Monday, June 27, 2016

June 27, 2016- Week 26

Hey everybody,

This week was a little bit rough to say the least, but it was fun all the same. You see June 26 is Independence day here in Madagascar. I don't know if I've told you this but people party very hard here and that made for an interesting week to say the least.

The work this week went very normally for the first couple of days. We caught the times that we were supposed to and also tracked into some very, very cool people, all of which agreed to let us come back (Not a shock). Then came the weekend. Between Saturday and Sunday we had about 15 times on the schedule. We taught 1 of those. Everybody and their dog was lying drunk in the streets. That's how they party here. It was a fun couple of days for sure. The elders in tana were actually on curfew, they had to be home and in the house by 4, and that's only because the last church ends at 4. They really just weren't allowed to go out. We are in a kind of small town so we didn't have it quite as bad as that. Our attendance yesterday was at a solid 45, most of which were investigators and recent converts. Everybody went to the party instead. I'm sure that everything will be back to normal soon.

So I read back over first Nephi again this week and found something in there that I like a lot. I was trying to find differences in the way that Nephi and Laman handled things that led them to be the people that they were. I found one thing specifically that stuck out a lot to me. Laman and Lemuel spent the entire time looking into the past at the things that they had had before. Nephi on the other hand focused on what was to come. They had been given a land of promise, but Laman and Lemuel were so focused on the past that they didn't see that. Our lives change every day, sometimes due to things that we do and sometimes due to things that we have no control over. The fact of the matter is that when we focus on the past, whether good or bad, it makes us bitter, but when we focus on good things to come and trust in God, we are allowed to be much, much happier people. Love you all so much,

Elder Jensen

Scripture of the week:1 Nephi 1:20

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