Here in the mish, every missionary dreads the late night call for immigrations. Especially when you're in San Juan de Lurigancho and really far away from everything. Well, I didn't receive that call this week. My companion did! Twice! Bleck. We spent two very very long days driving all over Lima Central. Talk about an adventure. We lost a good chunk of work time and sleep.
On Saturday I completed a whole 13 months in the mission. How crazy is that? Every month goes by faster, and it's kind of freaking me out. My sweet companion secretly planned to buy me a cake with a sweet family in our ward, and they sang me happy birthday. It was super precious.
This week I came across a good reminder for us all in my personal study. I came across a scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 58:26-27. "For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant; wherefore he receiveth no reward. Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things for their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness." I was reading this in my study of "How to have more effective studies," but it can definitely be applied in every aspect of our lives and the work of the Lord. Sometimes, it seems like it would be easier if everyone just told us what we need to be doing and when we should do it. But that doesn't do anyone any good. If we want to see true progress within us and in our lives, we need to have the faith sufficient to make our own decisions and trust in the guidance of the Spirit. The Lord trusts us to take the iniciative. Let us not be slothful servants...
Sorry there's not a ton to talk about this week! We didn't do a whole ton. This coming week we have 2 baptisms programmed, so pray that everything goes well with these two young men, Jherfi and Guido.