Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Week #34 - Straighten Up and Fly Right

Hey family!

This week was pretty busy to say the least.

Elder Christensen got to extend one of his first official baptism invitations on Tuesday and it was awesome. Lisa didn't even hesitate! He is doing an awesome training me so far.

Wednesday was zone meeting. Not much else, but we learned quite a bit about teaching skills just because 90% of the zone is training right now.

We spent a lot of Thursday doing some bike fixes. So much for Elder Christensen's "brand new bicycle" right? It was good though. But now my bike is having some minor issues so basically we have been on foot for most of the week which I am fine with. It's really easy to talk to people on foot, and we are pretty good at it.

The Jelly Coconut
(and accompanying wicked machete)
Friday was great. We cracked open some jellies (basically just not-ripe coconuts I think?) According to JamaicaTravelAndCulture.comCoconuts are either harvested at their jelly stage or their mature stage. The jelly stage occurs between seven and nine months. During this stage the coconut yields sweet refreshing coconut water and a thin layer of soft, jelly like flesh. The coconut is fully mature after 10 to 12 months, when the flesh becomes thicker and more solid.  YUM!!

In the evening we saw someone for the first time. Her name is Erika and she basically told us that when we contacted her on the street last Sunday (her birthday) She had been praying for God to send someone to help her live a better life I guess and then we showed up and just invited her to hear our message later on in the week. She also said that the Book of Mormon might just be an answer to her prayer but she would have to look into it. This type of stuff does not happen every day so I thank the Spirit and Elder Christensen's desire to talk with everyone at all times.

For General Conference, it rained hard both Saturday and Sunday for the first time in like four months, ending a pretty long drought. Anyway, Conference was awesome. I don't know why, but I couldn't stop thinking about what Robert D. Hales said: "Straighten up and fly right." It's so simple yet so profound. If you're doing something wrong, fix it. Not sure why THAT was the quote that stuck but it was and it is shaping my mission now. Hope you all had a good gen conf experience as well!

We are going bowling today at the only bowling alley in all of Jamaica so that will be great!

Until next week!


Elder Graham

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