This week, I was led in my scripture study to 1 Nephi 17:3. This Verse says:
We, as sons and daughters of God, have many commandments. The Lord has promised that we will be strengthened to complete every commandment, and this pertains to every single thing we have to do. If we are commanded, as stated in the word of wisdom, to refrain from smoking, but we are addicted, we can take solace in this verse. The lord has promised us. PROMISED US. Wow, the God of the whole earth has given us a promise that we will be helped as we try to follow all the commandments of God. This man or woman who is addicted can take courage that something will change. They will receive strength and their heart will be changed, so that this commandment can be fulfilled. This is just so amazing to me, that we can receive such a strong promise to be changed from our Heavenly Father!
This week was really long and great and funny and, wow just a lot of things!
Well to start off, we started the week off
with kind of a difficult thing. Tuesday, we went to talk to our investigator, Luciano, and well...he was drunk...again. I had never seen him sober up to that point (about 8 days). That was really hard on me. I felt like there was absolutely nothing I could do for this man, and like there was no point in trying. Wow, that really got me down, but after our lesson, me and my companion decided to fast. We fasted that day after lunch (because lunch is the big meal here) until Wednesday. We went and visited him everyday this week and his neighbor said he was just upstairs drunk. This really broke our hearts! We felt very unmotivated for most of the week because of this. We worked the whole week, and Saturday we returned to visit Luciano (like everyday). This time was different. He was outside doing his laundry, which he hadn't done in weeks. We talked to him, and couldn't smell alcohol on his breath. He was sober! What a different man. He could really think and share his beliefs and his dreams with us! Wow! It was so amazing! He then told us he hadn't drunken a thing since Tuesday! (The day we started our fast!) His neighbor was mistaken, and he was just in his bed sick, I think from not having alcohol. Wow, the Lord answers prayers, and when we truly need something, we have fasting as a tool!
The rest of the week was pretty good, I'm trying to set some personal goals, so if any of you have some suggestions, please let me know! But overall this week was pretty good!
Oh a funny experience Elder Gomez and I had;
Saturday night, I was sleeping and my companion was a wake because he has trouble falling asleep. Suddenly I started screaming! My companion got super freaked out and this is how the dialouge went:
"Elder England....Elder England....ENGLAND!"
"Why did you scream?!"
"There is a fork."
"Where, in your bed? Did you lay on it?"
"No, there in the wall."
(I point at the wall)
(My companion turns around and he's super freaked out. He looks around but sees nothing.)
"There in the corner."
"Yeah the lights form the word fork."
"Elder England, why did you scream?"
"...Because it's important when we learn something new."
This is all the story, and I do not remember anything. My comp just about died laughing. The coolest part of this, is that the whole thing was in Spanish. I feel like I can barely speak Spanish, but Elder Gomez says that I spoke perfectly...sad right?
I hope all of you have a good week! Love you all!
Elder Clayton Rodney England