Monday, October 21, 2013

Week of Oct 21

Buenas Dias from Herndon Virginny,
This past week has been tons of fun, we had nuestro noche de Hispanidad, for the month of October. It was a blast, and sooooo  many people came. 

It ended up being about half and half, with respect to members and non-members. We got to meet so many new people and show all of them although we may be a little weird we still know how to have fun. We were so busy this week planning, following up, and preping for the event. On top of that we had all our normal responsibilities. Just to do everything that we have been assigned to do, and doing it well we always end up getting into bed late. That is the worst, because I am sick and tired. I have learned though, if I am sick and tired of being sick and tired and still keep going then I am doing at least some things right. This week has also been disappointing in a number of ways. This week, we have worked harder, planned better and taught smarter with the results being just the opposite (numerically). It is really frustrating to watch the things called our "key indicators" go down even when we do all we can do. The good part about it all is we are not discouraged because we know that God knows what is up. As long as we continue to plan smart, work hard, and teach well we will accomplish the things that God wants us to do. I will be provided for in all ways as I do his will. We will continue onward with that faith, humility and diligence.

Talking about those three things brings up something that we have been taught, and have been teaching frequently recently. We call it "The Grace Formula", I'm pretty sure it is from an apostle sometime somewhere. Anyways, When we place our faith in Jesus Christ that he does and will provide for us, while humbly acknowleding our shortcomings and diligently working to over come them... We begin to access the true power and beauty of the Grace of Christ. The perfect way to excercise all of these steps is partaking of the sacrement weekly. We exhibit our faith, humility and diligence all in just a short, simple time if we do it right. So, will you, family and everyone else who is listening focus on these steps while accessing the grace of God? Also, it helps to smile while doing it.
Here is a photo of a friend, Pollito, on his last day when he gave his mission farewell talk. 

I love you all, Do more fun stuff!
Elder Bigelow

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