Thursday, June 12, 2014

What I learned from a seventy 'Fake it until you make it'

June 8, 2014
Last week was a frustrating week but I will keep pressing forward. Sorry about not answering questions and then not sending any pictures. The place just shut down right after.  I guess I'll tell you a little bit more about this week, this week was really slow in terms of numbers and seeing investigators, however we had a zone conference with Elder Hamula and his wife of the area presidency and that was a really cool experience. Once again I also was able to interview with him, don't know how I have had the privledge of interviewing with two seventies now, but that was just awesome. Despite all the difficulties in this work and not being able to accomplish all that I think I should be able to, I have never felt the constant companionship of the spirit more than I have in this past month. It truly is amazing and it is amazing to see how the spirit can work through me and also through other's. I had been praying, before Elder Hamula came, to have some way to help us as missionaries become more mature and truly understand our purpose, because when I came back from Wotje, that's something that I saw was kind of a struggle.  Missionaries weren't acting like missionaries. Then Elder Hamula came and spoke on being sober missionaries and touched on literally everything I asked my Heavenly Father to help this mission with. It was kind of a humbling experience for me, to say the least, and I know without a doubt in my mind that our Father in Heaven hears and answers our prayer's if we pray with faith. So that's more or less the lesson learned from this past week, and hopefully we as a mission can make that change, rather than just being comfortable with who we are now. One thing Elder Hamula said that I enjoyed was "Fake it, until you make it" I really thought that was awesome that no matter what happens, if we're not good at something we need to fake being good at it until we become proficient at it. That truly can apply to anything we do in life, whether it's sports, academics, the gospel, whatever. I just thought that was good life advice, and have been trying to do that throughout the course of my mission, didn't really like singing so I sung. Now I can say I enjoy it. Didn't like talking to random people, so I went and did it, and now I can say I enjoy it. Just little things like that, but I truly can see the difference. I think that's about all for the week, I love you all very much and thank you for everything you continue to do to help me be the best missionary possible!
Lots of lovin'
From Elder Jordan Michelson