Decisions – Hope I don’t get fat!

Arrivederci amici miei!

How are you all?!? I hope that life is going well and that you are all happy! Well, to be honest, not too much has happened this week. Of course, all the normal missionary experiences and what not, but not too much out of the ordinary. It has actually been a very good week. Definitely the best since I got into this new area. The only disappointment I think I have had this week happened about 30 minutes ago.

Elder Kunzler and I have been trying to run in the mornings, but we are either too tired, too cold, too unmotivated or any other number of excuses. Luckily for us, over the past week, there has been a little shop that has a treadmill outside that is for sale. We have been waiting all week to go see how much it costs. So, this morning, feeling excited and ready to pay the amount necessary to get that treadmill, we headed to the shop. When we got there, we asked how much it was. He told us £70. We examined it and decided that that was not an entirely fair price. So, he called his boss and asked how much it really was. His boss responded (and we heard it) that it was £40. So now we were surely excited and more than willing to pay that price. Just as we pulled out our wallets with big grins on our face he said, “Oh, by the way, it’s a manual treadmill.” I had never heard of a manual treadmill. I had to try it out before I bought it and let me tell you, it was more like holding onto a wall and marching into the ground than running. And so we didn’t buy it. And so we will get fat unless we choose to do things the right way; the harder way.

So now you can probably guess that I will share what I learned from that experience. Very simply, I learned that sometimes we just can not take the easy way out. Of course a treadmill would be convenient. Of course it would save us from being cold and of course it would make everything easier. But, is it an absolute necessity to keep us from getting fat? No. It is not. We can just go and run! Often times in our spiritual or moral lives we see an opportunity that seems so very convenient. Or we see a short cut to getting what we want and what we think we need NOW. Most conveniences and short cuts are not in themselves evil, but when a decision is made based on which seems more convenient rather than which seems right, then we are in danger. There is a reason why the LDS youth so often say, “Choose the right,” and not “Choose the convenient.”

Con affetto.

Elder Walker

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