Most random experience ever. So, we were doing service for this one family (we did a lot of service this week, stay tuned) like we do every week before we teach a lesson and eat dinner, and everything was going pretty smooth. We were raking up some leaves and tossing them over their fence into the woods, no big deal. I picked up a pile of leaves in preparation to toss it, and the pile starts emitting these high pitched squeaks! I freaked out, fearing the worst: rats, mice, dragons, etc. when these little brown balls start darting everywhere. We had stumbled upon a little family of baby bunnies! Instantly my fear turned into adoration as I saw these tiny little guys, clearly petrified (which was understandable because I had just picked up their home), and scattered across the yard.
So then I went and got my camera.
We ended up just letting them figure things out, because we couldn't
keep them or anything, so we are hoping they did alright.
Now, the rest of the service we did wasn't nearly as exciting or
adorable, but we still had fun. We were cutting down this tree that
was growing into a members house, but they lived in a somewhat densely
populated area, and their tree was right next to the sidewalk, which
had cars parked alongside it. There were also wires running through
the tree which didn't make things easier. So, this one required some
delicate dismantling. I, being the smaller and more agile one in the
companionship, ended up in the tree, with a saw. Needless to say, tree
pose was taken to a whole new level. It made me grateful for my little
feets and balance, because trying to saw off branches while striking a peculiar warrior pose was something I felt especially designed to do.
We also likened the scriptures in real life! D&C 4:4 "for behold, the
field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his
sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth
not, but bringeth salvation to his soul." While we were doing service,
we found two sickles in this ladies garage! Why she had them, we have
no clue. Nevertheless, my companion and I went outside to harvest an
imaginary field, with these newly discovered gems. So, if you happened
to see two young gentleman the other day, walking around waving
sickles in the air, that was us.
Apparently Lancaster County is the Amish capital of the world. So
happens, we are in the county that borders Lancaster. The other day,
we visited one of the towns near the borders of the mission, and to my
surprise, found all these Amish people! I felt so out of place,
surrounded by horse drawn buggies, men with beards and fun hats, and
kids riding around on their cool scooters. It was like I had walked in
to a scene from an old church history video. Except for that one Amish
lady using a weed whacker, that didn't make sense to me... Oh the
people you meet on your mission.
Last story. To finish off our week, we decided to have a movie night.
Elder Murphy made this fantastic little set up, wherein we watched the
Testaments. Glorious way to end the week.
Now, on a more spiritual note, miracle of the week! So, we have really
been focused on finding new people to teach lately, and so we were
driving to the place which we had previously designed to go. When we
got there, we decided to drive down a certain street because it looked
like it might wrap around at the end and make it a little easier for
us to tract. When we reached the end of the street however, there was
an adjoining street. As we were going to turn around to start back at
the beginning of that neighborhood, we spied further down the road
this beautiful windy road overshadowed with trees. Now, when life
gives you a beautiful windy road, you take it. So we decided to leave
the neighborhood we were in, and drive down this new road. We saw on
the GPS a tiny side street, and decided that was the place. When we
arrived at this side street it sort of just popped up out of nowhere.
There were just a few houses, but we knew that we were supposed to be
there, so we said a prayer, got out of the car, and got to work. As we
were walking up to this one house, a guy pulled up in his van and went
inside. So, we knew he saw us and that he knew we were coming. When we
knocked on the door, we met this nicest guy! He has been wanting to
learn more about the church, because he's heard about it and has been
considering it for a long time. He wasn't sure if we were receptive to
visitors though, or where he would be able to learn more. So, we were
so grateful that Heavenly Father led us to where we needed to be, just
at the right time to catch him at home (he was actually working and
had needed to stop back at home real fast to grab something). Miracles
happen every day! We just need to learn to find them.