Sunday, May 1, 2016

Russian Accent and Humble Dinner

Friends and Family, 

One of the new missionaries who came to our district this past transfer, Elder Nunez, is from Mexico City and super super hispanic and funny. I had the opportunity to go on exchanges with him this past week and it was so funny and interesting. He speaks next to no English so the whole transfer we spoke Spanish which taught me a lot but also hurt my head a lot. He taught me how to speak like a 'chilango' which is essentially a mexican hillbilly, and I tried to teach him English. He told me that I sound EXACTLY like a Russian man speaking spanish, which was the complement of my life to be told that I sound like a Russian man speaking Spanish. 

A couple months ago, while tracting out in the Sunset Trailers, we found this family. The Cumptons. They are pretty much the only white family in this trailer park, and we went up and talked to them that night and helped them bring in some groceries and found out that they were actually members and hadn't been to church in a very long while. They started telling us about some of the problems that they had in their lives, and we asked if we could say a prayer with them to ask for some help in their lives. We did, went on our ways, and passed on the information to the English Elders. 

This past Friday, the Cumpton's fed us dinner. It was one of the most humbling and uplifting member dinners yet on my mission. The 4 of us showed up at their humble little trailer home where Sister Cumpton and her husband fed us kale salad, pizza, and cheesecake. They talked with us and I learned that they have been coming back to church and now have a goal to be sealed in the temple in 3 months. The spirit was so strong as we talked about complete dependence on the gospel and they shared how that fateful night a couple months ago showed them that Heavenly Father was still looking out for them, and that they really needed some help that night when we prayed with them and gave them a blessing. 

All it takes is a simple act of charity. As we act upon the promptings we feel and earnestly seek to bless other, we can change lives. 

Con Mucho Amor, 

Elder King

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