Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Today had a lot of potential but ended up being kind of a dud. We did do an okay job on getting OYMs but we didn’t really teach many lessons. This morning we taught an old man named Rafael a second lesson about the plan of salvation. His house gave me creeps and there were a lot of skanky women lounging about. It was nearly impossible to get the spirit. We also taught in English which was strange. I can’t teach the lessons in English. I keep on having Tagalog words come out. I don’t know what language to speak here. We also did about 3 OYMs in English today. The people area all so rich and sometimes it feels like I’m doing work in the states. Work here is completely different from any other area I’ve had and I don’t know how to work it. I really love this work. I can’t imagine what life would be like not just talking to people about the gospel and seeing their lives change. Sometimes it is hard to remember that when you’re out in the daily grind.
I’m grateful for my testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith and of The Book of Mormon. I’m trying to follow President Hinckley’s challenge to finish the Book of Mormon by the end of the year but the only trouble is that I always get caught up in and slowed down in my reading because I want to understand it better.