This week was an interesting week! The big new is that I will be transferring and I will be headed to Ft. Laud Creole and I will have my 6th Haitian companion! Elder Royal is Haitian-Canadian and we are white washing the area. I'm excited, it will be an adventure! The Highlights of the week were that we were able to get a recent convert gone less active back to church and that Webster (Cynthia's husband) got his temple recommend and Cynthia will be getting hers tonight!
Another highlight of the week was the we knocked into Lloyd, a friendly Jamaican man with some colorful language who told us in a nutshell, "I've never seen a white man before, your shirt is white, but you aren't. Some people are just a little lighter than others!" So that was some good entertainment to break up the monotony of knocking on empty doors.
That was about it for the week except my last thought:
This week I was pondering the difference between the righteous and the wicked and I have come to a conclusion. Outside of those few cases where those individuals that have "the Spirit of the Lord cease striving with them, and allow Satan to have full power over their hearts" most people desire to do what is right. What I wanted to know is what makes that difference? What I have discovered is that almost all people have an innate awareness of good and evil, right and wrong and the majority of people want to do the right thing. We all want to lose weight, be kinder, have a cleaner house, spend more time with our families, etc. However the difference between knowing what is right and doing what is right is self-discipline. It takes discipline and will power to do what is right! All of us are tired, all of us are busy, all of us are stressed, but the disciplined disciple diligently does his duty. Being a disciple takes discipline!
As king Benjamin said, "And again, believe that ye must repent of your sins and forsake them, and humble yourselves before God; and ask in sincerity of heart that he would forgive you; and now, if you believe all these things see that ye do them."