Monday, June 12, 2017

Week 99

Talofa Lafa everyone!
This week was great, we did a whole ton of service for different
people, which was really nice. I forgot to take pictures of most of
it, sorry about that, so you'll just have to make up the picture in
your mind.

On Thursday we went and helped change the shocks in our branch mission
leaders car. He lives way out of town in a little neighborhood in the
woods, so his house is far away from any big stores, which is bad,
because we ended up needing another part in order to fix his car that
was sold miles away in town. The good news is, while he left us at his
house to go get the part, we were able to climb some of the big trees
in his front yard! These are the things we do when we get bored.

We also helped hoe some weeds out of a watermelon patch with Matt
Rogers, an older brother in the ward. This patch was huge, probably a
couple football fields long, with tons of melon plants, which were
just starting to bloom, it was nice to go work out side like that,
it's a great way to clear your head for a while.

Later that day we went over to a family we've been teaching for a
while to help do more service for them, and to teach them the rest of
the plan of salvation. I guess it went well because they all ended up
coming to church the next day! The only bad thing about that was that
their van broke right after church, so they couldn't drive all the way
back to their home about thirty miles away. Elder Chanel was able to
figure out what was going on with it, the front drivers side wheel
bearing was way worn down and unusable, so we spent time going all
over the place looking for parts and tools to fix it so they could go
home, but in the end we couldn't get the right part, so we had out
mission leader drive them all back home in his car. We'll be able to
get the part today and finish fixing the van, which is currently
sitting outside of our apartment, so alla well that ends well!

This week's spiritual thought is about Fa'a Samoa, or "the Samoan
way", Elder Chanel has been talking about it a lot lately, and we've
been connecting it to the gospel. So the main things you need to do to
follow the Samoan way is to have discipline in how you live, show
respect to others, especially your family, and have trust in yourself
and others, especially your family. This is a great modle of how we
should live as followers of christ. We discipline ourselves by keeping
God's commandments, (which do include showing respect to your parents
and your neighbors) and work everyday to make ourselves and others
around us better. We show respect for respect to God by doing these
things, and by loving Him, and we trust him by putting our faith in
Him and in His son, Jesus Christ, believing that his ways are higher
than ours. It's a simple little formula, but I think that's why
Samoans and other islanders are so happy and so able to go with he
flow all the time, because they keep things simple and follow these
Anyway, this is leading up to my scripture of the week, which is:
Proverbs 3:5&6, read it live it live it!
I sure do love y'all, and the Lord loves you the best! Follow Him and
you'll find peace like a river.
Elder Murdock
True to the Faith

Lunch with the Fred Elders

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