Friday, April 7, 2017

APRIL 3, 2017: WEEK 23

APRIL 3, 2017

I actually did go to Monserrate this time!

I walked up, and it took about 30 minutes with tons of breaks because we went up with the Hermanas (Hermana Melo and Hermana Acuero). It was super hard and in the path there were some wild llamas. Weird. Then once we got to the top just found a TON of white people. I haven't spoken that much English in 6 months. I found a girl who started talking to us from Dayton, Ohio, who knows Jansen Morby (a guy from my home Stake) which was weird. Cool experience though.

Anyway, this week we had some pretty cool experiences. I was walking up in the mountains, and we came up on this dude named Jainer. He told us that he served in the army for 2 years and that he's willing to learn from us. He's got his wife, and he's 25. He is from La Guajira or something like that. Cool.

I want to share a quick story!  Whenever my comp, Aguilar II came into the area, in the first week, 8 families dropped us. It just demoralized me so much, but now I'm feeling better than ever, because the families that dropped us, we could free up our time to really focus on finding new people, and it´s happened! 

I´ve been thinking a lot also on how to improve my blog. It gets kinda hard when you have been out for so long and you just get kinda bored of writing. I think I'll just shorten these up with less stuff that happens in the week, and take more pictures! But I still don't know. I'm sorry if I've been boring these last couple of weeks.

My testimony this week is still about #PrinceofPeace. The peace that the Lord gives us transcends anything we will experience in this world. Alma the Younger described it like this Alma 38:8

And it came to pass that I was three days and three nights in the most bitter pain and anguish of soul; and never, until I did cry out unto the Lord Jesus Christ for mercy, did I receive a remission of my sins. But behold, I did cry unto him and I did find peace to my soul.

He found peace to his soul! These messages are true, and I just love learning more about the Lord. There are times when we feel down, or out of the game. I've even felt that way in the mission, but there's somebody who will listen. It's Him! The prophet testified of Him, and the apostles witnessed of Him, and we had a very special opportunity to have these same things revealed unto us in these modern days through a living prophet, and apostles. It was a very sweet opportunity that we had to listen to them during LDS General Conference.

Ronald A. Rasband's talk gave me the most to think about. He spoke about first promptings. Joseph Smith said about them that if you ask on them 9-10 you'll get it right. I was in the bus today, and there was a man who kept looking at my missionary tag. He looked, and then looked again, and then looked again. I dismissed it, but about 5 minutes later I felt a prompting to talk to him, but now I didn't know how to talk to him! I prayed for help, and just tapped him on the shoulder. I asked about his job, and the bus route we were taking. I asked for direction to get to Monserrate, and a little woman that was standing very near to us began to talk to me. She gave us some advice, and so then I started talking with her also. Her uncles are Mormon. She knew a lot about the church but didn't really feel interested. At the end of the day, I got her phone number and address, and the man who I first talked to slipped away. But, the Lord worked in a mysterious way today. I felt so prompted to talk to this man that I started a conversation in a bus jam packed full of people. and it ends up the girl standing next to him was the one I needed to talk to. The Lord knows his sheep. John 10:16

I have experiences like that often, but for some reason or another I don't write them, but I'm going to be a better missionary in the field, and out of it. Pray unto the Lord, and he will give you this peace, this guidance, and these promptings. Watch General conference talks over again, and learn more from these inspired words of God. 

Next week I'll write better! See ya nerds

Élder Tracy

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