It has been quite the week here on Staten Island…
I hope you had a great Easter!! We had a pretty exciting week. 🙂
It started on Monday!! We tried to celebrate Passover… it was
interesting. We had some lambs, bitter herbs, unleavened bread, etc.
After it was all ready we stood around the table and went over the
symbolism of it all. We made sure to have our shoes on so we could
leave at a moments notice. It seems like a great tradition right? Well
the bitter herb was… BITTER. We had green onions and just ate those
raw. It did remind us of the bitterness of slavery, that is for sure.
It did its job. Ha! Then we ate the lamb… which was so greasy. It
was not very good quality. We then chugged the grape juice, and
decided to just munch on the unleavened bread! We got the bread from a
Jewish member here. The bread was straight from Israel.. and kosher.
🙂 Anyways we came to the conclusion that it was a once in a lifetime
celebration… and I was still hungry afterwards. SO I heated up some
pork and had a glass of milk. If you know anything about Jewish law
you will know why that is funny. Haha!
Then we had transfer meeting on Tuesday!!! I will be staying in Staten
Island of course, and I am fine with that! There is still a lot of
work left for me to do here. It was so hot at transfer meeting. Our
whole mission came to this one because everything got re-aligned. The
Lynbrook District became a Stake! It was the last one on the
continental U.S. and it is no longer. We now have four stakes in the
mission. The work is hastening! Because of that there was two more
zones created.. the mission is growing like crazy. It was a historic
meeting that we went to, and it even got a little sweaty in that room.
Everyone was ‘shining’. I think Yoshi took a picture of me after that
meeting, so you can see how much I was ‘glowing’ ha! I am excited for
the future of this mission though. 🙂
We spent the rest of the week inviting investigators and less actives
to the Easter party that the ward was having on Saturday! The party
was great. I ate way too much food… I just can’t pass up free food.
But I did eat a little too much… it was delicious though. Then there
was Easter egg hunts for all ages. The adult one was pretty fun. You
went and found eggs, and depending on the egg you would get different
prizes. It was fun. We finally met Bro Garcia there! He was a member
that moved in from Far Rockaway. It was a miracle. The ward really
needs fully active members out here.
I loved the #BecauseofHim thing the church did all week. It was
amazing to see Facebook covered with uplifting things. Ever since I
have been on my mission I have come to know one thing… That I don’t
know very many things. One thing I do know is that Jesus Christ lives.
We have the opportunity to live with our Father in Heaven again, and
it is all because of our Savior. I may not know very many other
things, and as long as I know that simple truth.. I am okay with that.
Come what may, and Love it!
First of all.. I would not recommend driving in New York City. To
anyone. It is insane! We were driving the other day and on one side
was as huge semi truck, on the other side was a bicyclist, in front of
us was a car that just double parked because the wanted to, further
down the road somebody was trying to do a u-turn in a small lane, PLUS
the pedestrians that just walk across the street whenever they feel
like it. It is crazy. I hope the image that have in your mind does
that situation justice!!! It’s a mad world out here. Ha!
It was a great week! I was able to go back into the city for a day on
exchanges. We had a blast. We met a guy walking his pug and started
talking to him. Turns out he works with a member of the church!!!!!
That member was in the spanish ward where I was exchanging!
Coincidence? I think not. He said he had already been invited to
church, and wasn’t interested right now. Right after that we went to
the members house who knew this guy and thanked him for being a great
member. It was a cool experience.
Saturday was a highlight for us!! There are some Filipino families in
the ward that are great. One of the daughters had her birthday and so
they threw her a party. A party it was!! It was outside on the grass
behind the church. There were tents set up, face painting, magicians,
etc. The food was the best part. They had a whole pig. It was all so
good. It was themed “Despicable Me”. Haha I will send you the picture
that we took in our party hats. It was great! Of course the most
important part, we were able to talk to tons of people! We made some
new friends, and passed out some cards. Nobody was interested quite
yet, but hey! We tried. It was a fun time!! They have these Filipino
Spring rolls that are so good… plus this dish called “Pancit”. It is
to die for.
We had a super powerful lesson with a lady who has been coming to
church for a while now! A member sat in with us, and it was so
spiritual. This lady said she would pray about getting baptized on
Mother’s Day!!! She has the cutest son too. I am really happy for
Recently we have been studying the book of Hosea for companionship
study. The book is rich in symbolism! It uses marriage a lot as an
example. It gives the parallel of Jehovah being the Husband to His
bride Israel compared to Hosea being commanded to marry a harlot named
Gomer (we aren’t exactly sure if he was actually married to gomer or
what the deal is, but it really gets the point across!). Anyways.
Anytime it refers to the bride committing adultery it is talking about
how Israel is ‘cheating’ on The Lord with their idolatrous ways.
Idolatry is a very serious sin, and is out there today! It got me
thinking.. Where are my priorities? Am I ‘cheating’ on The Lord by
putting other things before Him? It is something I think we all need
to ponder. There are great lessons to be learned from the Old
Oh Dang! I was going to tell you all about Passover and how we are
going to celebrate it tonight.. I will let you know how it goes next
Come what may, and Love it!
Well General Conference was awesome!! The Priesthood session was probably my favorite one that I had ever been to. I learned a lot of really good things. I am just sad that we have to wait another six months for the next one. I especially liked President Monson’s talk in Priesthood. It fired me up. 🙂