Alright, so I am gonna share what I learned this week and about the work here. The 3 most important lessons I've learned thus far: Love for everyone, Diligence, and not giving into discouragement.
To clarify a little better let me talk about Grace. What is it? The bible dictionary describes it by saying: "divine means of help or strength". This is what Ive learned. My mission has been really hard, new language, people, culture, and country. I've had my challenges like everybody else, but this week I had the opportunity to meet with our Mission President and other mission leadership. I learned that our Savior cannot deliver us if there is nothing to be delivered from. In order to grow and learn from Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father, we must be placed in situations that allow us to grow then after we learn from and put our trust in God, He delivers us. So if we have faith in, and use the infinite blessing of grace, our burdens are lifted and we receive that "divine help and strength". We will never be exempt from trails but its because we will never be perfect. A loving Parent wants us to improve and be happy but we must learn to rely and trust in Him.
Alright my typical week. Right now I have several progressing investigators. All of them come from either a member friend or family members. That is the most important part of the work, member missionary work. The daughter of my new member is an investigator and we meet with her two or three times a week, then we have another relative of theirs that is also a progressing investigator doing really well. And our third best investigator is the husband of an returned missionary. He is trying to decide why this church is different from other ones. Yesterday we had a powerful lesson on prophets and the book of Mormon. The two things that make our church different. We are really being encouraged by our mission president to teach with church member witnesses that can bare testimony to them, so we try to have one in every lesson. We have 5 planned baptisms this month. All of them, again, come from personal contacts within the church. "Every member a missionary". Our mission goal is 21 lessons per week, that may seem small, but with english teaching and everything else it is hard work. Only got 11 this week but next week we'er going to try really hard to get that goal! Wish me luck!