Saturday, March 18, 2017

Eating a coconut.
Week #35: Coconuts are NOT Brown… - March 7, 2017 – March 13, 2017

This week I had my first coconut! It turns out, they are not brown, but actually green. I learned that brown ones are dead ones, and taste disgusting. First, you drink the juice of the coconut, which is actually pretty sweet, but not as sweet as watermelons. Next, you chop it open and eat the meat. That's right, coconuts have meat (which is the white stuff inside the coconuts). The Penang missionaries always joke that it's the only meat I can actually eat! :/

Anyway, this week we celebrated the Relief Society's birthday, had a Branch baptism, and celebrated my companions birthday! At the Relief Society party, we got to know each other with speed-meeting (it's like speed dating, but not). Afterwards, we got to witness the baptism of one of our 8 year old Branch members, who made promises with God, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was beautiful, and we were so happy to see a young, faithful member make the promises and enjoy the blessings of following the covenant path of the gospel. 
Celebrating Sister Shafer's Birthday

This week, I've been studying the topic, "I Am a Child of God" by Donald L. Hallstrom. This is one of the most important concepts we teach in the church. We teach this to the children when they can first start talking. It is fundamental, basic, and an invaluable piece of knowledge. Think of that. What does it mean to you to be a child of God? What does it mean to have a LOVING Heavenly Father? How does that make you feel? Because I am a child of God, I can do______________. When you find the answers to those questions, don't ever forget them. Write them down. This basic truth will take you farther in life than you could ever imagine.

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