Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Selwin is Singing in the Rain

Filling sandbags with help from the guys in stripes!
This week we were hit with a lot of rain. It was so cool and reminded me a lot of home during the rainy season but as cool as it was for me it was devastating for others as it caused severe flooding in some areas.

We spent 2 1/2 days doing nothing in our trailer (which reminds me, we live in a trailer but, don't worry, it's a nice one). We finally got out on Friday afternoon to help fill sand bags so we got some service done. On Saturday we helped out a member take out his old garden so he could have room for his new stuff. We got the opportunity to meet with our Jamaican friends and one of them reminded me of my Uncle Sherlock back home which was weird.  We had a good conversation and they agreed to read from the Book of Mormon. We then went to the Spanish elders’ baptism and got to see two young children begin their journey following the Savior so that was awesome. Yesterday, we visited a few investigators who we hadn't been able to contact in a while.  One of them said, "man, I thought y'all had given up on me.”  That was a reminder people are always looking for us.

During studies this week I was really struck by a quote from Elder Robert D. Hales as he talked about the persecutions of the Lord's servants.

He said: "There is meaning and purpose in our earthly challenges. Consider the Prophet Joseph Smith: throughout his life he faced daunting opposition—illness, accident, poverty, misunderstanding, false accusation, and even persecution. One might be tempted to ask, ‘Why didn’t the Lord protect His prophet from such obstacles, provide him with unlimited resources, and stop up the mouths of his accusers?’ The answer is, each of us must go through certain experiences to become more like our Savior. In the school of mortality, the tutor is often pain and tribulation, but the lessons are meant to refine and bless us and strengthen us, not to destroy us."  

Just a clear reminder everything we are faced with in life is to build us and to move us even closer to our Savior, which means we turn to him in everything we do and not just some things.

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