Poukisa ou pap ouri? (Why are you smiling?)
So to sum up the week in a nutshell it rained everyday... so that was awesome. We probably got more rain this week than Idaho gets in a year, so this week was fairly soggy.
This week was frustrating because we had to drop 14 investigators/potential investigators, but that just means that we will find more next week! Right now we are teaching Jacques who is part of a Part Member family and has a baptism date set for the 19th, so that is good! He loves it when we teach him. This week when we taught him the difference between Jehovah and Heavenly Father he hopped up and did a fist pump and said, "I knew that Old man was lying to me!" (Referring to the old Haitian JW that teaches him). It was pretty funny, he has great desires and loves to learn truth.
Also Jacques wife rotates between calling me Jansen and Johnson and asks me about 20 times a lesson if I understand what Jacques is saying, so I'm like, "Not really lady, stop laughing at me"
it's all good though. It's good to have someone laugh at you so you don't get too prideful.
On Sunday, Jacques came to church and Brother Pablo bore his testimony and shared a scripture that I had shared in a lesson that we taught with him. During his testimony he used the term 'out of the mouths of babes' and called me a 'babe' about 4 times... So that was awkward! Then another member got up and said, "it looks like some of you need to have a little more love in your lives, you aren't evening smiling! I looks like all you do is eat lemons and pickles!"
So yeah, that's the Hollywood ward!
This week I have been thinking a lot about the Gospel (weird right?) but specifically about the simplicity of the gospel. The more you study the Gospel the more you discover how simple it is. In President Uchtdorf's last conference address he said:
"This beautiful gospel is so simple a child can grasp it, yet so profound and complex that it will take a lifetime—even an eternity—of study and discovery to fully understand it.
Brothers and sisters, living the gospel doesn’t need to be complicated.
It is really straightforward. It could be described like this:
Hearing the word of God with earnest intent leads us to believe in God and to trust His promises.
The more we trust God, the more our hearts are filled with love for Him and for each other.
Because of our love for God, we desire to follow Him and bring our actions in alignment with His word. Because we love God, we want to serve Him; we want to bless the lives of others and help the poor and the needy. The more we walk in this path of discipleship, the more we desire to learn the word of God.
And so it goes, each step leading to the next and filling us with ever-increasing faith, hope, and charity. It is beautifully simple, and it works beautifully."
I can testify that what this Apostle said is true, that as we focus on the basics of the gospel, we find how simple it really is to be a disciple of Christ!
20 Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life. (2 Nephi 31:20)
I hope that you are all enjoying the Holiday season and are being good so you can be on the Nice List!
--Avek lanmou soti Florid (With love from Florida)
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission