Sunday, June 19, 2016

HAPPY FATHERS DAY พ่อ and HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASHTON---Dead areas? เป็นไปไม่ได้เลย!!!!

Two awesome things happening today in Hawaii.
1-Fathers day for my พ่อ! Cause he's awesome and loves the ocean and is a way strong example of hard work and dedication in my life.

2-ASHTON'S BIRTHDAY yes, my younger brother is now....13? Yeah that sounds about right. He's old. I'm old. Everyone is old. WOOOOO. Stay stoked Ashton (aka Da best ellis).

The phrase "dead area" refers to an area or a place that missionaries serve that hasn't seen much success or much change in the branch/ward/unit that they have been working with. It's really rather sad when people will say "Oh yeah, that area, it's dead, you can't and won't get any work done."

Many people familiar with missionary work will have probably heard this already saying: "There's no such thing as dead areas, only dead missionaries."

So true. So. So. So much truth ringing in this sentence. There's no such thing as a dead area in the vineyard of the Lord. Only people who aren't willing to give more. Sacrifice, but really it isn't a sacrifice at all. It's a submission of doing more. I feel like I come back to this same though every single week. Probably not every week. But quite a majority of the time.

For every thing that you do, there is a price. Let us think of this price not in a negative sense (as in a loss) but rather as just a switch-off, a choice between two (or more) paths. There is always a "price" sometimes the price is our time or our talents. Things that God has actually given us. The much larger and bigger and way more valuable "price" would definitely be our will. Our heart. Our desires. Things that God actually can't take away. Every single person has moral agency, the ability to make choices in every circumstance. We can choose to follow our heart and our desires or we can try to follow the desires of something higher and stronger.  But it's up to us. What we do, what we say. Even down to what we think. There's a price for every action.

For I remember the word of God which saith by their works ye shall know them; for if their works be good, then they are good also. 6 For behold, God hath said a man being evil cannot do that which is good; for if he offereth a gift, or prayeth unto God, except he shall do it with real intent it profiteth him nothing.
So let us all work with real intent. Put forth a strong desire. Do more! NO MORE DEAD MISSIONARIES. Dead missionaries are the only reason that people will talk about "dead area." Change the desire, change the intent, make something out of this time that you have. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing. Be there with full intent and purpose. No need to waste your own time.
also got my camera to work and send the pics so cheeeeeeeee Pono!
The kids at the church had an activity where they wrote letters to the missionaries. Is there like a new movie or another rendition of Alice in wonderland that came out? I have no idea why, but ever place that I serve the kids love to call me Alice.
I love how we get to ride a ferry in this area. Night vibes.

Elder แลลิส
Forward Ever. Stopping Never.

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