Week 51 Feb 23, 2015 3:00 pm EST Fresh Mish of Belfair (think classic 90's sitcom)
Sometimes you spend many hours in the car when you live in a very large, very boondock-y area. Sometimes you also make up words to songs you actually still know by heart since the mission takes most of your memory anyways haha:
my mish got flipped turned upside down.
And I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there
I'll tell you how I came to love the town of Belfair
In western Lakehood, born and raised
Parkland was were I spent most of my days.
Preaching and teaching and working so cool,
going on church tours down by the school
When good ol' P'Blatts - was he up to much good?
Started making trouble in my neighborhood.
"Parkland's a pretty sketchy place" and Pres got scared.
He said we're doubling-out the sisters and you're going to Belfair.
(dooooo doo doo doo doo dooooo - musical interlude obviously)
I knocked for days in the boonies in the pitch black
I was reminded daily to beware a cougar attack
If anything I could say that this place was rare
But then we doubled-out again and had to leave bless'd Belfair.
I drove out of the town about 7 or 8
And yelled with my comp, "Belfair! See ya later!"
I looked over my area, and we left it there
But hey, we'll be back to our town, old Belfair.
If you didn't catch the reference, please educate yourself on nineties television.
And if you didn't catch the fact that Sister Diener and I are doubling-out of Belfair, please check your reading comprehension level.
I'm headed to Bainbridge Island (say what?) with Sister Smith and Sister Diener will be in Lacey with Sister Dunster.
Sister Harris will train her new little baby in Belfair
All this doubling-out has gotta stop - it's way too much stress and paperwork. So Belfair will no longer be an STL area, which is way more logical miles-wise. As for Harris training a greenie here, this little sister won't have a clue how big our area really is or how isolated they really are (ignorance is bliss.) But in reality, Belfair is a great place to be born - an awesome ward with an awesome Bishop. They won't be able to find anything and will get lost in the woods on the daily, but it'll be awesome (<-- Sis. Weaver voice.)
Now, on to the good stuff:
Kim was baptized on Saturday - aka Valentines day. It was a great service; the Spirit was so strong and the ward was so happy to receive Kim. (:
Sister Diener and I are hoping to go back to Belfair soon to accompany Kim to the temple to do family names - we've already set a date and found her family on familysearch.org, so that should happen pretty easily.
In thinking about my time in Belfair and Kim's baptism, I've come back to a line from one of my favorite movies: "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love, and be loved in return."
(I'm not vouching for the morals of the film, but the quote is important here.)
The most important thing we will ever accomplish in this life is to learn of the love offered by the Savior, and to be changed by it. It requires having trust, extending faith and learning to be vulnerable, but it is the most important thing we will ever do because it is worth it. It includes the love we feel for the Lord, for each other and for ourselves.
It's quite simple. I'm still learning, but what I have learned I cannot deny.
That being said, I'm sending my love and prayers your way - always.
P.S. Happy Birthday to Beccaboo - mahal kita, bunso!