Thursday, January 5, 2012

Water Your Grass

This week was very busy but I'm at a loss for how to describe it. We continued rolling out our efforts to work more closely with the ward leadership in both our YSA stake and our family stake. We began to see some fruits from our labors as we found three new people to teach solely off of that member work. It's also been enjoyable to meet the different people in each of the wards who offer so much to the work.

The most impactful part of my week came while meeting with a Bishop. He is planning a move to California soon and we asked, "How do you feel about leaving Utah?" He has traveled a lot and he gave us this response. "It will be great. Everywhere I've lived has been great. Many people think the grass is greener on the other side...and that's only because they water their neighbor's grass. If you water the grass where you're standing things will be greener for you."

How true is that? I thought about his point and talked about it with my companion. "Watering" our grass is when we are grateful for the things we have, when we keep an optimistic point of view and look forward with faith. We "water" the other side of the grass when we compare ourselves or tell ourselves we will be happy once we have something that somebody else has. That brief idea to water your grass has stuck with me since that meeting.

All is well in Utah. We're slowly eating through the candy stash that we accumulated through the holidays. I only gained 5 pounds through December so I can't complain. We also had a baptism this past Saturday and are planning on another this Saturday. Our zone is doing well and the Elders and Sisters are doing great work. The grass is green in the Sandy Zone of the SLCS mission!

Elder Bolling

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