Hey!This week was so awesome. It was so humbling. There were a lot of difficult experiences, but they are teaching me so much.
The highlight of my week this week was definitely our lesson with Adrian. Adrian is a really tough investigator. He has investigated the church for 9 years and he just doesn't have much if any of a desire to learn and apply what we are trying to teach him. During our lessons, he seems uninterested, and he never keeps the commitments we leave with him because he doesn't feel they are important. After one lesson we had with him, I was super frustrated. I thought we had taught according to his needs and with the spirit. But he did not show any signs of interest or progression. I'll be honest, at the end of the lesson, I was just super frustrated. I felt like there was nothing more we could do to help him, and I thought "he probably just isn't prepared or not ready to receive this gospel." After the lesson my companions and I were talking about how it went, and I wasn't really focused because I was just frustrated. As I was sitting there, feeling almost bitter, I looked up, and on the wall there was a picture of Christ. So I just stared at it. After a minute or so, the words came to my mind "please do not give up on my friend." This was the most humbling moment of my time in the MTC. Christ NEVER gives up on me, he is always there reaching out, doing everything he can to help me. Even though He has so many reasons to give up on me, or stop trying he never does. And He loves every single person we teach SO much. Beyond my own comprehension. So even when it is hard, I can't give up. Because these precious souls are not mine to judge. So after that point, I really have felt so much more love for Adrian. Even when he doesn't understand things, I just try to find another way to help him. Just because this is the work of God doesn't mean it is going to happen instantaneously or easily. I was so grateful for the spirit teaching me this and humbling me.
Well I am about out of time. But I love you all so much! We had to change rooms so we spent a lot of P day moving, so I won't be able to write everyone back this week. But i will do my best to! Thank you so much for all of your prayers and letters! I love you!
Elder Heath Tenney