Monday, September 28, 2015

Paved with good intentions.    9/28/15

Prologue
Priorities. New friends!

The Goods
I have been thinking a lot about priorities. I remember they used to always say "Institute a priority" and then I would go arrange institute classes around my university classes. It wasn't my top priority. For a long time it wasn't even a priority. As a missionary we need to decide what activities are most important. There are loads of things that we could be doing but there aren't always the best things to do. We are getting fed by the members a lot here. It's good to work with them and food is good too, but it is important to evaluate whether activities are being effective.

In the same way, when the two areas on the island were combined we had a large teaching pool. We had a difficult time seeing everyone we needed to. When we decided who was top priority we didn't make excuses to not see them. Our schedule was arranged around their visits.

Members often have too many good activities to choose from. If priesthood service and church attendance aren't a top priority than they probably won't happen enough. Remodeling the house, yard work, and family situations can fight for our attention. The key is to decide what is your highest priority before the situation arises. Exercising our faith needs to be a top priority. Having righteous desires and making that our priority is paramount. Elder Oaks said:

Let us remember that desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions. In addition, it is our actions and our desires that cause us to become something, whether a true friend, a gifted teacher, or one who has qualified for eternal life.

Anyway, this week we found some new people! I was buzzing after we met our friend Max, who is new to the island. He had some health issues but he is optimistic and trusts the Lord. He's open to new perspectives and looking for a church on the island to attend regularly. I think I know a good one!

The other new ones are Chloe and Donna. We met up the second time at a "public house" which I know now is also called a "pub." Luckily there was an upstairs that was really quiet so we were able to share about how a relationship with God, the Gospel, and the Atonement of Christ can help us in our lives. I'm excited to see them again this week!

Everyone else is good... nothing too dramatic happening. I love you !


Elder Price
My new friend Micah
Portsmouth elders zone