This week was honestly not that exciting at all haha. There wasn't much that went on I guess. Elder Bowen and I just worked hard and we just didn't have a huge experience this week. Mostly just good little experiences. Last P day Elder Bowen and I did go to the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier though! It was way cool. The planes and jets there were legit.
This week we mostly have been working with Mary and a couple of Less Active members. Mary has been doing great. We had a lesson with her at Sister Beck's this week and she seemed extremely normal and happy. She just had a general happiness about her and it was great to notice the change she had and see her as herself! We watched The Prophet of the Restoration with her and it's always great to watch that.
We've also been working with Pete Godshalk a lot this week. He got baptized a few years ago and he never really came to church much or did anything different after he was baptized. He's a real sweet guy and we like going over there to talk with him. We were seeing just about every other day until we tried to commit him to quit his drinking problem... He has a hard time committing and he is a really anxious and self conscious person so it's hard for him to make quick and sudden changes. He'll come around though.
Also on Saturday I got sick and stayed in for the day. I just have had a bad cough and so I took a day off to get better. I think that this week has been a little hard though. I think that I got a little homesick. I just have had a lot of thoughts about home and about life before I came out on my mission. It was hard to focus when I was thinking about it this week and I've talked about it with all of the missionaries in our apartment and I think just talking about it has helped it a lot. I think I've re focused pretty well these past couple of days.
Other than that everything is going great here! I'm still having a great time every day and Elder Bowen and I have been trying our best to work closer with each other, work harder, make decisions together, and focus more and I think that will help a lot. Because both of us are bad at saying what's on our mind, we don't do everything in agreement with each other and we talked about it and we're going to do better this week.
Things are good and we're going bowling again today too! Everything is great.
Hope you all had a great week this week!
Elder Sean Bills
Kent asked Sean to tell us about his happiness today compared to a couple of years ago and this was his response:
Happiness 2 years ago: I probably would have said that I don't really know what happiness is. I probably would have said that happiness comes from getting far in life by making a lot of friends, having fun with them, and doing something that I like to do every day as a career or job. I would have said that happiness was doing whatever I wanted to do because I liked to do it and it was easy.
Happiness as a missionary: Happiness comes from a lot of different things but there are two things that bring me true happiness. The first kind of happiness that I have felt in my life is gaining a knowledge of the gospel and then really finding out if the message of it is real or not. When I found out that Christ was real and that God wants me to be happy, I felt amazingly happy and comforted in the fact that I now know what is really in store for me later in life, and also right now. The second kind of happiness that I've felt that I think is significantly more wonderful than the first, is showing someone who isn't happy how I've become happy and seeing it make them happy. Sharing what makes me have eternal joy and seeing someone else gain that same joy through what I show them is the absolute greatest happiness that I think I will ever feel in my entire life. It's the best thing to know that you can share something with others and that it can have the exact same effect as it had on yourself as it does to them.
That's happiness I think