Hello beautiful people,
I have officially reached my 15 month mark. I had called everyone in the Zone to
And I was asked, how was I going to celebrate. To be honest, I didn’t know, but the day turned out to be adventuresome. Classic Mads.
It began in the morning where we ran into the Elders on the bus. Little did I know, we would need their help. Sister Wilkinson and I departed before them in order to call by one of our potential investigators and afterwards we would catch the bus again to travel to a street display in Chester. However, I ended up leaving my monthly bus pass on the bus. This meant, I would need to purchase another ticket, or because of the charity of Elders Ogbeide and Larson, they would perform a public transport U-Turn to return my bus pass to me.
In the meantime, I decided that we would tract this street. So far, this mission milestone wasn’t in my favour. But luckily, Heavenly Father is aware of my love for animals. And guess what ? IThis story involves another canine, a Shih tzu puppy. The third house we knocked, a wonderful lady answered the door. Not only did we gift her the Book of Mormon, but she allowed me to take a photo with her adorable pet. His name is Teddy and I couldn’t be more excited to see him tomorrow as his owner, Claire was a new friend of last week. Enjoy that photo, as you can see how content I am.
Anyway, the situation with the bus pass. We had a mere minute before the bus returning would come and then we had to catch another the bus coming the other way. Sister Wilkinson and I were at the bus stop waiting and hoping that the timing would work out. The first bus came, and the Elders were no where to be seen. We called them, and they said they were at the bus stop that we had gotten off at. Obviously that was incorrect, as we were standing at that exact bus stop. Then, the bus we were meant to catch arrives. I definitely did not want to miss this bus, as then all of our plans of the day wouldn’t be achieved. Thus, I explained to the bus driver the situation, he gave me the benefit of the doubt, and I was allowed on the bus. The Elders were at the next stop and all worked out. #woohoo
Anyway, as you were aware, Sister Wilkinson and I hiked Moel Famau last week.
We couldn’t help but use the day as a analogy for our missions. Let me explain.
The day began with beautiful weather, there was a beautiful view, and that is like the beginning of our missions. We were on fire. We had this motivation to teach repentance and baptise converts, however quickly, the journey began to become difficult. At first we couldn’t see the destination, but once we did, it was easier to comprehend the path we were on. That is just like our goal of exhalation. If we sincerely desire righteous actions, Heavenly Father will lead us and guide us there, but we need to continue walking in faith.
Nevertheless, it was intense. There were gale force winds, there was torrential rain, and to be honest, was it even worth it ? I could come back another day. But no, Sister Wilkinson and I were going to do it. We may not have the opportunity again. Like in life, ‘choose what you love and love your choice’. We kept going. The mission is not easy at times, but all we can do is approach the ‘daily grind’ with faith, diligence and the consecration of our talents and skills.
Once we had reached the fort, it was cloudy. And you know, sometimes that is us. We are in this darkness, and we can’t see the light, but if we wait, the storms will pass. This was very literal, and the weather did improve. And of course, we could see glimpses of the valleys and of the sun, but we needed to be carefully looking for it.
Once we were travelling back down, we realised how far we had traveled; it was longer and steeper than we had been aware of. That is exactly like our challenges, in the midst of them, we can’t fully comprehend the strength that we have, or that we are entitled to with the Lord’s help.
Hebrews 10:32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;
Deuteronomy 31: 6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Furthermore, I thought I had lost one of my USBs with over a third of my photos from my mission on there on the walk, but luckily, I ended up leaving in the chapel. Again, I have had so many close calls with this camera.