So this week I had the unfortunate experience of having my iPad reset on accident and as a result I lost all of my notes. Everything from the beginning of my mission until now is gone. I am kinda bummed but it makes me glad that I keep a non-electronic journal because that thing can’t get deleted. I also learned that I should probably back up my notes.
I would like to blame this week’s email on having my nightly log deleted, but I just didn’t write in it teehee.
Ok so this week we had a few cool experiences. On Tuesday we were biking home for dinner when Elder H. was like “we should go to Taco Bell,” and I was like “dude we should.” So we took another route instead, and it just happened that on that route was a less active lady that we talk to every now and then. She happened to be outside her house just to take out the trash quickly, so we caught her at the perfect time. She invited us in to talk and then she suddenly broke down in tears. We were kinda confused until she explained that she was at really low part of her life and she had been planning on hiding in the backyard and just crying for hours, until we showed up just at her wits end. She saw us being there right at that time as a miracle and was super grateful for us coming by.
It was a reminder to us of how important it is for us to make sure we are in the right place at the right time.
I guess you could say the moral of the story is that if you feel like eating Taco Bell, you definitely should go because it will lead to miracles (cue lightning strike).
Okay maybe not but that could totally be a blasphemous Taco Bell ad.
On Wednesday Elder H. and I drove down to Charleston for a doctors appointment. Charleston is a ton of fun and it is beautiful, but by the fifth time of making the 3+ hour drive it gets kinda old.
Monday was interesting. People go crazy on the 4th here. We heard a ton of reports of people doing dumb stuff and hurting themselves and man it was loud. California is lame when it comes to fireworks, but at least it is quiet there. It was hard to sleep.
I find it funny that people here can hardly afford to pay the power and water bills, yet they somehow find money to literally light money on fire with fireworks that are 15 bucks a piece. Southern logic.
On Friday we had ZTM and we had a potluck afterward. I got all fancy and cooked some baked mac n cheese and people loved it (thank you mom)! The only problem was that I didn’t get much cause it went so fast.
After ZTM we went on exchanges with the Ridgeway Elders and I went to Ridgeway with Elder B., who came out with me. It was fun and we made contact with a lot of people, which is rare for Ridgeway. We went to the BP, which is basically Ridgeway’s town center (it’s a gas station) and ended up talking to a ton of locals there, as well as giving directions to a family from North Carolina who came down here for a trip to Myrtle Beach as a “Make a Wish Foundation” trip for their mother who is on her last few weeks of life. I’m not sure why you would choose Myrtle Beach of all places, cause it’s basically the redneck San Fran of South Carolina, but it was still cool to talk to them.
We also found a turtle in our bathtub. It was probably the Elgin Elders that put that there.
Ridgeway is basically as “out there” as you can get in South Carolina. We see a lot of interesting people and houses out here. Ridgeway is so small that Elder B. knows almost everybody there. I want to say there are less than a thousand people in their area.
On Saturday nothing too crazy happened. We had weekly planning and I was feeling kinda sick. We also had ward coordination. I felt better as the night went on.
That is pretty much all that happened this week. We are going to be going fishing again today but we are choosing a different pond this time. Maybe I will actually catch something but I dunno with my luck.
Elder H. and I wrote a song the other day called “Get Swole Casserole.” We are going to be famous one day, just you watch.
This week I was reading a talk by Elder Faust (I think I spelled that right) and I was really impressed by it. I think it was called the “Power of Self Mastery” or something like that. The entire talk was awesome but one part that I really liked was when he said something along the lines of “the scriptures work as the best washing machine for our minds.” I thought this was really cool and interesting because it seems like in life our minds can get cluttered with worldly or distracting thoughts and ideas. Even if these thoughts aren’t inherently bad, they can distract us from the Spirit and make our lives seem messy. The Scriptures can help us “de-clutter” our minds and “wash” them clean of whatever we have in them. That is just another reason why it is so important we read the scriptures so often. Just as we would wash our clothes regularly, it is important we read the scriptures regularly so we can “wash away the dirt.” If we neglect to wash our clothes, it will be harder to remove all the stains we have. The same applies to our minds.
Anyway, there’s my week. Hope you all have a great one! I appreciate all of your emails and letters, even if I don’t respond to them right away (or ever)!
Elder Jeremiah Brown