“Our greatest fear is not that we are incompetent, but that we are more powerful than we can possibly imagine”
A ten year old girl quoted Coach Carter (I know it’s not JUST Coach Carter) with that quote in our Fast Sunday meeting . . . I almost died of happiness. Super legit!!!
Well, this week was, once again, extremely insane. We always think that we are going to have more time and then we realize that we have something else that we have to get done . . . It’s stressful but gives a pretty good challenge for sure! Monday night, Tuesday and most of Wednesday were all spent in the office finishing up our trainings for Leadership Council this week. We are actually in Aracaju right now and we are going to sleep in my old Zone, Aracaju Sul . . . I MISS THIS ZONE SO MUCH. I finally understand what it is going to be like after the Mission to feel trunky for my Mission . . . I learned so much here so it’s weird to come back and remember all of the experiences. We will be here until tomorrow night. We get back to Maceió tomorrow pretty late and then we work in the office again on Wednesday to finish up some graphs and other trainings . . . It’s sooooo different working this way. I’m still not used to it at all. We have to Baptize more than anyone with less time . . . Lots of prayer!!
This week we met a lot of really cool and interesting people but when it came down to Sunday . . . Almost no one showed up to church . . . Aristoteles, our Baptism for this last week, wasn’t Baptized because he and his family had traveled here to Aracaju and didn’t get home in time . . . That was frustrating because his parents knew all about it and didn’t really talk to anyone about their travel plans. He is still a Baptism, we just hope we can meet up with them soon and get everything organized.
We actually had two people that went to church that are Adventists. They are really cool. It just makes me sad because they know that what we say is true. We even show it to them from every angle. They simply won’t pray to really search for an answer. They admitted that. They are scared to have to change religion. People are actually pretty funny. Doing what God wants only goes until it’s something that they don’t want to do. I think a lot of do that a lot. We are so so so so so so willing to do God’s will when it is our will, but the moment that God’s will doesn’t match up with our will, Gods will doesn’t seem so interesting anymore . . . Freakin’ free agency. I hate it, but I love it (Ab Ripper X quote).
All in all, we are a little disappointed with our own area this week but we know things will get better. A girl named Simone is planning on bein’ Baptized this Saturday. She is the friend of a member and ward missionary. Super legit and has permission from her parents. Just gotta obey the commandments and do what is right! Pray lots for her and Aristoteles!!
It’s really awesome being able to work in the office. We got to travel here to Aracaju with President and Sister Gonzaga this morning as well. I have learned sooooo much in just two weeks about all kinds of doctrine and principles. One of the things I am coming to love learning about most is church organization. It’s soooo cool to see how everything has to work inside of a Mission to set up groups and new wards and branches and stakes and all that. ‘Im lovin’ it =)
That’s all I’ve got for now. I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Be good, be safe, write lots!!!!
Love, Elder Dylan Miles Jensen