Boy it has been a busy week! So much has happened and there is so much work in our area (almost too much). As we focus our attention to help this set of people move forward and get the teachings they need; then this other group of people slip back, so we have to go work with them, and then the first group of people don't get the attention that they need and deserve. It's too much for just 2 missionaries to handle effectively. I’m really hoping that they split our area so that we are able to focus better on the people we serve.
So, the man that we live with told us that he had purchased a new grill online a month or so ago. The grill required some assembly and the man got part way through and then gave up because building really isn't his thing. He's a photographer and that's what he does well. As it turns out, he found someone that was selling a really nice used grill in the neighborhood for much less than what the other one cost, so he got it. While he was telling us this story, he said, "If you can put that other one together then you can have it." So, guess who put it together during lunch hour…ME. So, now we have a grill, and we're really excited to use it because cooking burgers and chicken on a frying pan just does the meat no favors.
Another grill story, there is another man in the ward that said he had a grill that he would give away if we found someone that needed one. Well we did. So, we took him up on his offer and loaded his old grill into our truck and took it to our home so that we could give it to this family later today. So now we have 2 grills in our garage. How about that?
That brings me to the cookies. A lady up here is in charge of ALL the Girl Scout cookies for Springerville all the way to Snowflake (basically the whole White Mountains). Well, the troops that she supplied didn't sell very well this year, and they gave ALL the left over cookies back to her (they aren't supposed to do that). Well, her garage was full of Girl Scout cookies and her porch was stacked high with them too. She finally got so tired of trying to sell them that she decided to donate them to the Love Kitchen. So, one clear morning, we headed over there, loaded up over a hundred CASES, not boxes of cookies (a case has 12 boxes of cookies in each) into our truck and went to drop them off at the Love Kitchen. Unfortunately, they didn't have enough volunteers that day and were still expecting deliveries from WalMart, Safeway, and the Food Bank. So, we stayed to help out. They were very grateful. At the end of the day, they had more food than they could store so anyone and everyone could take whatever, especially the cookies. So we left with 3 loaves of bread, an apple pie, three boxes of donuts, some other various things and 10 cases of Girl Scout cookies. Yes that means 120 individual boxes of cookies. We're planning on sharing so don't worry about me eating them all.
Now, we must go back to the man that gave us the grill that was meant for the other family that we know. He offered us some meat as well. So, he gave us a couple elk steaks, and we were about to leave when he asked if we knew anyone that liked liver…well, we did know of someone. So, he ran to grab this 15 pound elk liver that he kept in a trash bag. We took the liver to a family that we know likes liver (There was no room in our freezer to hold onto it). They received it with much rejoicing.
And that's been our week. A little unusual but that's Pinetop for you.