Monday, June 8, 2015

Trust‏

Well everyone... this week went super well. We taught  a lot of our investigators and one of them actually came to church... and she said she's interested in coming back which is super awesome! We went to see Bubba(the baptist deacon) and he wasn't there so we walked around and talked to some people for 30 minutes and then we went back to try his house one last time before  we had to leave Bay Minette and go back to Atmor
e. Well prayers are answered everyone... just not in the way we thought they would be. He wasn't home. So we had to get in the car and head back home. Well about 10 minutes outside of Bay Minette he calls us (we had left a card in hopes he would see it) and invites us back to his house so of course we turned around. He gave us a tour of the house, we ate dinner with him and his family, and we discussed what we had left him to study which was the Plan of Salvation. First, his house is huge and extremely nice.... second, we ate steak, rolls, salad, potatoes, cucumber, squash, tomatoes, and blackberry pie. It was delicious. We discussed his studies between the house tour and eating dinner. I have never seen someone study that pamphlet so in depthly but he had highlighted and directed everything in that pamphlet. He came to the conclusion that we could be right but he still believes the baptist ways. There wasn't too much that we could do other than teach about the restoration and invite them to continue searching and studying and praying for the truth. He is like in the top 5 most important people in their congregation of 1000 people.... not to say that he can't be converted, but it's gonna take some time. Him and his wife are probably the two nicest people that i have met down here. We felt like we were instantly their best friends... that's  true southern hospitality. Well transfer news came everyone and i'm leaving. I stayed about 6 months here and i'll be going somewhere else... most likely the last area that i'll serve in. Extremely sad to leave this area and Elder Browning. But that leads me to this weeks great life lesson. As i was praying earlier this week i was asking the Lord to keep me where i'm at and don't transfer me... during my prayer i stopped and was thinking to myself. I was trying to take control of the Lord, or at least that was the intention and direction of my prayer. It was more like i was saying "You better not move me Lord, I'm comfortable here." That was completely faithless of me and showed an extreme lack of trust in the Lord's plan for me. In my next area and companionship's i will face different challenges that i won't be comfortable with. Well in those challenges are lessons that the Lord would have me learn so that he could continue shaping me into the person that He wants me to be. So i decided to try my best to trust in the Lord and ask for help through whatever happens and that i'll be able to learn the lesson that i'm supposed to.... cuz here's what it comes down to- I was getting moved regardless of what i asked for in that prayer... so i could either ask to stay and be devastated when i find out i'm leaving or i can trust that whatever happens the Lord wants me to learn something that will benefit me... yes i am sad that i am leaving... its gonna be hard to readjust again but i went to Africa and back so that i could be where i am today to learn the lesson that i'm about to learn so it must be pretty important for me to learn. So my invitation to anyone struggling with their current position of discomfort, sorrow, pain, whatever it is... whether it be the death of a family member, or the loss of a job, or the inspiration from the Lord to go somewhere you don't wanna go or do something you don't wanna do... trust in the Lord and trust that he has a reason behind it and a lesson that you will learn. Compared to those things a transfer is small and i haven't ever really faced something like the death of a close family member but i do know that the principle is the same. Life happens and we can either trust in the Lord and learn the lesson or we can let those things devastate us. The beautiful thing is that God gave us our agency and we can choose! I love you all and hope that you have a great week!
-Elder Rogers. 
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding." -Proverbs 3:5

















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