Monday, November 21, 2011

Power...OU​T! Its all about charity

Hello to all-
The weather here is just crazy. Right now it is cold and rainy, however on Friday I think I had what I would like to call the Hottest Moment of my life. We had a lunch appointment with a member, and it was so humid outside, without a cloud it sight, one of the hottest days of my mission. We entered into this small, closed up room where it was, to my surprise, even hotter that outside. At this point, even before eating, I was sweating huge drops off my face. Then the sweet little old lady member brings out this piping hot oily soup, without anything to drink (because Paraguayans don't drink during meals, only after). I'm sure you can imagine my face at this point, almost shocked with how hot I felt, but its one of those moments where you put on a smile and laugh about it, which I did. The weather, that same day, turns crazy stormy and a hurricane like rainstorm hits us out of nowhere. On Saturday, the sky turned completely black while we were out working, and then the rain came, so we ran and found this inactive member and taught them underneath their patio. After teaching the lesson using just the cellphone light, we got up to leave when I realized that all of the power in the entire city was cut, and the sky was black. There wasn't any sign of light in any direction. It was kinda scary, but it turned out alright, I had my cell phone light. Since then, its been raining like crazy, if you step outside for 1 second its as if you just jumped in the pool haha but I'm loving it.
I have been greatly enjoying my 1 hour personal study in the morning. I was able to finish reading whats called The 4th Missionary, written by Elder Corbridge, and it talks a lot about serving with all your heart, mind, might, and strength. In 1 Corinthians 13.3, it says and though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Its changed my whole thinking, even if I serve a 2 year mission and am not giving myself completely to the Lord, through my thoughts and my heartfelt desires, I am not profiting from the mission like I could be. I recommitted myself to become the 4th missionary and to be who the Lord expects from me, and be sincerely changed. Its all about charity, so I have been studying about that mostly in my studies, and trying to be more sincere in my teaching, as I show love and care for everyone.
I had a cool moment, where my comp and I were studying about the Book of Mormon and how to use it more as missionaries. Coincidentally that day practically every lesson, doubts came up about another Bible. I had a really spiritually powerful experience when I read in Moroni 10. 27-29,34 and put my name on the list of believers, just like Moroni, Nephi, Elder Holland, even Jesus Christ, in the Book of Mormon. I love teaching from it, about it, and applying its teachings in my life. I will continue my challenge to you all to read in it daily, IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE! Thanks for the support and prayers, don't forget about us here in your prayers. Love you all!
Until next week,
Elder Babcock

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