Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Po Hang

ive been in my new area po hang (its actually po hong, hong like hong kong) for a week and i really like it here. its in the northeast corner of the mission. theres a big steel business, i think its the biggest in asia? so apparently it doesnt snow because of the pollution or something but its still freezing. we ride bikes everywhere and i feel like my face is going to fall off sometimes. the area is pretty big and really confusing. the city is just a bunch of windy roads put together and i have no idea where we are going half of the time.
the branch president here is a really cool guy. hes only been president for 2 months and hes really humble. we went to his house for dinner last friday night and he talked to us about our companionship and how important it is. my companion and i have already served together for 4 months and have a good relationship so i just kind of smiled and nodded at all of his advice but later realized that he said some really important things that i could do a lot better. as a companionship one of the most important principles to learn is trust. if you cant rely on your companion and trust the things that he does then the companionship isnt unified. if there's no unity then there is no room for the spirit to work and lead the missionaries. as missionaries we have to put our faith in the Lord but also in our companions and trust that they are working with the same purpose as we are. the 2,000 stripling warriors are an example of this because they didnt doubt the Lord and trusted the words of the their mothers. they believed the things that they were taught and applied them.
talking about trust im reminded of one of my favorite scriptures that i learned in brother andre's freshmen seminary class. its something like this: 'trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to thy own understanding. in all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths (for good). proverbs 3:5-6. i know that if we put our trust in the Lord he will direct us and lead us the way we need to go; whether its a missionary companionship, marriage companionship, or just someone looking for direction. The Lord is always there, ready to lead us.


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