Thursday, October 24, 2013

THE NEXT EDITION OF: the life and times of elder pratt


okay well I hope life is GREAT for everyone. Life is cool as a missionary and a bit stressful but also cool! This week we have been a bit stressed with our investigators because it turns out that EVERYONE IN SAN LUIS (okay like 76 percent) IS LIVING IN OPEN UNION (i totally forget how you say it in english, that one thing where they live together but they are too sissy to get married) AND/OR TOTALLY DROPPING THE BALL WITH THE LAW OF CHASTITY but its like okay. its part of the job. This week we had some appointments that were very straight forward with some of our people that have craaaaaaazy excellent potential to be stellar members and leaders in the church (whether they are investigators or members who are less-active or inactive) and can totally get so many blessings in their lives but are throwing it away because they can´t make firm decisions in their lives. LEARN HOW TO MAKE FIRM DECISIONS, PEOPLE. I promise with all my heart that you will find blessings in your life when you learn how to make a firm decision (obviously searching God´s help) and STICK TO IT. Seriously, yo. I´m not lying. 

But anyway, 
- I totally learned how to play violin kinda not really. I started playing a bit and it was really fun but super hard, I think if I throw my whole life away for awhile I can actually get maybe goodish and make a really mediocre life out of it. Yeahhhhhhhh probs not.
- We were teaching a fam and we asked them if they remembered any of the Ten Commandments. This 10 year-old kid piped up and goes, "Ooooo Oooo I know! Thou shalt not rob in vain." It was sooooooooooooooooooo funny. (For all of you that was probably just like a tiny bit funny, but as a missionary, we live on jokes like these. They carry us in our hard times. It´s like when you have your nerd thing in your life and there are things that are so funny for you but nobody understands.)
- WE HAD ANOTHER SUPER P-DAY (when a bajillion of us missionaries get together and play sports all morning and then have a conference with president and they are WONDERFUL)
- Colombia cualified for the World Cup this week!!! (bad news: fast and testimony meeting was full of people testifying of the Colombian team and all this apostasy like that. BUMMER)

Soooooooooo my comp and I were having this appointment with a lady the other day that turned her life around, came back to church, was being awesome, and then started to turn back to some old vices of hers. It is a huuuuuuge bummer for us because she is really cool and a super good example in her family but right now is totally dropping the ball. So. We decided to talk a bit about a story from the Bible with her. Remember that one time that God sent angels to take out the city of Sodom and Gummorah (totally forget how to spell that in English) and Lot and his family peaced out running? Remember what commandment they got when leaving? DON´T LOOK BACK. Remember what Lot´s wife did? She LOOKED BACK. Remember what happened to her? yeahhhhhhh. SO. Let´s learn a lesson. When we turn from sin, when we decide to really makea  change in our lives for the better, let´s do the right thing and NOT LOOK BACK. We all know how hard it is to turn down an old temptation when it comes our way again. So instead of making things hard, let´s just avoid the temptation and NOT LOOK BACK and KEEP MOVING FORWARD (props to all of you who recognize that movie reference). That is my invitation of the week. Turn from the things that are holding you back, even if it´s just one thing at a time, and don´t look back. How does that sound, alright? It´s the real deal guys, just put forth a little more effort and stuff gets a lot better.

Welllllllllllll I gotta go. But I LOVE YOU ALLLL and I hope your lives are just dandy right now. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK :)

Elder Prattttttttttttttttttt

PS the movie reference was from Meeting the Robinsons
PPS I totally passed my 8 month mark this past week. A third of the mission has passed me by. WOahhhhhhhhh it goes fast these days.

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