Monday, January 27, 2014


January 27, 2014

First serve.
This week was so different and I just have no idea where to start. Probably with the fact that our "maintenance required" car light has been on for a week. No, wait, I don't want to start with that.

Second serve.
Well. The last week of my life was all about service.
Funny thing, when I pictured "missionary service" I pictured teaching lessons instead of hauling dressers and basically the contents of a house from a storage unit, to a U-Haul, up a flight of stairs, and into an apartment. But I guess that when we go to toil with our "heart, might. Mind. and strength," It really means strength.

It also means might…as in I miiiiight die from lack of oxygen, which is how I felt at our second service of the week. We blew up about a bajillion balloons for a less active member, as it was her son's birthday party. Let me just say that I was surprised at the strenuousness of that activity! Forget your P9X, and Google the nearest Mexican fiesta! Seriously. the verdict is still out on which of the aforementioned activities was more physically taxing. Although… the second included bacon-wrapped hot-dogs wins for preference by a MILE.

This was all done as our car was supposedly being serviced, but the car shop was unusually full both Friday and Saturday, so here's to hoping that the “maintenance required” light is just a malfunctioning bulb. -But the opportunities we had to do service this week truly were such amazing experiences. Some people say that the fastest way to the heart is through the stomach, but I have to disagree. It is up the stairs, carrying a box full of little boy's shoes for a new investigator. Service is the easiest way to make a friend because you are showing your love and effort to them through an action. 

When Jesus Christ was on the earth he taught: 
"But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant" Matthew 23:11 
The only way to BE a servant is to serve.

Serice rids one of guile, opens the door to charity, and practices the law of patience. If we love one another, then we will serve them.

Game. Set. Match.

As always, great love from…

-Hermana Thomas

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