Sept. 3, 2013
So I did not send out a message last week so I will explain some of the stuff that happened then too. I want to start off with the dinner we had with the S’ family. So the S’s are members that we had been trying to find for a long time to no avail. Well we finally succeeded and they were very happy to see us and invited us to come back for dinner. As we left they gave us a bunch of cherry tomatoes and some cayenne peppers. We kind of put the peppers out of our mind until a couple of hours right before we were about to go visit that family. We decided that we had to at least try them before we went to their house for dinner so we can tell them how they were.
They were hot, really hot. I was fine after a little while but Elder Griffin got a stomach ache almost immediately after eating it. Well after he got better we went to the dinner which was really good and then we were told to do something we had never heard of before. After we had finished eating they told us it was time for us to sing for our food.
Elder Griffin and I looked at each other very confused and asked them what they meant. Brother Shienberg told us that some of the sister missionaries in the past told him that we are supposed to sing for our food. After much persuasion we sung the song "God Be With You Till We Meet Again." We decided to sing this to them because just a couple of nights earlier I found out that I would be leaving Manchester soon to serve in another area.
Well I am now no longer in the great area of Manchester anymore. Now I am in the Ashford area, which just so happens to be the area right next to Manchester. So I may have mentioned how much of a foresty area my last area was, the difference here in Ashford is now it feels like we are travelling in Jumanji. My new address is now 149 Ashford Center Rd. Apt. C6 Ashford, Connecticut 06278 and if you were to Google this address you might just find a bunch of trees in the middle of nowhere.
Although I have been here for 3 1/2 days there have been some crazy cool experiences that have happened. So both of these stories happened because we have been walking. And although I am not in a walking area we have no miles because we have to use our miles just to get to meetings because we are so far away from everyone else. So my new companion, Elder Graff, and I were walking to a less-active members home when all of a sudden a car pulls off the road in front of us and the man inside asks us "Hey are you the Mormon missionaries?" We said yes and he told us that he heard that we do service and he wanted us to come by some time to help him with some stuff. We said we would love to, but then he stopped us and said the real reason he wants us over is because he wants to go over some of Smith's writings with us. He told us about how a friend of his gave him a Book of Mormon and he started reading it and was interested and confused about some things.
Now at this point we were just trying to keep our cool so we didn't scare him off, after he left Elder Graff and I had to make sure that it all really happened. So we made it to the member’s house, but unfortunately they were not there. So we then started to walk to the next less-active’s house. On the way there we found a gas station, and by this point Elder Graff was pretty thirsty from walking all day. So we went in to buy some drinks.
While we were figuring out what we wanted a man walked in and said "Well what do you know it is the Mormon missionaries." We started talking to him and it turns out that he had met with the missionaries a long time ago and for one reason or another stopped. We asked him if we could come by some time and talk with him about religion and he said that would be fine if he could feed us and buy our drinks for us. We ended up taking him up on his offer and told him that we would call him on the day he told us to.
From this experience I learned how much preparation the Lord puts into each person so that they can be ready to find the gospel. Many people might think that we were in the right place and at the right time and they are right but what I do know is it was not because of luck that we were there. We met these people because we were doing what the Lord wanted us to at that moment in time. Which was walking on the street in the sun, because we have no miles on our car. I hope that as I spend more time in this area that I will be able to tell you about how these two appointments go. Until then.