Editor's note: if you are paying attention to the weeks, next week is the halfway point for Elder Orgill. He would certainly love to hear from you. He can see e-mails daily but can only respond once a week, usually Monday evenings in the U.S.
So big news. Ya boy is getting transferred! Going from one of the least population-dense areas in the mission to the number one - the one and only Kamisugi in Sendai. I'm a big-city kind of guy, so I'm confident this is an inspired call. Anyway, my sister served there four years ago and my dad some 35 years ago, so I guess we're just going full circle. Was it destiny?!?!?! *Illuminati music starts playing*
Anyway, it's a food paradise and apparently the missionaries get a bunch of MEAT from the ward so just a testament that the Lord knows all of us individually and cares about the little things, I testify of that from the bottom of my heart. Tender mercies are real, yo.
So some crazy stuff happened this week. First off - it's Obon, so we had 23 people at church, which is double what we normally get. Everybody is coming back to their hometowns and cleaning the grave sites of their ancestors and all that good stuff and apparently there's the belief that during Obon people's ancestors come back and visit them, so if you believe in ghost apparitions and stuff it might get SPOOKY, but I'm too ironic to see any of that kind of stuff so I don't think any dead Japanese old people are going to be appearing to / haunting me, but I have been haunted by memories and old pictures of me in middle school so there might be something supernatural with that...... *UFO noises*
Bit of a slow week here but we did have one kinda funny/crazy experience. I found a little thing in our mail slot this last week with a phone number written on it, and I figured "hey, it's written in pen, maybe I should call this", so I did. Turns out its some kinda Buddhist church who wants to talk to us. I told em we're busy and can't really meet, and he was super insistent and I kinda told him "dude, we're missionaries for our own church, it's chill", but he called again a couple days later and my companion picked up so I couldn't dodge the call and I found myself talking with this guy again and I had the idea "hey, if we listen to his thing we can probably share our beliefs and stuff too, this'll be sweet and we'll have his undivided attention for however long we want". Well, long story short we met up after church across the street and it was him and his friend, and we suggested we go back to the church and we talk while sitting and also eat because there was a 食事会 (little after-church meal), and these two 30-something year old men pulled the stranger danger card. And then invited us to sit in their car. Red flags. They asked us some questions and we made sure not to give too much personal information (didn't ask the name of my first pet or first car), and we shared some of our beliefs and stuff. Then they launched their thing and talked about how you can tell whether or not somebody becomes a Buddha or not after they die by the color of the skin, and then you can also use some unexplained ritual they have to cure any illness ever. And then they said "yeah, we'll teach you, just get in our car and we'll go to this guy's house and teach you, it'll take like 15 minutes" and were suuuuuuuuper insistent and we kinda had to lay down the law of "bruh we ain't getting in your car and going to learn this black magic shiz with you" (btw this homie was like 5'4 and max 100 pounds so if he started throwing fists, I wasn't super intimidated), but anyway it was just kinda weird and we got kind of a not-so-good feeling talking to these guys and we missed some of the food, but hey, we got to share what we believe and met a real life Korihor priestcraft-doing homie, so that was interesting.
So I read this super-fine talk this week called "No Other Talent Exceeds Spirituality" (actually a BYU devotional from 1976), and it was absolutely excellent and gave me a number of things to think about. We have daily scripture study, and sometimes I feel like I just drink in the scriptures and the lessons and all that, and sometimes I just feel like I'm reading words on a page and trying to keep myself awake as I plough through the 18th war chapter in a row. Well, sometimes I think of spirituality as being able to constantly draw a ton of good information and things I want to learn from the scriptures and stuff, but nah. It's a lot more of the attributes that come along with that, and doesn't necessarily start from a killer good personal study every day, it starts from a desire to be more spiritual and more like the Savior and a desire to serve others. The best personal studies I have ever had where I felt like the scriptures came to life and I felt like everything I read was speaking to me were the times where I was desperate for spiritual knowledge and strength, when I got put into a position that I knew I was not qualified for, and I needed the patience and charity just to survive. And I think that as we all try to serve more and think about others more and love more and be more selfless and stuff, we will start to become more like Christ and our spirituality will go up. And I think good scripture study doesn't drive us to be more spiritual, I think good scripture study follows us trying to be better and more loving and improve ourselves.
Then again, that was just a block of Elder Orgill nonsense.
Oh yeah, other cool stuff, I gave a little talk this week about the concept of eternal progression. I am going to be at my year mark in just over a week, and hooh boy, I've progressed a lot. And hooh boy, I still have a really long way to go. But the cool thing is we have so much time, we have an ETERNITY to become perfect and we just have to do as much as we can in this life. But remember to not compare yourself with others - it doesn't matter what your f(x) is, it's all about the f'(x), the slope of the tangent, the rate and direction at which you are progressing. And if you're progressing, keep it that way. I have a favorite saying from the one and only Big Ron – “if you don't change directions, you'll get where you're going”. So think about where you're going with the path you are on right now, and if you need to, change directions. And if you're on a good path, don't change directions.
Love y'all. Keep it lit.
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