Words From Elder Holland and...Thomas Edison

Elder Lund with his Zone
Breakfast as a Zone

Elder Lund with Elder M

Elder Lund with Elder M

P-day Help

Ward Building

Carne Asada for P-day lunch today!


Well, pretty good week but a few ups and downs. We challenged 13 people to baptism with dates of the 23 and 30 of August. I would like to see some baptisms before I leave Ocotillo (probably this change the 3rd of September) so we are working very hard. Unfortunately, only 2 of the 15 total investigators with fechas came to church on Sunday. There is still hope, but the investigators will have to attend church the next 3 weeks in a row in order to be baptized on the 30th. In other words, this week is incredibly important to help people keep their commitments especially attending church. It was a little tough because we had one family who promised to come but didn´t show up. We had an appointment the day before but the neighbors said they were in A and on Sunday afternoon we went again and they weren´t there. Hopefully, they were still in A and not just avoiding us. We will see...

Fast sunday was tough yesterday. We went from lunch Saturday to lunch Sunday. We did a lot of walking in the sun Saturday afternoon and I was super thirsty the entire night. Although it was tough, it was a good fast. The sacrament was very reverent and despite the troubles both us and our investigators are facing, I felt at peace. M, a menos activa that we are reactivating, bore her testimony. She was attending an evangelical church for some time but didn´t feel right. She prayed and asked God to send her an answer the correct path in her life. Either that day or a few days later Elder M and I contacted the house and we started teaching her and her family again. It has been a struggle getting her back, but she testified yesterday with a sincere heart that she knew the church was true. She has a lot of animo right now. There are two potential baptisms in the house - her mom and her granddaughter who don´t have fechas yet - but I´m truly happy for her and to see how far she has come. She, and especially her daughter, has tried my patience a lot, but it´s been worth it.

We had a really good Zone Conference this week. Don´t have time to talk about it, but it was excellent. I love Zone Conferences. It renews my animo to work hard.

I said earlier about the fallen appointment for the F. on Saturday. Before that, we had another appointment fall through because the people weren´t home. Again, hopefully they just forgot and not avoiding us. Anyways, we sat down waiting for 15 minutes or so to see if they would come. To be honest, I was feeling a little down. I started to murmur and complain to myself. The scripture story of Nephi breaking his bow came to mind. I pulled out my scriptures and started reading. When things went downhill because they couldn´t obtain food, his family...even Lehi...started complaining. But what did Nephi do? He acted. Instead of complaining, he built another bow and then asked his father where he should go. Complaining got his family no where, but action (an expression of his faith) led to him receiving food once again for his family. At this time, a story about Thomas Edison from Elder Holland´s BYU speech came to mind as well: 

Thomas Edison devoted ten years and all of his money to developing the nickel-alkaline storage battery at a time when he was almost penniless. Through that period of time, his record and film production was supporting the storage battery effort. Then one night the terrifying cry of fire echoed through the film plant. Spontaneous combustion had ignited some chemicals. Within moments all of the packing compounds, celluloid for records, film, and other flammable goods had gone up with a roar. Fire companies from eight towns arrived, but the fire and heat were so intense and the water pressure so low that the fire hoses had no effect. Edison was sixty-seven years old—no age to begin anew. His son Charles was frantic, wondering if he were safe, if his spirits were broken, and how he would handle a crisis such as this at his age. Charles saw his father running toward him. He spoke first.
He said, “Where’s your mother? Go get her. Tell her to get her friends. They’ll never see another fire like this as long as they live!”
At 5:30 the next morning, with the fire barely under control, he called his employees together and announced, “We’re rebuilding.” One man was told to lease all the machine shops in the area, another to obtain a wrecking crane from the Erie Railroad Company. Then, almost as an afterthought, he added, “Oh, by the way. Anybody know where we can get some money?” (Paraphrased from Charles Edison, “My Most Unforgettable Character,” Reader’s Digest, December 1961, pp. 175–77.)
Virtually everything you now recognize as a Thomas Edison contribution to your life came after that disaster. Remember, “Trouble has no necessary connection with discouragement— discouragement has a germ of its own.”

At that moment, I got up and told myself "We´re rebuilding" ... we were basically out in the middle of nowhere (they live in the middle of a corn field) an we had heard there were more houses up the road. We went up and found 7 houses on about an acre of land. All who lived there were family and we taught a lesson to a friend of the F. and her sister. I´m not saying everyone who lives there will get baptized, but it´s a start. Trouble has no connection with discouragement. We can be like the family and complain, or we can be like Nephi and Thomas Edison and fix the problem or at least be patient in our afflictions.
Well, that´s all I have for this week. Cheque...

-Elder Lund
Ocotillo, El Carmen, SPS 7/28/14 - 8/4/14

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