Please don’t worry to much about the incident, it wasn’t bad. I could’ve actually been seriously hurt or had things stolen, so I consider myself protected even though it happened.
I’m going to refer you and Dad to an article in the Liahona, called 'His Promise of Always.' It talks about a mother who was questioning whether the Spirit could always be with people, because she recently lost her 11 yr. old son in a bike accident. She questioned how this could happen when she believed that she was being perfectly obedient and worthy of the companionship of the Spirit. She writes of learning that having the Spirit doesn’t necessarily mean that we won’t have difficulties and challenges placed in our path, or even that the Lord wouldn’t allow danger to enter our lives. She also sees that the Spirit plays many other roles, and though she wasn’t warned of her child’s accident, she was comforted nonetheless. The article is in the April issue of this year.
Obedience is a sacrifice that we each make, with a hope of receiving the promises that God makes to us. However, being obedient doesn’t necessarily mean that nothing difficult will come our way. That is not what we are promised. It does, however, mean that we are on the path that God has prepared for us. And when difficulties or danger enter into our lives, they exist for a wise purpose that we may not see. Even if we experience physical death, we will still receive our recompense of Eternal Life, which is the real promise that God has made to all those who are obedient.
OK, enough preaching!
There’s not actually too much to say for this week, you guys have already heard the big story. Not much else is really going on. We've had a plumber doing some pretty serious work in the bathroom connected to our room. He’s putting a giant water container on the roof and putting in pipes that will have water running to it, and pipes from the basin down to the bathroom. So he’s busting up walls and everything. We have had to stay in the apartment for 3 days. We’ve also had people from the mission coming to drop off our fridge—that kept getting delayed and pushed back to later days. We finally got it on Thursday. It is nice to have a fridge again!
With all of this going on, there hasn’t been much time to get any work done. There’s been a lot of banging and drilling too. The good news is that our shower has water.
We had District Conference this week. Most of the speakers talked about temple marriage and missionary work, and other things we are working with all of the new members in the area. It was so nice to have AC during the meeting.
That’s pretty much all I have for this week, The package came this week, thank you again for everything. It is really nice to have little snacks and things from home.
Have a good week,