This week it rained a lot. We got wet. I realized that after a while on the mission, shoes begin to loose their traction and when its wet, you go slippin and sliddin, lots of fun, but all in all, very good week!
Had the near opportunity to have dinner at our ward mission leaders house with our good friend Mahyar. Turns out he is quite the horse-rider back in Iran, who knew? It was awesome to have the members take in a fellow brother like that and just have a good time. It even helped our WML want to start learning little Farsi phrases to better connect!
So, about a year ago, we were meeting with this young man named Hamed and he was awesome, just a stellar guy. He got super busy with school and work and just lost contact, but out of the blue this past week he calls and asks if we can meet up! Absolutely! So we had a real sit down with our bud Hamed and got him fired back up about doing the daily things to keep us in tune with Heavenly Father. We are stoked he is back. :)
Amir and Hanieh, our good friends. Man, they are great. We stopped by and Wednesday, they had company, but they were like, "Come by tomorrow!" So we did! We read out of Enos with them, talked about prayer, repentance and serving others and before you know it we were on the Word of Wisdom. <Persian Culture Time: Very polite to ask the guest if they want tea, and then coffee, and then water> Overall, great lesson, and Amir committed to come to church on Sunday. :)
Friday! Drive-to-Torrance Day. We have tried this guy, Hamid a couple times and he is never home, but HEY! Upon arrival, he was just walking outside, we asked, "Are you Hamid?" And he goes, "Ohh, I gave you my address huh?" "Yes... gotcha!" But Hamid was super nice, invited us in and we taught him the Restoration. He was curious upfront about the Book of Mormon, especially that it about the people that lived here in the Americas. He goes, "You mean, there was people before the Native Americans? We call them سرخپوستان (Red Skins)" and then we turned to the Introduction in the Book of Mormon and have him read about where it came from and right there at the end of the second paragraph it reads, "and they are among the ancestors of the سرخپوستان". Book of Mormon is inspired (or translated correctly, or both )
We also met with this man named Majid, who after we gifted him a Persian Book of Mormon, thanked us and gave us each about 3 hugs haha. We excited to go back and read with him. :)
Went on exchanges with E Ancheta, one of the American Sign Language elders here in the CLAM, we rode the bus all day, had an interesting experience standing next to all these people going to downtown to protest/march for womens rights/equality/etc. lets just leave it at, LA has some interesting people. :) But, none the less, we got to teach and I brushed up on some of my signing. :)
Amir came to church, he loved it. :) There was also this new lady Mehrnoush who came with her mother (who turns out to be a member) and she said she is interested to learn more about the church, and her mother told us that she wants to become a member, so we will see. We think we charmed her with our Farsi skills during gospel principles but it couldve been the spirit. ;)
Are the things you and are I doing bringing us closer to God? Are we actively choosing to progress? Life is full of patterns and routines, which can have its pros and cons. If we use the routines of life to dig deeper into the more important things rather than worrying about the little things, we can learn and progress a lot more. However, if our routine makes us numb, passive and we just sift through the motions, we wont learn anything. Have habits? Good or bad? Keep the good ones, focus on the lessons you can learn. Break the bad ones, replace them with good ones and stay faithful until you can focus on other things.
God loves you. He wants the best for you. :) Let him know how He can help and be willing to do what He wants you to do first. Seek answers from His word. Remember Him. Everything will work out in the end. :)
Have a great week!