The weeks are flying by. I still don't have a companion but it's been fun working with the Zone Leaders, and I'm learning a lot. If this transfer has taught me anything it has been patience. If you pray and ask for patience, more often than not, the Lord will give you a reason to be patient... Whether it be a companion, the language, the members or whatever else. It holds true that in the mission field your strengths become weaknesses and your weaknesses become strengths, but than as we are patient and put our trust in the Lord he truly does make weak things become strong unto us. But until that happens, we must look forward with an eye of faith. Trials always suck when you're in them and then sure enough they turn into invaluable blessings as we look back at the things we learn from them. While we are in them we want nothing more than to get rid of them or get through them but surely enough when we actually do get through them we look back at what we learned and who we've become and realize that we wouldn't trade them for anything.
As I have been here in Sogod working with Elder L. and Elder Q. I have come to know and love their investigators as well. One of them, his wife was baptized a few months back and he is preparing for baptism now. When we went to teach them this past week he had slipped and he drank earlier that day. So, when we arrived he was drunk. Of course we were heartbroken but it was a funny situation. Because his wife is a recent convert we just taught her but when we asked where he was she went into the back and informed us that he was asleep naked on the toilet. It was pretty funny. He really is an amazing investigator and he felt really bad. Even while he was still drunk he told Elder L. that he was sorry that he drank. We were happy to help him through it though. Later in the week we went over repentance and he's now back on track. He promised that he wouldn't drink again.
For District meeting this past week we discussed Alma 32 a little bit and how we can help the Gospel take root in us and in our hearts as well as in the lives and hearts of those we teach. Then in relation to the first three Christ-like attributes in PMG we discussed how we can do this by having Faith in Jesus Christ, Hoping for Eternal life, and finally always having Charity towards our fellow men. As I was referring back to Alma 32, 3 Nephi 12:14-16 came to my mind with the concept that plants need light to grow. We can be that light. We can be the light that helps others to grow. Of course they still need to do their part and exercise their faith in nourishing the word but we also play a role in strengthening our brothers and sisters in being a light to those who are in darkness or just need more light. We truly are the Lords hands. We radiate his light. However, we cannot be a light to others if we ourselves are in darkness.
Thank you all for your love and support. I love being a missionary. I love sharing the Gospel. Keep the Faith and may peace be the journey.
Love Elder Lowe