Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Work of the Lord is Working

February 23, 2014

This week was one of the more difficult ones.
I was sick on Wednesday and spent the day in bed. Of course being sick is never fun, but added with the pressure of being a sis mish it sucked knowing that the Lord's time was being wasted. I don't know if being a missionary is supposed to be this stressful. When I don't feel stressed I don't feel productive though. #TheStruggle. That is one of the things I think I inherited from my mother.
If you can handle the stress, then comes the success. #PoeticiKnow #ButimNotaRapper Haha Okay, I'm done with the hashtags.
Our number of investigators has been lacking recently, but the Lord doesn't let missionary work not work. Last month Sister Tien and I contacted a lady who works at a spa and invited her to our English class. Thursday night she came to class...and brought fifteen other people with her!! Yep. That was super amazing! We were able to share with them about the Savior's earthly ministry and gave away five Book of Mormons! To other missionaries that go street contacting and meet new people often, five Book of Mormons may sound like nothing, but five Book of Mormons is a HUGE deal. I have probably only given away like 10 books in the last four months in the field.
We also had a woman come to church yesterday who heard about the church while searching universities online and saw BYU's website. Her son is going to school in Illinois right now and will introduce him to the church if she likes what we teach! :)
A member from California came to Vietnam this week for business as his company he works for in America partners with a company here. He is a good member of the church who knows his responsibility to share the gospel and invited a woman from the partnering business here in Vietnam to attend church yesterday. She's got a Christian background and is very excited to learn about the church! Lots of new people to teach!! And hey, all the missionaries and Jesus too would be extremely appreciative if everyone would be member missionaries and introduce people to the church. Thanks :)
To finish I want to share a quote from Elder Holland's talk entitled 'Lord, I Believe' from the April 2013 General Conference. Elder Holland said, "Except in the case of His only Begotten Son, imperfect people are all God has ever had to work with. That must be terribly frustrating to Him, but He deals with it. So should we." You have to love that Elder Holland is always straight forward! We are all children of a Heavenly Father who loves and cares for us just as our earthly fathers do. And just like an earthly parent, He has to deal with our disobedience and annoying attitudes. So have a little mercy on our Heavenly Father and "try a little harder to be a little better". Also, forgive others for their weakness'. None of us are perfect and we are all bound to mess up. So forgive others when things are wrong.
That's it for this week.
Went out to eat with the parents of an Elder serving in Cambodia. I overate and about died on the two hour bike ride following lunch.
-Egelund out

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