This week was a very busy week, and we got a lot done! Monday was preparation day and very busy like always. Tuesday morning we flew over to Palawan with President and Sister Ostler and began interviews and training. It all went really well. We have now taught that same training class 9 times, I think. So I could probably deliver that training asleep doing a handstand with my eyes closed. It is going really well though and I feel like everyone really enjoys the training. Elder Burgos and I teach really well together and enjoy doing it. We get to do a practice teaching demonstration every time in front of everyone. Always great.
Anyways, the next few days were spent with the interview schedule. President and Sister doing their things while we kept everything organized and gave training. We got out to work every night for a little bit in our old area and were actually able to teach 5 lessons and get 4 new investigators for the zone leaders area while we were there in Palawan. That was nice and it helped them out. So we have a standard of 190 oyms a week as well... that was a struggle to get this week since we have about 10% of the time that a regular companionship has to work... but it was all good. We worked hard and we got it. Also taught quite a few lessons in the area and found a few new investigators. We were really blessed with the time that we had to work in our area.
SO we got back Friday around lunch time, had weekly planning, and went out to work.
I really like the family cycle that you mentioned. That is really good because that actually comes from a leadership training given by the 12 apostles. We got to watch it. I don't know if you did. I really like the way that the ward did it in teaching it. Really good idea. Elder Bednar actually talked about that family cycle in the training. It is really great. That is how we can build multi-generational families. The biggest drop off we see in the church is between baptism and temple endowment. If we can help one another to make it to the temple endowment, we will see greater and greater growth in the church.
We had 4 investigators at sacrament meeting this week! We were blessed so much even though we only got one full day of work and a few hours of work in our area this week. It was a real blessing to see the family we invited to go to church actually show up and even be on time! The ward did a great job fellowshipping and there is a strong chance that this family will continue to go to church. I really hope it all works out. They are a really great family.
Here is my spiritual insight for the week. a quote from President Monson. He said, "no failure ever need be final". I really love this quote. Often times we mess up and give up at the same time. Messing up does not mean that you need to give up. I really love how the Savior
¶Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
This instruction can also apply to ourselves. We need to forgive others, but we often forget that we too need to forgive ourselves. As we make mistakes, we need to repent, forget it, and move on. When we fall, we can always get back up again and try one more time. If we do not repent, then we will not get back up again.
I was reading an article on LDS.org that gave 4 simple steps to change. One-ask for direction. Two-think small. Three-Take time to reflect. Four-keep trying. As we do these 4 things, we will be repenting. As we do this, we can forgive ourselves or others for mistakes and move on in the Spirit of God changing our lives until we become perfect, even like He our Father in Heaven is perfect.
Have a great week!