Happy Pi Day Folks!
So, last P-day, we had a Zone Activity with the Palm Beach Zone. I got to see Elder Becker (Trainer) and Rackham (MTC) and we all got together and played Ultimate Frisbee and Kickball. We all had an enjoyable time. The next day we had a Zone Training where we discussed all of the things that we learned at the training we received form Elder Dube. Later that day we taught a lady named Everose, she talked a lot and didn't want to listen to anything that we had to say and wouldn't leave the Catholic church soooo that was less than enjoyable. Later in the week I went on an exchange with Elder Rubio and we found a guy named Renald who was super interested in the Church, so naturally, I got pretty pumped up! But when we taught him the next day and it turns out that he was baptized in 1999 and was unable to find the church here in Belle Glade. So that was awesome, but disappointing because we still didn't have anyone to teach. So we continue to search for people to teach. On Friday, we knocked into a Jamaican guy that said he "wanted to know the correct way to salvation". Of course we were like, you are asking the right guys! But he tricked us and we just ended up bashing for about 30 minutes with this Pentecostal guy... Later that night we OYM'd two gay Haitians, I was unaware that there were gay Haitians because in Haiti they kill you if you are gay because you have a "devil" inside of you, haha. While we were knocking on Saturday, I lost odds against Elder Prince and had to eat straight Aloe... again. It was just as bitter as last time but then we stopped at an Ice Cream truck and got sno-cones so that made it all better :)
This week was all focused on finding and we OYM'd 100 people and invited them to church and exactly none of them came... we were pretty discouraged last night. This is the hardest that I have worked my entire mission and it is the least that I have taught, but we know that we will be blessed if we stay diligent.
Okay, so this week I finished and restarted the Book of Mormon again so naturally my last thought comes from 1 Nephi, " Yea, and how is it that ye have forgotten that the Lord is able to do all things according to his will, for the children of men, if it so be that they exercise faith in him? Wherefore, let us be faithful to him."
Nephi is exhorting his brethren who are rebelling against him. He asks them "How have you forgotten that the Lord is able to do ALL things?" There is no limit to the power of God, but he only does that which is according to his will and his timing. The Lord knows all things and has a wise purpose in all he does. God only does that which is good for the children of men. Also, in order for miracles to be wrought in our lives, we must have faith! Miracles only cease when faith ceases!
I love you all and hope you all remember to wear green this Thursday!
-- Pran Swen (take care)
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission
Haitian-ing the Work
The District with President Richardson
Eating straight Aloe, again - "It was just as bitter as last time." ;)
Eatin' sno-cones and soaking up the sun!
On exchange with Elder Rubio
Striking a pose with Elder Prince
The Palm Beach Zone Warriors
Elder Hansen with the other Elder Hansen