|This is what being a good missionary looks like.|
I'm at my favorite part in the Book of Mormon, Ammon's adventures with King Lamoni. Every time I re-read the account I'm struck by how dramatic it is. It's a crazy story! Ammon pretty much converts a whole town and sees crazy huge miracles (involving people fainting, rising, and then fainting again). And after all these miraculous conversions Ammon learns by revelation that his brothers are in jail. So he sets off to go rescue them (more miracles occur on that road). But in chapter 20 Ammon goes and meets his brothers. And his brothers have had pretty much the opposite experience. Ammon finds them naked, with skin worn from the cords they were tied up with, thirsty, starving, and suffering from all kinds of afflictions (but it is added that they were patient through it all). And it hit me how hard it must have been for them to see Ammon in all of his successes because he had literally the coolest mission ever and his brothers probably had the worst mission up to that point. But the important point is that they cannot compare. There is no ideal model for "how your mission is supposed to be." It's up to the Lord and His will and what He wants us to learn.
|Me doing what I do every spare second of the day. Cross-stitching.|
|We went to eat last p-day at a restaurant with Khmer and Western food. I decided spaghetti sounded good. The waitress asked me if I wanted cheese on it, and I thought, yes, I never eat cheese in this country. This is the result.|