This week I learned what it means to “gird up your loins.” I’d heard the phrase a lot and I’m sure we talked about it in seminary, but we all know I was half asleep in seminary… Anyways, I knew it meant something along the lines of “work hard” but this week I learned where it came from. For those of you who don’t know, back in the day (or like 2000 or so years ago…) they wore these long robes, or loin cloths. And when they went to go to work, this long fabric-which was essentially a skirt-would get in the way, so they tucked it in, making something like a pair of shorts made out of a skirt. Sister Hoki demonstrated this for me. 😛 Sister Hoki is very artistic, so for her nightly journal entries she just draws a cartoon of our day. She is Hokihontis and I am Harley (Shout out to Fabian!). She girded up her loins so successfully that she could even do a cartwheel hahaha.<IMG_2445.JPG>
On that note, my new favourite hymn is “Come Come Ye Saints.” Just read the lyrics! “Why should we mourn, or think our lot is hard? ‘Tis not so, all is right! Why should we think to earn a great reward, if we now shun the fight? Gird up your loins! Fresh courage take! Our God will never us forsake! And soon we’ll have this tale to tell; All is well! All is well!” It’s the most optimistic song ever, and goes right along with my thoughts on that talk I mentioned a few weeks ago about why we go through trials. Also, everyone needs to listen to Vocal Point’s version of Come Come Ye Saints (Noyana). It’s the best thing ever. Just try being grumpy after listening to that. It won’t work. Since my mom is so tech-savvy I’m sure she’ll post a link here for your convenience 😉 http://youtu.be/971zO_Jpd0A
On March 26th, Sister Hoki and I sang “Happy Birthday” to my lovely sister Allie while we were tracting. On the 27th, we sang Happy Birthday to the amazing Tia while walking to the library. Happy birthday to the both of them 🙂
So this week was also the Women’s General Broadcast! Pretty cool! If any of you watched it, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. Email me 🙂 My favourite part was when all the primary kids stood up and sang together 🙂
So in our mission we have something called “Miracle Thursdays” which were originally “car fast Thursdays” but then people wasted a lot of time walking everywhere so now it’s just miracle Thursdays 😛 ANYWAYS… we definitely see miracles on Thursdays! Thursdays is when we go do service at a second hand store. Basically we sort through all the clothing donations, and we get a sweet discount if we find anything. Bonus 😉 Miracle number one is that both Sister Hoki and I bought our entire spring wardrobe for under $20 each. We were sorting through all the spring donations and got first pick at the skirts. Let’s just say that they’re cute by Sister Davidson standards, but not by Brooklyn Davidson standards haha. It’s so hard to find semi-cute cheap missionary appropriate clothes! Unless if you’re Sister Patterson. Her outfits are maga cute.. (Shout out to my fellow sister missionary over in El Salvador!)
But anyways, the more exciting miracle is that we’ve started teaching an amazing lady who works at the second hand store 🙂
Miracle number three is that right after we left, we got a phone call from Utah from a woman who wanted us to introduce ourselves to her mother, who lives just inside the boundary of our area. 🙂 We’ve actually received so many referrals this week! Keeping us busy, I love it.
I’ve been in Bowmanville for a couple weeks now and I’ve come to some conclusions about the people who live here. In order to live in Bowmanville you must:
1) Have at least two dogs. If you’re a true citizen, you will have one dog per person who lives in the house.
2) Have a personalized license plate.
3) Have a problem with absolutely everything in the word of wisdom
4) Feel very strongly that Quebec should separate from Canada (oh wait, that’s for the rest of the country too…)
5) You must have at least one Toronto Maple Leafs clock in your home
I’m really trying my best here, but dogs and I… we’re just not friends. One family has a dog named Roo and we’re tight. But she is the one and only exception so far…
Anyways, Bowmanville is great! The weather is warming up! It’s supposed to be above zero ALL WEEK LONG!!!!!
It’s a happy day 🙂
Choose the Right! Love you all!
PS Just wanted to apologize to everyone for not responding to letters this week. I will be performing a musical number at zone training and needed to use the P-Day to practice at the church.