Tikanis (some guy we talked to yesterday told us that this meant “Hello, how are you?” in Greek)!
Yup, we learn different types of languages here in K-Town! We also bounce back from the hard times and find people from talking to everyone in the area. Wait, what? Yup, we found two new people who we will be working with and preparing for baptism in August. One of them just recently moved here from Samoa and knows a little bit of English. Her name is Mataaitusi and she is extremely smart and she is only 9 years old. We actually gave offered to give her a Samoan Book of Mormon and she gladly took it too! The other one we are working with is another 9 year old kid named Dakota. His parents are looking to come back into activity and that should be good too, because the kid wants his father to baptize him. This past week was pretty fun, and I don’t feel as scared anymore about going up to random people and talking to them about the Gospel of Jesus Christ – from that happening I have seen some growth come as well. I will admit that there is a lot of progressing that I need to do, but we all have those things that we need to improve on. Nobody is perfect, but we all have that opportunity to come unto Jesus Christ and become more like him and perfect ourselves with his help.
We talked with some interesting people this week and we even got cussed out by some 10-11 year olds! They came up to us and acted like they were interested in learning more, but once we started to talk to them they just sprinted off laughing – we didn’t care and we laughed about it for a little bit after it happened. Things like that you can’t hold on to. I will admit that this work is probably one of the most challenging things I have done in my life. Especially with serving in Utah, I have seen and talked to people who were once a part of the LDS faith but drifted away from it when they were older – because their parents left it up to them to make that choice, or the parents just completely turned their backs on it because of some incident that happened and they don’t want their kids to have that same experience either. There is nothing that you can do to change other people’s opinions, but you can always try and provide that further guidance through the way you go about helping others and having full faith in God which I am still trying to work on.
I have looked through the hymn books a lot this past week just to see what types of things I could find and I found one that we never really sing in church, but it has a strong message in it.
It is hymn number 240 in the LDS hymn book and the title is “Know This, That Every Soul Is Free”.
Here are the words:
1.”Know this, that every soul is free to choose his life and what he’ll be; for this eternal truth is giv’n: That God will force no man to heav’n.
2. He’ll call, persuade, direct a right and bless with wisdom, love, and light, In nameless ways be good and kind, but never force the human mind.
3.Freedom and reason make us men; Take these away, what are we then? Mere animals and just as well the beast may think of heav’n or hell.
4.May we no more our pow’rs abuse, But ways of truth and goodness choose; Our God is pleased when we improve His grace and seek his perfect love.”
I thought that this really stood out to me and I hope it does to y’all too! Take care of yourselves everyone!