So this week has been probably the most productive one so far on my mission. Even my companion said he has never had a week like this one. But along with a good week comes some struggles.
In 2 Nephi 2:11 it talks about this. Give that whole chapter a read. It says that there must be opposition for us to experience anything at all. For instance if my favourite fruit is pineapple. I wouldn't know that it was my favourite if I hadnt tried others or tried my least favourite fruit.
We had a baptism yesterday. Her name was Lyla and she is from Taiwan! She is so sweet and had never heard of Jesus Christ before she met us. She was so prepared to hear about the Gospel and is so great. We also are teaching these two young men who are about 19. Oliver and Khalil. They are so great and they are willing to change their lives in order to prepare to be baptised. Their baptismal date is August 18th. Please pray for them and that they may be prepared for that date. They are so great.
In my last email I talked a little bit about the ward and how it is crazy but I love them. I was sitting in church yesterday and was looking at all 50 people that showed up and how it was really a family. The ward looks after each other. They all are so different but the Gospel brings them together. If there was a pen in the middle of a room and everyone towards that pen, then everyone would progressively get closer together. That is how the Gospel works. If we all work towards one common goal and one common truth we all grow closer and the bonds between family and friends grow stronger.
Now the hard day. Friday the 26th. Everything up until this point of the week was going great. But this day was just hard. It was Elder Hutchins B Day and appointment after appointment kept cancelling on us. Everyone we hoped to see just bailed. We then OYMED (Means Open Your Mouth. It is just street Contacting.) We spent 3 hours doing this and every person we met was just rude and had something mean to say to us. We met some strong Atheists and some arrogant drunk people. We were about to head home to our flat and on the bus we sat on the upper deck and were just in front of some annoying drunk kids who were about to go out for a friday night. We sat down and one of the kids got up and took Elder Hutchins pen out of his pocket and was saying stupid things about us and our religion that just is not true. He then threw the pen back and kept on trying to harrass us. I then just stood up and said that everything he was saying was arrogant and rubbish and that one day he will look back on his life and agree that he was just a stupid punk kid who harrassed men preaching about Jesus Christ. He then sat down and shut up. The next bus stop was his and so him and his friends left. His friends appologized for him and were actually cool to us. They said they had respect for what we were doing. Then they left. It was just a really hard day. We walked into the flat feeling discouraged. We went to bed and then woke up the next morning it was just another great day to spread the Godpel. I love this work and I love doing it. The Lord is blessing us and is helping us do this work. We could not do this alone and we are not alone. God is always there. Just remember there is opposition in all things. To experience the good you sometimes have to experience the bad. Just keep pressing forward. Read 2 31:20 and it is true for what we must keep doing.
I love you all