18 June, 2012

Time flies

Well, this week has been great. It's still been a little tough in the sense of finding and teaching due to the weather, and other circumstances, but overall things have gone really good this week. On Tuesday we had a really powerful district meeting about faith. We talked about how we can increase our faith to see modern day miracles. I then did divisions with one of the companionship's in the district. I went to Hernandarias 1.1, with Elder Garzon (Columbia). One of the first lessons was a guy that thought he was super philosophical and tried to be super intimidating. We taught him, and talked to him about how the prophets of God have far greater knowledge of philosophy than all the people in the world, and how the gospel was the ultimate philosophy of God. It ended up being a really long lesson due to his desires to talk and be the one to control the conversation, but overall it went pretty well. We had a couple of other good lessons during the day, and that was it.

I have been teaching my companion the biblical history of the Old Testament for the last couple Companionship studies, which has been pretty good for me to go over as well. He has a really good desire to learn and become better, so we've been working on a lot of things this week. We've been having a lot of Gospel conversations about various themes. Elder Stephenson said that he noticed the difference in how he feels between this change and the last change. He said he and his last companion talked a lot about worldly things, and he just wasn't satisfied or at peace. He said that this change he has really felt the difference it has made in his mission by keeping our minds centered on the things of the Lord, and the mission. We have had a lot of really good deep doctrine talks this change, so it has been really good. My companion and I have gotten along really well, and he has changed a lot since he first got here, and now understands the need to consecrate himself more fully to the Lord.

We found a lot of rejections this week. There's not a whole lot of people who actually have desires to follow Christ. We did find a younger couple that we taught, and it was a really good lesson. The spirit was there really strong, and it guided the lesson really well to make it all go through really smoothly. It is always awesome to be able to see the spirit working through us in the peoples' lives. We left them with a Book of Mormon, and at the end the guy told us, well now you've left me with a lot of curiosity to know if this is true..... It is awesome to see people who actually have desires to know the truth.

We are also teaching a woman that has read until 1 Nephi 3 in the Book of Mormon already, in like a week. She is really liking it, and committed to go to church.... unfortunately she has little children, and it has rained the past four weeks, making it so she can't go. We have literally had it rain the past 4 Sundays, without fail, and only on the Sundays. It is still raining right now, and has been for about 24 hours now. We have a tin roof, so it made it a little difficult to sleep last night every time the rain got hard.

Yesterday I had my final interview with President Callan. It was really good. It lasted about 50 minutes, and we talked about some really good stuff. He talked a lot about different goals that I have for after the mission to be able to maintain the testimony and everything that I have become. We talked about temple attendance, studying the scriptures, prayers, and various other things like that. He then expressed how grateful he was that I served an honorable full-time mission. He told me that I have blessed many lives, and helped many missionaries during my time. He also said that he got a letter a couple months back from a missionary thanking president for having put him in my district because the revelation I had received changed his life. It was really cool to hear that from President, and know that I really have given my all. I am so thankful for the mission, and the time I have enjoyed here. The wisdom of the Lord is so great in calling the weak things of the world, and changing those weak things during two years of their lives. I love you guys tons, and thank you for all your support and Love toward me. I am excited to see you once again, and enjoy the time with my beloved family. Love you all.

ELDER Ryan Griffin.....

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