How are all you doing? I am doing AWESOME, as always!!
This week has been a very good week full of good service and a lot of hard work!
I would like to tell you all about something that made me very happy this week. There is an old man in our ward named Brother Murphy. Now brother Murphy is a very kind-hearted old man in his 70's. He is all alone with no wife or kids and calls his ward his family and spends all his time doing what he can to tirelessly help others. He is an old Navy vet and because of old age he hurts in his joints and has already had many joint replacements. Even with crazy amounts of pain this man continues to serve with everything he has to offer. Almost every time we see him he is tired, but very happy.
This last week we were called on by a member to come to the church and help set up for a wedding reception that was to take place that night. Upon arriving to the church we found that Brother Murphy and a few others had just finished putting up all the chairs and tables in the church gyms. Brother Murphy sat down on a chair and we pulled up one for each of us. He started talking about how much work he had to do at home but how at the same time he had some other people he had promised to help that day. We asked if we could help, but he said that he would be able to do it.
Many hours later after going to Lodi Ca(about 1 n'a half hrs out of our area) for an appointment for our RAV4 that didn't happen, we decided to put on service clothes and go and see if brother Murphy wanted any help. When we got to his house we found that he wasn't home, but we went to work on what he had told us a few hrs earlier that he needed to do. Brother Murphy has a good size chunk of land that is wooded, and that is on the side of a hill. He had gone out to all the dead trees and cut them down and then cut them into 18'' pieces. He then needed to carry them up his hill and then pile them next to his splitter.
Well, we did just that. With the help of our RAV4's big truck like trunk we got all the wood up the hill to his splitter. We were able to get all the work done before he got home.
The next morning at a joint ward wood splitting activity that turned out to be great, we saw brother Murphy! He at once came up to us and gave us each a big hug(as we do in this Ward Family) and told us thank you. He told us that he hadn't gotten home till after dark the night before and had gone straight to bed. The next morning when he went out early to get to work on his wood he saw the huge pile of wood.
He told us that he couldn't understand how the wood had gotten there. He then noticed that his broom that was on the porch was out of place(we had used it to sweep out our trunk), he said from the out of place broom and the pile of wood he put 2 and 2 together and knew that it was us.
Later that day President Palmer and Sister Palmer took my comp and me along with the sisters in our district to lunch and we had brownie lasagnas (as seen in the photo).