Monday, July 14, 2014

Germanic Miracles and the Jesus Lotion Collectors Set

We got to meet our new mission president this week. He is an amazing guy.

He and his twin sister were born in Germany in 1954. His parents were
living in a refugee camp at the time. His parents already had a few
kids to take care of, and hey weren't sure how they were going to be
able to support two more.

Meanwhile, at the American military base, here was a couple who had
been trying to have kids for years but were unable to. They decided
they would adopt some 8 to 10 year old children out of war torn
Germany. They read about an orphanage a few miles from the base.

On the way there, they took a wrong turn and ended up at the refugee
camp. They asked the coordinator if there were any children to adopt.
He explained that it wasn't really that kind of place. But then he
remembered a family to which twins were recently born. The mother had
decided it would be best if her babies grew up elsewhere. The
coordinator asked if they were interested, and they were.

So a war beaten family, a sorrowful mother, gave her newborn twins to
an American mother, who she knew could give them a better shot at
life.

The Americans just happened to be Mormon.

President Marston then spoke about how important it is to listen to
the spirit. He is grateful that both of his mothers were listening to
the spirit so that he could be were he is.

Later in life, he married and had four daughters. He was called to be
the bishop of his ward, and life was perfect. Unexpectedly, his wife
had a massive heart attack and died, leaving him alone as a bishop
with four young girls.

The stake president spoke to him, and told him they were going to
release him, so he could take care of his family. The stake president
returned. Couple weeks later and said that they could not receive
inspiration on who should be the new bishop. They had a stupor of
thought. President Marston was bishop for another ten months.

He taught us how serving others allows us to overcome our own sorrows.

A year or so later, he met his current wife. He said that they never
really went on dates, she just came and helped him do laundry, take
care of the girls, etc. They got married and had two more girls and a
boy.

He is missing his youngest daughters wedding to be on a mission.

He is a fantastic guy. Really swell.

This week has been tough. We have been trying hard to build up our
teaching pool.

I figured out how to play "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da" by the Beatles on my
harmonica. So that is good news.

It is supposed to be 106 degrees today. I am enjoying it.

A lady in our ward does doTERRA, and we narrowly avoided being a part
of a doTERRA party. But she did give us frankincense samples. It
smells really good. She says it can cure cancer, but somehow I don't
think so. I also want a myrrh sample, so I can have the full Jesus
Lotion collectors set, but apparently myrrh is freakishly expensive.

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