Monday, March 3, 2014

Slow But Steady

Hello everyone! It's been two weeks since I was driven out here to return to service! Seems crazy that it has already been that long to tell you the truth.

Well, I am still in Temecula, I wasn't moved again, nor do my companion and I think I will be, as his last companion has felt he needs to stay at home. We spent most of the time this last week sorting through our multiple pages of potential investigators, and then starting to try and meet them. It has been a very long process, but I hope that we will be able to see the fruits of it come about.

One of the days we were out knocking on doors, we met a group of people moving one of the group's parents' into a new apartment, and they were storing most of their stuff in their daughter's garage (which is the place we were at). So naturally we ask if they needed help, and to be honest, their answer of yes came to me as a pleasant surprise! But not only were we able to help them with that one load, but with two more loads throughout the day! It felt really good to just go about giving service, because at it says in Mosiah, "...when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." And service is something I really do believe in. I have a firm testimony that when you do service for someone, not only are they blessed because you helped them, but you are blessed as well. And I was able to feel that as we helped, I was able to feel of the joy that comes from selflessly serving others. And even if nothing comes from that as far as teaching opportunities go, I know that they were left with a positive experience with members of the true church of Jesus Christ.

Oh, one other really awesome thing that happened this last week...TEMPLE TRIP!!! It was so nice to visit the House of the Lord in San Diego. And I always leave the temple in a better mood and with a happier spirit than when I got there.

Yesterday was Fast Sunday, and the unplanned theme of the testimonies was that even though in life we may go through trials, If we are patient we will see the hand of the Lord blessing us. And thinking back on my latest trial, I can really testify of the truthfulness of the promise the Lord gave Joseph in Liberty Jail, "...peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment;...Thy friends do stand by thee, and they shall hail thee again with warm hearts and friendly hands...know thou...that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good." (D&C 121:7,9 & 122:7) applies to all of us, and that we can all feel of the peace that comes from trusting in God during our times of trial and affliction.

But that is all that really happened this last week. As always I look forward to what the next week will bring.


Elder Wixom

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