Random #1 Sister McArthur sang her version of Nearer My God To Thee while I "oooed" in the background. https://www.dropbox.com/s/c90t87fnt99svwl/MVI_1089.MOV?dl=0
(here's the video when we practiced.) I would buy the album. In the performance at zone meeting we wore sick Hawaiian pants and Jesus shoes.. Needless to say I know what I want for Christmas. Hawaiian pants and Jesus shoes.
Random #2 We had a couple lessons with families this week and I wanted to make the scriptures come to life so we bought shirts and had the kids rip them off and write " In memory of our God, our religion,and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children"- Alma 46:12
They fastened it on to the end of a pole (which you could mistake as a broom) and pretended to pump up their family to go to war.
Random #3 We were talking to Brother Perez and he told us about when he was working at a front desk and a man said to him "give me keys" and he thought he said "give me kiss"... lol. You had to be there when he was telling the story.
So Tuesday we went to McAllen. We had no idea what was going to happen, just that we needed to be there at 9am. We walked in and up on the screen was Meet the Mormons! We got to see a premiere before it came out in theaters!
I'll give yall a quick run through of it. There are 6 stories of Mormons and how they live their religion.
1. A bishop who lives in Atlanta Georgia.. Kinda boring, but necessary.
2. The Navy Football coach in MD. (You could see the "longingness" dripping off the elders as they watched football.)
3. A woman whose hobby is professional fighting in Coasta Rica.
4. A pilot from around WW2.
5. A Humanitarian from Nepal.
6. A missionary mom whose son served in Africa.
They were all good but I wanted to focus on the story of the pilot, Gail Halvorsen. The separation of Germany after the war made so that thousands were without food. American pilots would fly food over and Gail was one of them. One day he landed, delivering the food and saw children standing behind a chain-link fence. He walked over to they and looked into their starving eyes. Mr. Halvorsen wanted to do something to show he cared, so he reached into his pockets to give them what he had, only to find two sticks of gum. He gave it to the children, but it was not enough to share with everyone. The children who didn't receive the gum took turns smelling the wrapper.
It broke Gail's heart so he decided that he had to do something more. He came up with a brilliant plan. Next time he flew over he would tie small parachutes to chocolates and drop them out the window as he flew over the children.
What started as a small act of love turned into headlines of the news. "The Candy Bomber" brought the people hope that the sun would shine in Germany again.
The story of the candy bomber connects to the talk in general conference by Elder Holland.
We need to help our neighbors, and no Kate, that is not just an excuse to run to the Faldmo's and clean their house. (not that it needs cleaning, Kate just likes going there.)
What can you do more? Elder Holland so frankly reminds us,"Impart from your substance!"
Go out of your way to help someone in need. I want to challenge everyone: Turn your small act of service (giving someone a piece of gum) into something bigger ("bombing" candy over a city). Make it something special so that it takes a little effort on your part. The blessings of giving from your heart will far out weigh the burden of service. In fact, when you serve with your heart, it isn't a burden at all. When you are generous to God's children, God will be generous to you.
Love you all. Keep on keepin' on.
More on Gail Halvorsen:http://www.mormonchannel.org/why-i-believe/42
Elder Holland's talk: https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/10/are-we-not-all-beggars?lang=eng