True Charity?

We went to a Staten Island Yankees baseball game last Monday!! It was
a blast. They lost in extra innings… but it was still worth it. Plus
we all got free jerseys out of it!! Miracle. 🙂 Elder Beazer and I got
our hair cut in Dyker Heights. The chino hair cuts are always an
adventure because you never know what you will be walking out with!
They don’t speak any english. Haha! It turned out fine though.

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I spent the day in Brooklyn for an exchange. We got fed by a family
that we taught. They gave us Macadamia milk? It was the strangest
thing. They put regular macadamias into this machine, and it grinded
them up and boiled it into milk or something? It was strange. Oh and
we had some delicious noodles in this sauce with peanut butter mixed
in? I think it was a thai food? Anyways. The Chinese exchanges are
always my favorite.

Bishop Glick and family invited us over for dinner. It is always so
nice to go over there. There house is just so… home-y. Truly a home
away from home. There have been a few of those out here!! But they are
rare. They always make the best food too. I love it! That night we
went to mutual with the young men, and a professional volleyball
player came and did a little camp. She asked, “Who knows the three
fundamentals to volleyball??” Elder Beazer and I both said, “Bump,
set, spike it!!”. Luckily we said it to ourselves because then she
said, “If anyone ever says bump set spike to that question then you
know that they know nothing about volleyball”. Oops… we looked
around to make sure nobody heard us. Ha! The correct terms are “pass,
set, hit” apparently… Who knew?

We used Facebook to teach some lessons this week! It is actually
really effective, because everyone is usually on the move out here!
But everyone has their phone with them. It is a huge blessing to have
that tool.

Our ward party on Saturday was great! There was a lot of hard work
that went into it. Our awesome landlords came, and so did a family
that we have been visiting!! It was a great time. There was a bunch of
carnival games for all of the kids. Everyone seemed to enjoy it.

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President Calderwood came out to dedicate Staten Island. The whole
ward council gathered and we all came together in prayer. It was
pretty powerful. The work really needs to hasten, and we needed that
spiritual boost. While President was at church with us he made a very
insightful comment. He said something along the lines of, “True
charity is shown in how we treat our spouses (or companion), children,
and close friends. We would be fooling ourselves if we thought we had
charity because we donated something to strangers, yet mistreated
those closest to us”.

I am far from being a perfect missionary, but I am so glad I chose to
come out and serve. I believe that everyone should serve. It has done
more for my life than I would have ever imagined. I will be eternally
grateful for the opportunity to serve!!

Elder Lee
Come what may, and Love it!

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