Monday, 7 April 2014

The Lord is preparing the hearts of his children

Well my week was pretty long. Probably one of the longest weeks that I have had on my mission. My companion was still in bed pretty much all week. It’s the first time he had surgery and he wanted it to heal good. I think the reason he was a little freaked out too is because they took out his stitches this week but I think they took them to early and he still had big holes in his stomach. Well not really but the wounds hadn’t closed fully and he wanted to make sure that they closed good. So we didn’t really get much work done this week. When I had time I did exchanges with other elders to come and stay with my companion while I went out and worked.  We still didn’t really have much time with conference and we had a zone leader meeting the whole day Wednesday so I worked a little on Tuesday and then Thursday and Friday but now he’s doing a lot better and we should be able to work a lot this week. I forgot to tell you but they called us for transfers last night, I’m staying with my same companion and in the same area so no changes for me. Just transfers for a couple people in my zone. 

Well the meeting we had on Wednesday was great. I love getting together with all the zone leaders and learning from the president in a different way. That was a great day, I learned lots in the conference. We talked a lot about the Book of Mormon and the role of the Holy Ghost.  Then we did something a little different.  About half way through the conference they told us that now we had to put into action what we had learned: to go out and teach with the Book of Mormon and testify of the Holy Ghost. So that’s what we did for about an hour in downtown Cochabamba. At first I was kind of worried about going out and teaching because everyone says that it’s one of the hardest areas to find and teach and the people don’t really want to accept the missionaries.  But all I had to do was change my attitude and my mindset and talking with the people was easy. Every person that we talked to was kind and listened to us, there wasn’t one person that said no, I think sometimes we lose that mindset in our own areas and we are sometimes nervous but if we’re confident there will not be many who say no. I am trying to use that mind set in my own area to talk with everyone and testify of the Book of Mormon and the power of the Holy Ghost in our lives. 

Another cool story that happened to me this week was when I was on exchanges working in my area. We were walking by a recent converts house and I thought we should check up on him because we heard he had got in a fight and wanted to see if he was ok. His mom came to the door and said he was ok and that he was resting. We asked if we could talk to her (I had never met her before) and she said she was busy and that we could come back on Monday (today). She said she wanted to receive the lessons to prepare for her baptism along with the rest of her family. That really surprised me and I was quite thrilled.  She also came to conference yesterday. I have no idea what happened and what caused a change in her heart but I know the Lord is preparing the hearts of his children to hear the message of the restored gospel according to his will and his timing. I am grateful that I was able to be guided to that house to know that more of his children are ready at this moment to accept his gospel. 

Well this conference was great. However I did miss the first half hour on Saturday because the satellite wasn’t working so we went to another chapel about 10 minutes away. But right now I’m downloading the audio onto my flash drive so I am going to listen to them this week. Well I had lots of favourites but I think my top two are president Uchtdorf from the priesthood session about if we are sleeping through the restoration or not and also Bishop Gary Stevens- the one who talked about the olympics and how this life is our time to put everything that we have learned into practice. I could talk a lot about all of them, I can't wait to be able to listen to them again and read the words in the upcoming Liahona. If you could send me one in english that would be awesome too. 

Well that’s pretty much my week, lots of fun, loving the mission, liking my companion and all is well here in Bolivia. Talk to you soon.

Love you guys,

Elder Grigor
"We played an April Fools joke on an Elder. We gave him
 a fake package filled with rocks and other fun stuff." 

" Fattest cat ever, his stomach almost 
touches the ground when he walks" 

Elder Tyler Grigor 

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