Week 82 Update!

Happy New Years everyone! I cant express how grateful I am for everything that 2016 had to offer or how excited live 2017 to its fullest.
Our New Years Eve was spent eating tamales (as if we hadnt downed enough last week for Christmas) and watching the kids in the street light their small fireworks. The next day on New Years was Sunday as we all know, and because everyone in town had partied all night only like 20 people showed up to church. It was kinda funny actually because it being fast and testimony meeting basically everyone in attendance passed to bear their testimony and we ended the meeting when there was nobody left to speak.
Today for PDay eight of us missionaries got together and we went paintballing! It was way fun, we had a good time. I think the last time I went paintballing if I remember right was like over 6 or 7 years ago with my dad and Kaprice! Not much more to say about the week, plus Im short on time so Im gonna leave you guys with a quick story that has helped me at times in the mission.

A man was sleeping one night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light, and God appeared. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock out in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all His might.
So, this the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from sunup to sundown, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all his might! Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain.
Since the man was showing discouragement, the adversary (Satan) decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into his weary mind: “You have been pushing against that rock for a long time and it hasn’t moved.” Thus, he gave the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure. These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man.
Satan said, “Why kill yourself over this? You tried. Quit wasting your time and move on. ”  That’s what the weary man planned to do, but decided to make it a matter of prayer and to take his troubled thoughts to the Lord.
“Lord,” he said, “I have labored long and hard in Your Service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet,after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half a millimeter. What is wrong? Why am I failing?”
The Lord responded compassionately, “My child, when I asked you to serve Me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all of your strength, which you have done. Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. Your task was to push. And now you come to Me with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed.”
“But, is that really so? Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your back shiny and brown; your hands are callused from constant pressure, your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown much, and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have. True, you haven’t moved the rock. But your calling was to be obedient, to push and to exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom. That you have done.
Now I, my child, will move the rock.”
At times, when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He wants, when actually what God wants is just simple obedience and faith in Him. By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, but know that it is still God who moves the mountains.

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