Monday, September 22, 2014

Craziest week ever!

Okay this week was nuts. We started out with the Multizone meetings with Elder A on Tuesday and Wednesday. The meeting on Tuesday was out in Sonzacate so we had to get up at five to be there. We were up till 2 in the morning planning out what we were going to teach so that was an interesting day. But the lessons that he taught were way good! He taught about how we don´t need to beg people to get baptized. That we need to help them understand that they need to be baptized. He explained that by talking about the parable about the good samaritan. He asked all of us "what is the central message of the parable of the good samaritan" and everyone said things like service, love, caring for others. After listening to everyone he said No, it is about how we depend absolutely on the Atonement. He explained that all of the symbolism of the road from Jerusalem to Jerico is mortal life, that the robbers are temptation and the man who was left half dead is us. The priest and the Farase didn´t stop to help because they were in a hurry but because they were unable to help. Only the despised Samaritan was able to give "oil" and "wine" both representations of the atonement to heal the wounded man. My brain about exploded. He also mentioned that throughout the scriptures there is lots of symbolism that talks about the plan of salvation, and I have now been looking for it and it is true! Way cool. I have been reading a parable in Luke 19 and it talks about the three kingdoms of glory. Who knew?!
   Thursday morning we had  a meeting with all of the zone leaders. It was pretty normal. But after the meeting we went strait to the airport to get on a flight to Belize. It was literally a 40 minute flight but when I stepped off of the plane I was in a whole different world. El Salvador is full of short latin people, and Belize is full of tall, ripped black people. And the stench of weed is about everywhere. It is over 90 degrees with 100% humidity. I don´t know how the people deal with it all the time because about every other person has dread locks. When you are going down the street you shout "What you do do Brudda!" to say whats happening, yelling "We strait?" to ask we good? The Creole is super funny, its kinda like bad english but it is really its own language with different grammer structure. But it sounds super funny. They sell a bible in Creole and I think I am going to get one next trip. It was good to get to see old friends and get to know new places. I want to go back to Belize someday for sure!
   The mission work in our area took a hit because we were out and about basically all week but we should get back to it this week. We had a family in church, and another young woman who is part of a partial member family. All three of them have been pepared by the lord and are progessing. R and P A should be getting sealed any day now so that will be a way special moment as well! Overall it was a super great week and this week should be even better! Thank you all for taking the time to write me and I will talk to you all soon!
Elder Schriever