This has been another long week. Okay, that's kind of a lie. The weeks go by super fast. But the days are super long. So we've had another short week of really long days.
Like this week we had two service activities hauling sand around. Here in Peru the house are constructed out of concrete, so if someone decides to add an extra room or floor to their house, they have to buy a lot of sand to make the walls. On Wednesday we got to haul the sand up half a cerro (cerro being a really big hill with lots of stairs). In reality we let the Elders carry it up most of the way and we just helped with the dumping out part. Then on Saturday we got to do the same thing, but a lot easier. We just had to carry all the sand up to the third floor of the house. I got to help more with that one, because it was a little more on my level. It was kind of fun in the end, because we got to laugh and sing and stull. Service with a smile!
We had another meeting with President this week. He's been really involved in all of our meetings lately. It's cool. This time I remembered to write down my favorite points for you all. He gave us a recipe for happinness. Ya'll ready? It's super easy! First, you need obedience. Second, lots of faith. And BAM! That's it! The interesting thing about a recipe is that if you follow it with exactness, it will always turn out. But it's gotta be exact. For example, if you're 100% obedient, but you don't have enough faith, it's more than likely that you're going to be sad. And you can't really have faith if you're not obedient, so that's just a recipe for disaster.
Also, profound scripture that I came across in my scripture study: "And now I would that ye be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks to God in whatsoever things ye do receive. And see that ye have faith, hope and charity, and then ye will always abound in good works." (Alma 7:23-24) I call it "Recipe to become like our Savior". Needless to say, we are still having kind of a hard time here. But I have no doubt that our Heavenly Father loves us and answers our prayers. Because when we are passing for the hardest times, and praying with the most sincere heart, He will speak to us personally through His scriptures. We are being blessed with teaching opportunities that I almost don't feel we deserve. But I'm grateful that the Lord trusts us to care for them.
I love you all. I hope you're all doing fantastic. Sending lots of hugs and love your way!