Monday, May 1, 2017

Iokwe from OK! Moving Round 2


Finally moved!!! This morning we woke up at 6:30 and just started hauling stuff out of our house and into to van and the truck we have here. We just finished cramming everything into the new house and we are so relieved to finally be done. Granted, we still have to organize everything, but I have no problem with that. It's all downhill from here. So, my new address is at the bottom of the page.

As for the rest of the week: On Tuesday, Elder Smith got the same sickness I got on Sunday, but much worse. So we took it a little easy. Thursday we had interviews with President Mansell. Friday we spent cleaning our house in preparation for moving. So, it was a bit of a slower week. 

However, we did have a wonderful lesson with someone we teach, named Ertila. We were reexplaining God's Plan of Salvation to her, which in a past lesson was a little hard for her to understand due to screaming children. Their house is always kind of noisy. They have 2-3 babies over there all the time, so it's never really peaceful. Well, part way through the lesson, this peaceful feeling descended on the home. It was just so quiet; not just quiet because the kids were asleep, but quiet in our minds too. My mind was uncluttered and it just felt like absolute peace. I really feel like that feeling was something that they needed, a relief from their normal, chaotic lives. That Spirit also prepared the way for Elder Lazarus to share his own beautiful testimony of having studied with Elders before himself back in the islands and how we didn't want them to study with us so we could have numbers in our church, but so that they could learn of the truth for themselves and be blessed for it. The Spirit was very strong as he spoke and I could tell that it really touched Ertila and those listening. It was a wonderful experience.

The thought I want to share this week is brief and is based on the following quote: "What we become will be the cumulative sum of the consequences of the choices we make. We will get exactly what we choose." -Elder Pearson

I feel like making good decisions often just involves not choosing wrong things. I also feel like that is just kind of getting by in life on bare minimums. Sure, that would probably be sufficient, but what good does sufficient do for us, let alone those we care about? We can become a real force for good in the world, a light for those around us. 

Let us be something more than sufficient. Let's not be the sum of mediocre choices. Let us actively seek to rise above just not choosing wrong, and let us become people who make choices to be good, turn outward, lift others, overcome obstacles, choose to be happy, not complain, and be a source of light. 

Love you all. Let's be awesome.


Elder Josh Kilmer
OklahomaOklahoma City Mission, Marshallese speaking
Fudoshin:  immovable spirit

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