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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

July 4th Fun 07/06/2010

Dear Family,

It's been a while since I've gotten kicked out of anywhere as a missionary. For that reason, it was refreshing this week when we got kicked out of a shopping plaza and then the next day kicked out of a Home Depot parking lot. I guess someone called the police and complained about us at the shopping plaza. It was strange because we had only talked to 2 people (1 an Indian that couldn't speak English, and another a nice man from Jamaica) before a cop car showed up.
It was actually really nice talking to people in the Home Depot parking lot. I'd offer to help people unload their shopping cart. Most people accepted if they had lumber or concrete to get into their car. Somehow it just seemed natural after that to talk about the gospel or the church or what that person thinks about life in this area. I suspect that the Home Depot employee asked us to leave out of fear that we would make his customer service position obsolete.

As for 4th of July stuff, we didn't watch fireworks or anything. We did give away a ton of pass-along cards as people walked down the street in big groups towards the firework shows. It was interesting how varied the reactions to us were when we were on the sidewalk compared to how people treated us when they saw us in our church parking lot after they just parked their car there. Probably just not wanting us to call to get their car towed, they all smiled and greeted us like good friends.

But it's been a great week. Working with other missionaries. Talking to big groups of Asians. Even get several softball players' information to deliver copies of the Book of Mormon to each of them (their game had not started yet, so we started talking to them and eventually taught about the Restoration of the Gospel and the Book of Mormon). I really like talking to groups of 5 or more people. It can either go really good or really bad, depending on the reaction of the first person in the group to respond to you. It they want to listen, everyone else will, and suddenly you feel like a 19th century missionary preaching on a soapbox.

This is what I've enjoyed this week. The gospel makes us happy and better people, how much more simple of a message could you bring to anyone?

Have a great week, everyone. I hope the smog from all the fireworks in Provo clears up by the time I get back.

Love,
Elder Karlsven

P.S. Congrats to Joe and Megan! New baby on the way!

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