This past week was pretty good, as usual. We biked a lot and were able to get in better shape.
Something interesting that most missionaries do and say in this mission is the word "super" so we hear the word super good all the time and that things are going to be super amazing and gross stuff like that, all the time. But, something that I've been saying since before the mission and is starting to catch on here is "soo good" and "too good." Because they are preferable phrases to the word "super."
We taught one of our investigators the restoration this past week. We saw him two days later and he said that he had "looked up this Thomas S. Monson guy on Wikipedia and YouTube. It was weird, because when I was reading about him, I started smiling. And it was weird, I was looking at when and where he was born, and just started smiling. Also, I went onto YouTube and saw a few of his talks. They were really good. Especially the one that was right after his wife died." We were able to tie it into true prophets and the feelings that we get through the Holy Ghost. He was able to feel the spirit and finally start progressing. Miracle! It's pretty great!
General conference was really good, All of them threw down really hard. One quote that was interesting was "The earth will not glide calmly into the second coming." Pretty crazy right? We need to do our best to hasten the work because things are going to get rough. My favorites were Packer, Nelson, Oak, Bednar, Holland, and Christofferson.
This past week, one thing that stuck out to me was in 1 Nephi chapter 20. Isaiah basically talks about how men are insignificant and that we are terrible sinners that betray god. Read it, it's pretty interesting, especially before verse 10. It was interesting. We are all here to experience things of the world and try our best to not stay in it. But, as it quotes in verse 10, "for behold, I have refined thee, I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction." So even though we go through things, we get refined by things. We are here to be tested, and if we sit back and let it whiz by, we won't do too well in life, but we need to let ourselves progress and repent and be "refined." It's kinda like what Bednar was talking about in his talk. We get loads to go somewhere. And without loads, we go nowhere and aren't "refined." Man is nothing, but we are being shaped here on earth in our probationary state to be pure/refined into something truly great.
Also, because the temple is in our area, we biked to it on Saturday morning to meet an investigator there! It was awesome! 15 miles there and 15 back. No big deal. The funny thing is that if it was 4 years ago, that would've killed me. Gotta love being in biking shape!
Also we were at a recent convert's house and he whipped out his trumpet and started playing Tijuana brass music. pretty cool. Then I washed out the mouthpiece and tried to play some things. It's been quite some time since I've done that. Also I've learned how to play some of the skyfall music on the piano. Far out!