Yesterday was the big run to town trying to get too much done in one day. Our arms are sore from the DT and H1N1 shots, we have two billion pill bottles we need to take with us (which they'll probably take away because they'll think we are drug smugglers), and we have our legal paperwork completed in case we croak off while we are gone. Almost-Elder Ercell O got another white shirt (only one to go to meet the requirement) and his missionary trench coat with a warm lining (also required). He looked very missionaryish with it on. I told him he has to wear that on the plane because there is no way it's going to fit in the luggage. If it did fit, it'd push us over the weight limit. I'm a bit fearful for how much all this stuff we think we are taking is going to weigh. It costs something like $200.00 or more if you go over on weight!
Our pantry and fridge are becoming emptier as we try to eat everything so we won't put ourselves on a guilt trip about being wasteful (you know, the starving people in the world). We'll find people who can use the extra food--especially the fish we still have from our trip to Alaska. That is like $250.00 a pound fish when you look at what we caught and what it cost to do that fishing trip. It isn't all about the fish, of course. It was a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for me and something I'd dreamed of doing since I was little. I've always loved to fish. It never mattered if I caught anything because it is about the anticipation of catching THE BIG ONE (or actually anything) and being in a lovely place with water and scenery. Now, we go on another once-in-a-lifetime fishing trip. We'll be in a lovely place being fishers of men (women, etc.) and finding even just one will bring the greatest joy--can't get any better than that!!
Missions are Fun
Preston Temple photo taken 21 Nov. 2010
A missionary is someone who leaves his or her home for a little while so others can have their families forever.
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Our Mission Scriptures
Our Mission Scriptures:
"Oh, that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart . . . Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth." Alma 29:1-2 (Book of Mormon)
" . . . be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:58 (Bible)