|Missionaries during the Mission Leadership Conference.|
(Jordan is right/center in the background, yellow tie)
The first step of prayer is: Have a reason to pray. Why are we praying? Two: Let the Spirit guide our prayers. Who's really praying (us or the Spirit)? Three: Pray according to the will of the Father. That is probably the hardest one for me, especially as a missionary. Our prayers are most effective when we pray for what the Lord wants, not for just what we want. Four: Listen. This is also a very difficult one for me. Listening takes a lot of work and practice, but the Lord will always answer our prayers, so listen for the answer. Five: Get up and work (or do the thing that you prayed for). As I implemented these steps, I discovered that my prayers immediately became were more sincere, faithful, happy, and my eyes were opened to recognize the answers I was receiving. Prayer is awesome, and we need to ask ourselves: "Are we using prayer to it's full potential?" Just food for thought. President Martino is also trying to get the mission more focused on achieving our baptismal goal, so he came up with a catch phrase: "We are one." (The Savior has repeatedly reminded us that our objective must be to become one in heart with Him and Heavenly Father. See D&C 38:27.) This is the what they used during the Mission Leadership Broadcast a couple of weeks ago, so whatever the Prophet says, we are going to do it (together, as one).
A lot of prayers were answered this week. One of them related to our investigator,
Roheliyo, who will be interviewed for baptism this week, and he is just
awesome. I didn't know until yesterday
that he's been visited by the missionaries for about 10 years and only is now
deciding to get baptized. He has
completely given up alcohol and said he is no longer tempted to drink, which is
a huge blessing. We also got one of our
investigators to pray following a lesson, teaching her what we learned from
MLC. (We had been trying to get her to
pray for weeks prior to that.) Talk
about a great revelation for the mission!
This new emphasis on prayer has been a special blessing for me. I really needed it. We have had some great lessons this week, but
Tatay Roheliyo is pretty much the highlight of the week. He will be baptized on the 20th
and he can hardly wait! Tatay's a really
funny guy. They always feed us pancakes
when we come. (Yeah that's right:
pancakes, without syrup and other fattening stuff.) We are grateful for their loving hospitality,
which somehow makes dry pancakes taste sweet.
|Jordan showing off his dishwashing skills at the mission home|
|Jordan at the Mission Leadership Conference|
We played basketball this morning at a wooden-court gym for the first time since I was at the MTC in Provo. That was really awesome - especially since I played my best game ever. We can only play on the court every three months though, which is kinda lame, because of the local rules. (The court is in high demand.) But, at least I'll get one more game there before I come home. I guess we'll just play at the church every other Monday.
Thank you for all the love and support. I really feel it and love you all so much! I pray always that the Lord will bless you in all you do. Ingat kayo!
Elder Jordan "ate me some johnnycakes" Royal