Monday, June 16, 2014

*Insert Creative Title Here*

Man creativity is not my strong point. Forgive the boring title for the week. But this week though definitely wasn't boring. Cherry picking season has started by now so not only are the pickers trying to get them, but the birds are as well. In order to combat this, the orchardists have giant air cannons that are basically blank charges that go off periodically in an attempt to scare off the birds. When it goes off it sounds rather like a gunshot so throughout the day it appears as if a gun battle is going off in the orchards. Well guess which missionary didn't realize that until a week after they started. That’s right, this one. For a while all I could think of was my experiences in Mexico City and the actual gun fights that would take place throughout the night but rest assured, these air cannons don't affect anything. Even the birds.

On Friday, we had a ward barbecue which was rather successful. We had spent all week inviting our investigators and even the random people we knock into. At least 50 invitations were extended in a week. Well, Thursday night the rainstorm starts. Thunder, lightning, the whole 9 yards. Well the rain keeps going, and going, and going, all through Friday morning. Thankfully though, the rain stopped about an hour and a half before when the barbecue was going to start so we were still able to have it. Unfortunately, not too many people came BUT we did have one of our investigators come, who afterwards told us he would come to church Sunday because now he wasn't as afraid since he knew more people now. Well, Sunday came around and church started and he wasn't there, but 5 minutes later, there he comes walking down the hall. It was great seeing the ward and the missionaries come together to help out everyone.

I would also like to reassure everyone that there are still good people in this world. On Saturday we had a zone meeting in Wenatchee with the other missionaries in the area and went to lunch at Cafe Rio afterwards with the Sisters and the member that was driving us. So we get in line and then the next thing I know someone is putting a credit card in my face and said "Use this to buy your lunch. Just hand it back when you're done" then walks away. So we stand there shocked for a minute, regain ourselves and then continue on in the line. A couple tacos and a few minutes later we find ourselves at the cash register getting ready to pay when a completely different person steps up and puts his own credit card in the hands of the cashier and demands we use his card to pay. After explaining that someone else had already given us their own card, he reluctantly agrees and covers 2 of the 4 meals. After so many doors slammed in my face or people arguing about this or that, it’s nice to see the other side of humanity for a change.

I would also like to send a shout out to all the dads and soon to be dads everywhere. Happy Father's Day! Mine wins the cake though sorry. No questions asked.

Now for the quote this week, there were some pretty funny moments so you get two for the price of one. Which considering they're both free doesn't mean much but anyways the first one comes from when we were visiting an older member who is in a nursing home. My companion invited him to see if he could find opportunities to share the gospel with the other people in the home. Well, his eyes got super big and then said the following (some words have been changed):

"Oh heck no! Visit with my neighbors?! They're crazy! I don't want to go insane!"

Quote two comes from earlier that day actually but we were walking down the street past a member’s house and he asked us to come help him really quick so we did and then when we were leaving he says:

"Take care! If I have a heart attack, I'll see you on the other side. Oh and tell my wife I love her."

Oh the problems of getting old. Can't wait.

Anyways, unless I have a heart attack, until next week!

Elder Kupferer

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