Thursday, June 23, 2016

100 Days Left!

Monday, June 6 means Hyrum has 100 days left until he returns home!!  It will feel so good to be in the double digits.  Hyrum's letters continue to be short, but wonderful.  We love hearing from him.  A few weeks ago, on a Preparation Day, Hyrum, his companion and two other missionaries went mountain biking with non-member and had a great time!

Andy, the man who took Hyrum and three other elders mountain biking, let me borrow a mountain bike.  Andy gave us a few tips and we were off.  Long story short, mountain biking is rougher than I thought.  There were lots of rocks which made it difficult to keep traction and balance.  One elder brought a hybrid bike.  The wheels were kind of narrow and not make for trail riding.  This was his first time too.  The other elders had some experience with mountain biking, so they went ahead.  The elder with the hybrid bike struggled to stay up, so I stayed back with him.  For once, I was the kid who everyone waited for and who doesn't get a rest.  Overall, I really liked the experience.  I had no problem physically, strength-wise, but I lacked technique.  Mountain biking is something that I think I could really enjoy.

Elder Ruby's District while he served as District Leader

Here is a poem President Felix sent to the missionaries:

Smiling is infectious, you catch it like the flu.
When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.

I passed around the corner and someone saw my grin
When he smiled I realized I'd passed it on to him.

I thought about that smile then I realized it's worth,
A single smile, just like mine, could travel round the earth.

So, if you feel a smile begin, don't leave it undetected.
Let's start an epidemic quick, and get the world infected!

At the end of May, Hyrum wrote:
The days are long.  We seem to be walking the streets trying to talk with everyone, but we are yeilding little results.  What keeps me going are the little miracles that come from nowhere.  At 8:50pm we ran into an Asian man waxing his car in his garage.  We bore our testimony of the blessings that have come to us because of the restored gospel.  He really liked what we had to say and gave us his personal phone number and asked about church.  He said he had to talk with his fiance about coming to church first.  Yesterday, we ate dinner with some members who invited some non-member friends over.  We watched the beginning of the Sunday morning session of General Conference and listened to President Monson speak.  Tonight, we called a member up to set up a short visit with their family and they told us that their girls have friends who are interested.  All these moments make the long days worth it.

I know this is God's work.  I know He loves us with all his heart, might, mind and strength.  I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior.  I know that Joseph Smith was the prophet called to restore Christ's church and priesthood authority upon the earth.

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