What’s up, friends and family?
This week seemed pretty long to be honest! It’s weird how it works like that, huh? it was a good week though. We got out and did some exchanges and helped President Mangum with some stuff. One of the experiences that I had was pretty cool.
We went on exchanges with a district leader, but I was with his companion. Which was cool, but it just shows how kind of, I don’t want to say random, but for lack of a better word, I’ll use it: it was random! We weren’t necessarily “assigned” to go on exchanges with that elder for any reason, BUT when we got there we had kind of a special and unique experience.
My companion went with the district leader, and I went with his companion, who is under 6 months in the mission. We did the usuals: Personal Study, Companionship Study, and Language Study. We worked from the point when we left the apartment to when we came back in the evening, so it may have seemed at a glance to be a pretty normal day. But I want to testify of the power of truly counseling and discussing trials or hard things that you’re going through. As I mentioned earlier, this elder wasn’t someone we were specifically assigned to visit, but during our companionship study, he completely opened up to me about his mission and how he felt about not measuring up and what more he could be getting out of it. It really humbled me that I would be placed in a situation to help with that concern, seeing as it’s one of my own concerns from time to time. It was a cool experience as I was directed to scriptures and to words of living Prophets and Apostles to help this amazing Elder resolve some of his own concerns.
I made a great friend that day! I think that God places us in certain situations and we shouldn’t forget the lessons that we learn while there. I think that goes the same way with most people. People that we are able to interact with have a special place in God’s plan for us. If you have the ability or capability to empower that other person to do great things, and you don’t do it because of pride, you’ll be held accountable for that. If you do take full responsibility for the situation and people that you’re presented with and act according to the Spirit and with CHARITY, you’ll be blessed for your assistance to other of God’s children.
We’ve got to be kinder and more loving to our fellow men. We were prepared too carefully before we were born here to degrade another soul. Just smile and serve! That’s all it takes to feel like you’re doing something important, because you are. basta, “be good to each other” -bill (Bill&Ted’s excellent adventure).
Love you all!
Elder Tyler Burbidge