Thanksgiving passed by completely unnoticed, but that’s okay, there are a lot of holidays here that we don’t have there so it all evens out. Not like we celebrate any of them though. Just on holidays there are a lot more drunk people so it’s more fun to do street contacts.
Every month the zone leaders of the mission have a special meeting with the mission president to talk about how to better the missionary work in the mission. I've learned that there is an eternal principal that is involved in this:
The study of doctrine has a more profound effect on behaviors then a study of behaviors. When we really study and understand the doctrine of Christ and the Atonement, we naturally work harder and have better results in missionary work. You talk with more people on the street and have more spirit in your lessons.
It’s the same thing in our day to day life, and with teaching investigators. If someone understands the doctrine of the Law of Chastity and really understands that they are offending God by living together without being married, then they can use their agency to choose if they will get married or not, and they will receive their recompense in the last day.
I can recognize that 90% of all the times we sin we simply are tricked by Satan into not thinking about the definitiveness of the doctrine. We think, "Just a little bit isn’t all that bad" or "what I’m doing doesn’t really fall under this commandment". He tries to get us to forget where the lines are or better yet redefine our own lines or the lines set by the world.
As missionaries we try to be "Valiant Defenders of the Truth" (as it says in the missionary handbook) and testify of what GOD has set the standards to be in such a way that the person feel the spirit testify of its truth, then let that person choose for himself if he will follow or not.
I’m really learning a lot on the mission. It really is a lifetimes worth of experiences all shoved in two years.
I definitely recommend it for everyone.
Love you all!