I am back on the beach, reminds me of my Port Isabel days. We wake up early and run on the seawall of the ocean. The nice ocean breeze and loud seagulls join us. Like every new area, it is hard to adjust to. New people, new language (no one speaks Spanish, just English with a hard southern draw), new missionaries, new companion, new area, new, new, ew. JK. It's wonderful.
A couple days before I got here, the car hit a palm tree. Those things are indestructible, and new cars, those days are not. (our Toyota Corolla is no Faldmo Cadi). So it's been in the shop all week, but I love bikes so there's no worries there.
Our apartment is SUPER COOL. It's actually an old hotel. I'll send pictures.
My new companion is Sister Messer. She is from Missouri. She loves the ukulele, making animal noises(best competitor for my dad I have ever met), and the gospel. She is in the same situation that I was months ago in Port Isabel, having to take over the area. It's a stressful thing, but she is doing a great job. We have been visiting members and getting to know the area so that we can know where we need to start. There is a lot of work to do.
Random story: Saturday night we came home to check the mail and we got one of those "pull the tab to see if you won a car" ads that no one really looks at. We pulled the tab and won! Haha. It was so random. We gave it to our neighbor and he responded, "Oh thanks! I have actually wanted to talk to y'all about that book you read. The mormon one. Will you come over and talk about it with me sometime?" #jawdrop So yeah, we will be talking with he and his wife soon.
I have been thinking a lot about the human mind and how we are able to do things. I personally believe we can do anything as long as our heart and head tell us that we can. 99%of the battle is telling your brain that you can. "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love, and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7 Elder Hatchet was showing us this little exercise that proves my point.
- Stand on one foot and hold out both your arms. Someone pushes down on your arm and you stubble. But then hold on to a pen and you are just fine.
- Twist at your waist swinging your arms around you. Have someone mark the point you reached. Then do it again with the pen. You go way further.
- Now stand with your feet together. Reach for your toes, and have someone mark your place. Now hold the pen. Once again, you'll pass your previous point.
The pen didn't give you any more power, but it made you believe that you could do it. When we tell ourselves we can accomplish the task at had, we can. Like I said, 99% of the battle is getting it in your head. Once you can master your mind you can do anything.
Like the quote goes, "Whether you tell yourself you can, or tell yourself you can't, you are right."
However, unlike the little exercise, we really do have a power on our side. It's our Heavenly Father. Sometimes we just forget. Like it says in Luke, 1: 37, "For with God nothing shall be impossible."
Keep going strong out there, my friends! Only a month and a half of school left, less for those college kids.
With that sweet southern' sugar,