Monday, July 11, 2016

The Legend of ZLda: Siege On Olympia

An alternate title would be: "Why Flirtatious Laurels Are Good For Missionary Work... Sometimes".
This week we were very blessed. You see, last week we had 6 people lined up to come to church, and nobody came, which was very sad. This week, however, we had 5 people lined up to come to church, and 5 people came. Of course, only 4 of the attendees were included in the original invitees, but that's still good. (In other words, we had an unprecedented arrival come to church, while also having somebody else not come.)
Cari did not come, due to some reasons (her ride never picked her up. We have verified that to be true because her ride did not come to church either). She is still reading the Book of Mormon and has come to church many times several,  and so she will still be baptized this coming Saturday. Rob and Cyndi finally came to church, and they brought their 15 year old son, Nathan, which was a wonderful surprise. He had never seem interested before, but he'd decided he wanted to come to church this week. Well, apparently he got really bored in sacrament meeting and wanted to go home. The moment sacrament ended, we walked quickly over to Rob and Cyndi and asked them if they were going to stay for the rest of the classes, when they reluctantly told us that they would probably have to go home because of Nathan. At that moment we all turned to look at Nathan, but we couldn't find him for several seconds, because he was being swarmed by all of the laurels and miamaids in the ward. Boy, he was suddenly grinning and happy, without a care in the world. Rob turned to us with a knowing smile on his face. "I think we may stay." 
That was a happy moment. Who knew that laurels and miamaids could actually use their powers of beguilement for good?  Of course they can, and and most of them do! (The problems come in the rare instances when they use their powers to turn into evil temptresses that prey upon the weak-minded) By the time the perfume and pheromone cloud had faded, Nathan was completely convinced that church was the place for him. We also had Miranda come to church. We had taught her again on Saturday, and were able to (by the Spirit) resolve some of her concerns about getting baptized. I am so grateful for the Gift of the Holy Ghost. What a huge blessing it is!
On another important note, we got our transfer calls this week. I have been called to The Olympia 2nd ward with Elder Hathaway. We will be the Zone Leaders there. I'm not sure how it's going to work out, but I'm sure God knows what He's doing. I think it will be fun to go to the capital, although I've heard that the streets are rife with sketchy individuals.
We have an ice cream store here in the Belfair area called Kayaks & Cones*. Their claim to fame is that they are "The Home of Geoduck Ice Cream". In case you are wondering; no, a geoduck (pronounced Gooey-Duck) is not a mix breed between a Geodude and a Psyduck. It is actually a large clam with a weird looking appendage. I encourage you to look up a picture of one now if you have never heard of them before. Anyway, we went to the ice cream place because I wanted to get a picture of me eating the ice cream, but apparently they only have it at certain times of the year, and I just barely missed it. In fact, they will have it in stock the moment I get into Olympia.  :(
Anyway, I suppose that's all I have until next time. So, without further ado, adieu.

* Have you ever noticed that the word 'kayak' is a palindrome. So is 'Stressed desserts', and so is 'Dr. Awkward'. Hmmm. salami hogs.

Elder Benge

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