As a whole, this week was a truly strange one. But I decided to take on all the events and digest them individually. Just like eating an elephant...one bite at a time. I have been counseled by my companion that I should not write all the details of the events at this posting. But trust me….WEIRD. So here’s a brief synopsis of our week:
We went to an appointment at a trailer park. While we were still in our car preparing to go in, the 75 year old next door neighbor came out in his bikini underwear. No pants, just underwear. This is November fella, git yer pants on!
Because I have no control over what happens with the contents of this blog once it leaves my fingertips and I hit PUBLISH, I will not write any more of the happenings of the week. Bwah! But the underwear guy was the least bizarre of everything that happened.
I wish to pay tribute to our amazing Bishop who has had to deal with situations of neglect, abuse, deception, criticism, death and serious illness's (just this week alone). He has handled each one masterfully and with true Christ like charity.
This week has been a busy one. A couple hospital visits of ward members, zone training in Liberal, one member passed away : ( ....., we did service for a widow, taught a couple lessons, had our English class, said goodbye to some veteran missionaries and welcomed some new missionaries to Dodge, among our regular weekly meetings. The time is flying by.
Sister Mortensen says goodbye to Sister Harston..
...and hello to Sister Bradshaw!
Sister Williams, Sister Mortensen, Elder Williams & Sister Bradshaw
We raked leaves for an elderly widow in the ward.
We had way too many leaves for the amount of yard waste space. : p
We played a Spanish word game after we taught our English class. I got killed every round! : \
A part-member family made us lunch. Rice & chicken with Mole sauce, pronounced like when Austin Powers says Moley Moley Moley Moley! It's an acquired taste. I haven't acquired it yet. But every time we've had it I just can't help myself, and I have to say "Moley Moley Moley Moley!!"
Next week we'll be helping with the funeral of a sweet gentleman from our ward. It will be our 4th funeral since we've been here. : ( Maybe I'll post about that next week.
Yesterday was a cold, blustery P-day (my favorite kind of weather!). The missionaries went to the Zoo. (Sometime I'll post about our "zoo"...oy vey!) To warm up, we had everyone come over to our apartment for cocoa and games. Extreme Uno, Bananagrams and my new favorite Rummicub (Sister Mortensen is a killer Rummicub player!) And since this is our last few days with Elder's Cannon and Bennett (they are going home) and Sister Harston (she is being transferred) we took our final district picture. We are sure gonna miss these guys! It has been a joy serving with these hardworking missionaries! They are crazy-fun and always keep us laughing!
*I love the face that Sister Mortensen is making...she knows they are up to something!
Anytime we have a baptism it is a good weekend. But this was especially sweet because it has been a loooong time comin'. Even before we got here, the missionaries had been teaching this young husband and father the Gospel. His wife joined the Church about 4 (?) years ago along with her sisters and mother. Every missionary we've served with have taught him, we've taught him, many before us taught him. But it took a very sick(but you'd never know it) Elder who transferred here from a Honduras mission because of illness, who has only been here for 5 weeks and is now ready to go home, to teach him that the Gospel is what he needs to make his family complete. Ivan's countenance literally has changed. It is one of those miracle baptisms that we rejoice in!
Ivan and his wife & 2 adorable kids, with Elder Cannon
Me, Elder Williams, Ivan and his darling wife Carolina
Also at church this weekend we had a record number of inactives, less actives, new members and investigators in attendance, including the young mother that Ron and I are teaching . It was a fabulous Sabbath!
Have you ever played the game "JENGA"? Yeah well this is what we call "GARBAGE JENGA". We keep stacking trash in the kitchen garbage can, and the first one to have their piece fall out has to take the trash outside.
p.s. E. Dub took it out shortly after this : )
Happy dance mail shout-outs go to the Double Deb's~ Deb Hill & Deb my sista, each for their sweet and uplifting cards. Becki B. for validating me with your Becki-mail-vibe letter! Janae for her letter & Annabellybutton for the lovely sticker art pictures (beautiful name writing A.!) Erin and Ben for their timely & sweet surprise gift! And Sister McQ. for keeping us in the loop and laughing with your letter. We love and miss you all sooo much!
Last week we traveled to Liberal for a Zone P-day (P as in Play!) It was so fun getting together with the other missionaries in our zone and seeing them in a different setting other than in a meeting. They are great fun!
We taught them the Transfer Game. Hilarious!
Then each companionship came up with lines to a song that Elder Cannon made up about being a missionary.
If I can figure out how to put the video of him singing it I'll post it....
Good times! I mean when are we ever going to have the opportunity to work and play with this many 18-21 year olds again? They are amazing too...I see future Bishops, Relief Society Presidents, Stake Presidents and even some who could be General Authorities in their lifetimes...really, they are that spiritually awesome!
We enjoyed our second Halloween in the mission field. So much going on this past couple of weeks, I'll try to get all of it recorded. We were invited to dinner at the home of this family of 11 on the night of Trunk or Treat. But all us missionaries decided to turn the tables on them and we served them! (It was my companion's brilliant idea!)
Started out by making a huge pot of spaghetti. Family of 11 + 8 missionaries = a ton of food! And this is how many she (the mom) cooks for when we come over each week! It's not as easy as it sounds. I have a new-found respect for that woman I tell you!
My handsome companion cooking up 4 pounds of spaghetti noodles. We had to borrow that pot from the church kitchen. The Elders and Sisters here in Dodge are the best! Everyone pitched in to help. One set of Elders made the salad, one set took care of the french bread, and the Sister's made the dessert.
This is the mom and five of her nine kids at the table. It was fun to serve them, she didnt' even have to worry about feeding her littlest one.
Elder Williams has endeared himself to her one year old and he fed him so the mama could eat her dinner warm...a first, according to her!
Then we all headed over to Trunk or Treat and manned her booth so she could spend the evening with her children.
There was magic tricks...
bobbing for donuts...
a fish toss...
And a lot more booths that were so fun. The best part was that a lot the members invited their non-member friends to come and we had some great fellow-shipping going on!