has gone great! I have news--I'm going to Cassequel! I'll be with
Elder Whitaker and I'll be District Leader. It should be great fun.
I'll likely end my mission there--I'll be going home in June, after all.
This week was great, but I don't have very much time
today--this P'day has been a race. To sum up my week: Alex will be
interviewed for baptism this coming Saturday. He's ready. We met many
Less-Actives this week. They're ready to come back. We had many people
in church--both less-actives and investigators. It was wonderful. I
loved seeing the progression of one less-active as well (his name is
Nito) as we finally got him to come to church and when he was there it
was just like a key in a lock--he fit right in. I have high hopes for
I've been thinking a lot on what leads to inactivity in the
church and have come to the conclusion that it's all about the Spirit.
Little things keep him with us and little things drive him away. If we
take too many little steps away, we lose his constant guidance and
become just like everyone else in the world who's not a member of the
church--basically good, but unaccompanied. Then, we start to forget
what it was like to be accompanied. It's hard to come back from
inactivity. It's a hard first few steps. Still, people gain momentum
quickly and it gets easier and easier.
Some advice to myself (I never want to play with inactivity--I've seen it destroy lives): Never let the size
of the filth trick you--it's still corrosive even if it's just a couple
of scenes in a "good" movie or a few dirty jokes with friends. The
Spirit runs. I've seen it. Never give in to any temptation that
makes you miss church. You need to be there every week. Be involved.
Pay attention. It truly becomes a shield from the world.
I've been helping many less-active members lately and am so
surprised by how hard it is to come back. It's easier to never leave.
As of today, I will be finishing Mosiah. Good stuff! I love you all. More next week!