Week 34: Hard Times and (Farmers) Tan Lines

We are all friends here, yeah? Then I’m gonna shoot yall straight: this was the worst week yet. It simply sucked. There’s a myriad of reasons why, one of which being we couldn’t use our car much this week because of miles(we had to use an emergency 220 that we hadn’t accounted for). But it was just…slow. And there was lots of rejection, in person and over technology. All but one lesson fell through. Our friend Michael told us he would NEVER read the Book of Mormon and it crushed me. Plus training is hard. Missionary work is just hard. 

I don’t want this to be all “aww poor Elder Inkley” because I’m so blessed to be serving. In fact, I’ve been able to see so many miracles this week and been able to feel the Savior helping us more this week. In that way, I am extremely blessed. But it was a good reality check that life SUCKS sometimes. And that’s okay. 

Instead of focusing on the bad, let’s look at the highlights of this week:

-We went to a Pentecostal church for a ‘Bible Study’ which turned out to be a Wednesday night sermon. The amount of times the pastor said ‘AMEN’ had to have been 200+

-We had zone conference this week and I was VERY spiritually uplifted. 

-Our mission had a devotional with ELDER CHRISTOFFERSON! It was so cool to be in the digital presence of an apostle. He also roasted all of us and that crap HURTED

-there are new speed Champs Legos at our local Wal-Mart(and I REALLY want that Ford Bronco/Ford GT set it looks legit.)

-we saw some cool sunsets this week 

-i learned some really good things in my personal studies about the gospel AND church history questions. (Saints Unscripted coming in CLUTCH!)

-We got a tornado warning this week! It was kibda surreal when we got the alert and heard the sirens. Luckily, we were okay. 

-Life is good all around! 

Spiritual thought for this week comes from the CLASSIC verse in D&C 122. Verse 7 says “And if thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.” It is such a spiritual BAR. All of our hardships are FOR us, whether the benefits come now or in the life to come. 

Love you all! 

Elder Inkley.