Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November 17, 2014

So for this week, we had a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, Elder Kearon come and tour the mission, so we had a huge tripe-zone conference and then an MLC.  It was really great and he was probably one of the most quotable people I've ever heard.  My favorite quote by far was: "Be happy, but for goodness' sake do not be satisfied."  I really liked that because a lot of people are content with their situation and just blindly let their life and goals and dreams and visions pass them by.  They just survive life without living it.  On the other hand, there are also those who are never satisfied with anything and are never happy.  They just complain and complain for the sake of complaining.  Nothing will ever make them happy with their situation.  To me, this quote means to take the good parts of both scenarios.  You see what's good in every situation so that you don't get bogged down with being unhappy.  You choose to be happy instead of happiness being thrust upon you.  However, you are always striving for something more.  You are not content with your current state, which might be fine, but you know it isn't enough.  You are always craving, starving, and stretching for more.  This is what leads to growth.  One situation without the other is just stagnation, but when put together, they become growth.  It's like those find-happiness-in-the-journey stories.  You realize along the way to some great destination that the real happiness came from the journey and not the end.  However, you cannot find happiness on your journey if there is no journey.  Aimlessly wandering around pretending you're happy is no way to live life.  You need to have a reason to be striving and searching for more, but at the same time being able to enjoy and feel happiness in the moment.
In other news, there was this guy who came to church this past week, so my companion and I started talking to him.  Turns out, he's friends with a member in our branch and that he was actually contacted by missionaries over a year ago and was about to be baptized, but then he left the city to go work and lost contact.  Now he's back and wants to pick up where he left off.  We were just super stoked by that and now we have another great guy to teach!
Have a great week!

Story of the week.  We were standing at a bus stop going home one night, and there were these two drunk guys arguing in the middle of the street, which happened to be one of the busiest streets in the city.  Normal.  So they're just arguing about nothing and getting really worked up about it, then this guy pulls up in his car and starts to park on the side of the road.  The one drunk dude starts waving his hand like he's parking him or something, like that would help at all anyway.  Then out of nowhere the other drunk dude sprints over and tackles him to the ground and they start wrestling each other in the middle of the street.  They eventually both get up and start running around after each other.  One of them picks up a paving tile from a nearby construction site and chases the other one with it, eventually hurling it out into the street.  Our bus finally showed up and we got on.  The last thing we saw was these two guys throwing paving tiles around at each other as we pulled away.

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