The Ward BBQ

Howdy y’all!

Sorry, my companion’s from Texas and it rubbed off. But not really. I’m just making excuses.

This week was the most productive and eventful week in this area since I got here! We added a new investigator this week, with which we saw a miracle. Additionally, we set a new baptismal date with Pamela since the last one passed and she wasn’t ready.

Our new investigators name is Waris. Waris is a Marshallese-Chinese-Indian man who requested a copy of the Bible on the church’s website. We brought it to him and asked him if he would be interested in a copy of the Book of Mormon, as well. He accepted and we started teaching him on Monday. When we went back on Thursday, he told us that he had been praying to know how to follow Jesus Christ and then we showed up at the door, so we taught him specifically about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the steps of faith, repentance, baptism, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. When we talked about baptism with him, he told us that he had been looking to get baptized somewhere, so we invited him to be baptized in October, to which he accepted. It was a miracle, and one that was really relieving to see after the long, hard weeks I’ve had here.

Pamela is progressing well, still, but we’ve had to slow down with her a bit because she’s had some health troubles over the past few weeks. Nothing to be too concerned about, just a bump in the road. She accepted a new baptismal date this coming month, and we’ll be taking the final steps to get her to that point over the next few weeks.

The biggest thing we had going on this week was the Ward BBQ. The Crystal Springs 1st Ward holds an annual BBQ here in San Bruno and we were able to go to that this week. It’s the first ward activity I’ve been to in a long time. We had an investigator there, too, which was really good! It was Sylvia.

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This is Sylvia (on the right) and her daughter Laura (who is super shy). They knew I was taking the picture, they just didn’t care…

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This is Brother Parker. He’s best member in the ward (or one of them, at least).

The great thing about this BBQ was actually the fact that our Bishop knows how to cook meat better than anyone else I’ve ever met. His ribs are INSANE. I don’t know where he learned to grill it, but it’s one of the best things I’ve ever eaten in my entire life. My favorite day of the month is when he has us over for dinner. Awhile back, on exchanges with the zone leaders, Elder Apostolos and I had the best steak we’d ever eaten in our entire lives. And I wish that was an exaggeration, but it’s just not.

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The Ward BBQ

In addition to these fun things and miracles we had this week, we spent a bit of time tracting and talking to people on the streets, as well as doing service for senior citizens, including a 95 year-old man in our ward. Every Wednesday we go to the San Bruno Senior Center and serve lunch there. It’s always a fun experience because the people who go there still have a lot of personality and life in them, and they sure aren’t afraid to show it. In fact, there’s this 80 year-old man who teaches a line dancing class right after lunch every day. It’s funny to watch because he just doesn’t let his age slow him down.

Side story: the Senior Center has bingo every Wednesday in the cafeteria. According to the other volunteers there, the seniors who come to play bingo have all these weird superstitions and things they do for good luck when they play bingo. There’s one guy who can’t have anyone sitting across from him or he freaks out, apparently. Those seniors sure love their bingo!

On Friday we were also able to meet with a chaplain at a hospital! He got our contact information and we were able to give him some materials they are going to add to this “Spiritual Package” they give to patients who request it. It’s a box full of different religious texts, including the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Quran, and some other books. They added the Book of Mormon a few weeks ago special thanks to the Bishop’s wife, who is an employee there. We were able to add Plan of Salvation pamphlets to it, especially since that’s a message geared more towards people who aren’t sure about the meaning of life and where they go after it’s over.

Sorry to be long winded… We had a great week. Got a lot done. I was able to stay more sane than I have been in awhile, which was good. Hopefully we can maintain the pace in these coming weeks, especially since there’s a 95% chance of me leaving the area next transfer.

I hope you all have a good week! Know that I love you all!
~Elder Pike

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