Saturday, September 20, 2014

"The foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men"

This week has been good.  We went out. We worked hard.  We did our best.  Granted, we don't always see the fruits of our labors, but I like to imagine myself as one who plants seeds, weeds, flowers - I do a lot of planting, just not a lot of harvesting!  But I am working on my patience, maybe by the time my mission ends I will have learned a few things about watching and waiting and letting the Lord take care of the rest.

This last week was zone conference - We discussed an interesting scripture Hebrews 11:32-40.  It talks about how people through their faith have seen miracles and performed miracles and how good things make the faithful strong and valiant.  But in contrast God also reminds us that he gives us sufferings and loss, because without loss and pain we cannot be made perfect.  So when we feel that we are suffering or that life is too hard, remember that this is to help us strengthen our faith and that this is an opportunity to become stronger and more perfect.  I was also grateful for the reminder that it is better to do small works of righteousness everyday than perform great miracles once in awhile.

Hamilton shimai and I finally got a new investigator this week.  Yay! She is a wonderful sister who was baptized about 10 years ago, active for a few years, her son was baptized about 3-4 years ago but then they shortly went less active.  The first lesson we shared with her was back in July and her son was there.  We just talked about what they experienced when they were baptized, what did they feel, what they remember, and such.  Discussing the Holy Ghost and the importance of the sacrament, just a little bit.  However, the mother at the end wasn't very interested in us and seemed more interested in getting us out. :[  

But we decided to visit her again and she let us in and we just started to talk and she shared with us an experience which I guess changed her mind about us.  She told us that as she was feeling a bit lonely and sad she saw an old scripture calendar the missionaries had given her that was on the floor.   She sees it, picks it up, and looks at the scriptures she's read and decides to read the next one.  And it touches her heart in a way I do not know.  She told us she couldn't remember which scripture it was but that it really helped her.  Book of Mormon is true, folks.  Somehow the scripture opened her heart up to once more have an interest in church and the gospel.  She just has a crazy job where she cannot control her hours.   So that's something we'll have to work with.  But in all words, a good day. 

This week I also had to give a talk on humility.  As always the speaker learned a lot more than the hearers.  To start off:
1 Corinthians 1:25

Because the afoolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

God is God.  We are not.  We do not know all things.  He does.  He controls the heavens and the earth and we are in his hands.  He is our loving Heavenly Father and he knows each one of us on an individual level.  He loves us on a personal level.  He is involved in our lives if we just let Him.  It is our job to be humble for we are lower than the dust of the earth.  For even the dust of the earth is obedient to our Heavenly Father.  We are not.  We sin.  We make mistakes.  We forget our God and turn away from his outstretched arms.  He is a forgiving, kind, merciful, omnipotent, patient God.  We are not.  But we can get there.  

I don't not understand the ways of my Heavenly Father.  I do not understand His thoughts.   His ways are higher than mine and his thoughts are higher than my thoughts.  I do not understand why everything that's happened in my life, happened.    But I know that I will understand in the end.  I just have to wait.  Here's to patience and enduring well!

Today we went to the Zoo in Matsuyama. It was actually pretty good.  It's better than the SLC zoo :P  it was fun, I really enjoyed myself and it wasn't too hot so all the animals were out and about!

Bevan Shimai


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