There are some people in this world who go to movies for entertainment, some like to read books while others like to hang out with good friends to get a good laugh. I learned this week that my friends at the noodle cart like to play a game called "let's spice out the American" for their entertainment. It took almost a full pitcher of water to ease my burning throat and stop my violent hiccups and several tissues to cure my chili-induced runny nose.
Now granted I don't know if those guys were really trying to give me hard time, but what I do know is that everyone else's fried nice was brown, and mine was flaming red. Regardless we're finding a new Chinese stand this week.
This last week was hard again. We've dropped most of the investigators we found a few months ago because they're just not progressing. We're trying to stay optimistic though and we're working with the ward to coordinate with the members and get referrals.
I used to hope that when I reached this point in my mission I'd be a converting missionary machine who knew all the ropes but to be honest I realize more and more every day how much I still have to learn. I don't think I'll ever be a Dan Jones or a Wilford Woodruff when it comes to missionary work but what I'm learning is that I can use my strengths despite my weaknesses to do the best I can here.
There's a quote I read recently from a general authority that says "You can't do everything for everyone everywhere, but you can do something for someone somewhere." and I've learned that that's absolutely true. Sometimes I get stressed when I think about all that I can't do due to my weaknesses or physical limitations, but now I'm trying to focus instead on what I can do. That's my invitation for all of you this week too. Don't get stressed about what you can't do, but do your best to do all you can do. I promise that as you do that the Lord will magnify your strengths and that you will be a blessing to someone somewhere.
Until next week everyone, stay strong and Rock on. :)