Monday, December 1, 2014

Email Update: 12/1/2014--Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Everyone,

We had an interesting Thanksgiving this year. We ate at our Ward Mission Leader's house, which was awesome. The strange part was that they had invited another family of 5 or 6 to join us, and everyone had been planning on them being there, including (supposedly) the family itself. However, it stuck to the cliche that a plan will last until the first move is made. Our WML cooked up two whole turkeys (one smoked and one deep fried), along with double batches of everything else, including stuffing, jello salad, rolls, pie, and the like. Long story short, Elder Riley ended up with a whole ton of leftovers.

The other cool thing that happened this week has to do with the He Is The Gift initiative. We have been able to hand out a lot of the pass-along cards that go with it, and watch the video with several of the members who had us over for dinner. Every time i watch the video, i am surprised at how powerful such a short video can be. It really doesn't speak a lot, but it says a ton. One of the chances we had to hand out a card was in a very unexpected situation. We were driving back to our house after church yesterday, and Elder Riley says, out of the blue, "What the heck!?"

I look out the window, and driving the other way is a green sedan---with its hood flipped all the way against the windshield. We turned around, and went to go see how bad it was. After they had pulled over and the hood had fallen back down, hundreds of cracks and hairline fractures could be found all over the windshield, and the hood was completely concave, to match the shape of the windshield. We pulled over, and Elder Riley went to check and see just how bad it was for the engine itself. According to the two young women in the car, their dad had just changed all of the fluids in the car that morning, so Elder Riley thinks that he may have left the hood unlatched after the dad finished. We got to talk to them for just a little bit, and we left the card with our number on it, with a request to call us if they ever needed anything. We also told them about the video and the He is the Gift website, and they said that they would look it up when they could. Nothing miracle-ish, but cool none the less.

That mostly sums up this week, thank you so much for everything that you do.

Love, Elder Stuver

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