Monday, October 26, 2015

A Quick Hi from Down South!‏

A photo for all real men
Jamaican Flavored Jell-O
First of all, if you have not read or listened to the talk "His Grace is Sufficient" by Brad Wilcox, you NEED to right now. It's best to listen and read along too. :)

I forgot to share my scripture of the week last week! It was D&C 121:45 - super good. Read it!
This most recent week, my scripture was D&C 24:8 - Read it!
And this upcoming week I have chosen Revelation 21:7 - So good! Read it!

Frijoles in a bag

This week we had a lot of tortillas and beans for our meals! And, honestly, that's all you really need to enjoy the food of Mexico. Their refried beans with their flour tortillas are incredible. Then, if you add jalapenos and/or their salsa of any kind,  you are in heaven. :) 

What missionaries do for fun on P-day

At one of the member's houses we heard this incredibly awesome story:

There was a boy who had just turned in his mission papers. His mom was an inactive member for years and his dad was a non-member. But the boy's faith was strong and he couldn't wait to serve a mission. A couple days before his call came, there was a terrible car accident, and the boy was killed. His parents were devastated. The day his call came, they opened it together and it said that their son was called to serve in the Spirit World. Needless to say, his dad was baptized and his mom returned to church.

"Why? Because I'm Batman!"
The point of that story is that the Lord knows us. He knows what will happen and he knows what will be best for us. I am in Mexico because the Lord wants and needs me to be here. The same goes for all other missionaries AND future missionaries everywhere. The Lord needs us so that he can work through us and give joy to those who don't have what we have.
There are people who have lived their who lives aimlessly and, deep in their souls, don't know what to do with themselves. They are confused and in the dark. We can help because we have been given the light of Christ in our lives. What makes us so lucky? I don't know. But we have it. And it's our duty to share it. Do it for them. Do it for the Lord. 

Also was reading in 1 Nephi today and read about Laman and Lemuel. Those two saw an angel of the Lord. And the part I was at, they were going to kill Nephi and Lehi, when the voice of the Lord came and chastised them. They had irrefutable proof that the Lord God existed. But, seeing is not believing. Our faith requires action, trust, trying/failing, and getting back up to try again. Our faith is not a passive one. When we work to love and serve more and be more Christlike, we will find a joy greater than all other joys. 
View of Moon in Mexico - Happy Halloween!

In light of the upcoming Christmas season,  I will quote the Santa Clause: "Seeing isn't believing; Believing is seeing" and we will believe more when we work and try to. When life seems hard, and you don't know where to turn, don't turn. Kneel.

Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves back up through the help, love, and grace of God.

I love you all so much! You all inspire me to try harder everyday!
Elder Greenwood :)

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