Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Conference, Easter, And A Bumblebee!

This week was really awesome! Lots of really fun stuff happened. And now I'm going to tell you about it!

Got to go do service again at that tree farm I told you about a couple weeks ago. We really enjoy getting to go out there and help out. This time after we helped out that family was the ones that had signed up to feed us dinner, which was tasty. One cool part though is after dinner the family took us in a golf cart they have and took us on a tour of their whole property. And it is huge! Don't worry, I did take a couple pictures just so you can see how big it is. And there are a lot of trees!

The next day I got to go on exchanges with an Elder named Elder Willes. It was a lot of fun. We got to go visit one of the ward's recent converts named D, an 18 year old whose family comes from Vietnam. We have been reading the Book of Mormon with him to help him strengthen his testimony of it, and it went really good. Then later in the day we got to go out to one of the farther parts of our area and visit a member named Bro. Swords. We had a really good chat with him as well. It was a lot of fun!

A bit later in the week our investigator S asked us to come over and help her to put together a chicken coop that she had bought, so we went over to do that, got everything all set up, and were just about to start....when I got stung by a bee!!! Right behind my left ear! It was really bizarre. I just hear what I think is a fly so I brush it away, and then all I see is a flash of yellow across my eyes, and then I feel something hit behind my ear and leave behind something sharp! I naturally reacted and pulled out the stinger...though I think I pulled it out wrong, but it turned out fine just because of how quickly I got it out. Then this bee chased Elder Stevens and I up the hill back to S and her husband's house (we were down the hill a bit next to their water tower). They got me some ice, and then Susie said to go get the tools and we would build it "when it cooled down" but I really think she just didn't want another kamikaze bee stinging us again. Thankfully it didn't hurt too bad, mostly just surprised me. But now after 20 years of surviving I can't say that I have never been stung by a bee...though I can say that I am officially not allergic to them!

Other than that the only exciting thing about this week was this little thing called General Conference!!! It was amazing! I really loved the two days of getting super spiritually nourished! A couple of my favorite talks were Elder Wilford Andersen's in the Saturday afternoon session where he talked about how we should all strive to be like Shiblon, to do right for rights sake and not try to get titles or positions, and if we get the chance to lead others, don't use it to boast, and then also Elder Holland's Sunday morning, about the Savior's Atonement, and President Uchtdorf's right afterwards about grace. And then Sunday we also got to go to a family's house for Easter brunch which was delicious! And for Easter dinner we got to have Greek food, which was pretty good but I don't think I fully enjoyed it because I was still super full from brunch!  The lamb we had actually reminded me of Sunday pot roast at home. So rest assured, I still like almost all things with food in the title.

Rather than give a spiritual thought today, I'm going to just encourage you all to re-watch/listen/read the messages from conference. And I am really excited for next month when the new Conference Ensign comes out! (could you please get me one) I know that as we continue to study the words of the general authorities that we will continue to be uplifted!


Elder Wixom

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