Tuesday, 26 May 2015

The One Where I Don't Earn a Culinary Degree

Wow! What a week! Miracles abounded!

I'll start with some miracle stories.

After we got home from zone meeting on Friday and we were just finishing up lunch, we got a text from our appointment that afternoon canceling. We were pretty disappointed. But, determined to remain diligent, we opened our area books to see what we could do. We decided to look up some less actives that lived in our area, and were drawn to a name that we had never noticed before. And so we set off to go and contact this less active. On our way there we were stopped on our bikes at a stop sign when we heard a lady calling Elders! We turned around and went over.  It was a lady in our ward. She told us that there was a man inside the concealed carry gun class building in Hudson that wanted to learn more about the gospel. She had stopped inside the building to take a break from the heat and to pick up some business cards for some friends at church. He asked what church she went to and she responded the LDS church He told her that he had been interested in learning more about that church so had been researching it for the last month or so and had downloaded and started to read none other than the Book of Mormon. She tried to answer his questions as best she could but then looked out the window, saw us, and the rest is history. We went inside, sat down with him and taught the restoration. He accepted an invitation to be baptized and has a temple vision for him, his wife, and two kids. And to further explain how much of a miracle he is, and how prepared he is, his research has been from good sources! He already knows about some of the prophets in the Book of Mormon and their stories. He has seen missionaries walking by his store for months now and has always tried to stop us and wave us in but never got to us until now.

Another miracle. The Morganton Elders were over at a less active members house and got a referral for her new nurse, a lady named M. Apparently this lady had missionaries knock on her door five years ago and they never came back. She knows it's all true and wants to be baptized. The bigger miracle is she has three equally interested daughters who live with her in our area. So us and the Morganton Elders have been team teaching this family and they all have a baptismal date for the 17th of May!

But here's the bad news out of the whole situation, I'm getting transferred this Tuesday. I have truly loved this area and all its weird and wonderful people. I consider a lot of these people dear friends of mine. 

This week had been pretty eventful. We lost the car on Wednesday so spent a lot of the week out in the sweltering and oppressive heat, watering the grass with our sweat as we biked alongside highways. Not my favourite activity to say the least. I often times sing the chorus to "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" by The Smiths because it's a scarily accurate truth while biking. 
He looks so unimpressed ;)

I could probably sum up my eating habits on my mission with the title "101 Ways To Use A Tortilla" and my latest creation was great in theory but went a little haywire. I was trying to think of a way to make a desert version of a tortilla and this great idea of candying a tortilla came to mind. So I turn on the stove and proceed to melt some sugar. The only problem was the burners on our stovetop increase in heat exponentially so we ended up with some burnt sugar, stuck to a pan, a spatula, a mason jar, two plates and about three tortillas because I wasn't sure if melted sugar should go down a sink so I panicked.

We also had another great experience this week. Saturday, we were trying to see a member but they weren't home so we locked up our bikes on their driveway. As we were walking away to go talk to some people outside a few ruffians came outside of the house next door and started hooting and hollering some less than Chirstlike things at us. We did our best to ignore them. When we returned to our bikes about twenty minutes later we had the pleasant discovery of our front tires being slashed. We tried knocking the door of the house next door but they didn't come outside. We ended up going to the house across the street and taking to the man mowing his lawn and he turned out to be about the nicest man ever!  He tried to help us fix our bikes. He even went to the hardware store down the street to buy us patches for the tires. We tried sharing the gospel with him but he was a preacher (go figure) so that didn't work but a least he was kind. The patches he bought for our tires ended up not working but it was the thought that counts. As we pushed our bikes to our next appointment he told us he would be going over and giving the kids a talking to. The biggest problem with our tires being slashed in the fact we were in Lenoir about seven miles from our apartment. But thankfully the less active we were seeing had a truck so they were able to take us home. 

Hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day and a wonderful week!

Send me pictures, read your scriptures

Love you!
Elder Galvin


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