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 3 cups of brown sugar could do to a family of native Mozambicans. We arrived with the still-warm apple crisp in hand, and the family (especially the children) were elated. They each dished up a healthy helping and began devouring it while we taught the lesson. We noticed as we were talking, that the kids were becoming lethargic and were slowly taking bites in a sort of hypnotized state. After a short time, we could barely get their attention, and they could barely keep their eyes open. It became apparent that they had never had sugar in this highly concentrated of a dose before. The parents were holding in their laughter as the 8 year old boy sat on the floor in the corner clutching his cup, trying as hard as he could to lift his spoon to his mouth one more time. We finished up our discussion and said goodbye as Mom was telling the now nearly unconscious children to go to bed. As we passed the home the next day, the mother told us that their family hadn’t slept that good in years and that their son never made it to bed and slept on the living room floor. We were proud to have offered this modest african family a small taste of what a real American Family Home Evening is like. Elder Medley Mozambique Maputo 2002-2004

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

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