For p-day today, the missionaries in our district had an activity in the branch building here in Salinas Victoria and we had a huge pile of chicken nuggets and fries from a meateria (directly translated, more like a meat shop) for $2 american dollars a person. Awesome. Nice relaxing pday which was well needed.
Sometimes, this area can be pretty tough getting people to take a bus ride to come to our church when they have barely enough money to buy food for their family, apart from the fact that we are having trouble finding what the mission calls 'escogidos' or people who have been prepared for us to receive the message we have about the Plan of Salvation or the Restoration. Also, the branch assistence is very variant from week to week, making it difficult for those who come to have consistent friends in the church. Last Wednesday, we took the advice of our district leader, Elder Long, and contacted the whole day. We had a new best numbers of my whole mission day, but still, nobody came to church. I receive a lot of comfort in knowing that my purpose as a missionary is to share the gospel, not to have control of others' agency.
Defining success really helps me focus on what is important and search harder for those who are prepared to accept the message we have. I want to invite you to take a step back sometime this week and define what success is in your personal life. I've heard it from a leader before when he said 'it can be hard to see all of the opportunities of a forest when you are standing in front of a single tree' meaning to find opportunities for success, we might have to look in other places or gain a bigger perspective. I hope this will be edifying. Love you all!
|Zone pictures -- Salinas Victoria|