Firstly, a question.
Do I look like a professional landscaper?
Now, an answer.
Reason being! I have done three straight days of service projects up here!!! All three involved kneeling in the dirt and gloves! I am very tired!
The first service project was on Thursday, at a place called Squash 4 Friends where we do service every week. It's a community garden, so we were weeding in the Californian sun for three hours. Way fun, right??? (It was actually pretty fun)
Next service was on Friday at the same Jewish persons it was last time, so we were ALSO weeding in his backyard for three hours! It wasn't really that bad because I was talking to Elder Olson about cool books and things, plus we got cookies and such :D
And then on Saturday we poured cement! There were two jobs available, wheeling the cement and dumping it, or leveling it out with a big wooden board. We were with the other Elders, so Elders Gibbons, Olson, and I went to wheel cement, leaving Elder Ruiz to "Skreet" as it is apparently know. Only problem was that the wheelbarrows were extraordinarily heavy.
Anyone that knows me knows that I have the arm strength of a malnourished squirrel that's been treading water for two hours, so nobody was surprised when five minutes in I had already dumped a HUGE load of cement on the ground and was promptly kicked over to skreeting duty ;D Tell me you're proud of me, mother.
In a SHOCKING turn of events, I shall now include something spiritual!
Folks, family is important. I've seen it more and more out here where people are born into bad family situations, don't know how to fix it, and so they just get stuck in a descending cycle. Family provides a foundation of trust and love, something that everyone needs but few people get these days. People from good families stand stronger, work harder, laugh more, and at the end of the day are better equipped for the trials life throws at them :)
So if you're part of that sort of family, be grateful! If not, then it starts with you. The gospel provides a way out of the cycle of pain and heartache that the world so often gets people stuck in, so hold onto that. Build something that's worth being eternal!
TIME FOR A RANDOM RANT BY ELDER BROOKSBY.
DON'T BE LAZY OR GIVE UP ON TRYING.
There are SO many people out here that are content to sit at home and watch TV all day, literally doing NOTHING else. They give up and figure life's gonna be easier for them if they just quit trying and sink into the oblivion of daytime TV talk shows.
DO NOT. DON'T. EVER.
Please please PLEASE just try to be better every day! Even if it's just by a little :) It's so much easier to keep going than to try and start again, and I'm a sad witness to that every day.
I love you all as much as one can love a kitten rainbow!
Until next time!!!
Elder Brooksby the III