Ok, so I got a little bit of time to write this week!
So, things I liked about this week and last week:
Like I mentioned last week, we went to this old fisherman's house. He was just like the stereotypical crazy old fisherman, with a long white beard and a cool hat. He can't hear so we were all shouting the whole time. He told us this scary fish stories about a 20 meter long fish that almost swallowed him whole and a 15 meter long eel that he almost caught with his fishing companions haha.
We had a 16 year old guy from the congregation join us for a mini mission this week. His name is Paul, he recently joined the Church and he has a strong testimony of this gospel. It was cool to have him live with us for a few days.
Then we had a sweet service project with the Os. Brother Gregorio O isn't a member but his son is serving a mission for our church, so he always has us over for lunch. We went over to help him out but he wouldn't let us help haha. But it was sweet, he was building a fishing boat by hand. We kinda helped, but he didn't let us do much. He talked to us about the Bible while he was pulling heated planks out of a homemade oven pipe thing and bending them to the curve of his boat. It was cool to watch him make it. His house is right on the beach, so we went out back to the beach for a little bit.
Then the door of our house broke, so we were told to have two elders stay in the house at all times because there was no way to lock the door. The work slowed a lot and we did lots of exchanges and splits between companionships and with members to work. It drove us all crazy.
It has been a crazy week and Ive been pretty stressed out. But we went to Concepcion, the biggest city in the mission to buy a new lock for the door with the financial administrator of the mission. I don't know why, but just riding around in a real car, instead of a bus or something, for a couple hours brought me a lot of peace. It was really memorable. There are a lot of little moments like this that I've seen, tender mercies that the Lord has given me. I love the Lord and He knows me so well that He knows exactly what will help me, no matter how small they maybe.
Also this week the assistants to the president of the mission came to our sector to work with us. I worked with one of them, Elder Anderson, and I learned a lot. He is a really great missionary and we had a great time.
Saturday we played soccer in the mud and rain. We all got pretty beat up and knocked around. Chileans take soccer really seriously haha. But it was way fun.
All I can say for this week is: Love God and love your neighbor. Also, do what you know is right. Sometimes we are not sure of the path that we should take, but there are several things in life that we know without a doubt are right. Do what you know, and strive to always do what is right. Even if you mess up, God will see your efforts. We are judged by our desires and the actions that those desires bring to pass. Practice what you preach and actions speak much louder than words.
I read a scripture and I don't have time to look up where it was. Mosiah something. But it is a scripture that says that everything that invites to do good and persuades us to come unto Christ is of God. Anything that entices us away from that is not of God. That's how we know.
I love God. I know He lives because He is an active part of my daily life. He is a daily part of your life. Happiness comes when we recognize Gods hand in our life.
Love Elder Peck