So I guess I will start with the miracles of the week again! So Ithink I am going to have to talk about our zone service we did. Ourwhole zone went and did service at this place called Feed My StarvingChildren in Coon Rapids which is really close to where I am at. It wasreally cool to be able to put these packages together for these kids.So what we did was we had a little thing at the beginning that showedus how to do to it and we had to put on hairnets and wash our hands.Then we went into a room with a table where on the end two peoplewould put vitamins and rice and things like that into a funnel andsomeone would hold a bag under the funnel and then weigh the bag. Theyhad to weigh between 380 to 400 grams. Then we would hand it tosomeone who would seal the bag and put it on a table where they wouldput it in a box, and usually 36 packages would fit in a box. So thesepackages were like scientifically engineered to help kids gain healthyweight and at the beginning they showed a picture of a kid named Omarwho was 8 years old and weighed 19 pounds and then a picture after 6months and he weighed 73 pounds and was healthy. So on my crew we hadSister Grover and Sister Card who were putting the food into thefunnel and Sister Apedaile and I would hold the bag under the funneland weigh the bag and if it was over or under we would add rice ortake some out. So while I would be weighing mine Sister Apedaile wouldhave hers under getting the food. Then we would hand it to ElderHarper who sealed the bag and he handed it to Sister Bunting who putit into a box. Then we had other missionaries on other tables and theyhad music going and we could talk and things like that so it was superfun and we were helping these starving children. So the food we packedis going to Haiti, which is one of the poorest countries in the world.We had 51 volunteers there and they said on average they do one boxper person so on average we would have gotten 51, but we did waybetter than that. We packaged 92 boxes in like an hour. In each bagthere was 6 servings so in that hour we provided 19,872 meals and thatis enough to feed 54 kids for a year. I think that is the coolestthing ever that we could do that. Anyways thats my biggest miracle.
My next miracle I wasn't there for because we were on exchanges, butwe set another date with a guy named Cecil for March 18th! So nowsince we have been here we have set 5 dates and the Shingle CreekElders have set 4 and the Sisters are having a baptism this Saturday!The Creeks are literally on fire. While on exchanges Elder Jorgensengave me a haircut so I will send pictures of that too haha. We wentwith the Sisters and taught a Muslim guy too. His name is Abraham andhe was nice, but he was just not getting what we were saying. He gavethe Sisters a Quran to read and gave them a chapter to read and theSister gave him Ether 12 to read, but as they were trying to talkabout it he kept talking about what if Jesus had a mortal father andif we would still believe he was the Son of God and he was confusedabout how we are all children of God, but Jesus is the only literalSon of God. We tried to explain it like so many times, but he justwasn't having it so we gave him a chapter to read and told him to prayabout it and then said a prayer and left.. so yeah
On Tuesday we had interviews with President Forbes so we got to thechurch at like 8:30 and set everything up and then we had our districtmeeting while another district was having their interviews. Ininterviews we just talk about the area and how we like it and how thework is going and he will give us advice and we can ask him somequestions. Elder Harper asked him of we could have more miles becausewe only have 400 a month and we are already over that and he said wecould so thats good. The rest of that day we cleaned the apartmentwhich wasn't really too bad because I have been cleaning it since Igot here, but we cleaned because we had an apartment inspection wherethey just tell you what you need to do better on and if anything isbroken they will get it replaced and stuff. They said our apartmentwas good and we did a good job. We just cleaned the stuff that nevergets cleaned like the ceiling fan and things like that.
So one morning we went to play frisbee golf at a park by the churchkind of and it was cold and I was tired so I didn't really want toeven go. Well we parked our bikes and on my very first throw myfrisbee rolled into the middle of the road and got ran over. Luckilyit didn't break, unluckily on my next throw it hit a tree and broke inhalf. It was not a good morning haha but now that I am not tiredanymore and looking back it was pretty funny!
So this last week Sister Fuchs was sick and we gave her a blessing atthe church and this week Sister Calchera was sick and we got to giveher a blessing too. So that was cool.
We had a district finding hour this week so we all went down to theShingle Creek area and walked around talking to people. I went withElder Meade and we just walked and we talked to this Atheist guy thathas studied our religion too and he would ask a question and when wetried to respond he would just say God is mythic and stuff and I wasgetting a little mad so we just bore our testimonies and left haha hedefinitely did not have a sincere heart or real intent so that wasn'tgoing anywhere. The next guy we talked to was this homeless guy and hewas sitting at a bus stop and we stopped to talk to him and we gavehim a card and a few bucks and he prayed with us and then asked if wewould pray for him. He was telling us how he is Brett Favres secondcousin and stuff and his name is Scotty haha he was a funny guy. Wetalked to this other guy in wal mart, we were just in there to warmup, but as we were about to leave this guy, named JD came up tous and asked if we were the Elders and we said yeah then he was sayinghow his friend stole his truck and he asked if we thought that thereshould be blood shed for his sins and so we asked him what Jesus woulddo and then the guy that stole his truck called and JD was telling himhow we were going to pray for him and stuff. Then at the end he toldus he was kidding and he just wanted to see what we wouldsay and that we answered right. Anyways we got his addressand stuff and left haha.
Well thats about all I got for this week. I have been writing thisemail throughout the week in my spare time so that I didn't getdistracted during and I could make sure I said everything. Well I willtalk to y'all next week!
|Hair cut via Elder Jorgensen|
|Zone Service Opportunity|