Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Miracle of the Apple Juice

HEY!!!!!!!
this week was greattttt! kinda like frosty flakes great!

to start off with holloween is definately not the same in the mtc, i have a feeling its just not the same on a mission! it is ten times better! i walked around saturday night handing out spider rings and a bunch of people said i made their day so that was fun!

because the time changed we felt it apropo to have a time change party in which people invaded my room and spent the night there. it was fun until people kept talking past lights out and i couldnt fall asleep but im not bitter....

um... arianne if you could have ariel send those amazing brownies that would be life changing! love you! haha

ok so fhe this week was amazing! irmao marriot had us prepare a five minute lesson for another elder in our district (we pulled names) and then give the lesson to the whole district i got about two pages of amazing notes from all the lessons. it is amazing when these elders (and sister) speak power and authority comes out of their mouth.

oh we got one sister this week who is going to salvador!!!!! finally another missionary!

so the devotional this tuesday was AMAZING. elder Rasband or something like that spoke with his wife and she told a powerful story about a missionary who in one of the last areas got his shoe shined by a poor man in ny. when the missionary heard the man cry out shoe shine who wants a shoe shine he got really excited because he had always wanted one and when he asked the man how much he just said as much as you are willing to pay. as the missionary was thinking about it the man just got down and started shining his shoe he put everything he had into that job even using his shirt to shine the shoe. she said that the missionary in that instant saw the savior in the garden of gethsemani and realized the savior has done everything for us and all he asks is for us to give what we can. as she told this story tears came to my eyes, yeah im a baby i know, but its so true the Savior is there to do what we cant and he has suffered for worse than we ever will. when the man was done this missionary gave him all he had and all his companion had. then elder rasband spoke and told a story about his parents who served a mission and thought they hadnt really touched anyones life. then 25 years later elder rasband was one assignment and a woman came up with seven kids asking if he knew these two missionaries (who were his parents) as they got talking he had the chance to give the whole families blessings and then go home to tell his mom who was living in assisted living care and tell his mom that because of her mission thousands had been converted,(four of the boys had served missions) then she responded "you mean my mission meant something?" when i heard those words i knew the reach of our mission goes far beyond what we can ever know and it was just an incredible feeling.

so i called josephine ward on tuesday(the investigator i got on the chat) and gave her the second lesson then i called on thursday and gave her the first lesson. as soon as i got to joseph smith story she said hold on. then i heard yelling and swearing and it was crazy and then the phone hung up. sad sad sad! so i called her today and i guess the police showed up with a restraining order! for her kids and it is just a very said situation but i have a time to call her on monday and hopefully things will work out. the missionaries in her area need to get to her soon!

since i have no really funny story this week i am giving multiple kinda funny ones.

1st elder johnson told me the other day that in his celestial kingdom he would be in a field where zombies were coming at him and he could shoot power beams from his hand and kill them. he was dead serious. we then had a hour long conversation on why that could or couldnt happen.

2nd elder moore and i have become really good friends this week and he knows me really well and he was reading in the middle of class and he stops and says, "elder mender, why does it say we will all SUFFER death?" and just the way he said it with the emphasis on suffer i busted up laughing and laughed anytime he said it throughout the day... he did it a lot.

3rd elder bigalow asked in the middle of class "come se diz how?" or how do you say how?

4th elder moore and i were walking out of the temple and i saw the byu stadium and i just got really happy and i continued to tell him how my perfect day would consist of me going to the temple with my wife, then going to a byu football game with her, and ending the day with a nice dinner date. and then we saw a husband and wife jogging with their kid in a stroller and i said that would be another perfect day. and i was just wayyyyy happy. (i love it here.. ) the funny part is later he told me as i was teling my perfect day he was getting really jealous of the dates i had with my wife! so funny.

ok so a legit miracle happened this week!!!! listen up all.
so i really wanted apple juice but there was none! and i was so upset but i was like ok thats fine i can deal with out it today but what do i want? and i thought fruit punch , i dont ever drink fruit punch in the morning!!! but i did it anyways and apple juice came out!!!! it was a miracle i kid you not! it was a great morning!! oh and the other day i went to the bathroom and i washed my hands and there were two rings sitting there! a lehis dream ring and a ctr ring! for those of you who dont know i have big fingers! but these fit me! as i looked around i was all alone! a gift from above? i think so!!!

ok i love you all. your support is amazing! i miss a few of you... jk i miss you all!!

love elder mender
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