This week was truly amazing. I will tell you why.
First, on Wednesday we got a call from the Zone leaders saying that I was going on a 2 day division with another District leader named Elder Lutz. I had 5 minutes to pack; we jumped on a train and headed to Guarerema. I loved it there. There was grass. And trees. And it didn't smell like smoke and alcohol everywhere we went. It reminded a little of home, and I have to admit that when we weren't busy I was feeling pretty trunky, but as soon as we started doing something again I was okay. It was great; in the time I was there we reactivated one man, I taught Elder Lutz several things about how to be a better and more effective missionary, and he taught me several things as well. Overall it was a really wonderful experience.
On Saturday my ward had a giant festa (party). There were about 250 people there and about half of them were less-actives or investigators. It was amazing. I had a blast and I know that everyone else did too. It culminated in a brief experience I had. They had a dance floor and music, but no one was dancing. Knowing that I was a dancer my Ward Mission Leader asked me to get people dancing. Always happy to oblige a request to dance, I got a few of the men and young men in the ward together, showed them a few moves, and then helped them to let loose and have fun. I have missed dancing a lot, so it was nice, even if just for a few minutes, to cut a rug and just have a little fun. So much of missionary work is work, I am learning to really value the brief times I have to let go and relax. I love this ward.
Yesterday Elder Todd was sick, so after church and lunch we just went home. We might have to go to the doctor today, but he hasn't decided if he needs that yet. I have had the opportunity to do some service for him and really focus on making sure his needs are met. In the early afternoon I took a brief nap, but being the kind of sleeper I am that was probably a bad idea. I was up all night and only slept from about 5:45-6:30. In reality though, that was a blessing in disguise. I was able to devote my night to study and prayer. I am making a study journal and last night I was able to fill 10 pages with quotes and impressions from what I was learning. We're going to take today and tomorrow off whether or not we go to the doctor, so I will have some more wonderful opportunity to feel the Spirit in my studies.
The quote of the day is from an Ensign Article by President Boyd K. Packer. He said, "If you understand how the Spirit operates, you will be alright. There is not enough evil put together - if it was all brought together as some kind of dark, ugly laser beam and focused on you, it could not destroy you, unless somehow you consented to it." This is brilliant and true. Satan has power only to bruise our heals, but we can crush his head. We need not have respect for him, except to acknowledge that he has real power, but our secret is that we have a body and that regardless of what Satan throws at us, unless we give in, he cannot control us. We are infinitely powerful and have infinite potential. Infinite doesn't mean "a lot" it means limitless. If we remember that, and keep the commandments of God nothing can stop us from achieving our righteous goals.
Elder Tyler Andrew Bushman