I was leaving when I got Will's email and thought he maybe could us a little pick me up. We rarely have time to write much just to each other so we stayed and wrote some of the every day things that are funny that have happened lately. Then I realized you'd probably think it's funny too.
"On a lighter note, I also had a dream Saturday night that I was being chased by an alligator. Funny, huh? Well, in real life if you run in zig zags then it's harder for the alligator to get you because they follow right in your path, and it's kind of hard for alligators to do zig zags, so guess what I was doing in my dream? Yup, sprinting zig zags! I think I woke up more tired! I often do these days.
We went to the post office this morning to weigh a package Sis. Carolan needs to send home. The lady put it on the scale, then she started measuring it so she could tell us how much it would be. Sis. Carolan turned to me and whispered, "she's figuring out the girth." HAHAHA, do you remember that Brian Regan skit? "what's the girth?" "three." "Three what?" "Three... girth units." Oh my goodness, it was all I could do to not completely lose it laughing in the post office. I didn't know Sis. Carolan knew that skit, and it was so funny!
Another time this week, we ate at a Mexican hole in the wall place called Juanita's. Those are the best - cheap and authentic. :) After paying and walking outside, Sis. Carolan said, “I wonder if that was Juanita?” Immediately, I was like, "Yeah, kinda like Wendy. 'Allo Wendy! This is Stan and Larry, we'll be dining in the car this evening." I never thought in a million years Sis C would know that too, but she did! oh man, we had a good laugh. It's those laughs that keep me going these days. We only taught 5 lessons this week. Yup, 5. We were aiming for 20. Interesting how we teach about agency all day every day as missionaries, but sometimes one person, or every person is using their agency unwisely! I was ranting about it one morning - NO one had kept any sort of commitment for so long, and a lunch had just fallen through when some elders called to see if we wanted to meet them for lunch. Then they got kinda wishy-washy about the timing, and Sis. C told them, "uh, you might want to keep this commitment or my companion and I are going to go crazy!" They laughed, but we were serious. Lucky for them they kept the lunch ;)
Also, did you know Dennis the Menace is real? Yeah, me either. Well, he's my Branch President's son! And I'm being 100% serious, no exaggeration. His looks, the way he walks, what he does, what he says, what he yells, it's out of control! The poor investigator that was sitting behind him yesterday. We have to laugh to keep from crying, which actually, I think his mom might have started to cry a little she was so stressed. I told Sis Carolan later I just wanted to get up from the piano, go over there, grab him and hold him in an iron grip in a chair, I didn't care what kind of fit he threw. I said I probably would have except that the branch president was sitting right in front, and would be facing me. Sis Carolan said, "yeah right, he'd probably think - finally!" tee hee.
All right, well there's some of the ramblings that don't really have to do with anything, but I just thought it might bring a smile to your face. Keep your head up. I know you have a good perspective. I also know you're human and maybe you're a tad sad. Maybe not, but I'm going to include what president wrote me (when I was totally depressed when I got transferred). He wrote: "I see lots of missionaries get sad at transfers. That is the price of love. I love my missionaries (you included) more than you can imagine and I know that Heavenly Father loves you even more. I know what it takes to make one strong enough and converted enough to stay on the path called straight and narrow and partake of the fruit of the tree of life and I am committed to put my missionaries on that path... whatever it takes. You are learning all about "love, serve and teach". The neat thing is that you will come to love the people here just as much, I promise!"
The Lord will continue to put you on whatever path He has to to make you strong and converted enough to stay. Something came up in ZTM that I was thinking about - how when we signed that paper and agreed to come on a mission, it was like signing into the military. Only instead of telling the government they can do anything with us, we told the Lord that. We gave our lives over, He can put us through WHATever He wants, WHEREver he wants, and with WHOever He wants. This may not be totally applicable to you because I know you know these things. At the same time, it's just a little food for thought. Sometimes we need a reminder.
Love you more than I can say, and talk about you all the time! Remember that you are a righteous and powerful Son of God, and you hold the power of God, His authority, here on the earth. And He is SO proud of you!"
OK! Now, we're gonna go play some volleyball! Love ya!