Greetings from the PNW, folks
Sister Madsen and I had a good, good week; Zone Conference with the whole peninsula, an exchange in Port Angeles, beautiful weather and our investigator Paul putting himself on date - not too shabby.
Sister Bigley and I had a blast in Port Angeles, and the day was full of silly things and sacred moments. Miracles are real, everyone. And they happen in PA.
Me, Barry (an awesome RC who likes the Redskins) and Bigs in PA
And since Port Angeles is forever away from the island, our exchange ended almost halfway at the small town legend Fat Smitty's.
Americana + military conservatism + giant food = Fat Smitty's
The inside is literally covered with decades of dollar bills from diners past,
we added ourselves (and some passalong cards, of course) to a little blank spot on the wall by a Utah license plate - because, well Utah...this is the place.
Remember how I mentioned Port Angeles is forever away? yeah...well we tend to use up all of our miles getting to and from exchanges and such, so we've been getting creative this week.
Bring out the bikes!
A sweet family in the ward is letting us borrow them (luckily these ones don't have plastic flower baskets on them) and the helmets (luckily these ones aren't pink).
There's nothing like biking to church in your Sunday best - and then proceeding to bike all over a very hilly and forested island.
We might have found some short cuts through a park (:
All in all, it was a long week, but we had many people at church and were able to see lots of little tokens of God's love for us throughout our travels. By Sunday night, we were exhausted but that's kind of the point, isn't it? To use this life fully, completely and wholly is the requirement for great things - so we hold nothing back and give all we have and all we are.
"Therefore, that we should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness, wherein we know them; and they are truly manifest from heaven—
These should then be attended to with great earnestness.
Let no man count them as small things; for there is much which lieth in futurity, pertaining to the saints, which depends upon these things.
You know, brethren, that a very large ship is benefited very much by a very small helm in the time of a storm, by being kept workways with the wind and the waves.
Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed."