Tuesday, February 25, 2014
There are no great things, only small things done with great love
This week's shout out goes out to Drew, who's 3. And shamrock shakes.
Me: "What does the holy ghost feel like?"
Drew: "A drink!"
Me: "...yeah... like a... cold drink on a hot day!"
Well, I've got another 6 weeks here in Clayton with Sister Underwood.
Bob is doing awesome. He came to church this week! And we had some pretty awesome lessons with him. Steve, who's the chief of police in Danville, came with us and was able to make some pretty awesome connections with Bob. As of right now, it's not a matter of IF he gets baptized, but WHEN. Which is super exciting! Woohoo!
Woman: "No soliciting!"
Me: "We aren't selling anything!"
Woman: "You're selling religion, hun"
Me: "If we're selling something, I'm not being paid enough to do this..."
I thought it was weird she called me hun. I thought you only said that to people when you like them haha
Karen's doing amazing. She said she feels calm and refreshed reading the Book of Mormon, which is great. Most people are confused and want to throw it against the wall, but I guess not her! She is so great. She gave us a lot of advice on life. I mean, we didn't ask, but it's definitely good to know for the future you know? There's a lot of things that you won't learn until later, but again, being on a mission is like gaining 50 years of knowledge all at once, and it totally makes sense now.
So girl scout cookies are $5 a box here. And it's only the bay area- if you go to Sacramento, you can get a box for $4. Which is still kind of outrageous, I think I sold them for $1.50 and that was a lot. But now you get less cookies. And they finally went back to the original names, which is great. And even though I'm whining about this right now, yes, I do currently have a box of thin mints back at the apartment... can't help it.
Warren kind of freaked out at us. He started pounding the table and it was kind of crazy. It's odd though, because he basically believes everything we do. The only hard part for him is that he refuses to believe that God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three separate beings. But ultimately we believe the same thing... we are working on it. Our members have been frustrated with him, so we have been rotating people to see him.
Did everyone else know that Nelson Mandela died? No one told me!
Kim is golden. Her husband is less active but she's basically activating him. She is the driving force for church, and she's doing it for her 2 year old son. She had a dream that they were in the temple all in white, and it was amazing. She's really wanting to do this and we are so excited to be working with her! She has a lot of potential. And she went out of her way to get materials to study, and she's reading the lessons the night before (which basically not even active members do) so that she can understand what's going on. It truly is a miracle. Holy cow.
Me: "Hey how are you!"
Woman #2: "I'm spraying pesticide, you might want to move on."
Me: "Wait was that a threat?"
This week we taught 11 less active people. Considering we have a whole week to do it, and 9 hours a day to do it, I guess it's not much but. People are impossible to catch at home, especially when they're actually trying to dodge you. I like to think these people were all uplifted by our visits, so that's what matters. But it was so great that we were actually able to catch all these people at home. Amazing.
Miracles are seriously everywhere. This week I've been thinking a lot about how there are no coincidences, just small miracles. But it's like... there's no way everything falls into place this perfectly. And with the big bang theory, let's think about it. Chaos begets chaos. You can not have order from chaos. An explosion is ultimately chaos. There's no way the explosion could've created all of this perfectly, such that we aren't so close to the sun that we have no water or burn up, and we aren't so far that we freeze. It just doesn't happen like that.
Anyways, hope you all are doing great :) Love you all!
Posted by PL at 8:42 AM