¡Feliz Dia de la Mama!
Hope you all had a great mother's day yesterday! Ours went pretty well, we had a good day in church, it was pretty interesting though. So in our ward for some reason, we have priesthood and relief society meetings first, then sunday school, then sacrament meeting. So yesterday when we started, there were only four of us in priesthood, including my companion and I. So after the priesthood lesson, my companion and I decided to go and get a newly reactivated member who hadn't showed up yet. We managed to convince him and he came. We then went and did a special service project for our mamita, the member who makes us lunch every day. The highlight of the week of course was being able to talk to my awesome family on skype yesterday. I can't believe that so much time has passed since I left home and a lot has changed. That's caused me to think and reflexion a lot this week. Here on the mission, I think we always think that when we go home everything will be the same as it was before, everything back to normal. But lately I've realized that that's not the case, we believe in eternal progression and as we all go on growing and progressing things have to change constantly.
As I've been thinking about that, it's scared me a little to be honest now that my mission is coming to a close. But I've found something that has helped me recently. I really like a scripture in Doctrine and Covenans 51:16-17,
16 And I consecrate unto them this land for a little season,until I, the Lord, shall provide for them otherwise, andcommand them to go hence;
17 And the hour and the day is not given unto them,wherefore let them act upon this land as for years, and thisshall turn unto them for their good.
The important part of this scripture for me is in verse 17 "act upon this land as for years" we are put in a particular situation for a certain amount of time that only God really knows how long we will be there. The key is acting as if we are going to be there for years, maybe even forever. For me, that means living in the moment. Focusing on what I can do now in this very moment to contribute to the something, the Lord, someone else, my family, even myself. Lately this has helped me a lot to be able to not be overwhelmed by all of the things that are going on now and in the future and thinking and worrying about the past as well.
Thanks everyone for your support and encouragement, I love you all!
Elder Cameron Dower