Monday, April 18, 2016

April 18, 2016 - Elder Biehn's Weekly Update

Hey everybody!

This week was great! I got a ton of stuff done but there were three things that stand out the most. Pretty much all the big activities happened this week and I gotta say it was super stressful to make sure everything went smoothly, but it did!

So first up is a big service project we have been planning for the young men. It was service at Grandma Ruth's house. For anybody that doesn't know, Grandma Ruth is a lady that we do service for every week, and in return she feeds us good ol' Texas style meals. It's awesome. Anyways, she had a huge project for us, which is mulching her front and back yard. Like I said, huge project. A lot more than just me and Elder Justesen could handle. So I had the idea to invite the young men to get some service hours. And you know what, they loved it! They loved being able to help out and perform this service. They especially loved the food at the end of it all, like typical boys do. We spent a total of 3 1/2 hours there gathering up the old mulch (which took most of the time) and then laying out the new mulch. But everyone helped out great and they even offered to come back and finish some other things as well! Man, the youth of Little River are awesome!

Then the same day was our HUGE ward activity put on my the missionaries. It was called "el sueño de lehí" or to translate, Lehi's Dream. It. Was. Awesome! The rest of the district had been there the whole day trying to set up and it was coming along once we got there. So what we had planned out was basically a tour around the church, but it was like you were actually a part of Lehi's dream, like one of the people that Lehi saw. So we had set up an Iron Rod for them to follow which was really just a long piece of string and it led them through different temptations that the people would walk past and see like Sports on Sunday, Gossiping, Technology, Worldly desires. Things that people really struggle with this day and age. Then we get to everyone's favorite part (apparently this turned out to be everyone favorite) which was "La Tinieblas" or The mist of darkness. Everybody was too afraid to even go into the room we had set up! The room was set up to be a maze but the catch is that is was completely black! There like no light which we weren't expecting at all! But it made it perfect because it really showed the members that in the mists of darkness, you are LITERALLY stumbling through pitch black darkness without any guide. EVERY member saw this and it really impacted them. So then after they got out of the maze, there was a path with the iron rod again! Then this path led down a hallway and we had set up a bunch of different things the members could do in order to make sure they held to the Iron Rod like missionary work, temple work, keeping the commandments, reading scriptures, etc. And then we get to the end of the hall and they turn the corner into the gym. There we had a whole Tree of Life set up and everything! Even with our own personal Lehi, a member from our ward that could be a Hispanic Lehi . It was awesome! Our tree of life was made out of these balloons with lights in them so that way it lit up in the dark! It was sweet. So then we started playing the 1 Nephi 8 over the speakers so that way people could listen to the experience. Once it got to the great and spacious building, the curtains pulls back and there were all the people from the temptations rooms pointing down mocking, just like in the chapter. It was SOO cool and all the members loved it.

And then last but not least was the Charla Fogonera (fireside) last night. It was super awesome because I saw a lot of the missionaries and people that I've served around before. But it was also super sad because we have 7 missionaries leaving this transfer! 7! That's a lot of missionaries that I got to know and be friends with. So now I'm hitting the point in my mission where the people I know are going home and soon I won't know hardly anybody! It's so weird.

Well, that about sums up my week! I'll send pictures if I can find them!

Elder Biehn