This week has been a little frustrating. Truthfully, much of the past month and a half has been frustrating, too, because it's annoying when no one wants to listen to you. People don't want to commit themselves to God, even though they like it that we visit them and we share the spiritual messages we always share... it's difficult. Day after day, week after week without visible results can kinda bug you sometimes. So I'm a little frustrated with that, and very tired.
Today, I'm gonna tell you guys about one of the strangest investigators I have ever had: Edgar Moises Gomez Cordon. He is a 31-year old guy who always walks around with a crutch that he never uses, a radio he rarely uses, and a bottle of spray paint. The first time i taught him was in November. He had been coming to Santo Tomas for about 3 months and the sister missionaries there were too scared of him to want to teach a lesson, so we invited him one day to go to the chapel of Puerto Barrios so we could teach him after the Sunday reunions. As Elder Reyes and I went to teach him for the first time, we very quickly realized that he could not sing on pitch or with a rhythm, and that whenever we would ask him to read a scripture, he would almost shout what he was reading, substituting random parts of the scripture with his full name. We weren't quite sure what to do with this guy, so after some discussion with President Crapo, we decided that it would be best if we left the teaching to the branch president of Santo Tomas would teach him.
A couple months later, while I'm walking down the road with my companion to the next appointment, the branch president of Santo Tomas, President Maying, pulls up in his truck. "Elder Reed! You're just the man I wanted to talk to!"
He got out of his truck and said:
"Ok, Elder. There's a man who assists Santo Tomas who comes to my office evey day. He asks me what he has to do to be baptized, and I can't deny baptism to anyone, but the guy's... weird.."
So I asked him, "Is his name Edgar Gomez?"
So, to help President Maying out, we're teaching him again. It's always a very bizarre experience to go teach Edgar Gomez but it's fun.
I've been thinking lately this week about our identity as children of God. The Holy Spirit gives testimony to us that this is true. If we really consider that we are the spiritual offspring of a Heavenly Father who loves us, why would it be weird or strange to consider that we have God-given talents that can help us prepare for the day when Christ comes? There is an innate power within each one of us that comes from God. the greatest talent of all is called spirituality, and it is defined as the capacity to discern between right and wrong and follow the right. As we exercise this talent and develop it, we gain a stronger and a clearer vision of who we are and what God wants us to become. Our personality grows, we become kinder, more thoughtful, and more willing to serve. We make people feel good about themselves and help them to realize the vision that we have obtained and then comes the perfect day, when Christ comes. when we see Him, we will be like Him, because we will have worked and we will be pure, even as he is pure.
Let the vision be born in you. And when it is born within you, don't let it slip away.
Elder Jeffrey Reed