Do not be alarmed by the title. There is a boy sitting right next to me in the cafe shop blasting super vulgar music and it's pretty freaking uncomfortable so I'm gonna keep this on the shorter side so I can go and enjoy the company of my fellow brethren of God with some rugby.
This past week has been a good one, nothing way out of the norm. Got some great visits and lessons in with some awesome families and individuals. We often approach lessons without a plan, so Elder Mo'unga likes to be that guy where we're sitting in a lesson and he says "Elder Ishibashi has prepared a spiritual thought/scripture that he'd like to share with you today!" then he looks at me with this smug smile, and I have to pull a spiritual thought out of my muli right then and there. I bring this up, however, because I'm glad. It might seem kind of trashy, and it did to me at first, but I'm glad he does it. It allows me to practice what is preached in D&C 84:85:
Neither take ye thought beforehand what ye shall say; but treasure up in your minds continually the words of life, and it shall be given you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto every man.
It's pretty awesome how I can gain such an impression in such a sudden moment, and whoever we're speaking to has something to say about it, whether it's how the scripture/thought relates to something going on in their life or it answers a question they've had for a while or something. It also allows me to teach something completely by heart. I'm not teaching something I'm required to teach someone or something I've taught a thousand times. I'm teaching and sharing something that means a lot to me, something I hold dear in my heart, and something I know would help others. It also allows me to leave my comfort zone. I'm reminded of the quote that 'Io shared with River, who shared it with me:
There is no growth in the comfort zone, and no comfort in the growth zone.
You know how you conquer a fear of heights?
I've learned that you conquer a fear of speaking by doing exactly that. The nike swoosh has become especially influential to me lately, because of what it represents. JUST DO IT. When you JUST DO IT, you can do ANYTHING. With FAITH and OBEDIENCE to the COMMANDMENTS of the LORD. That, I testify of.
To address one of the things mom wanted to address, which leads into my next topic, Diwali was definitely interesting.
I think it's definitely safe for me to say that Diwali was "lit". Both in slang terms and in literal terms. Mom, I'm not entirely sure what you wanted to know about Diwali, but from what I understand, the whole celebration is this.
Someone significant (a God or a prophet or someone) went somewhere and fasted for a long time and Diwali is the day they returned.
Diwali is the Indian festival of lights. Everyone had their houses completely covered in blinking lights and were firing bombs into the sky all day and all night. I'm not talking the little
Psheeeeewww (firework launching into the sky) .... pop! Red, blue, green, yellow, wow *crackles*
These were straight up B O M B S.
Some weren't even supposed to be pretty, just loud. Just rockets flying up into the air and exploding. Last night actually sounded like a war movie. People screaming and all. LUCKILY, it was raining way hard all day yesterday so the fireworks were at a minimum and didn't go past 11pm. Ha, luckily for us anyway. But yeah, yesterday was spent visiting families that invited us over for Diwali. I came home feeling like I was going to die. Indians feed so ruthlessly. It doesn't help at all that Indian food is so disgustingly wonderful. I tried to pace myself, I really did. Still coming home with a six pack. I'm actually still full from last night as I write you 9 hours later. I may have already told you but JUST A TIP: If you go to an Indian party, eat slowly. If they see an empty plate, they WILL fill it again. No matter what you say. Save yourself. BUT YEAH that was my Diwali. My first Diwali, and it was lit.
In addressing the next thing, that "octopus" was actually the top of a bus or tractor stick shift. I'll attach a picture, yeah they're weird. I have no clue what it was doing in front of our gate, but it was there and it was funny.
In addressing your letters, I'm glad everyone is in great health and spirits! Mom, I'm so happy you found a way to relieve yourself of some of the stress of the work load. The Lord truly is incredible, and I KNOW that as you continue to rely on him with everything that he will continue to help you.
Okay now there are several young boys all over my shoulder helping the boy next to me play his game. I'm gonna go now haha.
I'm glad everyone's all good!! Thank you for the card clarification mom! I'll try it today.
I thank the Lord so much for the blessings he showers on yous and we Elder Ishibashi's every day. Have an awesome week! Be safe, keep up the good work and schooling! Ham aaplogke bahut BAHUT pyaar karta hai! Moce!!
- Some kids the Waila elders are teaching and baptizing soon! We took them to church yeserday, awesome bunch.
-It was actually stake conference, and since the carrier that took us all to church arrived late, we were stuck outside the tent. The kids were awesome but super distracting.