Another funny thing that happened this week is that we went to visit a less active guy in the ward, who is American. We went to visit him, and he let us in. Then he asked if it would be okay if we talked to his 88 year old father who lives with him, was a really devout member, but can’t really go to church anymore because of travel, age, and he’s getting a little crazy. Of course we said yes, so he went to go get him. A few minutes later this old guy comes down the stairs, does a nice little jig dance for us, and starts telling us stories for about an hour. He went on and on and on. It was so funny! He also told us the same story about his daughter about 8 times, and laughed every time. It was a good appointment and I know that they were both happy to have us visit them.
Not a whole lot else is going on. We have been planning for a little street display that we are gonna do this upcoming Saturday, which also happens to be Elder Slagowski’s birthday. I need to go find him a present during a split this week. Things with us are still good, we get along really well and we both have good work ethics and we work well together. He’s still teaching me how to have swag. It’s a work in progress.
Well now I’m off to the French border, since we didn’t get to do that last week!
Love you guys!
Elder Austin Cassell
Well before you get your hopes up, no I do not have any pictures this week. I’ve been taking some, but I forgot to bring my little thing today that allows me to hook up my camera to the computer, so there shall be no pictures today, no sir! Not one single bloody picture, not one! Harry Potter references. Lulz.
So we did not have our little street display this Saturday, which is lame. It was raining a little too much, we weren’t all that well prepared, our banner was too big, and none of the ward members could come, so we had to postpone. One thing cool that did happen is that as we were taking it down, an American guy and his daughter came out of the mall that we had our thing in front of, and said hi to us. Apparently he is a member and the grandson of one of the old ladies in our ward, and he was just visiting her for the day. So when we told him that we had to cancel our display, he insisted on taking us to an ice cream parlor and buying us all Spaghetti eis, which was way awesome of him, and was way fun!
Let me think what else of interest happened this week. On Thursday we all went to a leadership training meeting in K-town. Our whole Zone was there, and we got to sit and talk to President, which was cool. It’s always nice to see president, the man is super awesome, inspiring, and spiritual. He’s also hilarious!
Friday was an interesting day. We started off the morning going with a few members from our ward to a funeral for the non member mother of a non member husband of a lady in our ward. The wife, the member, was in charge of the funeral, so she wanted it to be an LDS burial. So we had some members speak, dedicate the grave, and then she had the 4 of us missionaries sing. We sang “Näher mein Gott zu dir” which I’m guessing you can guess which hymn that was (“Nearer my God to thee” for those not acquainted with our hymns). Anyways it went well, and everybody told us that we sang really beautifully. She and her husband were super grateful, so they invited us over for lunch this week, which is cool, because he never invites the missionaries over to his house. So we’ll see how that goes.
The cemetery was right next to the French border, so we headed there after the funeral and all took pictures there, since we didn’t have time to do it on P-day. Instead on p-day we spent almost all of our time walking over to a KFC, which was in the middle of nowhere. But still totally worth it. I miss American food!
Later that day we went to meet at our bishop’s house, and he and his wife gave us a ton of French cheeses on french bread, which was actually really tasty. Smelled disgusting, but tasted really good!
Another just kind of interesting thing that I found out this week. So I was going through Familysearch.org for a little bit. So I went through the Cassell line, and weaved my way through there, and eventually was able to trace part of my lineage back to Adam and Eve! That was pretty cool. We have a lot of different kinds of royalty in our blood. I feel important. One thing that is really funny about that, is that as we were doing that with a lot of the other missionaries, I did this after the leadership training meeting so a lot of other missionaries were there, everyone was just talking about some of the cool names and titles of their ancestors. Elder Slagowski was really proud because he had a guy in his line called “Odin of Asgard” which just sounds cool, and everyone was laughing about how cool that was. Anyways I was going through my line, when who pops up at around 300 AD? Odin of Asgard. Yeah, we’re cool. So now Elder Slagowski and I sometimes refer to ourselves as “Sons of Odin. Brothers of Asgard”. We’re so cool.
So yeah, gotta go. You guys have fun in the US! Have my twit brothers write me at some point, I haven’t heard from either of them in forever!
Love you guys!
Love Elder Austin Cassell
PS. Hey I get to skype y’all pretty soon!
Here are a few pictures that he sent me a few weeks ago: