This week has been a great one just like all of the others. When we had Zone and District Leader Council on Friday and Saturday we focused quite a bit on the importance of making a recommitment to the standards of excellance in our mission. As we emphasized the importance of knowing or at least having faith that each companionship can reach these goals, I thought of how that relates to the individuals that we teach. If individuals don't believe they can do something, they will have no determination or motivation to accomplish it. Whether it be missionaries who believe or not that they can reach the goals set for us as a mission, or people we teach that they can truly know God is their. If they have no faith in it they will never make it.
This led me to think even more about the Christlike attribute of Diligence. I am very grateful that I have been able to develop the attribute of diligence to some extent in my life. First while growing up at home and now on my mission I can see the importance of just working hard through challenges and plowing through trials. All people want to be happy and successful and I have seen how the Gospel and living the Gospel can bring that. Not only because it is true, but when you can have the determination to live gospel standards even when it is extremely difficult, you can have the same type of determination to help in the real struggles of life. Many people tell us they just can't live the word of wisdom because they will have to drink for some part of their career, but they don't understand that if they are willing to comprimise their values do be successful, they won't be strong enough to work hard enough to actually be successful. They think they can have it both ways but they can't.
One of my favourite scriptures is in 3 Nephi when Christ tells his disciples not to worry about what to eat or what to drink or what to wear because God knows that all people need those things and will provide while we are on his errand. "When we put God first all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives." It sounds easier than it really is, but how simple can it be, just worry about building the kingdom of God and he will guide you with all other aspects of life. He knows we want to be successful in life and he is the best one to help us do so, but we just have to put our trust in him first. Unfortunately too many people can not understand this principle of putting God first, and they let other things get in the way of the spiritual, then physical progression. I am grateful for the knowledge I have of this principle and look forward to putting it into action as the days and years go by. The same determination that we need to follow Gods commandments is the same determination that will lead us to be successful in life.
We have been pretty busy with meetings and other non-proscelyting activities and it will be pretty similar for this upcoming week. We will be going to the temple as a Zone on Friday and then we will have a Chinese Missionary meeting on Saturday to prepare for the Activity next week. Nothing too special to report except for our investigator Pinky is preparing for baptism on the 25th of August. Hopefully there will be more to report of interest next week.