Dear Family and Friends,
We have enjoyed a busy but rewarding week wrapping up zone conference in Guyana and preparing to present this week and next week in Trinidad. We had 2 zones attend yesterday and the other two will attend next Wednesday at the mission home. Our discussion has been centered around the Christlike qualities of charity and kindness.
We have an interesting dilemma that sadly occurs too often in this part of the vineyard. Many devout members still operate under the old law "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth!" When there is a concern, diplomacy never prevails. Church becomes a bed of contention....complete with finger pointing, raised voices and offenses that occurred over 10 years ago. As our missionaries try to extinguish the hostile feelings it has become apparent that they need some tools in the arsenal to battle effectively and calm the storm.
We had role plays, dissected a mission case study and viewed Elder Uchtdorf's profound talk on Bullying. The answer is simple....STOP IT!
It was effective and moving to watch the missionaries realize that it happens in our branches from time and sadly within some missionary companionships.
Dad spoke with the missionaries about the importance a bit plays in the mouth of a horse. Of course Dad was able to find one at a local racetrack from a tack shop owner. He related the importance of our ability to control our mouth when we are "Chomping at the bit!!! " Do you allow prejudiced remarks or gossip to taint your opinion of an area, the members or more importantly a future companion? James Chapter 3
It was a good discussion that was enhanced by the spirit and hopefully the message was well-received and will be implemented. I guess learning to control our tongue is probably the most important thing that we can do in this life. We are working on it and challenge all of you to do the same!
Thank you for your prayers and love,
Trini and Dad