I think we are finally free from the grasp of winter! Those vial cold hands of winter have loosened their grasp for good until next winter. We should be having a warm spell and a thunders storm soon.
Another wonderful week in the small town of Rochelle. We had a great week being able to serve a lot of people, serving at food banks and finding small things to do here and there.We helped this lady edge her lawn which she hadn't been able to do for years. We also fixed up her bike and helped her get it outside for a thing she calls "bike in bloom". People get these old bikes and put flowers all over and around them and it looks pretty sweet to me on the account of how much I love bikes. Speaking about bikes, on Wednesday morning before district meeting our investigator invited us to go on a morning bike ride. I was so stoked to go out riding because 1. This investigator is a bike fanatic and 2. he designed, funded, and oversaw the town getting a 5 mile bike path put in. So to say the least I was pretty stoked. I didnt know, on the other hand, that my companion hadn't rode a bike in 10 years. We woke up extra early to a nice foggy morning and made our way to our investigator's home. He geared us up with bikes and he let me use his first mountain bike that he ever got. It was like the Trek in the garage back home but much more maintained and tuned up. On our ride Elder Wilson was doing pretty good for not riding in years but as soon as I stopped worrying, the next thing I hear is a yip and a yep like something you would hear from Jorge Velazquez, and as I looked back and at the very beginning of the path were 3 metal pillars, 1 on each side and one in the middle and I see Elder Wilson hit the middle pillar straight on. He couldn't have been more accurate aiming for it. He flipped right over his handle bars and landed right on his tush. He got up dusted himself off and we were riding moments later. There must have been karma floating around in the air because not even 500 feet later going around a curve my tires slipped right out from underneath me. I was so shocked because of how nice the bike path was and how foggy it was the tires couldn't hold enough grip to keep me up. Now I felt so bad because I have rode bikes my whole life and something like that had never happened to me. The investigator was really cool about it though and like a true cyclist would say, "if your bike doesn't have a scratch or 2 on it. You don't ride enough." The same is with us and life. Some people might ask, why do bad things happen to good people. Well I may just say to them if bad things don't happen in your life your either doing something wrong or your not living. Trials, struggles and pains are influential in life to help you get stronger, wiser, and smarter. It is through these experiences where we learn the most. Sometimes the only way for us to learn some lessons is through extreme trials. I know this is a true principle because I have experienced it in my own life. This is also taught in the Book of Mormon, Jacob 2:1-2 which Lehi the father of Jacob said, "Jacob because of the rudeness of your brothers you have gone through a lot. But you know God's greatness and he has blessed your trials for you to gain from them and to learn and grow." GOD BLESSES YOUR TRIALS! So start seeing them for what they are. If your want your trials to end, learn what God is trying to teach you and they might just stop. Sometimes it stinks having to learn lesson the hard way but it also the only way sometimes. You give a person a book on how to ride a bike and they had never rode a bike in their life and the first time they try to ride they decide their going to ride a 50 miler. You mike as expect them to fail. We have to start out slow learn from our mistakes and press forward so that one day we can ride that 50 miler with out even thinking. I know God loves us and seeks to bless our life, and this is why I'm out here to teach people how to ride their "bike". Keep on press forward strong -Elder Herdt