This past week was Halloween. Because of all the tom-foolery that occurs on Halloween night, all the missionaries were asked to be in after dinner. Elder Deal and I decorated our room with religious artwork that some nice members of the Church had given us. I ate a Milky Way and Three Musketeers and chocolate chip cookie. mmmm. sugar.
With snow appearing on the mountains in the distance and temperatures dropping and me riding around on a bicycle, I have donned gloves and stocking cap for added warmth. The short sleeves are still in, but mostly for the Minnesota-bravado I need to maintain to prove I'm from there.
We helped several people out with moving projects. One family moved out of their place and another had us over to complete several home improvement projects needing to get done before they leave in December. We helped another family pick apples off of some massively overgrown trees.
This past Sunday was fast and testimony meeting. Church members come to services fasting for specific reasons that are personal to them and their families and then, after receiving the Sacrament, Church members are allowed to go to the pulpit and share their testimony of God, Jesus Christ, Gospel principles, etc. The meeting reminds everyone of how many things we have to be grateful for in our lives and provides a very real spiritual boost needed for the rest of the week and month. They occur on the first Sunday of every month.
This past Sunday, a little girl (probably 9 years old) got up and said that she believed in God and Jesus and then sat down. Quite a few other kids got up as well, so her testimony slipped to the back of my mind. Near the end of the meeting, I saw her get up and walk back up to the pulpit. She proceeded to explain that she had a testimony and strong belief in repentance, or the ability to change and become better and more Christ-like. She explained in her clear and innocent way that she had been fasting, but then had forgotten and accidentally eaten a piece of candy that had been offered by a friend sitting near her. She said she had felt bad about it and asked her dad what she should do. Her dad taught her how to pray and rededicate her fast to God. She did those things, but then took it upon herself to report on what had happened and how it had changed her, even in a small way! It was so awesome! I was again reminded that we all need to humble ourselves as little children.
I hope you all have a wonderful week!