To fill ya'll in on last weekend--it was the Korean Thanksgiving called Chuseok! That was one of the strangest weekends since I've become a missionary... as most of our members and investigators traveled to their hometowns to be with family, we had very few appointments. As a result we were able to stay in, study, and also experience some awesome Korean culture! We also ate tons of food... the members who did stay invited us over for feasts. We basically ate the equivalent of 6 Thanksgiving dinners that weekend--still recovering! hahaha. But... Korean food is still the best!!
As a trainer, I've come to realize even more of my weaknesses than ever before! This transfer has both been one of the most challenging and stressful, yet one of the most rewarding and joyful that I've experienced! Yesterday and this morning as I was reading in Ether 12, a certain thought impressed me. This chapter talks all about faith, hope, and overcoming weakness--basically the theme of this transfer! It also emphasized Moroni's self-proclaimed weakness of writing (my weekly blogs barely hold a candle to his entries...). Those who focus strictly on our weaknesses miss out on soft spirit that testifies of the truth we proclaim. Also, it reminded me of a verse in Mormon 9:31, which says, "Condemn me not because of mine imperfection, neither my father, because of his imperfection, neither them who have written before him; but rather give thanks unto God that he hath made manifest unto you our imperfections, that ye may learn to be more wise than we have been." I love this verse because of how applicable it is to leadership positions. As a trainer my responsibility is to teach how to be an effective missionary... which lessons can be learned from both my strengths and weaknesses. There are so many awesome opportunities to help teach and lead others... including one of the most important--parenthood! No parent is absolutely perfect, yet they have a responsibility to teach their children to the best of their ability. And the child learns sometimes through their parents strengths, but also through their weaknesses. I know God's plan for His children is perfect! And that families are a precious gift to us. In the family we experience some of life's greatest joys and deepest sorrows... yet all of these experiences are for our benefit!
So much more I want to write... til next week!