Saturday, May 11, 2013

What Happens When Drugs and Christianity Collide?

So a couple days ago we received a referral from some other missionaries for a17 year old looking for positivity in his life. We had some time yesterday so I suggested we check it out. 

We enter into this trailer park called Riverview, probably the most low income place in our ward (It was kind of like the "scary" neighborhood from "The Blind Side"). We had never been there before so we got a little nervous. Well anyway we bike around the park to the trailer he lives in, and out he comes, ready to meet us. Totally drunk and stoned, he starts going on and on and on about government conspiracies and (I kid you not) the impending Zombie apocalypse. I wasn't exactly sure how to take this kid. He was extremely Christian and very much what you would call a "believer." He said, "I've been saved by the grace of God, I'm good." I'm sitting there thinking, “well you got a ways to go,”  Anyway, after about a half hour of this (and a couple of random prayers thrown in there) I started to tell him we could help him get off drugs but he needed to meet with us regularly. I said "I have two conditions, 1. That you are sober, and 2. That you read what we ask you to read and pray about it. He consented and we will be seeing him on Wednesday. I'm super excited to teach him.   Think about it.  What if we manage to get him off drugs, stop drinking, coming to church, and straightening out his life? That's amazing! Not only that, when we were about to leave, the OTHER 19 year old we met a few days ago pulls in to that same trailer and recognizes us. Small world!

The ringing in my ear is still there, but not as bad as it was. Sound is a lot clearer so everything will be good. After I sent my letter last Monday I mentioned what happened to President Maynes in that letter. Not 10 minutes later I get a phone call from him. He said "Elder Bringhurst, couple of questions. 1. Why were you playing with a potato cannon?" I felt really stupid at that point. "Because a member of our ward wanted to show us his potato cannon so it perked my curiosity.” Then he asked if I actually got hit by the tennis ball inside. I said no. Anyway he wanted me to go to a doctor (President, you realize that there isn't anything they can do for this type of injury?) So we went to a member doctor who looked at it for free. He said I had some minor hearing loss (doc the problem isn't hearing loss, is hearing bamboozlement) but my eardrum wasn't ruptured. So everything should calm down soon in the ear.

Well that's my update this week.  Hope everything continues to be Awesome!

Elder Bringhurst


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