So on Thursday night Elder Briones and I were at a cita with algunas investigators watching the movie "Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration" (It's super duper good, I've said it before, but I recommend it!). We were watching and actually it was kinda lame because our investigator fell asleep. I don't blame her though because she's pregnant and was laying down in a hammock. During the movie I kept looking out the front door to see a bunch of thunder bolts in the distance. It wasn't thundering nearby, but as the movie went the thunder got closer and closer. Until right at the very end of the movie (when Joseph dies) it started to pick up more and more. The movie ended and we got up off the floor (they don't have chairs) and quickly bore our testimonies. The hermana was a little worried because the thunder had really picked up at this point. I responded by saying, "Well at least we won't run into any robbers!" We said a quick prayer and we assured her that we were alright because the Lord is watching over us and we left into the Honduran night. When we left it wasn't raining at all. Maybe just a sprinkle. Really quickley though the thunder picked up. We saw a few HUGE lightning bolts really close to our faces and the sound was like someone breaking a tree in half. At this point we are a little under a mile from the house. I started to get pretty scared and walk hunched over. Elder Briones laughed at me and told me to have more faith. We then burst into a gospel discussion about Faith vs. Works and in this case what would be the work. I said it was to run and hide in a ditch and he said to stand up straight and walk fast. And so we stood up and broke into a classic Todd Lawson "Disney Walk." The rain started to pick up harder and harder until we hit the main paved road. At this point its POURING. Elder Briones asks me if I want to run and I say "vaya pues!" and we take off running. Here I am sprinting down a dark honduran road, ran pouring down from above, 15 mph wind in our face, shoes filling more and more with water by the minute, Ties flapping, heart beating, Book of Mormon still in hand, litteraly running for our lives from the thunder. So what do we do? We start screaming/singing "Called to Serve." Yup. "Called to Serve." ha! It was awesome. We turned the corner onto muddy dirt path that is about 300 meters and leads to our house. At this point we're soaked out of our minds and still sprinting in the crazy lightning and trying not to slip. When we're about 200 meters from the house BOOM. Everything went black. The power just went out. We scramble through the mud and using the lightning flashes to guide us make it to the house. We were going nuts about how intense that just was and then we kneeled down and thanked the Lord for safely guiding us home. It was definitely a mission experience I will never forget!
This brings me to my topic for today. In our lives there are many things that we can't control. Stuff happens to us that we don't nessacerily want to hppen to us. Trials are all around us. In a zone confrence this week we watched a mormon message called "Mountains to Climb." (http://www.lds.org/pages/mormon-messages#mountains-to-climb) Please do me a favor and watch it. It'll touch your soul and give you so much to be thankful for. Warning, you might cry, I almost did. We've all got trials in our lives, we can't change that. Some more than others, some bigger than others. But what we can change is our ATTITUDE. Attitude is everything. You can put two people in the same situation, the same life even!, and one can have a blast and the other be miserable. It's all about ATTITUDE. This is something I've really learned in the mission. There are so many missionaries that just hate being here. They just want to go home. Sometimes it makes me really sad because all they need to be happy, all they need to have joy is a little attitude change. Just a little change in perception will make all the difference! So all you out there who are listening, take the challege. Look for things in your life that are hard, things you complain about on a daily basis and change your attitude. Look for reasons you like your job and not reasons you hate it, look for the good in your siblings and spouses and not the things that drive you nuts. Take a second to breathe and laugh a little. Things get rough sometimes, really rough in cases, but confide in the Lord. PRAY. Our Heavenly Father is there for us. But most of all, BE HAPPY. Sometimes it's gonna rain, but there are always reasons to have joy. It all depends on your ATTITUDE.
I love you all, be safe,
Tree climber. (Looking for Mangos?)
Preparing for the impending storms in life.
Soaking wet from running through the storm.
Rain! (and mud...)
All the members and investigators from las unidas! The truck is full!! :)
In front of the Parada Family's house!