So there has been an interesting development in the mission. We're getting rid of a lot of the "extra" rules that we had and sticking straight to the white handbook. Not too many details on exactly what is included in that, but one thing that has been made clear is the MUSIC rule! We can now listen to any music that conforms to these guidelines:
"Listen only to music that is consistent with the sacred spirit of your calling. Music should invite the Spirit, help you focus on the work, and direct your thoughts and feelings to the Savior. Do not listen to music that pulls your thoughts away from your work, merely entertains, has romantic lyrics or overtones, or dulls your spiritual sensitivity by its tempo, beat, loudness, lyrics, or intensity."
Anyone that would like to donate their favorite music to the Elder Stevenson Foundation would be greatly appreciated haha.
|Perfect place to lock up|
This week we had a good zone training about meaningful prayer and studies. I've already seen a difference in the way I prepare for prayer and studies, it's been really great. One of my takeaways was that I should treat prayer like an interview with the mission president, or even a Skype call, and get excited! I haven't seen my Father in almost 20 years, how should I feel to get to talk to Him? How would I prepare for that?
We had a zone wide exchange after the training, and I went to Fort Myers Creole with Elder Couillens. It was a fun day, definitely different than Immokalee, but I learned a lot from him. Elder Charles stayed here with Elder Lantor and they found a bunch of investigators, so that was cool.
Speaking of investigators, we had to drop one of our friends named M[...]. It was kinda depressing, our last lesson with her was pulling out all the stops to try to get her to understand that not just any church is good enough. We were as straight forward and bold as you can imagine, using only Scriptures from the Bible to show that the Great Apostasy happened and that the true church was restored (check out 1 Timothy 4:1-4 if you get the chance) ... but she still wasn't willing to act. It's sad seeing people that you've worked with for a little while fall away like that, but in the end it just strengthened my testimony that this truly is the only place that has and teaches all the truth.
Other than that, we only had 12 people at church, 6 of them being us missionaries (Haitians hate rain, they believe it makes you sick) so we just had School and a short sacrament meeting and everyone went home haha.
That was pretty much it for this week. As of right now I only have 3 months left in my mission, crazy! Next week is transfers, we'll see what happens. I'm really trying to take as much advantage of this time as possible. Have a great week!
|Soaking in the sun (literally)|