Elder Reynolds Nametag

Elder Reynolds Nametag

Monday, September 21, 2015

Mind and Heart

Some say they have a shoulder angel
Rivaled by a little devil.
Some say a boy who has no strings
Has a cricket that can sing.
And others yet claim they have ghosts
And all sort of hellish hosts.

Now here I am with none of these,
But I'm not worried in the least;
I have my own bickering guides
Whose endless fight remains inside.
One is that constant, rhythmic Heart, 
And then, the Brain, the counterpart.

The Tell-Tale Heart, the story goes,
That beats with its poetic prose,
Will often drive my mind insane
For feelings cannot be explained.
And when the Brain demands reason,
The Heart simply cannot appease him.

My Heart's description of emotion
Can stir up a great commotion
When my Brain has much to say,
My Heart always wants his own way.
So here I am stuck in between,
And this whole thing is just obscene.

My thoughts and feelings often fight
When I'm not sure what choice is right.
But now and then the Spirit guides
And Brain and Heart become one mind.
So how is it these enemies
At last decide they can agree?

"I'll tell you in your mind and heart;
The Holy Ghost will not depart.
And with this Spirit, you can be
As Moses parting the Red Sea."
So in conclusion, my dear friends,
Follow the Spirit whom God sends.

Surprise! I'm emailing you on a Tuesday! Monday this week was Labor Day, which means our P-Day was moved to Tuesday. Not only that, but we were able to attend the temple today! It's been such an amazing day, and we have some great appointments later in the day that we're looking forward to.

Also, here's a fun little update: Deana and Emma Slack were baptized back in Salmon Arm last week! I've not written much about them, but they are a wonderful mother-daughter family that we were so blessed to teach.

Our teaching has recently dropped substantially, so we've been spending a lot more time out and about in the community. We've seen some really cool miracles as we've been talking to people. Just last night, we had an amazing, hour-long conversation with a young man named Kyle at the bus stop. He's the first white guy I've met on my mission that had never heard the word "Mormon" before. We're going to see him again this weekend.

Kushal has been doing very well! Those his understanding of Christianity is still limited, he's recently been talking a lot about how his friends need to "put the alcohol away and get Jesus." He's also now one of the happiest people I know, and he always has Christian music playing in his house, and he reads the Book of Mormon every day.

It is worth noting that next Sunday, we will be receiving our transfer calls. Personally, I doubt that Elder Kelly or I will be transferred, but I'll keep you on the update of anything that happens.

It's starting to get cold and rainy, and it's likely going to stay that way for the next 6 months. Welcome to BC winters.

Until Monday,
Elder Reynolds

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