Dear mom,It is so true about the whole following the spirit thing. I know that as we allow for the spirit to teach, he does a lot better job than we could ever do. Heavenly Father knows his children on such a personal level that when he sends that member of the Godhead to do the teaching. Along with God, the spirit knows each of us on such a level that what he could be teaching us could be completely different than what the actual lesson is. That is how you know that you are being a successful teacher.
The spirit just testified to me that THAT is what it is all about LOVE. Companion study we role played Plan of Salvation in English to help him get down the order of what needs to be taught. After today I decided I love role-plays. As he taught he honestly explained to me what he didn't understand. Most of the time if I casually ask him if he understands , He says he does. sometimes I feel he just says that because I think he is worried about me thinking down on him for not knowing. which I don't at all!!! We got on the road and left to get my split companion for the day. The AP's had a lot of office work to get caught up on, so they found me a split companion. His name was Kaotan. Great kid, but did not help me teach whatsoever!!! hahahah
All of our lessons today were really focused on the atonement and repentance. Even when that was not the scheduled lesson. That is just what we seemed to teach on. I almost wonder if it is something that Kaotan needed to hear. Of all of our lessons today, the one that stood out the most was oona. She is trying to quit smoking. She is such an amazing old lady She started praying on her own to quit smoking. She reads, and has an amazingly beautiful testimony, and she wants to do what is right. I made her a very cool promise, that I made sure I confirmed by the spirit. I told her that if she came to church, that her smoking would stop. The spirit was so overwhelmingly strong as I told her this.
After the lesson I really had to pee. Kaotan told me to go behind this certain tree, so I walked over there and at the same time a group of kids just stopped in amazement at the White guy peeing like a Kiribati person...... Well we then drove the car to Bwaewa's house where we had an awesome lesson on the Atonement. We explained how the lord's Atonement could help him over come the desire to smoke. As we ended I gave him a picture of Jesus looking over a flock of sheep. I explained the job of the shepherd and how we are all the savior's sheep. He loved that.
When we got in the car I had the feeling not to back up a certain way.... I thought and pondered the idea and decided that just a couple days before Elder Christensen backed up the same way and that it would be a waste of time to back out a different way. Again same thought... I took 5 minutes to think about it.... but backed up that way anyway..... and the van got stuck.... WHY DO I HAVE SUCH A HARD TIME LISTENING????? If you have to think about it and the worst thing that could happen by doing it is just losing a few minutes DO IT!! Dinner was ridiculous . We had two kiribati people and Elder Sagapolu. All of whom eat a ton! Overall, a great day!"Any way I love you mom,
Dad,Well, I'm glad to hear that your humor hasn't changed over the past year or so! hahahahah you crack me up!!!!! well, I'll send a picture of something that we were given in the ward that I am working for the Christmas time.