To start off, we had
a really good and enjoyable week this week. One of my dreams came true this
week. Me and Elder Gibb were just trying to visit a few people, and they
weren't there. Then some little Hispanic kids (around the age of 10, there were
4 of them) yelled from a porch "vamos a jugar?" So we went over and
told them we'd play with them for a little bit so they got out their basketball
and we played a quick pickup game in the middle of a trailer park! Granted the
kids were all really short. And Hispanics are definitely better at soccer, not
basketball. But we had a good time playing a quick game with them. After we
were able to share a quick message with them, and are hoping in the future that
we will be able to teach their parents as well.
With it being
the week of the 4th, I've been reflecting a lot about freedom and our
Independence day. Being here in the United States, I'm not sure I quite
understood or appreciated all of the freedoms and things that were available
for me growing up. Serving my mission with the Hispanic people here in the
United States has broadened my vision. Some words of advice one of my
investigators gave me a few weeks ago really stuck with me. We were talking
about what we wanted to do as our professions. And after he looked at us, and
said "Then go do that. Here, you can do and be whatever you want. Be
whatever you want. Don't miss out on that."
Another thought that
has been on my mind a lot this week was a comment a member made in my last
area. When he first came to American, he had nothing. Then he expressed his
love for America, and the wonderful opportunity it gives people. He had just
opened his own tire shop and started his own business. A lot of people think
the American dream is dead. But it's not. We have such great opportunities
here, and I'm grateful to live in this country.
Along with all of
that, some other really good things have happened this week. This fast Sunday
our investigator Alex got up and shared his testimony. Our other investigator
Chris (the hippy surfer) wore pants to church, so I count that as progress!
We've also had a lot of opportunities to teach, and the Spirit has been so strong.
Especially coupled with fasting, prayer is such an amazing tool. God answers
Well happy 4th
of July! Our plans tonight include going to the Morehead waterfront to watch
some fireworks (from there we will also be able to see the fireworks from
Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, and Pine Knoll Shores). Be safe!