Monday, November 14, 2016

November 14, 2016

Friends and Family,
This last week was kind of annoying with doctor's appointments, but other than those the work here is great! For those of you who haven't heard, I went to the doctor because I've felt like I've been in a dream for the last couple weeks. I function fine, I can remember things and speak normally and physically do everything I could before, I just feel like I'm subconscious the whole time, like I'm not the one doing the things. The doctor didn't see anything wrong but they want to monitor my heart for a 24 hour period just to be sure everything there is ok.

But on a happier note, C came to church and loved it! She wants to come every week and is on track to be baptized on December 3rd. We are so excited for her! E didn't want to come to church again, so we'll keep working with her and see what happened. There are a couple other people we're starting to work with, so more about them might be coming soon!

We had a primary program yesterday at church, and for those who aren't familiar with those, it's where the kids ages 3-11 go up and take turns saying some sentences of basic doctrines they believe and then sing children's songs/hymns about it. The local congregation here is very small and the program wasn't very good. Not super organized, not well done, the piano player could barely play just the melody, and the kids didn't really know what they were supposed to say. Good effort, but like I said, not very good.

Now think of that experience, that program that was far from a Broadway musical or a perfected performance, and compare it to life.
We are surrounded with imperfect people trying to do their little part and half the time they don't know what they're doing. Likewise, going to a church full of saintly gods would be intimidating and would cause us to feel insecure and down on ourselves. I'm thankful for the poorly performed primary program because it helped me remember nobody has reached perfection. It's much more inviting to have flawed people reach out to us and welcome us into their sphere of improvements than it is to have a flawless perfectionist make us feel judged, unloved, and less than acceptable.

My challenge this week is to find someone who has reached out to you in a time you needed it, imperfect as they were, and then thank that person for helping you when you were down. Even though they did it imperfectly, it probably helped a lot.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

-Elder Moon

PS- About the attached picture!  I saw this at someone's house we were teaching. Just the blue side with the clouds, and I said "I have to ask, is Winnie the Pooh on the other side of that? They said yes and I said I need a picture!  (This is the same blanket I had growing up!)