One of my favorite movies, and certainly books, is The Princess Bride. It has something for everyone: “fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles. . .” and it is one of those movies that you can find a quote for almost everything. I was reminded of this movie when I read Nathan’s email – partly because he refers to it and partly because he talks about the miracles that we see everyday. The part Nathan refers to is when the main character, Wesley, meets up with a “giant” who has been told to kill him: “Now what happens?” asked the man in black. “We face each other as God intended,” Fezzik said. “No tricks, no weapons, skill against skill alone.””You mean you’ll put down your rock and I’ll put down my sword and we’ll try to kill each other like civilized people, is that it?” (William Goldman, The Princess Bride) Read on and you’ll understand Nathan’s humor.
“We had a zone meeting a few weeks ago about praying for and expecting miracles. We definitely saw an example of that this week. There is a family in the ward, one of my favorites, the S’. . .s. Brother and Sister Shwartz’s… are probably around 50 or 60. They have a daughter that just left on a mission and a son named Preston who also lives in our ward boundaries but has not been active in the church since his teenage years. Preston said that he wants to be able to go to the temple by the time his sister comes home so he is putting his rear in gear and cleaning up his life. Not that things are going badly – he has a very successful business in laying flooring that looks like granite countertops. It is super cool. In fact, he made a piano that looks like a red granite counter top. Anyways, his wife Brigette is not a member and she has a 12-year-old son from a previous marriage who really wants to go on a mission but of course he needs to get baptized first. Brigette, probably the nicest lady in the world, things he is too young to decide, and has been telling the missionaries that for a few years. But she asked us this week if we could start teaching him because she realized that he needs positive role models in his life. I have a dream that they will be able to be sealed together by the time the sister gets home 16 months from now. Brigette has started to read the Book of Mormon. So it has been a good week, and the A…’s come back in town tomorrow. I sure hope they are ready for their baptism by the 27th. As far as the tri-panionship goes, things have been awesome. Sometimes we have wrestle-mania with all 7 of us. It feels like in The Princess Bride when I try to take down Elder Laititi, he is a 350 pounder (The “giant”). No serious injuries yet though. Mom asked about my favorite person I have met, and that is probably Preston and Brigette. They asked us to make a list of things we need and they are going to go buy them. I love being in a rich area. The craziest person, probably R…. He has some serious addiction problems and most likely some serious mental illness. He thinks his house is bugged with cameras and microphones and stuff. We don’t go over there very often. And I don’t think I told you about Brother Rantz. He is our large black-man Ward mission leader. Two years ago, he was Muslim. He is super cool.