The Longer Ones

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

CH 70 Sampaguitas in the Office

Life is okay. Actually it's more than okay. it's kinda fun. I moved to Sampaguita ward and it's a lovely ward. It's been a long time since they've had elders (usually only sisters), but because of that, they've really missed having Elders.

Which is perfect!! cuz last time I checked I'm an Elder! whooooo-hooo!!! It's a really progressing area and though we've only been here a few days we already have a fair amount of investigators!! my companion right now is Elder Bjornn and he's great! funny, organized, and a bit quiet. It's taking me a while to adjust. I am just so used to being loud that I'm not used to thinking in my head. if that makes any sense? I'm doing his follow-up training and at the same time we are also in the office. whenever there's a problem with apartments or strange emergency transfers or settling a rental contract we'll help out somehow.

How do I feel about this? it's okay. it just feels strange to make so many trips to the office. it feels unnatural. but whatever, we will work it out.

I'm excited for Christmas. like really really pumped! I can't really explain it though. I am in the phase of my mission where emailing is hard because I am worried about other things. I'm worried about how well I can train my new companion. I'm worried about Christmas, that logistically we'll be able to plan for everything going on. I am worried that my knowledge on tagalog isn't plateau-ing but will continue to help me in the future. I am worried with the assignments that President Hughes has given me.
But. I am ready. I believe that God always does everything He can to prepare us for whatever it may be that come our way. Now I'm not promising that whatever comes isn't hard. or Isn't emotionally tolling. Or physically exhausting. Or spiritually draining. But what I am promising and what He promised for us is that "I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them." (1 Nephi 3:7). I'm not gonna say you'll like whatever is coming  ahead of us, but I am saying that whatever may come our way. We can press on with hope, knowing that God is there to help, has sufficiently prepared you for what needs to be done, and will make you feel grateful for the perfect weaknesses he has given you to improve upon.

Life is okay.

-Elder Villanueva
Urdaneta Philippines Mission
Quezon City North Philippines Mission

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