What a great week! The weeks go past so fast that sometimes I do not even know what happened… This week; however, I remember some things! But first, I want to start with a story; a true story. Last Monday, my companions and I were at a public shopping centre (mall) to eat at one of our favorite places in the world- Taco Bell. We got there and were soon surprised to find that we were the only ones in the line! Apparently everyone else preferred KFC. Well, we got our food, sat, and began to eat. After a minute or two one of my companions, Elder Cox, says quite suddenly, “Woah. I just got a really bad feeling… I feel like we need to be really careful.” The comment was so random and shocking to Elder Debenham and I that we started asking him what he meant and what was going to happen. He said he did not know, but that he felt that we just needed to keep an eye out. We said ok, and moved on with our conversation.
No more than 3 minutes after this bizarre statement made, something crazy happened. Two people sitting in the food court about 2 tables away from us started yelling at each other! Then louder and louder until everyone was silently staring at this take place. We were shocked and had no idea what to do. Before too long, security showed up and physically removed, using force, the more violent and abusive of the two. Once the abuser was gone, the other involved began to cry, having been very hurt by the other person’s comments. And during all this everyone just stared. My companions and I felt that we needed to go to her and comfort her and let her know that everything was ok and that she need not worry. And so we got up and started walking to her. To our joy, before we even arrived at the table, several other people had quickly come to the lady and offered words of comfort, support, and encouragement. It was a heart-melting scene to witness!
Now this could just be a crazy story to tell in the future, or it could be a teaching and a learning moment to affect our lives now for the future. Lesson number 1: Always heed and listen to “gut feelings.” You may just think it is a gut feeling, but I call it another name. I call it the Holy Ghost, or the Spirit of God. His role is to teach us, to uplift us, and to warn us of danger. Who knows what would have happened if Elder Cox did not have that little feeling! Maybe we would have done something crazy otherwise! Lesson number 2: Realize the power your words have to affect for good or evil. Just as the words of the abused quickly brought the young woman to tears, the uplifting words of the gentle and caring crowd quickly dried them. Our words are powerful. Don’t ever assume that “sticks and stones may break [their] bones, but that words will never hurt [them].” Lesson number 3: This is more of a lesson I learned. I learned that the majority of us are good people that want to help others. We want to relieve their feelings of pain and we want to be there for them. We feel joy when we stand up for what is right. If this be the case, then what have we against doing even more of these things? What have we against making a promise to the Lord that we will do more of these things that He may bless us in return? The answer should be “nothing at all!” And if this be the case, then baptism into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is for you! (That should include everyone :))
Have a great week!