Well this week was a bit rough for us here in Ollanta. It seems like every person we are visiting wasn't home or dropped on the face of the earth or during the lesson ended up crying telling us about the serious problems they are having. In those lessons I was just constantly praying to know what to say to help these people cause their lives are really really rough and really only He knows how to help.
this week I kept wanting to sing"raindrops keep fallin on my head" for the people and cause its the rainy season and SUPER cold.
This week we had a multi zone conference in cusco with president which was spiritually exhausting and awesome as always but he talked about trails and the refiners fire and the scripture in DyC 136:31 that says "My people must be in all things, that they may be prepared to receive the that I have for them, even the of Zion; and he that will not bear chastisement is not worthy of my kingdom."
And really just because we have trials does not mean God loves us less or doesn't mean we have done something wrong, but means Heavenly Father is preparing us for the glory and blessings that come after we have passed through our trails.The refiners fire is REAL and is actually a beautiful blessing in disguise.
Being a missionary is awesome, oh so hard but so awesome. The truth is there are days when you wake up and you don't feel like saving the world and you want to find a cave and buy a bunch of cookies and chocolate milk and hide there for a time, but with the help of the Lord and with diligence and sacrifice he pushes you and sends you blessings and help that you probably don't deserve.
Sometimes you gotta take a step back, breath, and realize that life is good, that god loves you and looking with an eternal perspective, that glory and blessings that we can't even comprehend are coming.
and hold on to that iron rod!