Sent Date: Monday, April 28, 2014
Author: Andrews, Zachary Jacob
This week I learned a lot. I put a lot of things into practice and I saw the fruits: Saturday, we biked around all day had so many people cancel on us. We could have easily turned around and said "Well we tried, and it's hot, so peace out" but I wasn't going to let that happen. We biked through this huge neighborhood where most of our Spanish work is. Nothing. So I see this street that is across the street from where we are. I realize that I have never been down this street. I turn to Elder O'Donnell and say never tried that one lets go. We end up in an area that never really recovered from Katrina. it is all over grown, the houses are all destroyed. We bike around and I am just expecting to look at a house with like a halo over it with angels around singing "Elder Andrews this is the house with a family that needs your help!" Maybe I am just like a Character in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific as they sing:
I have heard people rant and rave and bellow
That we’re done and we might as well be dead,
But I’m only a cockeyed optimist
And I can’t get it into my head
Anyway so nothing like that happens but we bike to the end of the street and it ends up really close to Armondo's house so we decide that we are going to try to see a less active that, well he is very much anti. But on the way the Assistants call us so we have to stop and talk to them for a while. By the time we where done with that it was like 845 so we had to start heading home. But we decide to take sorta a weird path home. We are biking down this street and all of the sudden this car, that was heading towards us, slams on his brakes then this guy jumps out and run towards my comp. Turns out he is a member that has been searching for the church for 5 months. He just got here from Honduras and has been looking for members. If that day had gone any differently we would have missed him. If we would have had one appointment work out. If we would not have gotten lost. Everything that happened that day was God guiding us to get into contact with our dear friend Raephele. Nothing is wasted when you are serving the Lord. Nothing. Everything we do is completely managed by the Lord. We are not his tool but his instrument. We have the power to help him in so many different ways it is amazing.
We can be just like angels as it says in 1 Nephi 11:30: And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me again, saying: Look! And I looked, and I beheld the heavens open again, and I saw angels descending upon the children of men; and they did minister unto them.
Sometimes it amazes me, how much I am ministered unto. I try my best to do more than I get but it isn't possible. The trick is you have to have the faith. The faith that something is going to happen all that day i was sitting on my bike waiting for God to show me what was up but he is a 4th watch God and waited till the last minute. Just to teach me a lesson. It all has to happen in the Fourth Watch. Right before you are about to give up and go home. You push on and finish strong.
Love ya President. Thanks for your love and Support.
THE VISION OF THE SOUTH
"Make no small plans: This is the vision I have for the South. I believe that one day the South will baptize more people into the church than all other English speaking missions in the world together....We will see the time when we will baptize hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands...In your day you will see a million members of the church in the South. There will be temples plural in the Southern States. What a great call you have to serve with these marvelous people." President Spencer W. Kimball