Throw A Rock

About three days into the MTC, my companion had a meltdown. We're talking all out, sobbing, snot-n-tears meltdown. Every member of our district had at least one during our 9 week stay, but she was first. It started with frustration with learning a new language, which triggered a domino effect of self-criticisms until she was [...]

2013-02-28T09:00:00+00:00 February 28th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

An Unfortunate Articulation Error

I entered the MTC back when they still had a big meeting with the families of new missionaries. First, they rolled out an impressive list of statistics about the Provo MTC itself (how many gallons of milk consumed per week, how many languages taught, etc.) This was followed by a pep talk from the mission [...]

2016-06-27T16:43:05+00:00 February 27th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Teaching Under the Influence

After teaching Sonny a great first lesson, we had been trying to set a follow up lesson for three weeks with no success. Finally, we got one set up for Monday night, right after P-Day. P-days in the mission can get a little wild sometimes. We spent the day at a members house playing racquet [...]

2016-10-14T22:02:04+00:00 February 26th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Intimidating Backpack

My companion and I were in a sister's area to conduct a baptismal interview. The woman we were there to visit didn't answer her door away. As we waited, my companion leaned down and was petting her dog through the gate. The dog seemed nice enough so I decided to join him. I put down [...]

2013-02-22T09:00:00+00:00 February 22nd, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Winds Are Not in Your Favor

We were assigned to a large, rural area and we were lucky enough to cover it on our bikes. One particular day we had a referral that was pretty far out in the boonies. We geared up, strapped on our helmets and headed out. It was late afternoon and we didn’t think much of the [...]

2016-10-14T22:02:04+00:00 February 6th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sweet is the Work

We were teaching a family who had 3 kids, all under the age of 10. To win some points with them, I decided to make them an american-style apple crisp for a Family Home Evening we had planned with them. In a country where sugar is nearly non-existent even in dessert, there's no telling what [...]

2013-02-05T09:00:00+00:00 February 5th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Lessons in Anatomy

Usually we hear stories from the perspective of the missionaries who experienced them but I have on to tell from the other side. I love hearing stories the missionaries tell when they come to visit. They often bring laughs and other times inspiration. I enjoy having the missionaries over to visit and share a message. [...]

2016-10-14T22:02:04+00:00 February 4th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tongue Twisters

I was called to serve in Japan in the seventies. Back then, they sent us to the Missionary Training Center in Hawaii. I spent two months there, learning the language and preparing to serve. When we arrived in Japan, we spent the first day with the Mission President and the Assistants. After a great pep-talk, [...]

2016-10-14T22:02:04+00:00 February 1st, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments