Something i forgot to mention thus far is that Elder Riddle, the Elder that i was with in Atmore for my first 3 months there, lives right behind Elder Jorgensen and I. We live in a place known to missionaries in the FTM as "The Pound." Its a duplex with a 1 bed and bath/carport behind it. There's a set of missionaries in each side of the duplex and there's a set in "The Love Shack" (the 1 bed and bath carport). Elder Riddle and his 2 comps live in the Love Shack.... 3 dudes... 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom.
Anyways District meeting was good. We talked about repentance as missionaries which is always a subject we can improve on. Wednesday we did some service and i got to mow a lawn for the first time since i've been back in the States! I forgot how satisfying it is to mow a lawn. It has been so hot out here lately. The heat plus the humidity is so awful... i don't know how people can get used to that. And how they get used to gnats is a miracle... cuz those are the worst thing ever to exist.... they suck. I'm a dry atmosphere kinda guy for sure though.
Sunday was another great day at church! I like seeing the progression from the first week of church to the second week at church. Throughout the week you've met or discussed about different members so you know a lot more of them the second week and you start to feel like you're part of the ward and not just the new missionary in the ward.
For the past few months i've been studying here and there about excuses... excuses are so interesting... here's a quote that i found this week while studying... "When a man uses an excuse he attempts to convince both himself and others that unsatisfactory is somehow acceptable... no matter how good or how valid, the excuse will NEVER change lack of performance into performance."... its so crazy how we naturally use excuses but they never ever change the outcome of why we are using them. So this week i would encourage you to try and notice the excuses that you use... they most often come in the form of "i don't have time," or "i'm too busy." They come in the form of blaming someone or something else for the outcome. They also come in the form of taking your agency away... example "I can't read my scriptures because i have to exercise." What that means is that the exercise will not allow you to read your scriptures... which is not true. Just keep an eye out for it this week and try your best to notice and change it:) Its super awesome and it has so many blessings attached to it!