Just to start off this e-mail, I want to share a success
story about smiling. This week I have been playing a mind game with
people, I am "Over-Doing" smiling, the objective of the game is to get
everyone I talk to to smile... on the streets, members or investigators,
just everyone. So, I've been doing this by really showing people how
happy I actually am, it's like I have a smile glued to my face, not a
"fake smile" but a real one, most people smiled back sub-consciously, a
lot of people even laughed happily. Just visualize it... it's 6pm,
you're coming home from a long day of work, you are tired, you really
don't want to talk to anyone, your only thoughts are "what am I having
to eat later?" you are slightly annoyed at your colleagues at work for
some silly reason and then you are approached by a man who looks
Filipino, has an American accent and won't stop smiling.
thoughts would be: "wow he is freakishly happy! Stop smiling, why are
you smiling? Did he just say "Jesus Christ" I'm hungry, wow, he is still
smiling. Should I just try and brush him off? Wow, he is still smiling,
I wonder what makes him so happy? There is just something so different
about his smile... am I inside an alternate reality? Stop smiling"
There is a reason why I smile, I just know how much difference this gospel has made to who I really am. So the success story:
Lamb and I were just talking to a few people, it was a Tuesday morning
and we were off to Southport to have an exchange with our District
Leader, we were just talking to the people who were near the train
station. We had a few minutes to spare so we started talking to
everybody. In the corner of my eye I saw a woman. So I ran after her and
Elder Lamb followed. I called after her with a smile, she turned around
and was smiling back, rarely people smile back straight away and so my
smile grew even bigger! As we talked I couldn't stop smiling, I love the
principle "happiness invites more happiness" it is so true, I started
sharing the gospel with her and she interrupted me "I love your smile"
she said. I said "thank you" and started to continue with our
conversation, she said "you have got a great smile", I just brushed off
the comment again with a "thanks" we established that she had a belief
in God and that we could help her strengthen it. She told me she "fell
in love with my smile" and so I told her why I smile. We continued to
have a great conversation, then out of the blue two drunk men came and
started causing trouble, they started just saying negative things toward
us, then by surprise this woman who we met on the street just started
defending us, telling them to go away because we were helping her. The
drunken men left us because of her and we set up an appointment with
her. The miracle of smiling!
Of course, as tradition has started we have a picture of me as we
are e-mailing, my companion Elder Lamb is with me. Here's a random fact:
Look at my teeth, people normally have the bunny teeth in the middle,
then some more teeth, and then canines. I only have the middle teeth and
then Canines... so it really is a mind trick, there is something
different about my smile! Have you ever seen a vampire smile, well...
I'm pretty close to it.
This week we have been really able to work as well... running after
people has just proven it's worth, sometimes Heavenly Father requires us
to go further than we thought imaginable, you would think "I can't stop
that person he is too far and he is on a bike, that is way top far for
me", I ran after a person on a bike yesterday... it was fun, it was
rewarding and the most important thing, we set up an appointment to see
him later, sometimes if we look through the eyes of a natural man (we
all do it) we only see the "Somethings are possible", when we look
through the eyes of someone we can become we see that "EVERYTHING is
possible" nothing is impossible. Impossible is nothing.
Well. It has been another great week! What a great time it is to be a missionary!
"one by one"
3 Nephi 11:15