Thanksgiving – November 30, 2015

  • Companion: Elder Sirrine
  • Area: Jennings Branch, Louisiana

Well this week has been an interesting week with Thanksgiving. I honestly can really remember Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. I do remember Monday we went bowling with other missionaries and there was
11 of us, 8 Elders and 3 Sisters. It was really fun. However, I really don’t know what else we did that day. Life can be a really long blur!

Thursday, Thanksgiving. No, that day shouldn’t even exist on a mission! For Thanksgiving we went two places to eat. First (at noon) we went to an older couples house and the four of us ate and that was really nice and they loved having us over. The second (at 3pm) we went to an older lady’s house and she feed us and it was her son and the four of us who ate together. It just felt like regular dinners we have other than pie and it was just 2 dinners really close to each other. Around here dinner is lunch, and supper is dinner. But other than food, Thanksgiving sucks on a mission. It’s a non-proselyting day so we go around looking for service, but everyone’s too busy with family and tells us we should go home and just relax. Even the members we ate
with, when we told them we were looking to serve and asked if they had some service we could do, we went, but by the time we got there they said “don’t worry about it today, just enjoy yourselves.” On a mission that feels weird not being able to proselyte, because that’s all we do!

So on Thanksgiving we sent out a Happy Thanksgiving text out to most of our phone contacts and one guy called us, his nickname is Rev. He invited us to their Thanksgiving dinner the next day (Friday) at noon and we don’t even know Rev. He is not a member. So we decided to go! The Elders in Crowley came with us too and when we got there he had his whole family there and they were finishing up cooking the food. After about 20 mins they brought out a pig. Like a full pig, head and all. It was a pretty good size pig. I’m sure it weighed more than me by a lot! When we got our plates they just cut the meat right from the pig and oh boy was that the best pig I have ever had! We got a chance to talk to Rev while the food was cooking and he is a great guy. Our discussion with him, end up leading to us giving him a blessing. He has a bit of health problems going on right now. By the time we left, he said he was already feeling a little better. Got to love the Power of God!

Saturday we went to Catholic Mass again. This time it was their full thing and not just part and there was a lot more people. It was the first weekend of Advent. So that made it a little different, and they had music this time. Father Mac (MacMillan) recognized us again and afterward several people came up to us and thanked us for coming, a few of them talked a little longer to us and we were able to give them our Christmas Initiative cards, “A Savior Is Born.” We invited them to watch a 2 min video about Christ’s birth. Then we got to talk to Father Mac on the street with a bunch of people watching us. He gave us a hand shake which turned into a hug. It was kind of funny with all the Catholic people who don’t talk to us, watching us. We talked to him [for] a bit and he invited us to go out to dinner with him sometime this week, if we can find a free time that works for the both of us. We also gave him a card and he said he would watch the video. He gave us a hand shake at the end and he went to cover my hand with his, but he stopped. He covered my companions hand though and pretty much everyone else’s hand. There is this thing; I don’t know what to call it. But at least the more “elegant” or “high up” or even “older” people in this area do and it’s more than just here. What they do is cover your hand with theirs, when they think they are more “high up” or “better” than you. I don’t know if it is the same all over, but we found out from multiple people around here, that’s why some people do cover your hand. So apparently, I have gained the respect of Father Mac, which I think is pretty cool.

Sunday we had to get a ride to church because we are low on miles and when we got home we had to bike pretty much everywhere and we biked over 15 miles, which I haven’t done for a while. But the weather was crap! It was 82 degrees and it had just rained a little, not enough to cool things down but just enough to add a lot of humidity! It was just like summer, but all over again! Anyways is been an interesting week, it has definitely drug on and on. But gone by so fast all at the same time! I hate that feeling so much! But I’m glad I have the chance to be out here serving a mission. I know this is where I need to be right now.  Christ, our Savior was born, he died, and he lives again! The Book of Mormon is the word of God and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Gods Kingdom on earth. Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and Thomas S. Monson is the living prophet today. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

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