Being a tatay is pretty freaking intense but luckily I survived the first week haha :) Part of that is because my anak is already a great missionary, part is because I'm a lot better at being a missionary than I thought I was, and the biggest part is that we've got Heavenly Father on our side and helping us a ton :)
So one thing that I've learned is a little tough on missionaries this week..... AGENCY! Aww man, why can't we just force people to make the right decisions?!? haha :P I know why agency is important but man sometimes people don't know how to use it right haha. Last Saturday night we visited a Less-Active family, it was our last appointment of a long day. Before we got there I wasn't sure what we would teach them and I asked Elder Montemayor what he thought we should do. He said let the Holy Spirit guide haha. So we got there and I'm trying to think of what we could teach them so I asked them, "Bago nagsimula tayo, meron po ba kayong katanungan sa amin?" (Yeah. That's right. Tagalog's AWESOME:o) "Before we start do you have any questions for us?" (For all you Joe's out there:o) The mother asked us why life is so hard and we have so many trials. BOOM! Ideas and answers just started absolutely flowing into my head. Super cool :) We explained about Ang Plano ng Kaligtasan (Plan of Salvation), which tells us the reason we're here on earth is to learn and grow. Analogies that I had never used before flew into my head, I was able to use scriptures from the Book of Mormon. After that Elder Montemayor shared 3Nephi 13:31 which says that God knows our needs and if we put the Kingdom of God first things will work out.
The Spirit was SUPER strong in there, the best I've felt in a long time. Elder Montemayor promised them that if they went to church on Sunday that they would begin to see blessings poured into their lives. After the lesson he was stressed out haha :) He said, "Aww man why did I do that?? I promised them!" I told him not to worry about it. In D&C 68:4 it says that when God's servants are moved to say something by the spirit it becomes scripture. It becomes the word of the Lord, the will of the Lord, and the voice of the Lord. I was super excited to see how his promise would get fulfilled when they went to church the next day............. but they have Agency :/ Awww man!!! haha, they didn't show up! I'm bummed out but we'll keep trying to help them help themselves haha :) Either way it was an AWESOME experience :)
Glad to hear things are still goin well at home! :) Hunter, Kylee, and Ashlyn are gonna be absolute STARS on their teams this year and I am kinda sorta SUPER jealous that Chelsey get's to watch Swamp People the 2nd with you mom haha. I'll definitely watch the exciting life of Cow-herders with you when I get home Mom :o) Tell all the fam I love them and miss em!
MAHAL KITA MGA KAPATID, MAGULANG, KAIBIGAN, AT IBANG MIYEMBRO NG PAMILYA NATIN! :)
All of you take good care of yourselves and remember that okey dokey? :)
Elder Bryan Powell.... the 2nd
P.S. Buffalo meat?? SO jealous! That's nothing to be scared of ma, it's like a cow! Elder Hurt ate pig toes at FHE last night hahaha :)
P.P.S. I'm starting to LOVE the people in our ward, we had 3 FHE's this past week and probably will have at least 2 every week haha, fun stuff. I'll write a bit more about them next week.
|Just playing dress up with the Elders:)|