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Well, this week can be summed up in one word, Shenanigans!
Yep, you heard it folks. First off we went to 'Steak n Shake' and there was a very loud and large woman sitting in the booth next to us. She was informed that she had been banned from 'Steak n Shake' but insisted that she owned 'Steak n Shake'. She then asked us, the four Elders, for money which of course we had none, so she called Elder Vancott, and A-hole (can I say that?) and called the rest of us "poor nerdy boys." She then continued by saying that everyone was a jerk to her because she was so fat and beautiful and that everyone should stop being so jealous. Then she said to our waitress that she shouldn't be jealous because she was big and fat too. Anyway, all in all, Shenanigans!
Then we taught James who is having his life ruled by his wife (who wears the pants) ((Can I say that either?)) so he cannot come to church and we can't come to his house, because she won't allow it, but he still reads in the Book of Mormon everyday.... AHHHHHH Shenanigans!
Then we went to the Book of Mormon Musical and handed out 53 copies of the Book of Mormon and 125 between the 2 companionship's! Whether or not they read it... who knows? But that is a lot of Liv yo! The next day we were knocking and ran into 3 Jews in a row, and were informed that this was a Jewish neighborhood. Then went to Hallandale and the first 2 doors were also Jewish...... More Shenanigans!
Then we found a Haitian family and they were astounded that I could speak creole so I got a return appointment! The mom and the daughter both commented on my butt... and the daughter touched it! Talk about Shenanigans!
Then Saturday night we saw a Porsche getting pulled over by 14 cop cars. Sunday night while we were out knocking, every door said that they were watching the Super bowl.... so they didn't have time for us or something....
My last thought is borrowed from a friend,
"Last thought... Remember Naaman? (2 Kings 5) He's probably one of my favorite people. He was a leper and was told that there was a prophet in Samaria who could heal him. He went to Elisha the prophet and was told to wash himself in the Jordan river seven times to be healed. After he was told this, Naaman was mad. He thought the prophet should just come out and heal him, or he could at least wash in the rivers of Damascus instead of Israel. Now this is my favorite part-- Verse 13 "And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? How much rather then, when he saith to thee, wash, and be clean." Why is it that when we are asked to do simple things we don't want to do it, but if we were asked to do a great thing, we would? If Heavenly Father came to you and said something amazing like I want you to baptize half the world, you would do everything in your power to do it. BUT, when He asks us to read our scriptures, pray, keep the Sabbath day holy, etc. it becomes so much harder. We need to be following all of His commandments, not just the glamorous ones. We are in or we are out; we cannot be halfway." (Copy Right USU 2/2016)
Alma chapter 37 in verse 46, "O my son, do not let us be slothful because of the easiness of the way; for so was it with our fathers; for so was it prepared for them, that if they would look they might live; even so it is with us. The way is prepared, and if we will look we may live forever."
Let us not be slothful in putting off the simple things each day that build up our Armor of God!
-- Love you all
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission
Haitian-ing the Work
Handing out copies of the Book of Mormon to people
as they are leaving the "Book of Mormon Musical".
Just between 2 companionships they handed out 125 books!
The Fantastic 4 - VanCott, Murat, Hansen, & Butterfield
With Elder Naea after they went on splits together. He's a Spanish speaking Elder.
Matthew thinks he looks like Uncle John!