Another week in paradise! McComb is one interesting place. An elder in my district put it like this: "When people in Mississippi say that the thug life chose them, they mean it." I've said it before, but this place really is foreign compared to how I grew up. People fear for their physical safety every day - at home, at school, and on the streets. It's opened my eyes to how so many people live.
That being said, this environment breeds some strong-willed people. I will
quickly speak of some of the African American women I've met - they are
fireballs. At a lesson with an 52 year-old investigator and an 80 year-old
member, we became helpless to intervene as they got to loudly discussing how to
defend yourself around here. We just had to sit back and laugh about some of
the things said: "Back off, cuz Madear's in the HOUSE!" and then on
another topic but in the same lesson: "After 3 hours of church?! If you
ain't got God by then, you ain't gonna get Him!" People say the funniest
things, I swear. Talking about the Book of Mormon, "Those demons are
RIDICULOUS!" Also, it's not "street," it's "skreet."
It's not "children," it's "churren." I wish y'all could
hear these people. They keep a smile on my face every day.
Our investigator D committed to stop smoking so she could be baptized, and
we sealed the deal with a pinky promise that'd she'd be smoke-free by the end
of this week! She and her grandkids came to church this week - we were SO
happy! She's getting really close to being ready to take the plunge!
Now, for the real news. I like to eat. I can eat like a bird, or I can eat like
a garbage disposal. So my district leader challenged me to an eat-off. We got
these identical "illegal burritos" after a Zone Training Meeting this
week. It was like a foot and a half long and weighed like 5 pounds. Don't
worry, I represented big-appetited women around the world well. I downed that
thing like a champ. And it destroyed me for the rest of the day. But my pride
was on the line, so I followed through.
To summarize the rest of this week, it's like every other: every day is full of
struggles and miracles and the spirit. This is God's work because this is His
gospel. This is his true and living church. And I'm so grateful to be a part of
it and to have the blessing of sharing it with others full-time, including the
opportunities to be painfully bold and awkward.
"A man filled with the love of God is not content with blessing his family
alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human
race." - Joseph Smith
Love y'all to the moon and back!