Sunday, August 7, 2016
Happy Fast Sunday
We've got a few minutes before we leave for Ward Council meeting so thought I'd
squeeze in a few lines.
Yesterday we had a Ward beach party. It hadn't been "advertised" all that much
so we only had maybe 40 people come instead of more but it was fun. We took
our latest investigator, Devin, to it. He is a really nice guy but very very quiet. He's
not anti-social, he just isn't a very social type of guy. But the Elders, your Mom,
and I visited him yesterday at his hotel where he lives in downtown Ventura. Elder
Gibb had suggested the day before when we met with him that perhaps it would be
a good idea to go to his room and say a special prayer to invite the Spirit to be there
more. So we did that. It was a combination of a prayer and a Priesthood home
dedication. It was kind of ironic that we happened to pick a day and time of day
when the county fair is going on and there was a parade going right past his hotel
when we were praying and the passing band was playing LOUD!
The Elders arranged for him to be taught almost every day now, some of it just reading
the Book of Mormon together with him and explaining it as they go. We started yesterday
with the Introduction.
I found it amusing at the beach party that, aside from the kids getting into the water more
or less to waist-high depth, no one else really got into the water for swimming, boogie-boarding,
or anything! Well, except for Devin and me! I had gone in earlier right after hotdogs and
then invited Devin to come in. He did and I guess he can swim but he just floated around
on the boogie-board. I went in again later and did a swim, maybe a half-mile out and around
the buoys! Glad to see that I can still actually swim! But I think Californians go to the beach
to either, 1) surf if surf's up, 2) sunbathe, 3) play with kids in the sand. This beach didn't have
any waves big enough to really ride them so everyone just stayed on the beach, ate, and sunbathed!
We were told of a member who is in jail in town so we visited him yesterday. His story is
that he's an active member. He had flown back into the USA from OCONUS, met his girlfriend
in the airport, and then some local guys drinking started flirting with his girlfriend. A fight
ensued and he was badly beaten and then accused (and convicted) of assault and battery! T
he "local guys" were off-duty cops! He's been in jail now for 105 days. He's read 47 books
including three times through the Book of Mormon! He's known now in the jail as "Prophet"!
We'll visit him again.
Well, we gotta go soon so this is enough for now.
Some kids were building sand castles and asked me for help. I thought of how much fun it would have
been if we could have been doing that with our grandkids. But we will someday when Gma and I come
home from our mission.
Love and miss you all,
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