We've had several really humbling experiences this week. One is our friend, and group leader, Brother Jeff. Brother Jeff is the man. He is the man who needs the blessings that everyone else takes for granted. He can't even comprehend the fact that some teenager would complain about not having his gas tank filled, or not getting a really cool cell phone or something. This guy wants nothing more than to just feed his family. We were talking about Mathew 6, and Jesus' words about seeking the kingdom of God first, overall. He said that used to be the hardest thing.He said that the only thing he really finished in his mission was the 2 year part. He said rules became nothing, studies nothing, etc. and he went inactive. He talked about he hates the fact that he's always been a started and not a finisher. He said these past couple years he has been doing all that he can to be a finisher. He said since then life has been harder than ever. He sees members not paying tithing, gambling, drinking, etc and they always have something to feed the kids. It gets him mad thinking about it. Then he paused for a several long seconds and said "you know what I did last night?... I sold the vegetables I grew here...You know how much I made...?...20 pesos..." Then he kind of laughed, choked with a tear, and rested his head on the back of his chair, and took a deep breath. Then I shared with him what I shared for my DL message, about how the mission and life itself is our refiners fire. How we are all pieces of coal right now, but with hard work, and endurance we will eventually be the diamonds that God wants us to be in his Celestial kingdom. I basically shared everything Dad taught me in that email he sent. (thanks dad). He liked that, and offered us some vegetables before we left. He said they were free, but there was no way in heck I was going to take his free vegetables. He wouldn't take my money(100p, way way more than what those veggies cost), but I persisted. I am close enough with him, for him to not to have gotten mad at that. He really appreciated it.
Oh I forgot to say that he was telling us how we landed a job interview with Yakult, driving a truck and restocking Yakult at stores. He wasn't able to get the interview in Naga though because he had no fare. He has it now, because of the veggies. I hope he gets the job. He would make 150-175p a day from that.... This guy is the man. He is the man of all men. He is humble, and deserving of everything we take for granted. Slap me if I ever complain of being without or ungrateful.
Not sure what else to write. Work is good.