Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hungry Missionaries - Avoiding Wild Mushrooms - more

We enjoyed having more missionaries for dinner recently. We made a Chuck Roast, the kind that falls apart after 7 hours of slow cooking. Fresh Garlic, chopped onion, Thyme, Basil, Worcestershire, pinch of Real Salt, Bay leaf, beef broth, kale, carrots, mashed potatoes, etc.

We invited Elder Hunter, Elder Rice, Elder Hatch and Elder Siren this time.

Both Elder Hatch and Elder Rice said that this meal might have been be the best dinner they have had on their mission so far. It reminded them of a typical Sunday dinner at home. I'm sure they were just trying to be nice with compliments.

Elder Siren liked it but said his favorite is definitely Chicken and rice. Elder Hunter said he was offered 5-6 small donuts just before coming so he was nearly full. He said, "I wish I could eat more".
Elder Hatch, Elder Siren, Sister Martin, Elder Martin

Elder Rice checking out the missionary picture board - 14 new missionaries arrive next month

Elder Hunter looking for supplies like nails and a new fan, in our stock room - Sister Vave

During dinner, Sister Martin asked each Elder what was a big influence on them deciding to go on a mission. Each mentioned more than one reason but these are the ones we remembered.

Elder Hunter talked about being the oldest of 6 boys in his family and wanting to be an example to his younger brothers.

Elder Hatch talked about the example of his brothers serving mission that influenced him.

Elder Hunter, Elder Rice and Elder Hatch all agreed that they had decided to go at a younger age.

Elder Siren, who is from Chuuk, told us a story of his mother passing away when he was about 14. He went to live with his Auntie who was a member of the church. He joined the church when he was 16. The missionaries were also a big influence on him.3

Last month we had Sister David, Sister Warner, Sister Mika and Sister Rotuk over for Enchiladas
We usually bring our lunch to the office. One day we brought a salad made with Bulgur Wheat, cucumber, goat cheese, tomatoes, parsley, cumin, olive oil, etc. We had left overs. Elder Hunter was in the office that day, probably p-day, and we offered it to him. He cleaned it up and said it reminded him of something his mom use to make.

Elder Petersen and Elder Barrus, happy to find food in their car when they just flew in from Kosrae
Elder Petersen and Elder Barrus just came back from visiting the missionaries on Kosrae. They said it was a successful trip. The only challenge was getting enough food to eat. For example, that morning just before catching the plane back to Guam they said they chopped opened and ate 7 coconuts. We shared our leftover lunch salad with them which they quickly devoured. The next day they mentioned they were still hungry, even after eating a very large meal.

Perhaps one of the most challenging stories I've heard about food, or a lack of it, was from Elder Fabiano. He said when he first went to the island of Pata in Chuuk last year, the other missionaries started running out of food. Then they all shared his food until it was gone, 5 days before they could catch the boat back to the main island to buy more food. They lived on mostly brown sugar and water for nearly a week.

Yes, I (Elder Martin) still love making (and eating) several varieties of Curry Chicken over rice.

One of the several varieties of Curry Chicken - enough for leftovers

We didn't eat these. These mushrooms were bigger than softballs. Saw them on church property near our office.

In life, we must choose what to feast on. Not eating these wild mushrooms of unknown origin is obvious to most people, but bad influences by the wrong type of people could cause many to be deceived. Attempts will continue to try and persuade us to confuse good with evil, making good things sound bad and bad things to sound good. Therefore we must do as Nephi said and, "...Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do. 2 Nephi 32:3

I like Elder M. Russell Ballard's talk how he compared Lucifer's deceptions to techniques used by a fly fisherman to catch and deceive fish with special lures. He said, "Like the fly fisherman who knows that trout are driven by hunger, Lucifer knows our “hunger,” or weaknesses, and tempts us with counterfeit lures which, if taken, can cause us to be yanked from the stream of life into his unmerciful influence. And unlike a fly fisherman who catches and releases the fish unharmed back into the water, Lucifer will not voluntarily let go. His goal is to make his victims as miserable as he is."
Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Here's a link to his great talk on addiction which includes anything. He even talked about excess texting, gaming, gambling, substance abuse, etc.... O That Cunning Plan of the Evil One

I'll finish this thought on feasting to include prayer,
"And now, my beloved brethren, I perceive that ye ponder still in your hearts; and it grieveth me that I must speak concerning this thing. For if ye would hearken unto the Spirit which teacheth a man to pray, ye would know that ye must pray; for the evil spirit teacheth not a man to pray, but teacheth him that he must not pray.
 But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul. 
2 NEPHI 32:8-9
Wow this is great advice to us all, because we all need to improve and grow closer to Christ.


  1. Do a book report on the words of Jesus Christ of all the things he said to do and how to be like and what you should know. Meditate upon his words day and night until they are written upon the table of your heart. Fast and pray for the spirit and it shall be given to you especially after feasting upon his words until you know them all and keep all his commandments.
    Especially D&C 42 the law of the church, to give covenants and deeds that cannot be broken into the hands of the poor. :) ♡