Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Week 7 - Rap, Trujillo Temple and 15 discussions

This week was great. We have this investigador named Frank who is about 17 years old. He is super interested in our lessons and always has lots of questions... but his questions are not really questions... they are more of songs. He has a favorite rapper named Jeremiahs who raps about scriptures and God and stuff so every time we go visit him we always respond to questions about lyrics and what not in some of his favorite songs. It is pretty darn fun. This week we helped him to understand why God allows bad things to happen to good people (This a favorite theme of this rapper). We explained to him that God never wants to punish us but rather wants to bless us as much as he possibly can and rather these bad things that happen to us are results of us or others not doing the things God wants for us. God does not look to punish us but rather these challenges are the results of actions. We also got to explain to him a little bit about how it is impossible to know what joy is without having challenges and feeling the opposite. Teaching off of rap lyrics is a little strange but he is really interested in what God wants for him. 
This week we had the opportunity to visit the temple here in Trujillo which is always lots of fun and it is always fun to get together with other missionaries. 

This week we also had the wonderful opportunity to do some random service for a few families. While we were walking around the streets in the middle of the day we saw an elderly man trying to climb a ladder to get up to his second story roof. He was a little too old to be doing this so we decided to go offer him some help. We ended up spending the next 2 hours up on his roof placing wood planks to build a temporary ceiling to protect his family from the sun all of this while dressed in slacks white shirts and ties. (Most houses here only have ceiling over parts of the buildings because it is nice nearly year round). Service is really one of my favorite parts about missionary work. It is a time that we have to show Christ's unconditional love for everyone without any hidden agenda. Simple service can really change someones life. 

Well that is all for this week.


Elder Vassau

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