And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!
- D&C 18:15
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Stolen Nametags, Easter, and Bed Bugs
I promise that we had several spiritual experiences this week. I
promise that we had many lessons and even found a new family and a
golden investigator. I promise that Easter was amazing and we saw many
miracles because we were able to testify of Christ.
Now that we have that understood, this is how the week went.
During the transfer period I left one of my name tags in my last
apartment. The missionaries there sent it on a letter to my new
apartment. When I got the letter Monday the side was slit open and the
name tag was gone, but the letter the missionaries wrote to me was
Wednesday we drove out to Lockhart for District Meeting. 10
missionaries gathered in a little town 25 minutes away from anywhere
in a chapel. The chapel is in a rented piece of a strip mall. On the
other side of it is a gas station and liquor store. Quaint.
Friday my companion noticed that I had bites all over me. We were
doing a lot of service outside this week, so we thought it was
mosquitoes, or something. That is when I found the bed bugs. The
apartment complex couldn't get an exterminator in until this Tuesday.
So Saturday was spent bagging all of our clothes and sheets and taking
them to a laundromat in South Austin. We spent hours there until a
member called us and let us know that you only need to to put clothes
in the dryer to get rid of bed bugs. We lost a lot of quarters that
Because the closest set of Elders to us are about 25 miles away, we
are spending the nights in a member home. It turns out their son is a
world famous LEGO master builder, and the guest room is filled with
life-sized creations. I sleep next to Thor, Wonder Woman and her
invisible upper torso, Captain Kirk, and a Minion. There are heads and
arms laying around everywhere.
Sunday I forgot to tell our Easter Dinner appointment I was allergic
to coconut until after I was light-headed and swelling. It was the
first time I ever reacted to coconut oil. I took some Benadryl and was
fine, but tired.
Other than that, this week was fantastic. We were able to teach some
great people. I found out that two of my former investigators are
getting baptized this Saturday. I am definitely going to one of the
services. We had some great lessons with some honest hearts and I have
felt like a very successful missionary. During a sacrament hymn I
realized that Heavenly Father is much more compassionate than I ever
imagined. He recognizes success and effort just as much as he
recognizes failure. This is something I learned long ago, but like all