to understand, to test people’s faith. The test of faith can be hard for those that have learned much, because they rely so much on their knowledge. And the reason it’s so hard is because the Lord is trying their faith, the reason He tries it so hard is because if we can attain faith when it’s hard, than it’s harder to loose faith later on. And that’s one of the conclusions I’ve come to.
When it comes down to it, we are all equal when it comes to learning gospel truths. There are several ways we can learn and know. Through scripture study, prayer, and listening for the Holy Ghost, for he DOES testify of truth, that is his job.
That’s it, that’s part of my personal scripture study today and how it’s gone. I learned a crazy amount! I’ve gotten better at marking my scriptures, my writing is still awful, and my reading is still awful.
We had a breakfast today at someone’s home for all the missionaries in our zone, it was super cool!
The member’s home where we are living, they left town, and over the past three days their house alarm has been going off. That woke me up a few times in the night. But New Year’s Eve, we had to be in by 6pm. And New Year’s Day was a no proselytizing day, so that was like a massive P-Day (preparation day), so that was super fun. There was a basketball hoop hanging off the ground, I was able to run up the wall and jump up to it and grab it, it was so fun.
The weather is awesome! Palm trees swaying, Man, I’m happy to be in America! I do miss England though. New Year’s Eve was weird; It was weird to think, just a year ago, I was hanging out a balcony window watching the fireworks at the London Eye and on New Year’s Day I was at a parade in London with Cody. Crazy.
Random Last Thoughts:
The heating is out in garage apartment.
Locals thought it was cold here, it wasn’t.
I fixed the clasps of my leather bag from Crete with carabineers
The nerf guns from the Sharps are awesome, tell them thanks.
Grandma, I love you, and Aunt Darcy, and I love the painted plate and bowl you sent me, but I’m too worried I’m going to break them during moves. I’d rather use those after my mission, and I can’t wait to have them waiting for me when I go home.
Last time I moved, I had just way too much stuff, so I need to send some things home I think.
Thanks Grandma/pa Nead for the gift card, and Grandma/pa Tucker!
Dubois sent me a card, Chaydon has changed a lot.
Tell dad to drain the water from my car too!
Had a crazy dream last night, Dallin and Jaxon were riding my petrol skateboard. Don’t
Everything’s going great!
I’ll talk to you guys later, Love you! BYE.