Tuesday, March 22, 2016

What I'm Bringing Home to My Mom

Today's topic is brought to you by a typo in my mom's email. I don't
know what she meant to write, but what I read was "will you be able to
bring me anything?"
Two days ago at church the mother of an elder serving in Fukuoka gave
a talk at church. I actually know this elder, because he was in the
MTC with me. His English was way good so I asked him questions about
the language all the time. This week he wrote his mom thanking her for
all the chores he's done for him up to this point because now he's
doing it all. It sounded more tender than that in Japanese. But when
she mentioned it in her talk, she teared up and I realized how much it
meant to her to hear that.
So this is what I'm bringing home to my own mom.
-Chore diligence
Yes we still have no dishwasher, my habit to wash dishes immediately
after a meal is an instinct. A ritual. Never have I left clothes
forgotten in the washer because I CAN'T. There are four sisters' worth
of clothes to wash.
-Brazilian and Japanese recipes. Self explanatory.
-An out of this world tolerance for spicy foods
Don't get me wrong, I ate spicy foods before my mission. But in Japan
I've been neck to neck with Peruvian, Philippine, and Chinese
friends. HOLY MOLY DO THEY LOVE SPICY FOODS. One family who fed me
countless times on my mission would simply cut a chili pepper in
pieces, throw it into lemon juice and put that in anything. A
Philippina I knew put whole chili peppers into her vinegar. Like the
vinegar she uses day to day. And apparently according to Chinese
people, if you're not crying over a meal it's not a good one. All this
has compiled to a Sister Goldsberry who doesn't flinch at any spice.
So, because I eat spicy foods with a dead pan face, it almost gives
the impression that the food must not be that spicy. This lead to an
event at a popular noodle restaurant in my area. I love the spicy
noodles in this joint. Sister P. was feeling bold one day and
ordered the same I got. I assured her three times she was punching the
extra spicy button and she assured me: "I want what you get!" The
result was I had to finish her share for her as she treated her bloody
nose. That's right, blood came out of her nose over this bowl of
-A love for my mother's home country
Wednesday was a special miracle. Shibuya English class may be the
biggest in all of Japan, but everyone leaves so fast after class that
we hardly find any investigators from it. We'd had enough, and our
leaders decided I should put on a Guatemala night. We broadcasted it
as best we could. One student actually had a ticket to be in the
stadium where a Japanese astronaut was going to report on his six
month mission, and she CANCELLED IT. She said she could watch it on tv
later. But hearing about Guatemala from a native was a once in a
lifetime opportunity. SHE PICKED ME OVER AN ASTRONAUT. From 8:00-8:30
I got to talk all about my mother's home country. It was a huge hit!
Every single student stayed I think! The elders brought fake mustaches
and passed them around. I made ceviche and yellow rice and we had to
stretch it out to make sure everyone got some. There were no
leftovers, everyone loved it. We took so many pictures. We met two new
investigators there too! I will always be proud of being half
Guatemalan. I will always keep up my Spanish. Actually, funny story,
everyone in the Ward always exaggerates my heritage and the rumor is I
was born in Guatemala. I don't even want to correct them. People tell
me all the time I don't have an American face or American hair and I
absolutely love to introduce them to a country named Guatemala.
-A New Daughter
Elder Holland tells the story of a man who's car breaks down twice on
the same highway. The man finds a nice neighbor willing to help him
out both times and this is the conversation between the man and the
How far have you come? he said. Thirty-four miles, I answered.
How much farther do you have to go? Twenty-six hundred miles,
I said. Well, you might make that trip, and your wife and those two
little kiddies might make that trip, but none of you are going to make
it in that car. He proved to be prophetic on all counts.
In my life, this has happened thousands of times. My car breaks down,
and Christ sits me down and says I won't make it in that car and that
something's gotta change. I've bought new radiators, changed
directions many times already. Even with the car I'm driving now I
know I won't make it to where I'm going (Celestial Kingdom.) Christ
will pull me over many more times and advise me to improve.
I know this is the opposite direction that I've been going, but I'm
telling you one thing I'm not bringing home is that broken down car
I'd been driving up until now! I'm not coming back the same broken
Sister Goldsberry I was before I left on my mission. I wouldn't, I
couldn't have made it this far in the broken state that I was.
Love you mom! See you soon!
Sister Goldsberry

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