Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Giving Thanks

The weather has been a little warmer this week, but it's supposed to snow soon I think.  I'll be fine though.  I've been through fall and winter in Utah before.  Not that it was a super pleasant experience the first time, but I'll know what to expect ;) I'm enjoying riding a bike, even though it's sometimes frustrating when we ride all the way across town to have an appointment fall through.  I heard about the leadership meeting as well.  Apparently there's going to be a lot more focus on what President Monson describes as "the rescue" aka ward missionary work.  I don't know if you've seen the process that was designed by Elder Perry, but it's going to change the way Ward Councils are done.  Speaking of Elder Perry, I saw him again today, he just walked into the temple, there was nobody with him this time.  Luckily, he didn't come over and talk to the missionaries because he would have chastised us.  He always asks the missionaries how many lessons they taught last week and if it's less than 20 they're in trouble.  Don't worry about thanksgiving.  We've got more options than we can handle.  The young men's president Hno. Campbell (he's a white guy) offered to feed us since he's probably the only one in the ward that has the knowledge and ability to make an American thanksgiving meal.  Not that I'm opposed to having mexican thanksgiving, but it's nice.  We'll also be having Laotian thanksgiving because there's a sister in our apartment complex who "I LIKE MAKE FOOD AND BRING DOWNSTAIR FOR YOU OPEN DOOR AND I BRING FOOD OKAY?" so that's fun.  Regarding Ethnic food, this week Venezuela soared into first place with steak, potatoes, salad, fried bananas, arroz con leche, and fresh cheese.  I printed pictures today at Wal-Mart.  You should be receiving several in the mail this week.   I'm amazed at how quickly my time here has gone.  It felt like I was in the MTC for at least half an eternity, but here in Zion it feels like nothing.  Last week I kind of lost my animo because a lot of stuff was going wrong and we weren't teaching as much as we wanted to, and the people we were teaching weren't progressing. But this week so far has gone so much better.  Last night I went out with Jesus and taught 3 lessons and all of them were miraculous.  In the first one, we taught lesson 4, the commandments, and by the end of it Julio Cesar was so excited about observing the sabbath day because god wanted him to go to church, and living the word of wisdom because God wanted him to be healthy, and here's the best part:  When he found out he was living in adultery, he turned to his girlfriend Karen and said "Quieres casarme?" which is being interpreted "Want to marry me?" and she said "Si."  Right there in the lesson.  I'm so excited.  And I also got ahold of Rosbin, he's from Guatemala and we thought he had disappeared off the face of the earth because we haven't been able to find him for weeks, but guess what?  He went to church last week and he's still reading half an hour in the Book of Mormon every day.  That's how you know someone is elect, if they lose contact with the missionaries and keep progressing by themselves.  Wow.  Okay, so now I'm just kind of rambling on about how great my area is and of course you don't know who any of these people are.  Do you think I should divide my letters in paragraphs or have any form of reason or organization to them?  Nah, waste of time.  Well, in case you were wondering, the Book of Mormon is true. But as Geordi LaForge would say, you don't have to take my word for it.

Much love,

Elder Fine

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