Friday, we went to help on a member's farm. His health has really declined in the last year, and he doesn't have much time left on this earth. His daughter had to move home to help with maintaining the farm. We felt prompted to call and see how we could help, and they took us up on our offer immediately! We got to help with fencing! I've always wanted to learn how to fence! We were on the last stretch of land, and I was helping roll out the barbed wire. They I felt it! I've always wondered what it would feel like to step on a rusty nail! Now I know! Haha it didn't' really hurt until I took off my shoe to check out the damage. It wasn't too deep, but I have been limping for the past few days! haha it was a unique experience for sure!
Another cool thing happened while we were fencing! One of the daughter's friends was there, N. He's an interesting fellow. Haha he identifies himself as a Buddhist, but he also believes in God. He was wearing a suit while we were fencing! hahah ya it was interesting, but he asked a lot of questions! By the end, he pulled out a cigarette, saying he had waited as long as he could because he didn't want to offend us! It was the perfect opportunity to teach him about the Word of Wisdom! We had a great discussion about it, and although he had a difference in opinion, I was able to testify to him how living it has blessed my life. I just love when those perfect teaching moments come up! Heavenly Father is so great with his timing!
Speaking of Word of Wisdom! W has committed to live it for a month! We knew that this wouldn't be too big of a struggle for him, but being the logical man that he is, he'll want to know why. The moment we said no coffee, his eyes just about popped out of his head! hahah totally the reaction I was expecting! We had a great conversation about obedience and the promised blessings from the Word of Wisdom. By the end of the lesson, he was ready to try it out for a month! He's had a few withdrawal headaches from the coffee, but he's very competitive, so I have no doubt he'll keep his deal!
I think we have worn jeans more than skirts this week! We have been doing service almost every day! More and more opportunities have been coming up, and our time fills up so quickly! I was starting to wonder if this is what we should be doing. It's nothing like I pictured a mission being like! As I was pondering and thinking about this, I was studying the story of Ammon in the Book of Mormon. As always, I was looking at the institute manual for further insight, and there was this quote by Elder Eyring.
"… Never, never underestimate the spiritual value of doing temporal things well for those whom you serve.“… Be their servants, and you will love them. And they will feel your love. And more important, they will feel God’s love” (“The Book of Mormon Will Change Your Life,” Ensign, Feb. 2004, 13–14).
Prayers are answered!! The moment I read that, I felt so much peace, and I knew that we were doing what the Lord needs us to do! It's so hard to compare my mission to anyone else's because every area and every mission is so different. The only way I can know if I'm being the "right kind of missionary" is by asking Heavenly Father. I think the same goes for members of the church. We all have different families, different circumstances, and different testimonies. So often we get caught up in trying to be the "right mormon person." We forget that God made us to be individuals, and the way we live the gospel will be just as different as our personalities! What matters is that we are living it in a way that is pleasing to Heavenly Father.
I wish I had more for you, but that's really all I can think of! I always pray before I write my email, because I want to write words and share things that will build and inspire you. I want to help lift all I can, and I hope these stories and the words I share help lift you. Have an amazing week, and I can't wait to tell you about my adventures next week, especially because we're eating Llama tonight! I'll keep you posted!
Sister Bethany Christensen