Monday, December 9, 2013

Just Stand Bold and Never Give Up!

Alright so at the beginning of this week I had a pretty cool experience with my personal studies, so I wanted to share it with you all! So Monday night Elder Boone was sick and so we had to stay in the apartment and let him rest. For some reason that night and into Tuesday morning I was just feeling pretty down and not happy. I was thinking a lot about some things that have gone wrong with investigators, how hard it is to find people to teach, etc... Really I was just thinking about how hard a mission really is, and was getting kind of discouraged. I don't really know what was going on, but sometimes that just happens out here in the field haha. So then on Tuesday morning I am just getting ready to start my studies and we get a phone call from our investigator named Jean. She is the sweetest little old lady, she is 88 years old. Her daughter is a member of the Church that lives in Utah, and had referred her mother to us a few months ago. So last week we extended a baptismal date to Jean, and she was a little hesitant and so we committed her to pray and find out if she should be baptized. Well on Tuesday when she called she said that she had prayed about it and that she had gotten her answer...For some reason though she said she felt like her answer was no, and that she should remain affiliated with her current church and that she would like to stop meeting with us. It was pretty heartbreaking haha cuz I love this little old lady and I wanted her to accept the date soo bad. So there I was on Tuesday morning even more discouraged now...

So for my studies I just started reading in the Book of Mormon where I had left off, and it was in 3 Nephi 3. In this chapter Giddianhi, the Gadianton Robbers leader (the bad guys)  is writing to Lachoneus, the governer of the Nephites (the good guys) and is basically telling him to give up, to surrender and join with the Gadiantons in their evil works.

 In Chapter 3 verse 3 it says "And it seemeth a pity unto me, most noble Lachoneus, that ye should be so foolish and vain as to suppose that ye can stand against so many brave men who are at my command, who do now at this time stand in their arms, and do await with great anxiety for the word—Go down upon the Nephites and destroy them."

Then in verse 7 it says "Or in other words, yield yourselves up unto us, and unite with us and become acquainted with our secret works, and become our brethren that ye may be like unto us".

So Giddianhi is basically telling the Nephites to just surrender, to give up and quit trying. He tells them to come join with them in their evil works, because it would be a lot easier than trying to fight off the evil to remain righteous people. This is basically what the adversary was trying to tell me on Monday night and Tuesday night. That a mission is too hard, that it would just be easier to quit trying, to just give up.

But then later on in the chapter in verse 12 we see Lachoneus response to Giddianhi's threats. It says "Now behold, this Lachoneus, the governor, was a just man, and could not be frightened by the demands and the threatenings of a robber; therefore he did not hearken to the epistle of Giddianhi, the governor of the robbers, but he did cause that his people should cry unto the Lord for strength against the time that the robbers should come down against them." So Lachoneus basically just said "Yeah I hear you guys over there, but I'm not scared. I know that it we turn to God for strength and trust in him, that we will be alright." There was no way Lachoneus was going to let the Nephites join with the Gadiantons in their evil works.

Then later on in the next chapter we read all about how Lachoneus and the Nephites gather together and fight against the Gadianton's. Of course the good guys win, and the Gadianton's are completely destroyed. So of course I was never going to give up or anything like that, but Satan is always trying to tell us to give up. He is always trying to work on us and tell us that it would just be easier to stop trying to be righteous, to just start living life the easy way. To join with all of those people in the world who are living in evil, because it is just a lot easier to do than to try and always live in righteousness. But it was good to see the example of Lachoneus in the scriptures of not even being scared, not even considering to join with them in their evil works. We can all be Lachoneus and not even be phased by the Adversaries attempts to discourage us, or convince us to join with him. Just stand bold and turn to God for strength, and go to battle against Satan and his evil works. Sorry if that was just me rambling on...hope it made sense to someone out there haha.

Later on in the week we had a few AWESOME lessons with Lisa and her kids! You all know Lisa as the lady who tried to rape me haha, but let me just tell you about this lady. She is making some amazing changes in her life, and I know that it is because of her desire to accept the Gospel and live it! She realized that her drinking was affecting her and her children, and so she stopped drinking...this was before we even taught the Word of Wisdom too! So Lisa has really made some great improvements in her life...it is like a complete 180 from when we first met her. She still has a ways to go of course, but she is doing really well. The past 2 lessons we have been able to have her two sons, Nate and Javier join us. Nate is 15 and Javier is almost 12. So at the end of one of our lessons while Elder Boone was talking to the 2 kids I leaned over and was talking to Lisa and told her she should invite her two sons to be baptized with her on January 19, so she did and they both said yes! The Gospel is exactly what this family needs right now, and I am pretty pumped to see what happens with them. I just pray that they continue to recognize the blessings that are coming into their lives with the Gospel, that they stick with it and continue to make these changes. Life is good in Waterbury though! Hope you are all staying warm!

P.S. What is up with everyone getting all these new iPhones? I was always making fun of Ashlee, Grandma Pulsipher, Grandma Reeder for their old brick flip phones...now the tables have turned haha. I couldn't believe it when Dad told me Janet got an iPhone, and that Ruth is thinking about getting one now too! That is pretty sweet, I am proud of you guys haha. Now I am stuck here with an old brick phone while my grandma is chilling with an iPhone...I never thought I would see the day haha.

Elder Pulsipher

I got the Christmas package on Saturday, that was nice of you guys! Thanks a bunch! We had been wanting to get some Christmas decorations for the apartment, but you guys took care of that haha. We threw up the lights in our study room to liven it up a bit. I know they were probably for the tree...but as you can see the tree is pretty sad looking. We didn't want to waste the lights by putting them on the tree haha. So instead we threw a mink fur that was laying around on the tree to spruce it up a bit. Looks pretty good right? Haha nah it is a pretty rough looking tree, but we like it!



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