Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Stop Being Prideful

September 15, 2014


So we had some new missionaries come to Martinique on Tuesday. One of them stayed to be trained by Elder Russell. The other two left again to other places. It was fun to be able to hang out with them on Wednesday for a while. It's fun to see them discover what mission life is going to be like. Especially when all they really know is the MTC. Sometimes I forget about the humidity here, but they definitely notice. I'm so used to mission life now that things don't even have any effect on me anymore. It was funny to see their faces when they saw our laundry racks. (Yeah, we don't have dryers here, so we hang out our laundry to dry on plastic racks.) Seeing new missionaries just reminds me of when I first came into the mission. It's tough being new... I'm glad I'm not new anymore.

Elder Fraley is going to St. Maarten. But we have Elder Okano going to Guadeloupe and Elder Sackely going down to French Guiana. They're going to be awesome missionaries!


For some reason a lot of our investigators didn't come to Church yesterday. We tried to figure out what happened, and we think that Frère Noel couldn't come to Church because he had to go and present a child at a Catholic Church because he's the Godfather. So none of our Haitian investigators showed up. :(


So Elder Lewis and I left early on Sunday morning to go pick up Renaud and walk with him to church. We could have easily found him a ride to church, but we wanted him to teach him personal responsibility. Now he knows how to get to church and he should be able to come every week. His only problem is waking up on time. Because of his medication, sometimes he doesn't wake up until 5:00 PM... But he loves church and he really wants to change his life and get baptized. He's working hard on kicking his cigarette habit, and I think he'll be able to do it through the enabling power of the Atonement. He's been reading in the Book of Mormon and he picks up on things really fast. He's so humble and wants the Gospel in his life so much!


That's right! I'm going to Guadeloupe again for Zone Conference. This will be my 4th time flying to Zone Conference from Martinique. I can't believe how long I've been here. I've taken a ton of planes during my mission. It's pretty cool I guess... Airports do get old after a while though.


This last week I was reading in Alma 33:19-21 about how Moses raised up a type of Christ for his people to look at, and all they had to do was look to be healed of their malady. "But there were many who were so hardened that they would not look, therefore they perished. Now the reason they would not look is because they did not believe that it would heal them." Sadly, sometimes we are too prideful to do it, and we don't. It's hard for us, like those in the wilderness, to believe that we can be healed.

There is also the example of Naaman in 2 Kings 5. He was told to go wash himself in the river 7 times and he would be healed from his Leprosy. But he hardened his heart. He thought it must be more difficult. He was also offended that the prophet only sent out his servant to tell him what to do, even after he traveled all the way from Syria. He was prideful, and almost didn't do what he was told. But luckily, he humbled himself and just went and bathed himself in the river. And to his surprise, he was healed! He was so grateful afterward that he hauled 2 mule-sized loads of dirt back to his home to be able to worship the Lord on Israelite soil.

So, go! Listen to the Lord, his servants, and your leaders. Bathe yourself. Be clean. Turn yourselves unto Christ. "Look, and live!"


Elder Dayton

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