Oh what an adventurous week it has been! I love Cherry Grove! Here are some of the adventures we had this week. ️
On Thursday, we had district meeting, and the elders & senior couple
came from St. Paul. D's baptismal interview was later that day,
so instead of the Elders having to drive back and forth, we found a
service project! D's husband, J, had a few ideas, so we
volunteered to help out! We made a barbed wire gate! You could hardly
tell that none of us were raised on a farm... I only hammered my
finger once! it was a blast. And the gate turned out great! The
only down side was J is like a big brother. He loves to tease us,
and this week, that included throwing horse poop at us... thank
goodness that stuff is pretty dry! I was ready to deck him! But he has
fed us lunch and dinner 5 times in the last week, so I figure it's a
fair trade? Haha at least his wife is getting baptized!
We got to teach W again this week! So I found out a bit more about
his story. He's a scientist in the military, he hasn't had much to do
with religion, but aligns a lot with the Native religion. He is such a
logical guy, and he wants to work on the faith part of his life.
Teaching a 6'3" military scientist can be intimidating at times, but
he's the most honest investigator I've ever taught! It's interesting
but so refreshing! We don't have to guess how he is feeling, he tells
us! We've taught him the first 3 lessons, and he keeps saying that it
makes sense! He said if he comes to find that this is the true church,
he'll get baptized! His son has been investigating for the last 2
years, and he hasn't received the answer he's looking for, but he for
sure thinks he'll get baptized before his dad. At this rate, W's
gonna beat him! . I just adore teaching him.
On Wednesday's, we volunteer at the food bank, which happens to be at
the Baptist church. Apparently the pastor isn't too fond of having us
there, but everyone else loves it! They're only open one day a week,
so it's nonstop from 10-2:30! The main guy who runs it is R, what
a guy! He can quote the Bible like no one I've ever heard! And he is
hysterical. The more we worked with him, the more familiar he seemed
to me. Then, it clicked! This guy is Uncle Doug!! Same personality,
same looks just with a goatee! No wonder I like this guy so much! So I
work with Uncle Doug every Wednesday! Haha it's nice to have a
somewhat familiar face around!
I just adore my companion, Sister B! She's a convert from Ontario, and she is hilarious! We have been having so much fun together, teaching has been great, and that girl works so hard! She really pushes me, and I'm so grateful for that. One of our adventures this week was trying to improvise with a broken humidifier. We got the idea to get the shower running, and turn on a fan to carry the humidity to our room. She has asthma, and the air is SO dry up here. So we turned on the shower and got the fan running! It started escaping into the living room, so we hung up a blanket to block the steam. It must have been 85 degrees in our room!! We were both dying of heat! We finally caved and turned it off! Hahaha it was a memorable night for sure!
I am so beyond grateful for the Priesthood. I've been reading the talks from Priesthood session, and it was our lesson on Sunday. I feel so blessed to have had the Priesthood in my home when I was young, and to have been surrounded by worthy Priesthood holders in college. There is truly a difference when men strive to be worthy of that power, and it has always made me feel safe to be surrounded by it. In this area, there are a ton of part member families that don't have the Priesthood. So I've been counting my blessings, reflecting on just how lucky I am to have had that in my life.
I love being the Lord's servant! It's such a humbling experience, and I mess up all the time. But because of His grace, His work will always be accomplished. Have a killer week!! I love you!
Sister Bethany Christensen