Yes, I have already been gone for over four months. I can't believe it. I know I still have a long way to go, but still; four months. 1/6 of my mission. Let's recap. No, their is too much. Let me sum up. It's amazing how much you learn on a mission. Not just about the Gospel, but about life in general. For example, if you already are feeling ready to burst, and you still have half of the burger; save it for later. Don't try to finish it. Seriously, though. I have learned so much about myself, and about other people. Most of all, though, I have learned about the Lord. The more I learn about Him, the more I realize how little I comprehend Him. But that does not mean that I cannot love Him with all my heart, or that He does not love me. Because He does. He loves each of us; personally, individually and perfectly. It also does not mean that we cannot come to know Him. I would like to relate an allegory. Some of you may have heard it, some not. I may have told it before, I can't remember. But when I heard this story my mind caught hold of it like a steel trap. And it has resonated with me to this day. The story is called: The Interviewer. Two men were called into an office, one by one, for an interview. The first came in and sat down in front of the desk. "Well", the man behind the desk said, "what do you know of Jesus Christ?" Surprised, the first man responded. "I know that He was born in Bethlehem, of the virgin, Mary. I know that a new star appeared, and that angels heralded His birth, and shepherds worshipped Him." "Very good," the interviewer said, "But what do you know of Him?" "I know that He was baptized by John the Baptist. I know that He taught the sinners, healed the sick, and raised the dead. I know that He called Apostles, and sent them to testify of Him." "Very good, but what do you know of Him?" Now perplexed, the man continued. "Know that He suffered for our sins. He was crucified, laid in a tomb, and resurrected on the third day. I know that He lives." The Interviewer nodded encouragingly. "Very, very good. But what do YOU KNOW of Him?" The man had nothing left to say. He had exhausted his knowledge of Jesus Christ. He left the office, wondering how he had not answered the question correctly. The second man entered the room. The chair was instantly forgotten. Upon seeing the Interviewer, he fell to his knees, exclaiming in wondering awe, "My Lord, my God." What can be learned from this story? I won't tell anyone what it means, because every time I read it, I learn something new. I will say this: I want to be second man. It is my greatest wish to stand before my Lord, and to know Him immediately as my Savior. And by living the way that He wants me to live, doing what He would have me do, and becoming, through his grace, who He would have me be, I have faith that I will know Him the way He would have me know Him. I love you all. Elder Miller
Monday, May 25, 2015
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
This week has been good. This area is so different from Cedar. In answer to your question, reopening an area is hard. We have to sort of jump start the area, get the excitement up, dispel discouragement from the members, and get the work flowing again. My new companiado is Elder Urbina. He is from Miami, and he has served in this area before. He was here when they closed it. We are really short on missionaries right now, so some areas had to be closed to reopen this area.
Speaking of bikes, I will be using one of the mission bikes up here in this area. This whole experience is entirely new to me. I have really begun to appreciate the challenges that missionary work presents. I can feel myself growing, becoming stronger as new struggles arise and are overcome. I'm not to the point where I am praying for challenges, but I see them in a new light. I recently saw a Mormon message called the refiners fire. That video really strengthened my testimony of the purifying power of adversity. I know that the challenges we face in life are consecrated by the Lord, and help us to become the people that our Father in Heaven wants us to become. How will we ever learn our true potential if we are never stretched?
The weather is warming up here as well. We got to help an elderly Sister get her garden area ready to plant. One of the sisters in this stake has Nubian goats, so that was really fun. We are going down to Ephriam today to play football with the zone.