Well, I'll keep it short and simple these next few weeks!
Teresa didn't get baptized this week - but she will be baptized on the 24th.
Latoya, Sariah, and Alexis went to Philly for the summer which is SUpER
Maurice is like the smartest kid I know - we had dinner with him at
the Bishop's house this week. He's doing well!
We met a new lady, Belinda. She's 25, has 5 kids, and will have another
one in three weeks. She's super cool and excited to learn.
We have been working with a less active family named the Browns - they
all came to church this Sunday which was great.
I organized (I don't even know what the right verb/word is for it) a
garden this week. It was pretty hot. It was lots of fun though -
well... something like that.
I read a great talk this week --
"Attached to his memo was a “Peanuts” cartoon that pictured Linus
standing with a nice, firm snowball in his hand as Lucy enters the
picture. She surveys the situation and makes this comment to Linus:
“Life is full of choices. You may choose, if you wish, to throw that
snowball at me. You also may choose, if you wish, not to throw that
snowball at me. Now if you choose to throw that snowball at me, I will
pound you right into the ground! If you choose not to throw that
snowball at me, your head will be spared.”
Then Linus, throwing the snowball away with a disgusted look on his
face, said, “Life is full of choices, but I never get any.”
Linus is right that life is full of choices. But I have found him to
be wrong in the second part. Decisions are before us every step of the
way. Richard L. Evans said in the film, "Man’s Search For Happiness:
“Life offers you two precious gifts. One is time, the other, freedom
of choice--the freedom to buy with your time what you will. You are
free to exchange your allotment of time for thrills. You may trade it
for base desires. You may invest it in greed. You may purchase with it
vanity; you may spend your time in pursuit of material things. Yours
is the freedom to choose. But these are not bargains, for in them you
find no lasting satisfaction."
Life is all just a choice. We chose to come here, we choose what we do
while we are here, and we in large part - choose where we want to end
up. Choose you this day whom ye will serve.