Hello everyone!! Hope you all have had an awesome week and have a great Memorial Day!! This past week was a pretty difficult one. My companion hurt his foot and is having trouble walking. That made it a little tough to get in the groove this week, which made it tough to get investigators to church! But, after a trial of faith there is always a big miracle in store as we strive to keep pushing through with faith and diligence :).
Something that really impacted me this week was our lesson in Elder's Quorum yesterday about joy! And the main part of the lesson that stuck out to me, which was something that I really loved and am going to apply better in my life, is this quote "Joy does not have anything to do with our present circumstances, but with our focus on life." I loved that and it hit me pretty hard!
We all know that it is easy to have joy when everything is going well, when we feel good, when we have a great day, or when we win a basketball game, or when we feel that everything is going our way! But the opposite of this, when we feel alone, or burdened, or let down, or discouraged, or that everything is going wrong...in these situations, where do we find our joy?
It is very easy to be discouraged in life, as a missionary it is also easy to be discouraged when you get rejected 100 times in one day, when you work hard all week and nobody comes to church, or when you just feel down on yourself...so in these situations how can you possibly find joy in life? Im sure we have all had times in our life like these where we find ourselves asking "how can I find joy in this moment in my life?" For example, it would probably be very hard to find joy in life when you lose a close family member, or when you fail at something that you have put a lot of time into, so how can you find joy in even these situations?
If we looked to the things of the world to have real joy, the chances are that we will never have it! However, if the focus of our life is on the Savior, we can truly find joy in every circumstance!