This has been a great week up in Canada. I hope all went well this past Christmas week for you all as well.
One of the highlights this week was the service we got to do the other day. We went over to a members home( they live on a ranch) and we got to shovel out the pig pen. It was filled with lots of pig poop that hadn't been shoveled since summer. But the weather was on our side. Since it was freezing, it didn't smell as bad as it could have so that was nice. We smelled pretty bad after. good experience though. I also got to go on exchanges with the Zone Leaders, one of which is one of my previous companions awhile back so that was lots of fun. We were able to see lots of miracles too, so that was great. That day we got 5 new potentials, 1 referral, 1 lesson and 1 new investigator. Yesterday we also had two investigators at church which was pretty great too. It feels like work here is starting to pick up, so we are really excited!
Quote of the week comes from tracting. we had knocked on quite a few doors and we were offering to shovel their drive ways so we knocked and we talked for a bit to this guy before he said he wasn't interested and then we offered to shovel and i said "can we help you drovel your shiveway?" haha whoops. joys of tracting i guess.
This past week in my studies I was contemplating the act of submitting to God's will which was great. It is perhaps one of the toughest things to do in this life because of the natural man which is naturally prideful. But the blessings of doing so are far greater than not doing so and Mosiah 2:23-25 puts it into a pretty good perspective
23 And now, in the first place, he hath created you, and granted unto you your lives, forwhich ye are indebted unto him.
24 And secondly, he doth require that ye should do as he hath commanded you; for which ifye do, he doth immediately bless you; and therefore he hathpaid you. And ye are still indebted unto him, and are, and will be, forever and ever; therefore, of what have ye to boast?
25 And now I ask, can ye say aught of yourselves? I answer you,Nay. Ye cannot say that yeare even as much as the dust of the earth; yet ye were created of the dust of the earth; but behold, it belongeth to him who created you.
We are literally nothing but the dust of the earth, and even that is Gods, so we should probably do what he wants because it will be more beneficial than anything we come up with. we are promised that as we obey him he will bless us, whether its in missionary work, shoveling pig crap, or sleeping at night, God will bless us for our obedience, "both in things temporal and spiritual."