Hey everybody what’s up? How y’all been?
This week was way cool, me and Elder Mateaki worked like crazy. We talked to a ton of people and had some way cool conversations with a lot of people and really focused on ministering to individuals and showing love this week, and it was great.
We were doing some housing and I started talking to this one lady, probably in her early 40’s, about families. I talked how our message can bless families and we can have more trust and love and all that kind of stuff and she was super nice and then I asked “Do you have kids?” “No.” “Are you married?” “No.” At this point I’m a little taken off guard seeing as I got the hardcore “mom of a couple 5-10 year old kids” vibe, and I ask in my confusion “how old are you” and follow it up promptly with a “wait, you don’t have to answer that”. It was hilarious, Elder Mateaki roasted me waaaay hard after that and it was a bit embarrassing but I’m beyond the point of feeling embarrassment. Hooray for being desensitized to awkwardness.
So we met this other guy while we were finding and I was able to have one of the most relaxed, not awkward conversations I’ve ever had with a random person we met, he was so chill and nice and we just talked about what he believes and the path he personally chooses to follow and ramen and all sorts of stuff, it was awesome. He didn’t end up having interest, but I’m convinced our conversation will have a profound impact on his life.
We had a day this week where I was a little derpier than normal and I was just having trouble doing the basic things (putting on tie, getting the order right on clothing, getting my scarf to fit into my jacket) and we got out the door a little late and I was a bit flustered, but I told Elder Mateaki “It’s OK, nothing can go wrong when you’re eating a mint” and proceeded to pop a mint into my mouth. But I did it in a kind of vertical motion and the mint proceeded to pop right back out of my mouth into my hand and he laughed so hard he almost cried, and proceeded to squeak out his dismay “THIS IS MY TRAINER???!?”. Thanks buddy, really helping my confidence. It’s cool though, you can learn just as well from mistakes as you can from a good example, and I have plenty of stupid mistakes.
We were talking when a couple of other missionaries were over and the conversation led a little bit into the types of girls we like. This one elder pipes in “I told Elder (...) my type once...” And we’re all expecting him to leave it at that or leave it a mystery or something, but he then says “Green hair, wings, big sword”. It was so unexpected at least two of us were on the floor with laughter.
I got an ab workout the other night as well, we were calling the ward mission leader to make sure we didn’t have a meeting the next morning and he gave some explanation and I did my best to show my acknowledgement by saying “分かりました！” (it’s kind of like “I got it, understood”) and I said “わかりません” which is the opposite, “I don’t know”, but with the emphasis of the positive affirmation. It was so unexpected and such a simple but big mistake that me and Elder Livermore just started busting up laughing. That took a little bit of explanation the next day.
Bottom line of what I learned this week - everything is funnier when you’re tired. But you know what? That’s kind of our purpose in life. Alma 34:32 says something along the lines “This life is a time for homies to perform and prepare to meet God” and I think that’s awesome, that’s the absolute truth. There’s a lot of stuff in this life we gotta do, and a lot of things which are tiring, but what’s more important than being physically rested is being spiritually rested, gaining rest for our souls. Being weighed down by guilt, hate, misery, unnecessary stress, and other burdens is EXHAUSTING, but we can find rest for our souls by letting Christ take the weight. Working every day can be tiring, but it is a walk in the park compared to the weight we carry when we harbor grudges for others, when we can’t forgive ourselves for our weakness, when we forget that the details are in God’s hands and little minute things in life are just parts of this life, a blink of the eye in the scope of eternity. I’m not good with words, but I know that when I pray to God for the energy and the willpower I need with all energy of heart, when I read the Book of Mormon as if it contains the answers to all of my problems, and when I take the sacrament with the faith that it will give me the healing power I need and cleanse me from my sin, mistakes, and weakness, I can make it through the week and be happy despite any challenges that come my way. I know that this is true, and no amount of rejection or disappointment or frustration can change that - I myself am weak, but I am strong in Christ.
Have a good week yo, eat some ramen
オーギル長老 (Elder Orgill)
|Elder Mateaki and Elder Orgill|
|汁なし担々麺 (soupless noodles) - really good ramen that makes your tongue numb|
|There’s a girl at the place we do service who has a gigantic|
collection of squishy food-shaped things
|He made pancake syrup out of an energy drink ...|
|A pork-bone broth based ramen which was reported to be "amazing!"|