Friday, September 9, 2016

The only way to PURLEY love someone is to serve them with all our being

Hey everybody! This week has been another week full of the same stuff. Classes all day, personal studies, Tough companion, and long tired days. BUT, that doesn’t mean some pretty cool stuff happened this week!

The classes surprisingly are getting more bearable, and I'm able to stay awake for most of them. I've gotten a lot closer to all of the guys in my district, and It's really nice being friends with all of them! Everyone is getting along and there’s literally like no problems between the guys at all.

Okay so there's really not much to write about this week, but there is one thing I want to focus on. One of my teachers pulled me aside because they all know my companion is going to therapy, and is just a tough guy to deal with all together. So this teacher (Brother Blackham) Is a super awesome guy and I really like him. He sat me down and we talked for like a full hour about just everything that we wanted to talk about: Family, friends that I miss, MTC life, and especially my companion.

He told me that on his mission in the Philippines, he got called to serve as a companion to this one elder who was just notorious for being difficult and lazy. Brother Blackham said that this guy literally hated him for absolutely no reason at all: He swore at him and hit him all the time. But Blackham said that he made it his goal to not only get along with this guy, but to actually find it in himself to love him. Blackham said he started by being as nice as possible to him: Making his bed, making him breakfast, giving him compliments. He even made a list of 100 reasons why his companion was a good guy. He said at the end of the 3 months of serving with this companion, the guy STILL HATED HIS GUTS. But Blackham said that even though his companion still hated him, Blackham loved this guy.

Brother Blackham said the only way to Purely love someone is to serve them with all their being, and expecting absolutely nothing in return: Not a smile, not a thank you, not even an acknowledgement of your service. He said that by doing all of these things he loved his companion. So, I've decided to do the same. I'm going to try (No matter how hard it is) to serve my companion as much as I can, and expect nothing in return. I don’t know how well it’s going to work, but I’m hoping that it will help me get along with him!

Anyways, that's pretty much all I’ve got for this week! I love you all and pray for you all constantly!

Elder Austin Russell Cook

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