This past week we’ve done a lot of service again. We directed traffic at a free produce event, weeded someone’s yard, and painted a playground for Parks and Recreation. That was a lot of fun, I love painting things!
We’ve also been making a lot of good food! Lately we’ve made miso chicken, samosas, aloo gobi, homemade bread, and enchiladas. We got hot dogs with barbeque beans, bacon, and little fries on them a few days ago and they were so strange but actually delicious. I also got sushi the other day and it was one of the highlights of my week.
On Sunday, I felt like we should be a little early to church. When we got there, a woman greeted us and said we had just texted her. We had “just texted” everyone in the ward, so we had no idea who she was. Then she said her name was Jennifer! We had been trying to get in contact with her for weeks but she had not replied because her phone stopped working. She had not been to church in years but had just gotten access to a car and decided to come. We were so excited to see her! She bore her testimony during sacrament meeting for the first time in 36 years. She wants us to help her 9-year-old daughter get to know God.
In the collection of discourses by Latter-Day Saint women throughout history, I really liked this quote from “Unto the Least of These” by Margaret C. Pickering:
“It does not do much good to talk about such big things as ‘humanity,’ ‘democracy,’ and the ‘brotherhood of man’ unless we can bring them down and apply them to our next-door neighbor, as that is where international amity and the brotherhood of man begins.”
What a great reminder that we should focus on serving the people who are in our community, not just those in distant places.
We’re still not teaching many people but we have a lot of people that we might start teaching soon, so that is exciting! The coronavirus case counts in the mission and nearby are rising, so we’re getting more restrictions and more are probably on the way. It’s hard to not teach people in person but it’s totally understandable; I would never want to put anyone at risk of infection.
I have now been in Grand Forks for over 9 weeks, so that’s crazy. I hope everyone is doing well! Let me know how you’re doing and if there is anything I can do for you. I love you all!