Thursday, March 20, 2014

Week 35: A Chinese Wedding!

A church member sent this photo to our family to let
us know that he is happy and healthy! ~Yvette

Hey Guys!

We have had a very interesting week, to say the least!

Great news, both Fabian and Shaynell, and Sam and Rhonda have gotten their marriage licenses! Sam and Rhonda will be married on March 22nd, and Fabian and Shaynell will be married on March 29th! :) So excited to see the progress they are making.

Downtown getting marriage licenses
with our new friends!

So a funny story about when we went downtown to get Sam/Rhonda's marriage license... We're sitting in the hall, waiting for them to give all of their information and everything, and a Chinese lady comes running up to us and in her very broken English, asked us to be the witnesses for her wedding-- Which was about to happen in about 5 minutes!! It caught us off guard, but we both looked at each other, agreed and were excited to participate! :) We didn't really understand the reason why they were getting married like this, but it was an amazing experience! :) It was just us, the bride & groom, and the lady marrying them, in a very small room! It took a total of like 10 minutes and it was done! Hahaha  Definitely an experience that i will never forget! 

Something cool though that happened during the "ceremony"... The husband didn't speak an ounce of English (He could only say yes,Ii do, and I love you). But during the wedding, he started crying immensely. He was so happy. He didn't even know what the lady was saying! That is the power of marriage. It bond's 2 people together with an unimaginable force. I can only think of how great that force is in the House of the Lord--The Temple.

We cover 8 wards, one of them being a Samoan ward! And can I just say... the Samoan ward is my favorite ward! They are such amazing people and so kind and loving. We had dinners in their ward this week and they either give us cash to go out or made HUGE meals! It's awesome! For one of the dinners, there was a sweet elderly Samoan lady that fed us. The funny thing though, she didn't eat! She set the table for 2 and sat on a chair near us and watched us eat and just talked with us! She made enough food for probably 12 people... not even joking! So she ended up sending us with lots and lots of leftovers! :)

This Gospel is truly amazing. It changes lives like nothing else can. Working with people who have addictions, major family problems and just critical life problems in general and being able to see how they just soak up the Gospel and how much they love it.  It makes them want to change. It is truly an amazing experience. I know without a doubt that this is the true and living Church on the earth. I love it! The joy and happiness that it brings is indescribable. Stay close to the Lord and his teachings, and I can promise you, that is where true happiness lies.

Thanks so much to everyone for the letter and emails! Write me at:

661 E 50 N
North Salt Lake, UT 84054

Hope you have an amazing week, stay busy and stay safe :)

Much Love,
~Elder Carroll

My favorite scripture this week: 2 Nephi 10:23 - "Therefore, cheer up your hearts, and remember that ye are free to act for yourselves—to choose the way of everlasting death or the way of eternal life."

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