This week was a pretty typical run of the mill week. Anyway, brother Weber was sick this week so he was not able to go to church and get the Aaronic priesthood. Anyway this last week I have been studying about conversion, or being born again as it is commonly known as. One of the General Conference talks I read was "It’s Never Too Early and It’s Never Too Late" by Elder Bradley D. Foster and another one was "What Manner of Men?" by Elder Donald L. Hallstrom. And the part that I thought was most thoughtful was the part about the guy that mentioned “Bishop, I have a bad temper, and that’s just the way I am!” That just threw the idea of repentance out the window and as Elder Hallstrom said it, "threw up the white flag". Anyway, I don't know where I was going with that, but hey it was an awesome talk with a great message. Also, Elder Brown had this collection of church stories that he shared with me and this is one:
One time there was an ad in the paper that said they were looking for the best Morse code person in the U.S.A. to work for one of the richest men in the world and that it would pay top dollar for this new position. Times were tough and thousands of applicants responded to ad. They all did what the ad said and went into this huge room that held thousands of applicants. As they walked in the door the sign said to take a sit and wait for further instructions. At the front of this large room was a secretary who was nervously chewing her gum and clicking her pen. Many people would get impatient and would go up and ask her when they would be getting interviewed and she would simply point to the instructions that were on the door that said to sit and wait for further instructions. The room was almost completely full and it was very quiet and the only thing that could be heard was the secretary’s chewing of gum and clicking of her pen when suddenly a young man walked up to very front and without saying anything to the secretary walked up to the door and went in. Moments later he came out with a happy face and the secretary finally spoke and said thank you for coming but the position had now been filled. All of the applicants were very confused and stunned and finally asked why only one person was interviewed. She surprised them all when she said that this whole time she had been clicking with per pen in Morse code that the first person to understand this and walk through the front door would get the job.
Moral: Pay attention and listen to the small stuff. Particularly the spirit.
Also, one last note, I have been writing this in a McDonald's that played Bryan Adams song "Here I am" you know. The song from "Spirit", the horse movie, the song is like repentance. And while I am on that subject, the song "Be happy" by Bobby McFerrin is about hope like the hope the gospel brings. Anyway, That song nearly always goes through my head whenever something bad happens.
Also, this week we were meeting with Three of the recent converts of our ward, Terry, Georgia, and Beverly, who live in a group home. And one of their roommates, Natalie, met with us both of the times we met this last week to read the Book of Mormon. Natalie was obviously having a good time and asked us during the lesson on Saturday morning if she could be baptized, we set her on date for the . But, then. We called Beverly night, to confirm an appointment for the next day, and Beverly told us Natalie had changed her mind and no longer wants to meet with us.
Anyway, you guys have a great next few weeks! And enjoy your trip!