This past week I only spent 4.5 days in Hammond ward. The other 2.5 days were spent on exchanges with the Spanish elders and the Dulce Elders. So, on Tuesday I got to practice my understanding of Spanish. This guy asked me “come stai” I said “Bene” (which is Italian). He laughed and corrected me by saying “Bien” (Spanish). We only had one lesson, but it was super cool. I understand the basis of what was said, but obviously couldn’t speak it, so I just listened. It was really cool though and I’m glad I got to do it. It’s the type of thing that motivates you to learn a new language. Elder Henderson’s super into Navajo so maybe that might happen (most likely not though).
In Dulce, I went with Elder Goodell. Dulce is Jicarilla (pronounced Hickory) Apache land and is a super small community. We chopped some wood for a family and then tried to see as many people as possible. We taught this one guy who is super into the church and waiting for a few things to be baptized, but we taught him about temples and he loved it! Dulce is kind of in a valley between mountains and just a super unique area. The drive to Dulce is cool because it goes from borwn and small shrubbery slowly to green and large trees.
So, Elder Henderson and I have titled this week “The week of the Dogs.” We didn’t get bit by one, but experienced some interesting dogs. The craziest was we walked to this house and immediately a dog runs and tries to jump through the front door window (it didn’t break it). We start laughing and then the dog goes absolutely nuts and starts trying to rip the trimming up and break the door open. We hadn’t even knocked, but I’m sure if the people in the house were there they’d know someone was at the front door (if the dog hadn’t ripped the people up already). We nicknamed this dog “the Zombie dog” because it looked like a zombie. And to make matters worse as it was biting the trim of the door it cut its lip and started to rub blood all over the window. We stopped laughing and started walking away. It was something else, I tell you. Additionally, Elder Henderson (on exchanges) ran into a really big Rottweiler that was as tall as Elder Henderson when it stood up. Apparently it was nice, but HUGE. Also, Elder Henderson, again on exchanges ran into some feisty dogs that were ankle biters. Yeah, dogs….
Well, my spiritual insight this week was when reading over the tree of life. verse 33: “And great was the multitude that did enter into that strange building. And after they did enter into that building they did point the finger of scorn at me and those that were partaking of the fruit also; but we heeded them not. These are the words of my father: For as many as heeded them, had fallen away.” It’s so simple, but the key to pure happiness, in the words of Lehi is not to give heed to the great and spacious building (pride of the world). Don’t care what the world says!
Here’s the 10th point of the true church: “The true church must teach that God and Jesus are separate and distinct individuals.” This is a scripture mastery in Acts 7:55-56 about Stephen receiving a vision. “But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.” God is the Eternal Father with Jesus Christ (the Savior) his literal son (just as we are all God’s children). Christ is the mediator – the person who’s name we pray to God through.
All is well in Bloomfield with Elder Henderson. Thanks for all the support, letters, and such. Have a great week!
Elder Jeffrey Woodbury