November 25, 2019


Cerrito, Villa Mitre, Bahía Blanca


Elder Callaghan

Elder Ben: Walmart and Thanksgiving

This week my companion was sick and we went to Walmart.On Tuesday, it was very hot. We went to a faraway part of Bahía Blanca so that we could do an interview, and then we had to call a taxi to get back. It didn´t show up. We waited, and we called again. We waited, and then we walked to a different corner and called again. It showed up and took us back, and after waiting for a very long time in the heat, my companion fell into a deep sleep. Not long later, he told me that he was feeling really bad, so we called our medical advisor and she told us to stay and rest. The next day all the missionaries in the city gathered for zone conference, but we were still at home. I read, slept, ate, played through some old chess games, fed the cats, and did a lot of cleaning. The experience gave me some time to reflect and to think over those 48 hours, which was something that I had been depriving myself of for a while. It makes me think of a conference talk from a few years ago where a doctor asked a native american medicine man (I think) to teach him how to dance. He responded that he could teach the steps, but that the doctor would have to learn for himself to hear the music. If we dance without music, we feel foolish and awkward, perhaps self-conscious. We hear the music when we understand the why of things. Here is the link to this video: <a href="" class=""></a>The height of our excitement this week was going to Walmart. We were looking for pumpkin to make pumpkin pie, and though we didn´t find that, we found that Walmart here was actually very similar to Walmart there. We bought some clothing, stocking stuffers for Christmas, an Argentine novel (I plan on reading it when I get back to keep my spanish up), liquid body wash (a rarity here), honey mustard and a delightful assortment of other products. I saw a gallon jug for the first time in over a year. It turned out to be a productive trip!Happy Thanksgiving! As much as I like to think of Thanksgiving as the exciting and essential midpoint to the modern Christmas story, it has its merits independently of Christmas as well. Life without gratitude would be dull and hollow. By definition, we wouldn´t be appreciating anything, we would only be thinking about the future and how to take advantage of it. Gratitude is the filling in the pumpkin-pie of life. It's not "necessary" for survival, nor would the pie-crust lose its shape, but the filling is what makes it pumpkin pie. Have a great week! Be thankful for what you have, because there are many people in the world who would die for the chance to be you.Happy Thanksgiving!Elder Sheffer


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