Thursday, November 13, 2014

Have I done any good in the world today?

We eat lunch in front of run down hotels... Living the life. :)

Hey y'all! Another great week as a missionary in Myrtle Beach! I really like it here. There is so much to do and so many people to talk to. I like my companion, Sister Peatross, lots! We get along pretty well. I have been blessed with all my companions- in getting along with them all. I think I have learned that you can get along with anyone if you choose to. Of course there are people with whom we may clash, but we can always choose to be civil and kind to all.

This week I have been thinking a lot about simple acts of service. They can go a long way and can get you pretty far. 

There is a great story in the Book of Mormon all about simple acts of service. It's in Alma 17- AKA Ammon chapters. Ammon is a missionary and goes to a city of wicked Lamanites. They tie him up and cast him into prison. The king, Lamoni, talks to him and decides he really likes Ammon. In fact, he likes him so much that he offers his daughter for Ammon to marry. Ammon says, "No, I'll just be your servant." So, that's what he does! One day when he and a bunch of other servants are taking the sheep to get water a band of wicked people try to scatter the sheep and steal them. But guess what Ammon does? He chops off all their arms! The rest of the servants take the arms to show the king and the king asks where Ammon is. He is getting the horses ready for the king to travel to a nearby city, just like he had been asked. Fast forward and King Lamoni is converted and also all of his people,  all because Ammon served him. 

Serving others really does soften their hearts! This week we met a lady who had met with missionaries before and wanted nothing to do with us. We asked if we could do anything for her. She said no. We said a prayer and then asked again. This time she said yes! We just folded some of her clothes and put them away. She has really bad arthritis and hasn't been able to do it. By the time we left she was a lot more open to us. She said we could come back if we were in the area. I don't think she is interested right now, but maybe one day...

There are many people who help us. They probably don't even realize how much we appreciate it! We thank them and thank them, but the simple things they do to help us really do make a difference. They make us dinner, give us rides, and are kind. Sometimes just knowing that somebody has got your back is enough.

At the beach for lunch one day! 
I hope y'all have a great week! Serve some people this week. It's the greatest thing to do! 

Love ya :)

Love, Sister Broadbent

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