Okay, so this week all of the missionaries in Venado Tuerto (thats the zone I’m in) took a road trip to Rosario for “Pday Especial”. We left at 6 am and all rode in this 20 passenger van (luckily it was a little nicer than the Nordhoff school vans), and I felt like I was in high school again, minus the fact that we were listening to EFY music the whole way there hahah.
So you may be wondering what IS pday especial. WELL, It was a full day in the mission home where we played sports and games and watched Meet the Mormons and ate a TON. Presidente and Hermana Zanni participated in all of it, which was hilarious. I made the mistake of getting Presidente out while playing knock out, and he just looks at me and says “watch out for transfers.” OOPS!! The happy ending to that story is that I won that round of knock out… WORTH IT.
But it was just an all around really fun day, and I felt like I was actually myself for like 5 minutes again, which is what you need every once in a while. I think it had been a little TOO long since I had been so active, because I couldn’t even MOVE the day after. You might have to roll me home when I get back because I eat more than I move haha.
We had super awesome lessons with super awesome people this week. And I was so ready for them to come to church, and we fasted and everything that they would come. And just my luck… they did NOT come. And not going to lie, I was suuuper discouraged about it. So I asked Heavenly Father, why, every time I feel like I’m exercising as much faith as possible, I don’t see the blessings. And then I started reading in 1 Nephi 3, of when Nephi and his brothers have to go get the plates. And they try once, by nicely asking Laban to give them to them. And he says no. So then they try again, by sacrificing all of their possessions in exchange for the plates. And they’re totally sure that the Lord will bless them and that Laban will give them the plates. And yet again, he doesn’t, and takes all of their possessions in the process. And then Laman and Lemuel give up. And that’s when I realized that I was totally having a Laman and Lemuel moment (don’t you hate when that happens?) and thought that, just because I had given up food for 24 hours, Heavenly Father would give me the blessings the way I wanted them. But God works in HIS way, which is the BEST way. And I just have to continue forward trusting in the spirit, just like Nephi did. Because I would much rather be like Nephi than like Laman and Lemuel haha.
Sometimes it’s hard to understand the ways of the Lord. And it’s even harder to trust Him enough and continue forward. But I know that He always has our best interest in mind, and gives us what we need to progress and become better than we were before.
Love you all so much!