Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas Season..... 12-26-16

This last week was amazing! Lots to talk about so it will be more of a list... First off

We had one of our dear Grandmas here fall and end up in the hospital for therapy on her leg so we were able to go there a number of times. She was in a room with other grandmas and it was amazing to be there and talk about the gospel and when we prayed the room went completely silent as we blessed the hospital and all that were in it. 

For some reason we have given a large number of blessings lately. We averaged a blessing a day last week. We got the idea to call a member and she said that she really needed a blessing. The word got out through that "secret association of grandmas" that talk on the phone in the branch that we can give blessings for anyone that is sick and we had a lot of blessings, haha. 

Elder Reese carried a cat in a pink backpack as we went with a member that was in despair over her cat being sick to the vet. It was a different experience, but a good one. She was very thankful. 

As missionaries we always ask, "How can we help you?" Someone decided to hold us up on that and asked if we could fix the hinges on her closet. We said, "of course." Well... you know. We tried. When she checked to see if it worked the door ripped off the hinges and she told us that she knows we will not be engineers when we go back home, and then offered us food before we started to try again. 

Heard an amazing conversion story of a family who had their daughter go to America for the last two years of High school. She was then converted, decided to go to college, and then eventually got married to a returned missionary. Her being only 15 at the time, she had to ask permission from her parents to get baptized, which then introduced her parents to the church. The mom joined within a year and the husband within 17 years.... it made me feel a little better and compare 3 or 6 months to several years and know that we are doing what we can and it will all work out in the end. 

Christmas Eve we were able to go to the temple. We went with Artur, the mini missionary that is usually with us, to pick up his call for his mission! He opened it up with us and others... He got called to Melbourne, Australia!
Great to see him now on a path to a mission and how the mission blesses us and our families. We then had a session in the temple which was amazing, then we were invited back to a members for dinner. We had a huge desire to contact and when we finally were able to get ourselves out of their house (near impossible while not being rude) we found some great people instantly, bought a little Christmas tree for 90 cents and headed on home. If only I could contact, interact with people like it was Christmas Eve, after just being in the temple, and having a feast everyday. That is the goal. 

Christmas! Woke up and opened some presents from my family and also the family of Elder Reese. Notice our nice little tree :)

We then immediately started peeling potatoes for the dinner that night. We were to bring them for the dinner later that night. There was a baptism of two little girls who just turned 8 in the ward right after Church. We wrote our testimonies and had the Bishop and others add theirs, and gave the little girls copies of the Book of Mormon. I sound like a Sister, but they were so cute all dressed up in their white dresses and it was great to see. My favorite part of baptism is actually not the baptism itself, but the giving of the Holy Ghost. When they received the Gift of the Holy Ghost, it felt like there was no roof over my head and heaven was looking down on us. It was a great feeling and this weekend has not lacked those type of feelings. 

One of my favorite things to do is bless the Sacrament for the grandmas and spend time with them on Sunday. But, I remember at home that was a great responsibility and I really wanted to get the Young Men involved here in doing in so they could do it on their own. For 3 months or so we have taken different young men with us and this last Sunday two of them went and did it on their own. It was great to see and I know it will bless their lives. 

I have tried really hard to "Find the lost sheep" in the ward and one of them involved a 20 year old named Daniel. His mom died this last year and he hadn't been to the ward for about 2 years. We have called and called him and nothing has worked. We called and invited him to the baptism and he came! The ward absolutely smothered him with attention, hugs, tears, and love. I was truly seeing the "prodigal son" unfold before my eyes. It was amazing how they reacted to him and helped him out. He was able to see my family while we skyped and we set up a lunch with him this next week. I would say that was a miracle. The ward kept saying, "Good job, Elders!" to us, but we honestly didn't do a thing. The Lord prepares the hearts of those that are willing to change, and I believe that Daniel had hit a point where he was ready to change. He even discussed a mission with us. Crazy stuff. 

Skype was also great. I was able to talk with my future sister-in-law, Cassie. It was great to see and meet her. Travis is a lucky guy. The family is great and it was nothing but pure happiness to be able to talk to them. A great boost. 

To end Christmas, we went to the house of our Ward Mission leader. He and his wife are my best friends and work in the temple. There was great food, and I was happy to spend my last Christmas here in Ukraine with them. 

Today, we were able to go to the house of an investigator and grill some chicken, make burritos, and even did s'mores. Great day. 
I hope everyone had a great Christmas and has a happy New Year! Be safe and look out for others! 

Elder Devashrayee

Yes I did look out the window for Santa and Rudolph on Christmas Eve with my buddy John...

Monday, December 19, 2016

Remember Everyone..... 12-19-16

Last week was great. 

We had a lot of people come from out of the wood works that are interested in the Gospel and knowing more so that is always great. It is amazing what this time of year will do.

We had a wonderful Christmas concert near the Temple and it was great to see everyone and be there. Remembering our Savior and being with people you love is always a good place to be. I truly love this temple, the people here and the spirit I have felt while being here. This place will always hold a special place in my heart!

We were able to stop by a lady in the ward that got lost due to missionaries not being in the area nearly a year ago. She thought that the ward completely forgot about her and was so grateful when we stopped by. Moments that like (Followed by her feeding us soup and cookies and tea ) make the days go bye so fast.  Try to remember everyone, let them know you miss them.

My companion was mistaken for a girl by a very old grandma on a bench this week (picture below) and I just went along with it and said that he was my girlfriend haha good times. He even took off his hat to show her he was a "boy", but she still wouldn't believe him. Below is Elder Reese, in the hat, and our Mini Missionary Arture.

My Companion also had his first Sharma this past week. What a proud moment for me to share such a special tradition with my "kid". It's amazing to think of all of the "kids" I have shared this tradition with, cool feeling!

This last week was one of the busiest and tiring week I have had in a very long time and it felt good, but don't have much to report about other than the work keeps moving forward. The days all blend together and I often forget all that has happened. Just know that we worked hard this week.

I hope you all have a great next week and have an amazing Christmas!! 

Shout out to Travis for getting engaged this weekend too! Crazy stuff!

Love Elder Devashrayee

Monday, December 12, 2016

"Willing"..... 12-12-16

This week a member of the Area Presidency stopped by the mission. He is the 2nd counselor and his name is Elder Katcher. I read an email from a missionary that had an Apostle come to their mission and it completely changed this missionary's outlook on life and the mission. I took that and thought that there is absolutely no reason we can't go into any meeting, reading of the Book of Mormon, church activity, or even a service opportunity without that mentality. I prepared mentally for the Conference, prayed for guidance in what I need to grow and do better in/with, and I received those very answers in the meeting. I have never had a bigger desire to become a better person/missionary and I want to keep this momentum to the end. There is always something more we can do. It completely takes out the "I" and allows us to be instruments in God's hands. 

Treat this next Sunday as if the Prophet were coming and talking at Sacrament Conference. Even if the Prophet came to talk and we weren't receptive to the Holy Ghost, we wouldn't walk away with any spiritual uplift. One of the biggest gifts we have is the Holy Ghost, and it can be with us on any lesson or at any time. Whether that be a sacrament meeting, Priest Quorum, Primary, or even Young Womens/Mens. "All the Lord requires is an open heart and willing mind." I think this last week, something clicked inside of me to a higher level of "willing". When we give those little things to the Lord, he compensates and gives back 100x. 

Had the opportunity this week to have a delicious meal prepared by this amazing women. I have grown to love the food here, especially when someone else makes it :)

This last week we met with our investigator that is struggling with drinking coffee. Since he does not yet have a testimony of Joseph Smith, the Word of Wisdom does not have significant meaning for him. We showed him the Prophet's recent talk on that subject, shared a lot of personal experiences, and the Spirit was one of the strongest as I have felt on a lesson. There was no way he couldn't feel it! The idea popped into my head to ask if he would like to receive a blessing to help him live the Word of Wisdom. He agreed and it was a great experience. He then told us that he had already agreed with a friend to grab some coffee after our lesson. We told him that God was testing him and wished him the best. 

Later that day, on our way to a different lesson, we somehow ran into him and his friend waiting in line at a "Coffee and Tea" shop. We said hello, talked for a bit and left. We didn't mention the coffee or anything. We wanted this to be his decision. The more we thought about what just happened these thoughts came to our heads:  To be in that very spot. To see him and his friend in line. For him to be there at that time. For us to have had that lesson in the morning of that very day. That fact that you can buy tea or coffee at nearly every store in Kiev but that they were right in our path. This was no coincidence! We saw the promise of 1 Corinthians 10:13 put to work right in front of our very eyes. The only problem was that the investigator didn't seem to quite grasp what had happened. He has been searching for a sign and God gave it right to him. We fasted with him this last week and we will see what happens. 

It has snowed here and is very cold! Here are a couple of my favorite shots from this week. 
A quote that I liked this last week. "Miracles don't build faith. Faith comes through prayer, fasting and the Holy Ghost." I agree that miracles strengthen faith, but I have run into too many people that have seen miracles, and have now lost the faith. 

I hope you all have a great week and help others see the miracles in their own lives. 

Elder Devashrayee

We were able to go bowling again for Pday... fun times with them all.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Don't Do It Again.... 12-5-16

Great last week. 

Highlights of the week: 

1. I was a father this last week. We had a (mini-missionary) with us for a week. He is a member from the ward and turned in his mission papers and started to live with us for a week. I feel like I understand my parents 10x better now ;). At one moment a phone was taken away, we had a talk about trust, and I was having trouble balancing the amount of attention I was giving to him, my (son) and ultimately my companion (wife). They both needed attention and they both speak in two different languages at the moment. On one of the times where a phone was taken away for the third time he asked, "How can I gain your trust?" The answer was simple. Just don't do it again. He could have washed all the dishes, he could have made me dinner, shined my shoes, etc. But the main thing that was needed was trust. Then I thought about our Heavenly Father and how many times I have told him, "I'm sorry, it won't happen again," and how many times he has forgiven me. Or even my parents. It was an eye opener to a lot of things. This week at times was a bit stressful with 2 people to take care of, but I feel like I really grew a lot and learned tons. If you are struggling to earn the trust of someone, God, or even with yourself... just "Don't do it again." 

2. We have been visiting a grandma for a while now that has recently lost a some loved ones. We were able to go over with our bishop this last week and it was amazing. The difference it made, and the gratefulness that we and the grandma had for the bishop to be there was all worth it. He magnified his calling, sacrificed his time, and made someone's day. Try the same this week! 

I hope you all are following the 25 days Calendar, here is the link!
Even if you can't do it every day do something each day that helps you focus on Christ. 

Hope your holiday season is changing and you are growing,
Elder Devashrayee

P.S. Congrats to my cousin Oliver on getting baptized. That is an amazing choice you made and will always be grateful for it.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Act Immediately..... 11-28-16

Great last week. I am getting stronger ;)

Big events of the week - Thanksgiving and an Ukrainian wedding! 

We had an amazing Thanksgiving here in Ukraine. The Senior Couples put together an amazing dinner. I was able to see Elder VanDerhooft (went to my high school) and it was great to be able to see my mission best friends all together in one room. We had a big talk about being a light for all to see. We (Church) have a new Christmas initiative going on. Check out and make sure to look at all that is going on there, and what we have been asked to do during the month of December before Christmas! 

We were able to sit in on a wedding reception that was held in the Church after the ceremony in the temple. It was a great cultural opportunity. Here is what it looked like, pretty cool!

Not a whole lot to say or time to type.  Biggest thing I read this week was Job. "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away" The most important thing is to always be grateful. 

We had a lesson with a less-active and we all agreed to make sure that with every trial or challenge during the week we were going to be grateful to God for it immediately. Leaving the lesson, we got caught in the elevator. My first thought was definitely not gratefulness ;)  But it was when we got out. We (I) need to live what we teach and we can all be lights to those around us. Try it!

Hope you all have a great week! 
Elder Devashrayee

Monday, November 21, 2016

Grateful..... 11-21-16

This last week was great. I had to say goodbye to Elder Breinholt and picked up Elder Reese. Elder Reese went to Westlake High and lives in Lehi. He was over the MUN and debate at that school. He was originally assigned to Rostov, Russia but served in LA for a transfer while he waited a visa for Ukraine.
 Derek & Elder Reese

 Down by the Dnepr (The Big River that runs through Kyiv)

This last week was great. On Monday, we set up a FHE with a grandma and we got there on time and more and more members kept showing up. I turned my back to look at some pictures on the wall and turned around and the next thing I knew there were a bunch of Ukrainians singing happy birthday in English with a cheesecake in front of me. It was great night and I truly felt grateful and the love from the ward. The Cheesecake was wonderful! If you know me you know I love that stuff!

I met my new companion at the temple sight early Wednesday morning and we had a big testimony meeting with all of the new missionaries and their trainers. One part that I said that I hadn't thought before, "I have never regretted giving something over to the Lord... whether it was my time, helping someone else, or even sin, etc." First time I had born my testimony in English for the longest time, but it was a great experience. 

We took the initiative to find more people in the ward. We knocked on apartment doors of a lot of less-actives on Saturday and only one was home. We got inside, but the member wasn't there. The mother invited us to come back the next night but wasn't sure if it would work out. The next morning we were getting ready to go to Church and out of the blue I grabbed a chocolate bar and put it into my bag. Wasn't sure why I did it and thought about it. We had talked about bringing something to the house as a gift the night before and instantly I knew for a fact that 1. We wouldn't be home the rest of the day (we would be busy) 2. The lesson would work out. That is exactly what happened. 

I have tried to become a better example of not just doing missionary things, but receiving revelation to do the work as the Lord would. Grateful to be a missionary. 
Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving! Happy Birthday to my Dad (Craig) and Travis! 

Be Grateful,
Elder Devashrayee

Monday, November 14, 2016

Overpriced Tomatoes...... 11-14-16

Good last week. Some events of the week: 

On Tuesday it was raining/snowing pretty hard. We saw the trolleybus and started to run for it. We made it on, and sat down. A men entered the bus and said, "I think this is your phone." It was in three separate pieces. The battery, back case, and the rest of the phone. I thanked him and sat back down only to realize that it didn't have a sim-card. All of our contacts and everything. Without the sim-card the phone would also not work and we would have to get a different number. We got off at the next stop and ran back. It was already dark and the sim-card is the size of a penny and red. Said a little prayer in my head and was confident that we would find this card. 10 minutes went bye and we were now going to be late for our lesson. I didn't know why God didn't want me to find the card. I started to doubt that maybe we weren't going to find it. Prayed again and in about 10 minutes my companion found it. Another trolleybus instantly rolled up and we traveled to our appointment. The last miracle was that the person was still waiting for us by the church. This whole miracle started with the act of a person that had no reason to help us. Nothing in return. He saw what happened and acted. Help someone this week, see a miracle! After the lesson, walking outside about to get on another trolleybus, I realized that a light was still on. One that we hadn't turned on, but was visible from the street. Going back, we realized that we had somehow forgotten to lock the church... and that could have been horrible. God is good. Went home that night really thankful. 

Had interviews with our President this last week. It was great to talk with him. Elder Breinholt will be leaving and it looks like I will be training again and staying in the area. I will have more details next week. 

We have been praying for a mother of a member in our ward for 2 transfers now and for the daughter to have a chance to share the Gospel with her. We showed up and she was there at dinner! We didn't expect it and just happened to schedule right before she came into town. It was great to see. 

For my birthday we took our lunch and dinner hour and combined them and ordered pizza and played ping-pong at the branch with some of the youth and some people from English. 

Other than that, we had no lessons at all so the rest of the day we did a "traveling book table" and went to a lot of different locations. At one location a Priest from some other church came up to us and took a Book of Mormon, told us to repent, scolded me for not knowing Ukrainian, and said that he will show his congregation and tell them that this book is a lie. It all happened in about 45 seconds and after it was just something you had to laugh off. Maybe someone in his congregation will feel "disobedient" and read it haha who knows. 

We had a Priest from the ward that was with us for a "mini-mission" for a couple of days and it was great to have his with us. He is the one in the middle smiling :)

We had the first big snow of the year! 

A couple of Mondays ago we bought groceries and they put the wrong price tag on the tomatoes we bought. We didn't notice and they were bought for about 10x the price. We saw the total at cashier and had no idea how it added up so quickly and even argued a bit about who bought too much of what. At home we noticed the receipt and saw that we bought a huge fish? We went back and after a couple of trips to and from realized that the tomatoes were marked as fish and finally got our money back in the end. We talked to a security guard there and he helped us out and felt bad about what happened. These last few weeks he has continued to apologize and I told him not to worry about it. He was impressed that we didn't storm in the store and start yelling and now we are great friends. My first thoughts about the tomatoes were, "The lady at the cash register was out to get us" and "I am never going back to this place again" and "They knew we are Americans and think they could pull a fast one." I am so glad I didn't go back into the store with these thoughts. It was our fault for not checking the price tag and the receipt in the first place. Don't let yourself get caught up over overpriced tomatoes... never worth it. Take a second and figure out what really happened. Now we have a great friend named Cergei. 

Thanks all for the Birthday wishes! I did have a great surprise from a friend I have here. He stopped by and brought me a wonderful Birthday Gift....  my good friend Zhenya.

Have a great week everyone. 
Elder Devashrayee - the 20 yr old!!!

We were able to go ice skating today as a district.  Some good times!

Obolon - went on an exchange there and found this sweet church.

Monday, November 7, 2016

When...Not If 11-17-16

This last week was great.
Monday we were able to go with a few members to their assigned "Home teaching Assignments" and really found some people that had been off the map for a long time. It is great to see what we can achieve when
we just take initiative like these two members did in just stopping bye.

Tuesday we held a Halloween Party for the English class and we had a good number of members there too! It was blast, but I will let the pictures do the talking. Good time. We entirely switched our mindsets to "For the people" and it went 10x better and was fun to see the Ukrainians have Halloween haha. It is going to hard to ever top that Halloween. (Gonna have to wait another week for most of the pics though, other Elder didn't email me the photos yet, sorry!). But my comp and I had a great Halloween back at our place... Chocolate :)

We have an older lady in the ward that lost both her husband and her only son unexpectedly in the span of 2 weeks. This happened about 3 months ago and we have met with her a number of times since then. She
has refused to pray and it was our goal to help her do so. We went over the atonement with her and at the end she said an amazing prayer. To someone else, it would have sounded like an average prayer, but to me it was the answer to a lot of prayers and I know that it helped her too.

We also have a less-active  who is reading the Bible, and only the Bible at the moment. So we picked a story of Jesus from the Bible. He talked about it and then I remembered something that he had said the last meeting that was true. He asked, "How do we feel the love of God?" I said, "when we read the scriptures, pray, and etc." He then said, "Nope. We feel the love of God when we do something more, and when we serve people." I remembered that and compared it to a magnet that has been on our fridge at home for the longest time that I never really understood. The magnet said, "Hands that help are holier than hands that pray." We can pray and ask for guidance, but when we act is when we receive more. 

The story we read from the Bible was building your house upon the sand, or upon a rock. (Matthew 7:24-27) I remembered a bit from Elder Renlund's talk from last April. It went over that fact that in the scriptures it doesn't say, "If" a storm comes.. it talks about "when". I am convinced that it happens to everyone in life. I cannot honestly say it has happened to me yet... but it is how we act when this storm will come that defines us. He really opened up and we had a great discussion.

There is a Mormon Message that focuses on some families in our ward. Take a look at it. I thought it was pretty cool. Miracle of Personal Progress is the title of it. (I was able to find the link to this message he is talking about. Here is the message Click Here  - Lisa)

Had an investigator finish the Book of Mormon and we were able to fast with him. Excited to see where that goes.  Hope you all have a great week. Be happy. I am going to try to go a whole week without an angry, impatient, or ungrateful thought. 

Feel free to join me :)

Elder Devashrayee

Last week when we were able to go and rake leaves in that large park, the three of us got together to take another photo... we had one a year ago. We have all changed more on the inside than on the outside, but it was a good time.   Elder Houston & Elder Young.

Halloween Party - updated with photos

Monday, October 31, 2016

Out All Day..... 10-31-16

This last week was a great one. October came and went very fast and I hope that everyone has a great Halloween!

We had a very busy week and were always on the go. Best feeling when you are out all day. Lots of things happened this last week that weren't planned but worked out for the best. Every time a lesson is cancelled it is because the Lord wants us somewhere else and it turned
out that way a number of occasions this last week. We have found a handful of people in the area that have gone less-active and haven't had any contact with the church for a number of years. That has to be my favorite part about missionary work.

We saw a fruit from our fasting and book table last week in the other area in our district. One of them happened to live in our area, has been reading the Book of Mormon since then, came to church, and set up a return lesson with us. You are blessed if you do what you are supposed to do.

Went and raked leaves and did service at a place that I was at last year at this same time... crazy how time flies.

Back row, second in on the left... and YES! I LOVE my hat :)

Sunday we spent our day going around with a Priest from our ward, planning on going on a mission, and blessed the sacrament for a lot of grandmas :). We ended up at one house with an active grand-daughter and her Mom but the husband had refused to be present for the "spiritual thoughts" that have been held in his house in the past. They have been members for 15 or so years and last night the daughter invited him in and he accepted. I quickly asked the wife and daughter what we should talk about because I didn't know this man at all. They said, "this is a very special opportunity because he never agrees, so just go by the Spirit." I felt like I held the eternal happiness of a family in my hands when he walked in and we started. I knew that I couldn't do or say the right thing alone and I really just tried to follow the spirit. Ended up getting a return appointment and it never would have happened if our other lessons didn't happen, if this Priest wasn't with us, and if the Lord hadn't 
prepared the way.

What would you have said?       What would have been the theme of the lesson?

At the end of the lesson I had the feeling to give the Grandmother a blessing for health. Grateful for the opportunity to be a missionary.

Hope you all have a great week.


Elder Devashrayee

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Smiles Go A Long Way...... 10-24-16

Great last week. Let's just say that I didn't email yesterday because I found a D.I. here in Ukraine and that's all that you need to know :) 

From last week, I didn't have enough time to explain my talk so I will now:
I choose the topic of Repentance and retold the story of how our neighbors garage window in our backyard was shattered 3 times by us little boys playing soccer in the space of 3 summers. I talked about how the first time we didn't want to tell but my older brother was a good example and told the neighbors and we split the bill on the window. The second time how it was all my fault and I didn't want to tell anyone. Finally, I mustered up the strength to tell my mom and she was understanding and loving but made a list of chores for me to do throughout the summer to make up for the broken window. The third time it broke I, myself, knocked on the door of the neighbors and already knew what to do. This is a very little and simple version but see where you can input these verses into the story and in what order: Alma 42:4 , D&C 18:10-13 , Alma 7:14-15 , Romans 3:23 , 1 John 8-10 and 7 , Alma 34:33 , Mosiah 4:12 , Moroni 6:8 .  

Last Monday at the ward there was a birthday party for a lady turning 70 and we were asked to help set up/take down/and most importantly eat there too. It was my first Relief Society activity ever and I am not going to lie, I enjoyed myself. Lots of emotions running around everywhere and I thought I might even shed a tear ;).  But, the part that I took away from the activity was first, it brought a large amount of sisters together in a bonding environment and I am positive everyone left uplifted. Secondly, the lady who turned 70 talked about her conversion story and she kept mentioning all of the smiles that she first saw in the ward. All of the warm smiles that made her think, "Why are these people so happy?" Smiles can go a long way and especially to strangers and newcomers. Keep smiling! 

I was also able to talk on the phone with some people in some of my first areas this last week and saw how easy it is to move on in life and forget the people that really had an influence on you. Take a second and think about someone and talk to them this week! 

I realized that I haven't quite made fasting a part of my missionary work other than on Fast Sunday and decided to try something out. As a District (4 of us) we got together and prayed about a spot to hand out Book of Mormons and planned for Wednesday. It was amazing the see the difference in our preparation and we gave out nearly 30 copies of the Book of Mormon in the space of an hour and a half. The work sped up x10 and we didn't do a single thing different other than fasting. To end the fast we went to a members house and they ended up making pancakes. It was a win-win. 

I forgot my planner at a less-actives house this week for a couple of days and I was completely lost without it. We went back and the husband of his granddaughter was there. He had just become a father that very morning and his wife was still in the hospital with his brand new baby. We entered the home just to retrieve my planner and ended up spending an hour on the request of this person. Turns out I forgot my planner on purpose. God works in mysterious ways, thank Him. 

Had a meeting for District Leaders and President Packer had a great thought on the theme of keeping our minds clean and focused. We all know that when a person repeatedly walks along a certain path on the grass it gradually becomes a dirt path and then eventually gets dried up and is there for a long long time until people stop walking along it and give it a chance to grow back. The first pioneers had a lot harder of a time chopping down trees and moving rocks to make the first path and as time went on it became a better and better path for others to take. It became more accessible. Every time we let a bad thought go down "the path" in our minds it slowly will come back more and more often and can even become a freeway if we don't stop it. Thoughts are the hardest thing on a mission. Our actions and words can be stopped, but our thoughts are our own and we need to let the grass grow back over the paths that we have made. It takes time, but if we do it the paths that were once easily accessible will become rough terrain that we won't even contemplate to travel down. 

Hope you all have a great week!  Had a great time up at the temple for training...

Elder Devashrayee