Monday, September 19, 2011


Congratulations to me for being an expectant aunt! For reals this time! (Unless Joel and Val are playing a trick on me.) Gunner Turbo Erven the 5th will be loved! Though, Joel, if you're having thoughts about that name, you could honor your Kentucky Sis and name him Corbin Mack-Beisner if you wanted to. When's the baby due?

This week has been pretty good. On Tuesday we went to eat with Judy and Mary, BOTH recent converts! Judy said that her granddaughter who lives in Indiana went to Mutual last Wednesday so hopefully this will dominoe to her whole family! We're still working on her husband, Wayne, but I think if we stay slow and casual with him, he'll eventually lose his prejudices towards organized churches and come into the Waters of Corbin someday. We also taught this group of kids on Tuesday. There are four kids. One of them has been baptized, two of them haven't and one of them isn't old enough to be baptized. They're a great family. They're just in the middle of a nasty divorce right now between their parents so they haven't been given permission yet by one of their parents. The littlest boy is 4 and he's really rambunctious and naughty and very pretty with blonde hair and blue eyes and a little lisp and he's one of those kids who does something wrong and knows he's going to get in trouble for it so he gets as far away from his mom as possible while he does it and gets more and more frantic about the misbehaving the closer she gets to him because he knows she'll be taking him out of the room once she gets to him. It's hilarious. Their cat just had a litter of 6 kittens and they're adorable. The little boy reminds me of Hayley with them because he picked one that he carries everywhere and insists on having him do people things like sit up to the table for dinner.

Friday we ate at a member home and it was quite the experience. Last week I told you about the lady with narcolepsy. Well, this week we ate with her son. They live in the back of a backwoods property. They have a home that they don't live in for some reason, but they live in a garage that they decided to convert into a home. The walls are COVERED with knicknacks and fur and dream catchers and different collections. I had told Brother Nash that I had never had rabbit before so when we walked into their alcove-ish place before their home, we saw a red, bloody, furry thing that ended up being the skin of the rabbit Bro. Nash had just killed for our Rabbits and Dumplings we were having for dinner. He took us in, past his one-eyed dog named Cyclops who had a large tumor on his head, and took us in to see his 20 foot albino Bermeise Python named Vincent. THEN, we went outside again to the bunny cages and he took a small rabbit and threw it into the snake cage. And we watched the snake hunt the bunny, kill it, and then start to eat it. We would have watched him eat the whole thing but then Sister Nash told us that OUR bunny was done so it was time to eat.

They told us their love story over dinner. Sis. Nash had moved to his high school and he told everyone they were dating when they had never said a word to each other. Someone came up to her and asked her about it and she had no idea they were supposedly a couple so she started talking to him and they ended up getting married. At one point Brother Nash was talking about his dad and I asked him where his dad lived and he said he lived up on the hill in a six foot hole. I was like, "Your dad lives in a hole?!?" And then he told me his dad was dead and lived in a hole in the ground and I felt stupid. They also showed us pictures of them when they were younger and I got to see the beauty of young Bro. Nash's mullet and then Sis. Nash showed us how she and her chijuaja like to sing duets together and then it was time to leave.  It was awesome. The rabbit tasted pretty good, too.

Yesterday we got a ride with Brother and Sister Bowen to Lexington with Willard and went to a special fireside given by a man from Romania telling the story of how his family joined the church and how his father did some of the recording for the Romanian voices in the temple videos, how his mother was on the team that translated the Book of Mormon into Romanian and how he translates every six months for General Conference. It was a really cool story.

I laughed thinking about Willard trying to understand him because Willard can barely understand Sister Clemons and I sometimes so I wondered if he was catching all of it. But at one point he was crying so I'm thinking he at least felt the Spirit. On the way home I liked looking at all the lights of a city because I haven't been to one in such a long time. I was joking around with Willard and told him to look out the window. "Willard, that thing out there is called a city. This is where people who aren't hillbillies live." He said it was too bright and too busy. Then, Brother Bowen missed our turn onto the onramp so he pulled a quick, violent u-turn and then he missed the turn again so he did ANOTHER scary turn and started driving on the divider between the lanes and Sister Bowen, Sister Clemons and I were in the back with the two men in the front trying to figure things out and we were screaming and after we got onto the onramp Willard let out a sigh and said, "2 Hill Billy turns! Now I feel back at home." It was hilarious.

Brother and Sister Bowen are my favorite ward members. They're hilarious and old and still very much in love and she dresses him so that they match every day and I just love them. They're always telling some sort of joke, most of which are very cheesy. One that I thought was pretty funny from last night was when Sister Bowen said, "You know, they've done a study and do you know what the leading cause of divorce is?" "What?" "Marriage."

Theres'a a man in the ward who offends people a lot and yesterday he came up to me with one of our investigators at church and said, "She has something she needs to tell you. " And then she said she was too embarrassed and didn't want to. Then he said, "Don't you want to be open to the truth and cleansed?" She looked like she was about to cry and I told him to let it go and that she could tell me later if she wanted to. Long story short he told her that she was unclean and possessed by a devil and that God couldn't get any closer to her until she removed it from herself. She was horrified and very hurt and I wanted to slap him silly for saying something like that to her.  Ugh. This is the same man who likes to look at me during lessons and say, "I told you so-and-so believes false doctrine, didn't I?" Bishop is constantly having to call this man into his office and tell him that he can't do certain things like that but it keeps on happening. He is very into missionary work and offends people left and right and always wants to go tracting with us and always gives us cans of sweetened, condensed milk or pinto beans. He means well, but I don't know how to get those good intentions into helpful missionary efforts.

Word of the Week: Commode. You don't say "toilet" out in the hills. That's rude. A toilet is what you use in an outhouse. A commode is what you use if it's IN the house. I would use "commode" in a sentence but I think you get the picture...
Extra Blessings: Kiera S. George

Anyways, I'm excited for General Conference and I hope you all are, too. I heard Rex gave a great home teaching message on it this last week. I hope that everyone has some ideas/questions/concerns that they'll write down beforehand so that they can get specific, personal revelation as we listen to the prophets and apostles God has given us. Something really neat that Elder Westover (a senior missionary) pointed out to us at District Meeting the other day was that this gospel is one where EVERYONE counts and is important to God. Our God knows and loves us all individually. He pointed out that the very first word spoken in this, the last dispensation was "Joseph". It was the name of one of His children. Christ has engraven each of us on the palms of His hands. He has not and will not ever forget us. He's not angry when we repent, He's happy. We're bringing His work and His glory to pass when we do repent. The Atonement works for EVERYONE.

The Church is TRUE! Share it!

Love Yuns,
Sis Nelson

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