Monday, September 15, 2014

Week 5 - 1st Typhoon in the Philippines - Luis

Benito Soliven

Shout out to myself for my birthday.

Also shout out to my Grandma, Britt and Cam, and Hadley who all sent me Dear Elders this week. 

Had typhoon Luis this week. It wasn't too bad, but we still weren't allowed to leave the apartment. So after church we just sat on our porch and watched the wind and the rain. It was pretty cool. The church was also open all night for the families who didn't feel safe in there house, but from what we saw this morning it doesn't look like there was much damage. It sucks though, because even if there was damages, we wouldn't be able to help, because of safety reasons. Like if there was a fallen power line or something.

So I'm going to try to upload some more pictures. Mostly of the kids that live around our apartment. They always come over and hang out with us after work, or on p-days. 

This week we will have our first baptism. Next week we will have another and then another one the week after. So It's a pretty exciting time. 

My spiritual thought for this week doesn't come from the scriptures, but is important just the same. Everyone always looks at the world and themselves through the eyes of other people. People are more concerned with how they look, how they appear, or how they can make themselves look better to someone else. Not only is this a completely and utterly incorrect way of thinking, but it is inevitable destructive. When you are trying to impress someone by changing yourself you will be working your whole life. When you do something right most people won't notice, but when you mess up people will tell you that you are dumb, that you are stupid, or that you have no idea what you are doing. In Mosiah 4:30 we read 'But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not watch yourselves, and your thoughts... ye must perish.' We must watch our thoughts. We must be continually watching our thoughts, watching ourselves. We must always be lifting ourselves up. We must learn how to find our way back, because someones not always going to be someone there to lift you up, but if you can learn how to lift yourself up. If you can learn how to use the scriptures, learn how to effectively pray, and forget what others think of you, and "continue in the faith in what ye have heard concerning the coming of the lord even unto the ends of your lives." It's so important to watch our thoughts and what we are thinking. When you start thinking negative thoughts, remember what you have heard about our savior. Remember what he did for us. Remember that he knows how we feel, and remember how completely pointless it is to impress these people, but remember who we really need to impress. "O man, REMEMBER and perish not."


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