"You will be an official representative of the Church. . . . Your purpose will be to invite others to come unto Christ . . . Greater blessings and more happiness than you have yet experienced await you as you humbly and prayerfully serve the Lord in this labor of love among His children. We place our confidence in you." Thomas S. Monson

Monday, May 5, 2014

How close to the line?

Eating Djekoumé at Folly's
Hello all.  This past week has been full of trials as well as blessings.  I think it will be enough to say that it has been a roller coaster-type week.  After coming down with the flu on Wednesday and having it affect me throughout the rest of the week in varying degrees, and then with Zone Conference on Friday and General Conference on Sunday, I was left physically and emotionally exhausted yesterday (Sunday) night.

Zone Conference was amazing.  It was my favorite one so far.  My favorite lesson was Sister Weed's.  She started by explaining that the Ebola fever has NOT been reported in Togo or Benin.  In fact, it has only been found in Gabon and I believe Liberia (not terribly sure that the countries are right), which are very far from us.  She said that the missionaries in the countries affected are staying, so we have nothing to fear.  In the past 20 years, there have been 2,000 reported cases of which 1,500 were fatal.  It's hard to get, but it kills.

After that happy note, she explained the story of three truck drivers all seeking employment.  The question posed to the three drivers was how they would cross the ridge of a mountain on a very dangerous road, one side of which dropped directly off to a 200-foot cliff.  The first said that he could get 6 inches from the edge no sweat.  The second said that he could do 3, no hesitation.  The third said that he could stay as far away from the edge as was humanly possible.  She then asked, "Who do you think got the job?"

The reaction of half the missionaries kind of made me chuckle.  All of the Americans have heard the story before and so we all just kept quiet to let others participate.  However, there were many nationalities that had never before heard this story and were left a bit dumbfounded.  When the answer was finally shared, she drew a line down the whiteboard and wrote "good" on one side and "evil" on the other.  She then drew two "X"s, one just on the good side of the line and the other on the edge of the whiteboard, on the good side.  She asked which person would be more likely to endure to the end.  This time, everyone in the room understood clearly and gave the clear answer.

She then turned the lesson into almost and "up-in-your-face, fire-in-your-eyes, football-coach caliber" lesson along the lines of Elder Holland's Priesthood Session talk in the October 2011 General Conference.  However, it wasn't exactly the same caliber because she doesn't quite have the same voice as Elder Holland, but it was still piercing.  She explained that it is not good enough to see how close we can get to the line between good and evil, because then we start to slowly cross the line until we fall into things that we can't get out of by ourselves.

We need to to stay as far away from the line as possible.  It is then that we become true disciples of Christ.  It is there that we become converted to the gospel.  It is in the Lord's camp that we find protection against the evils in the world instead of help to get out of things that we shouldn't have gotten into.

It was a great lesson on obedience for all of us.
President and Sister Weed said that we will be having one last round of Interviews and Zone Conferences in June before they return home on July 1st!  That seems so weird!

Anyways, that about sums up my week.  My birthday was nothing special, but I thank you all for my birthday wishes.  I look forward to eating the delicious cake that my mom sent me to make tonight at family home evening. 
Smoothing the batter
Most important step of the whole process.
Out of the baking dish.

Starting the icing.
After icing.

Final product
Elder Bile's birthday present that he gave me
I love you all.  Have a great week, and don't just let the time pass by.

Avec amour,
Elder Jenkins

Elder Kongolo pulled this out this week.  I laughed.  I was tempted to ask him if he's ever worked at Best Buy, but he has not idea what it is!!!

 I thought these looked so cool.  The picture doesn't capture them really.

I was really tempted to buy these.

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