ok so i have to make this super breve for all yall guys this time, but i had a super cool study that i thought i would share with you guys!! it is about agency and how we can use it.
so when we talk to people about what agency is, they always respond with "the ability to chose". which is totally true. with agency, we are allowed to choose the good things in life and the things of god to be blessed.
what does it mean to really apply your agency with the will of god? i mean, you can choose to go to church, you can choose to read your scriptures, you can choose to pay your tithing, but how much WANT do you put into that decision you make? you see, while i have been on the mission, i have seen a lot of members and friends and less actives choose the right, but they always mumble under their breath when they give their tithing. they always kinda of sort of wish that their fast would end a little faster so they can go home and eat some salad. they always walk to the church angry because of the cold and begrudgingly take the sacrament because they are missing their soccer game on the tv.
my point is, with agency, we must not only choose to do the right, we must WANT to do the right. we as a human race want to get closer to god in some way shape or form. we will "do" what he says, but do we really "want to do what he says". we want blessings from god and we want to be changed and we want to have strength and we want to have a good job and we want to have a stronger testimony, but when we are told that we have to go to mutual or when we are told that we have to go to ward counsel in the morning, what is our response? for me, before the mission, it was always the normal groan of complaint mixed with some irrelevant excuse so that i wouldnt have to do the tasks asked of me from my church leaders. being on the mission though, i have learned that not only must i do whats right, i must have the right attitude about it!! how is it that we are going to tell god that we are ready for his blessings when we tell our parents that we really dont want to go to the temple because you would rather go to the beach?? we must be willing to submit ourselves to gods will so that we can be a worthy vessel of the blessings that he wants to give us ever so fervently! i have to scram right this instant, but i know that if yall want help, you gotta be ready to make some changes in your life so that you can get it fast!! ive seen it happen in my mission, and i testify that it is true!
love you guys to the moon and back!
the past couple of days have been some major emotional rollercoasters for us over here in departemental!! longhurst and i had the opportunity to have an interview with our president in our house the other day, and he sat me down first and we started talking.
"so elder wattles i want your companion to go to the office in three days and i want you to finish your mission greenie breaking here in departemental. how does that sound?
i cried almost! it was so sad to know that my comp was going to be in the literal same position that i served in the office! and i was sad to know that elder oldham, the guy that im greenie breaking, is going to be my last comp here on the mission. on top of that, this is literally my last sector in my whole mission!! yikes!! we did some despedidas with some of our friends here in departemental and then the office came by to snatch my comp away. him and i hugged for a good 2 minutes straight and i was seriously holding back tears cause i loved him as a comp and one of my best friends so much! then i got to meet elder oldham, my greenie!!!! he has about 5 months on the mission and loves hunting and fishing and working out. he is probably the complete opposite of my personality , but we get along super good! literally no complaining about him killing me! here in departemental, a lot of our friends have fallen off the grid and we have lost a lot of people to be teaching here in the past couple of days, but we are trying our hardest to find some more people to teach. as of right now it has been a lot of member visits and trying to help out our less active friends. its been going good, but just pray for us over here! we need some miracles!
love you guys literally so much. hope you guys have a good week! i have 8 more weeks until i can hug all of you guys!
HA the titles of the emails are getting a little better!! hopefully i got your guys attention for a split second! here ill explain.
so we had to go to lunch on the literal opposite side of our sector. in our mission, unless you work in the office, you have to walk to every single meeting, every single cita, every single interview with the pres, etc. SO when i was walking up the street to go to lunch, we were nonchalantly walking across the street, when a blue chevy is comin at us from down the street. we THOUGHT that this chick was going to stop and let us finish crossing the cross walk, but she stopped literally 6 inches from me, anD THEN PROCEEDS TO CONTINUE DRIVING HER CAR. so, i got propped up on the hood of her car and as she then realized that there was a six foot three man on the hood of her car 3 SECONDS AFTER SHE HIT ME, she slammed on the breaks and i struck a landing on my feet in the middle of the intersection. i ran back to my comp, who was also awe stricken, and we continued on our way to lunch while this old women drove her blue chevy off into the distance. it was a SHOW.
but anyway, we had some sick baptisms this past week! saskias baptism was really cool! the d part was that only about 6 people showed up for the baptism, 4 of which were us and the other sisters who had been teaching her...but she was in love! i had the AMAZING opportunity to baptize her and it was such a spiritual experience! she started crying right after the baptism as she was getting out of the water!!! she was literally so prepared to get baptized its insane. the cool thing is, is that she wants to serve a mission too, so we have been taking her to the citas with our hatian friends that dot speak a lot of spanish as a translater!!! its been so awesome! saskia for mvp!!
ivan also got baptized this past week! our ward had a little difficulty trying to get the baptism too, just because there were so many other activities going on at the same time, so there werent that many people over there when ivan got baptized, but my comp got to baptize ad i got to confirm him! it was so awesome! you know, i a, literally going to miss this so much....i go home in about two months here soon, and i can honestly say that i love this mission so much making so many connections with people and being able to help others in their path to finding god and happiness. its going to be a fun next two months to say the least!
gotta scram! love all of you so so so so much!
Elder Karson Wattles
Chile Santiago South Mission
apartado postal No. 544
San Bernardo, Chile