Sunday, August 9, 2015

"Is it Worth it?"

The question of is it worth it has been going through my mind this whole week.  Before I answer the question let me give some background.  I have been thinking occasionally this week about my life after mission.  When I did this I wasn't enjoying being here as much and really wondered if it was worth it to be here, to be serving the Lord.  Well I had three experiences that justified to me that a mission is so worth it.  
1.  We had 3 appointments lined up with Recent Converts and 2 investigators.  All of them told us they would be there at home when we called that morning.  Well they weren't or they were late so we had to leave.  Small side not- that is something here that annoys the crap out of me.  People always showing up late or saying they are on there way but are like 30 or 40 minutes out.  If you do that to me when I get home friendships are over!!!!   Back to the gospel.  So they were all a bust and we decided to stop by and say hi to a Recent Convert.  So we said Hi to Ronnie in Kevina and then decided to go a different way back to the church.  Well because of that we met Harriet who seemed old but is probs in her 30 or 40's.  She had been coming across the gutter in her wheelchair and she came out of a small shack and down a little steep hill. So I have no idea how she did that.  But she was taking things to sell just 100 feet up the street to sell.  But she was struggling.  So my companion took some of her stuff and I pushed her wheelchair.  We then talked to her and gave her a Restoration pamphlet and invited her to church.  She was really impressed and hopefully we will see her again.  But after this I knew that things were starting to make this worth it.
2.  I had my first baptism.  It was of Amos and I got here about halfway through with teaching him.  He is 10 years old and his mom was just less active so she didn't get him baptized in time.  But watching him get baptized on Sunday was another testament to me that this mission is worth it.  He was smiling afterward which I had never seen him smile like that before.  
3.  Then one day I was reading in Doctrine and Covenants in section 15.  It said in verse 6 "...behold, I say unto you, that the thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring souls unto me.."  People always say their mission was the best two years of their life.  So this scripture really made me feel like it these will be some of the best years of my life.  But I need to focus on it now and not the future.  I have always wanted to be in Africa ever since I was little. So why should I be thinking of my future when I'll be home in America when I'm living my dream right now.  AFRICA BABY!!!
So yes this will be worth it and if anyone else chooses to serve it will be worth it if you decided to live in the moment and serve.  
So Africa is great.  The people are great if they show up on time and don't lie to you.   But the days are going by fast and I really love teaching.  We have a couple families we are teaching but they all have a problem with the gospel whether they did something that prevents them from being baptized or that they don't understand a principle.  Then we also have like 4 to 6 young single adult investigators.  Because that what are ward mainly consists of.  But we have a missionary fireside this Saturday and it's about Eternal Families.  So are goal is to have members bring friends so we can get referrals.  So that's what we are praying for.  But ya Africa's great and I'm excited for rain because I am tired of sweating so much but yep love this place.
Love lots Elder Brogan

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