This week... I am so glad it's over. Out of my whole mission, this week was the most mentally and emotionally challenging, sobering, exhausting week. I have been pondering over what happened this week, and what I should or should not say to you all about it. I have determined to share with you many of the things that I learned all throughout the trio life with Elders Schraedel and Riehle, but also include some things that I learned from this week. Here you go:
First: Men/husbands, no argument is worth sleeping on the couch for longer than a day or two. Trust me, five weeks on a couch is NOT as comfortable as you think it is.
Second: Struggles come from two competing ideas. If you don't want to struggle, give one of your ideas up and get over it.
Third: "Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved." -President Monson
Fourth: God is just as real as Satan.
Fifth (a recurring theme I've learned throughout my mission): There are NO coincidences. If you and I believe the Book of Mormon, then we believe that God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. If that is true, then you and I believe that "a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection[s]" don't actually happen, because God knows (and plans) them all. Either believe in the Book of Mormon, or believe in "just happenstance", because you can't do both, no matter how many people you may lose as "friends". (slight rant right there, not sorry)
As for my experience being in the Eldorado ward and the Mountain View YSA, both of them are awesome! The family ward is sweet, it's probably the smallest geographical ward in the mission, but we also cover the YSA, soo... It's a lot of fun! I'd gotten used to embracing the awkward, then I got put in a YSA... I'm not bashing on YSA's, but yeah, they're... something else. It's fun, though. XD
Sorry for the short email this week, but just know that the emperor's groove has not been thrown off, Nemo "once was lost, but now [he's] found" and that Star Wars is not about different stars at war. :)
Te whanaunga mo ake tonu!
Elder Eli James Dial
PS- I forgot my camera cord, so I'll send pictures eventually.
PPS- my companion is Elder Dudley, he's from Calgary Canada.