Things are about the same up here in Varese, it still rains a lot, the people are still super Italian, and we still eat pasta every day. The work has been pretty decent and sustainable too and we were able to get a new simp this week from a French speaking African who was humble enough to meet us for a lesson out in the rain in the morning. For anyone who has done missionary work, that shows something.
Also, we did a scambio in Busto Arsizio and I was able to go help Anziano Gomez do some finding out there in which we found a family!! An incrediblyyyyyy believing family! The lady we talked to really had a good understanding of the need of trials in life and it was refreshing because she was able to look at the mercies of God as they really are. Lots of people can’t see them because they are too blind and caught up in the focus on themselves and why they have to go through something.
Cultural Bit: Switzerland is expensive.
Spiritual Bit: I was reading in President Ezra T. Benson’s teachings this week and I must say, the man knew a lot about the true nature of pride. It was interesting because he said that while pride contains self-centeredness, arrogance, and other such things, the main core of pride is actually enmity towards God and fellow man. This enmity is not always hatred, but even just a state of opposition towards them. “It is the attitude of my will, not thine be done.” People who are prideful, He applies, wish God would agree with them and often show disobedience, being the prideful struggle against authority. You ever wonder why they call pride the root of all sin? Sin is rebellion against God, and pride is a natural proclivity to this very act. Pride, is a very misunderstood thing, He states.
Something he said also struck me, that pride is often seen as looking down on someone while at the top, but it is “more commonly” exhibited in looking from the bottom-up in ways such as gossiping, faultfinding, envying, withholding gratitude and praise, etc.
This is easy to avoid though when we remember something. Everyone out there is our family. Maybe they are a bit lost or confused, but they are our family. God, on the other hand is our Father, and just wants each of us to have as much joy as is possible for us to have. Everything He tells us to do is what He, the omniscient being, knows will make us the happiest. So, why would we rebel. I declare with such joy, from this sketchy internet point, that we have such reason to be humble and follow God because if we do we will be happy!!!! I know! I love it! And I want you all to as well! He has your best interests in mind, and He knows the best avenues of option. Just honor what He asks, don’t get caught up in the deceit and destructive nature of pride, because there is happiness awaiting us, and so much more.