Monday, July 2, 2012

Elder Winters - July 2, 2012

[Editor's note: For those of you who get Rebecca's emails this is such a stark contrast in length from hers!  It just struck me as funny...]

Hello everybody, and happy July.  It's been weird to see signs here that say, "Happy Independence Day!!!!!!" in Chinese.  I'm not exactly sure what the Fourth of July will bring, so we'll see how that goes.  People are currently putting up their American flags that say "MADE IN CHINA" on the stick part, meaning that we may be involved in one way or another.  

Besides national festivities, many crazy things have been going on here, including Jehovah's Witnesses knocking on our door and teaching us about the earth inheriting its paradisaical glory , yours truly cleaning our bathtub for the first time since Merriweather Lewis discovered it in 1806, and Korean people giving us fish heads to eat.  This last incident occurred when myself and Elder Wang were on an exchange with one of the Korean elders in our district.  We went to a very-Korean restaurant with one of the members from their branch.  The best part was him announcing to the table, "You elders are so lucky.  I just ordered six lovely salmon heads for us all to eat!"  The expression of disbelief on my part was drowned out by the excited cries of the other elders at the table.  Sometimes it's hard for me to believe that I'm still in the United States.

Outside of crazy stuff, there has also been a lot of spiritual stuff happening.  We've had some great lessons this past week and some prepared people put in our path.  The Spirit has been with us and we've felt His presence as well as His help.  This past week I've felt an increased awareness of our Father in Heaven.  He really is there, He really does love us, and He wants us to follow His Son's example.  We're out here to lead people to know how to do just that, so that we can all live together, as families, in Heavenly Father's presence.  What a supernal thought.  And I know it's true.

Have a great week, everyone.

Elder Winters

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