Saturday, December 31, 2005

Moment #507. Chinese at buffet, Sat, Dec 31, 2005.

12/31/2005. We met at a chapel to carpool to a Single Adults New Year's Eve dance in a city about 2 hours away. The other car stopped in Greenwood for supper, but my rider agreed to eat later with me in the destination city.

After getting off the interstate, it wasn't long before we spotted a Chinese buffet restaurant. It was on the upscale side, had lots of good seafood, and everything looked fresh and appetizing.

The place was very crowded with all tables in the front dining room occupied, and all the employees were very busy. Our waitress was prompt in taking our drink orders, removing our empty plates, and asking if we were ready for refills.

I had placed both kinds of Chinese Books of Mormon (traditional for Taiwan/Hong Kong, and simplified script for China) on the table. I could tell she saw them, but she gave no reaction.

She, the hostess and the other waitresses were so busy, I didn't want to interfere with them doing their job by engaging in small talk. But eventually the crowd died down, and the dining area was only half filled.

After things slowed down the waitress came by again to ask if I wanted a refill, I declined and asked if she liked to read Chinese. She said yes. I asked if she was from China or Taiwan, and she replied China.

I offered the Simplified Chinese Book of Mormon to her, but it took a while to convey that it was intended as a gift, as her English seemed to be limited to restaurant talk. To illustrate that they were two translations of the same book, I opened the English and Chinese to 1st Nephi 1:1, and pointed to the same verse in both books while I read the English.

She gratefully accepted them, and took them back to the waitress station on the other side of the short wall next to our booth. I could see her flipping through them.

A little later, she was showing the books to three other waitresses, and it looked like the others were excited about it, and wanted books too. I asked our waitress if they wanted more, and she indicated yes. I only had two more of the Simplified Chinese with me, but I handed them to her over the little wall.

I went back out to my car and brought in more two more Simplified Chinese and two more English. But then the other waitresses were no longer at their station on the other side of the wall from our booth.

While paying on the way out, I offered the cashier a pair of books, and she accepted. She wasn't as enthusiastic as the waitress, and maybe accepted just to be polite. If she wasn't genuinely interested, maybe she'll give her books to the fourth waitress who didn't get one.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Moment #506. Amharic at Laundry. Thur, Dec 29, 2005.

12/29/2005. I wanted to wash the clothes I bought on sale yesterday, because I might wear them this weekend, so I took them and the clothes in the laundry basket to the nearby laundromat.

There was a lady, who looked like she could have been Ethiopian, doing laundry. Sitting at a table some distance away was a man playing with a little boy who looked like her son.

After I got my washers started, I retrieved an Amharic and two English copies of the Book of Mormon from my car. I placed them on my washers, and then placed them on the folding table in front of the dryers I used.

The man appeared to be a very loving and doting father as he took his son around to the various games and vending machines in the laundromat. At first I thought it was chauvinistic of him to leave all the laundry work to his wife, but maybe he did her a favor by occupying the young boy.

I eventually approached the man, and he did speak Amharic. He was curious about the Book of Mormon in Amharic, and gratefully accepted it and the English copy. We spoke for a few minutes, and he also helped me with the pronunciation of some words in Amharic that I picked up on my second set of language CDs. The pronunciation I had picked up from the CDs was off a bit, so he helped correct me. I bought this second set of CDs because it had some languages not contained in the first one.

I felt a little guilty observing the man for an opportunity to approach, but the fact that he was genuinely grateful for the books let me know he didn't mind being approached at all.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Moment #505. Tagalog/Cebuano at a sale. Wed, Dec 28, 2005.

12/28/2005. I went to a local upscale department store to shop their 50% off sale. And as you might imagine, they were out of the advertised item that I wanted the most, a cookware set. So I browsed the kitchen department looking for other deals.

There were two Southeast Asian-looking ladies being helped by a store employee. After the employee answered their questions and left, the two ladies spoke in a foreign language, but I couldn't make it out.

I was already standing within conversation distance, so I asked them what language they were speaking. They said Tagalog, that they were from the Philippines. At this point the conversation was still in a formal tone between strangers. I said that my church had free books in Tagalog, called the Book of Mormon. One asked me if I was Mormon, and I said yes. Then she broke into a big smile and said she was Mormon too. The wall of formality came down and the conversation became very friendly and in earnest.

One was from California, and one was from Illinois. They said they were visiting relatives in town. The second lady was a sister of the first, but was not a member, nor were their local relatives. I asked the lady who was a member if I could give her copies of the Book of Mormon in Tagalog to give to her relatives, and she enthusiastically said yes. She had brought one, but needed more. I asked if they spoke any other langauges, and they said Cebuano. I asked them to wait there in the kitchen department while I got the books from my car. I only had one Tagalog and one Cebuano copy in the car. I brought those in along with two English copies.

The non-member was probably more excited than her sister at seeing the books. She eagerly accepted them and started flipping through one. I pointed out the nearby chapels on the list that I had put in the books, and they pointed out which chapel they had been to last Sunday.

I got to practice some of the Tagalog that I learned from a language CD.

What a blessing it is to occasionally be allowed to be the Lord's delivery boy, especially to people who are so sweet and humble as those two were.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Why I give out the Book of Mormon. Sun, Dec 25, 2005.

A story told by Marion D. Hanks in Leon Hartshorn's "Outstanding stories by General Authorities" strikes a chord with me.

It's entitled "Boy, We Really Have a Swell Bathroom, Haven't We?" on page 107.
One man tells another "You folks ought to take up skiing like our family and have fun the year round."

"Doesn't that get pretty expensive?"

"It's funny. We live in an old-fashioned house -- legs on the tub, that sort of thing. For years we've been saving up to have the bathroom done over. But every winter we take the money out of the bank and go on a couple of family skiing trips. Our oldest boy is in the army now, and he often mentions in his letters what a great time we had on those trips. You know, I can't imagine his writing home, 'Boy, we really have a swell bathroom, haven't we?'"
In 2003 someone in a rental car smashed into the corner of my car while it was parked. I received a few thousand dollars from the rental car company as compensation, but it was several hundred dollars short of the repair estimates, and I didn't get it repaired.

In 2004 I used part of that money to buy copies of the Book of Mormon, and later Gospel Principles Gospel Fundamentals, and Joseph Smith Testimony pamphlets to give out. It's been 19 months since I started giving out the books in June 2004, and it's kind of snow-balled from what I originally thought I was going to do.

I don't know how much of a difference has been made in the lives of the recipients of the books that I've given away. I don't know if it has gone beyond the short-term pleasantness of someone receiving a gift of a book in their native language. But I've learned a lot about how the Lord works, how he has his hand in all things, and how he uses various forms of revelations to accomplish his purposes.

The Book of Mormon is one of the tools the Lord used in my conversion. As I read it for the first time in the early 80's, I desired with all my heart to know if it was true, committing myself to follow it, and embrace the church that presented it. During that first sitting with the Book of Mormon, the Holy Ghost poured the knowledge of its truthfulness into me, and whispered to me "It's him!" as I read of the Lord's visit in the book of 3rd Nephi. I recognized and felt the same Spirit which 10 years earlier had burned into me a knowledge that Jesus Christ was real. After reading 3rd Nephi, I read the pamphlet "The Prophet Joseph Smith's Testimony" and had a similar manifestation of the Spirit that what I was reading actually happened. My testimony of the Book of Mormon and of the Prophet Joseph Smith came from the same source as my testimony of the divinity of Jesus Christ, and with almost as much power. (There's more to my conversion story, but this will suffice for now.)

I take joy in the hundreds of those small moments of seeing someone else happy and pleasantly surprised when I give out the Book of Mormon or a Sunday school manual. Knowing that hundreds of people now have copies of the Book of Mormon in their native language and in English, and having faith and hope that the pure in heart will recognize it as God's truth, is worth more to me than being able to say "Boy, I have a swell car, don't I?"

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Friday, December 23, 2005

Moment #504. 2 DVDs in Spanish. Fri, Dec 23, 2005.

12/23/2005. Two of the missionaries in our ward asked me to pick up an investigator to take him to the church broadcast at the chapel tonight. He wasn't able to make it. Two of his neighbors were outside talking in Spanish as I left. I felt motivated to talk to them, so I offered them a free Christmas DVD from church, and they agreed. I went to my car and retrieved two "Joy to the World" DVDs. They were genuinely interested and were looking at them as I walked away. Inside each DVD case I had put an info flyer with the mission office phone number, one of the church's 800 numbers, the church web site address, and a list of the local chapels and meeting times.

Interesting callback. Fri, Dec 23, 2005.

12/23/2005. I received a phone call from someone who works at the VA Hospital in a city about two hours away from Indianapolis. She found a book with my name or business card in it in their cafeteria. The lady thought it was Asian, but when she read me the title, I could tell it was the Yoruba Gospel Fundamentals. It was one of the photocopied ones I made when the Distribution Center ran out. I don't remember giving out any of those in that city, only in Indianapolis.

She thought I was the one who had left it there. I told her that it was a Sunday School manual that I give out to people from Africa, and that we have the book in about 150 languages. I asked her to hold on to it in case the person who left it there came back for it.

Oh, the possibilities.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

DVDs to member. Wed, Dec 21,2005.

12/21/2005. I was at a friend's home helping him with computer stuff. One of his neighbors, who is also LDS, stopped by. He was preparing to drive on an out-of-state business trip. Sometimes it's easier to give gospel material to strangers than friends, so I gave him some DVD's to give to people, such as cashiers or waitresses, on his trip. And I gave him three that he didn't have for his own use.

Monday, December 19, 2005

DVD's to Koreans at stores. Mon, Dec 19, 2005.

12/19/2005. On the way to a friend's house I wanted to stop at a Korean-owned Asian grocery store for some exotic candy and snacks for her granddaughter. There were actually three Korean-owned businesses next to each other in the strip mall.

One was a dry-cleaners. Independent dry cleaning businesses are often Korean-owned. I could tell this one was, because part of the sign painted on the front window was in Korean. I took in a Joy to the World DVD and presented it to a man who looked like he worked there. He didn't seem to understand English well, but he accepted it with only a little bit of confusion. There is a Korean audio track to the DVD, which I pointed out on the cover. I didn't have any dry cleaning, it was just a hit-and-run, but it's close enough to Christmas that a Nativity DVD seemed acceptable to give to someone out of the blue.

The next store I went to was a gift and housewares store. I needed a 6 to 8 quart stock-pot. I knew I'd pay a little more here than at a discount store, but I felt like making another opportunity. I also wanted to browse for more gifts for my friend, her two daughters and her granddaughter. I noticed they had a rack of very nice Korean and Korean/English bibles. I ended up buying a three piece cookware set with a stock-pot, lid, and steamer inset basket. I took it out to the car, and brought in a Joy to the World DVD and presented it. The lady owner accepted it very graciously, and a Korean lady who could speak English translated a little bit for them about what it was.

I then went to the grocery store and bought a Korean cookie, some ginger crackers and ginger candy for my friend's granddaughter. And some big bowls of instant noodle soup and some two-pound bags of brown rice for my friend and her daughters. I really like brown rice better than white rice, and it's said to be much more nutritious.

I paid, took my stuff out to the car, and brought back in another copy of the same DVD. This lady appeared to not understand that I wanted to give it to her, but when I said "Merry Christmas" as I extended it to her, she finally understood.

This store had Korean and Korean/English Bibles for sale too.

Sometimes I number giving out DVD's as moments, but I'm not going to for this.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Moment #503. Chinese at buffet. Fri, Dec 16, 2005.

12/16/2005. I went to an upscale Chinese buffet for supper on the west side. It's been a few years since I've been to this one, and it has changed ownership and been remodeled since then.

The employees were Asian, Caucasian, and Hispanic. I put out the two kinds of Chinese Books of Mormon, plus English and Spanish on my table as I ate. I think some of them noticed, but no one said anything, and I didn't start any conversations.

On my way out, I asked one of the Asian ladies at the cashier counter if they were from China or Taiwan, and she said China. I offered her a free Simplified Chinese Book of Mormon, and it caught her attention and that of the other lady behind the counter. I offered an English, but they declined. Not knowing their level of English, I was going to explain more about the English copy, to see if they would like to use it to improve their English. But more customers came in at that moment, and it would have been awkward to continue talking.

Maybe I could have stayed around a bit while the customers paid, because one lady attended them, and the other started flipping through the Book of Mormon. It might be worth a trip back there. The food was very good. They had a nice selection of sushi, and a Mongolian grill setup.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Does God bring immigrants to U.S. to hear gospel?

12/15/2005. I realized a while ago that I've been giving out copies of the Book of Mormon and Gospel Principles Simplified (Gospel Fundamentals) to people from countries where there are few to no LDS missionaries or members. Ethiopia and Senegal are two that readily come to mind.

So far as I know, no one has joined the church through my book placement efforts. But I believe I have planted seeds, some of which will bear fruit. Several of the people who have received books from me have gone back to their homelands to visit, or returned home from visiting the United States. I assume that at least some have taken the books which I gave them back with them. One man from Kenya even told me so directly.

The many seemingly miraculous coincidences, of being at the right place at the right time, plus a percentage of the encounters being arranged by promptings of the Spirit, lead me to believe that the Lord is not just taking advantage of random occurrances. The Lord sees the end from the beginning, as Brigham Young said, so he saw this before those people even arrived in the United States.

I understand that every major city has many recent immigrants. I would encourage anyone reading this to consider including immigrants in their member-missionary efforts. Get a list of languages that the church has material in (from, and look under Missionary Book of Mormon, and Language Material Listings). Keep that list of languages handy, or in your car. Don't be afraid to approach people who appear to be immigrants.

Find out what languages are spoken in your town. Stock your mission office and your ward libraries with those books. Keep some of the more popular languages of the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith Testimony pamphlets in your car.

Member Missionaries are Cheaper than Full-time Missionaries

It's very expensive to open and maintain a foreign mission and support missionaries in the field. And we don't have enough available 19 year-olds church-wide to meet the staffing needs of the missions. We just don't have enough warm bodies yet to preach the gospel world-wide. But the Lord is helping us out. If not enough members can go out to the world, the Lord is bringing the world to the members here in the US.

I'll put it in terms of dollars for the bean-counters among us. It costs $1,000 per month to keep a missionary companionship, 2 elders, in the field. Their out-of-pocket expenses may be less in some areas, but if you include the overhead of the mission office, airfare to/from the mission field, medical care and whatever else is not directly borne by the missionaries, the total cost is at least that. Those two missionaries will give out 10 to 20 Books of Mormon per month. They do other things of course, but those books then cost $50 to $100 each to give out.

But if people here in the states can give them out in our normal comings and goings, the cost is very little. I do it while I buy gas, or a newspaper. It takes anywhere from 30 seconds to two minutes. Even if I deliberately go eat at an ethnic restaurant, for the main purpose of placing a book, the cost is still only $7 to $15, and then I usually give out two to four books at restaurants, reducing the per book cost even further.

I haven't been keeping exact totals recently, but I estimate that I've given out material to slightly over 500 people in the 19 months that I've done this. The cost per person (of those who actually receive material) is much less than that of a full-time missionary. Excuse me for being a bean-counter on that, but I'm trying to point out that member-missionaries are cheaper than full-time missionaries.

Like Elder Bednar said in the October 2005 General Conference, members are to be missionaries at all times and in all places.

Rules & Exceptions, quote by Russell M. Nelson

I'm including this here because I wanted an easy access to this quote. I'm the kind of person who wants to take what the prophet and apostles say as absolutes. I once staked a major decision in my life on what one of the apostles said. When the reality of the situation didn't match what the apostle said it "must be" I was hurt, and that became part of the reasons I left the church for a long time.

This quote from Elder Nelson did much to resolve the conflict I had. My life would have taken a much better path had I known this over 20 years ago.

Elder Russell M. Nelson, Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
CES Fireside for Young Adults, February 6, 2005. Brigham Young University

"Through the years you will note that apostles and prophets teach the rule. We don’t teach exceptions to the rule. Exceptions are left to individual agency and accountability. The Lord knows we live in an imperfect world. He knows it is 'ripening in iniquity' (D&C 18:6). His judgments will be fair, just, and merciful."

Elder Oaks explained the same principle in a talk given May 1, 2005, at a CES broadcast, and reprinted in the June 2006 Ensign.

"The explanation I gave that man is the same explanation I give to you if you feel you are an exception to what I have said. As a General Authority, I have the responsibility to preach general principles. When I do, I don't try to define all the exceptions. There are exceptions to some rules. For example, we believe the commandment is not violated by killing pursuant to a lawful order in an armed conflict. But don't ask me to give an opinion on your exception. I only teach the general rules. Whether an exception applies to you is your responsibility. You must work that out individually between you and the Lord."

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Missed opportunity. Wed, Dec 14, 2005.

12/14/2005. On my way home from a meeting on the other side of town, I stopped at a couple gas stations, one to buy a newspaper and another to buy some pop. I didn't see an opportunity at the first. But at the second there was an opportunity that I missed.

The cashier was a Spanish-speaking man with a kind and humble voice. He was very friendly to the customers. It occurred to me to offer him something, but I didn't have anything ready to say to a Spanish-speaker, so I just brushed off the idea. Afterwards, I felt guilty about it, so then I realized it was a genuine opportunity.

All of the DVD's I had in the car had a Spanish audio track, including the Joy to the World DVD featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

I need to go back to that part of town within a few days, so I'll try to remember to stop by there again. But the possibility of it being a permanently lost opportunity will hopefully give me more courage for similar opportunities in the future.

Moment #502. Arabic at Shell. Wed, Dec 14, 2005.

12/14/2005. I was driving across town to a meeting, and stopped in at a Shell station for some pop. I had been at this one several times before and placed books.

The cashier looked familiar, but I was unsure if I had given him a book. I asked, and he said that I had, but he didn't read it. He said that he left it at the store, implying that one of the other employees may have taken it.

He spoke Arabic, French, and English. I brought in Books of Mormon in those three languages, and he accepted the Arabic. I also gave him a "Together Forever" DVD and pointed out that it had a French audio track.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Stocking books, learning languages.

1) What's the best way to obtain foreign-language Books of Mormon?

Depends on what you mean by "best". The easiest and quickest is buy them online at with your credit card. Look under "Missionary Book of Mormon".

If you want a tax deduction, you can include some money on the "Other" line on the donations slip that you use to pay tithes/donations. Next to "Other" you write "Ward BoM". Then you have to arrange with the ward clerk and Bishop for the clerk to use that money to buy the Books of Mormon through the Ward. They get shipped along with whatever stuff the Ward is ordering from the Distribution Center, and are usually sent to the Bishop's home. Then the clerk/bishop should give the material to you.

I checked with several sources, and that is 100% kosher, but it's likely that your Ward Clerk or Bishop may not be familiar with it.

To help the Clerk out, because he is not going to know the catalog # for all those foreign languages, get a blank order form from him (or photocopied from the catalog that was included in the November Ensign), and you fill out the Book of Mormon order for him, looking up the catalog #'s at

Be careful on prices. The hardbacks are $2.50 and soft-covers are $2.00. Some languages come in one, some come in the other, some are in both.

Also good to order are the JS Testmony pamphlets. There are 30 more languages for those that don't have BoM's yet. Like Pashto. You have to order those by phone, because they aren't on the web site. To see what all languages are available, look under "Language Materials Listings" and there are like 4 or 5 pages of languages.

I ordered one each of all the "Language Material Listings". They're free. So when you place a phone/mail order you know the catalog # of the things that are not on the web site.

2) What languages are best to get for Bangladesh and Pakistan?

Bangladeshis speak Bengali and most also speak Hindi. There is a "Selections from the Book of Mormon" and JST pamphlet available in Bengali. Full BoM and JST pamphlet in Hindi.

If you want to be cool, pronounce it "ben-GOH-lee", instead of "ben-GAH-lee".

Pakistanis generally speak URDU, pronounced "oor-doo". Long "u" sound in both syllables, as in "tool".

There is both a "Selections from the Book of Mormon" and a JS Testimony pamphlet for Urdu.

Some Pakistanis also speak HINDI, but unless they were originally from India, they probably don't read Hindi, just speak it. A few Pakistanis also speak Pashto, and there is "Gospel Principles Simplified" and JST pamphlet in Pashto.

In Indianapolis, most of the taxi-drivers are African, from the countries of Ethiopia and Nigeria. Ethiopians speak AMHARIC (ahm-HAHR-ick), and there is a Book of Mormon in Amharic.

Nigerians generally speak either IGBO (EE-boo), or Yoruba (YOR-oo-bah), or Hausa (HOW-sah). There is a Book of Mormon in IGBO, but not in Yoruba or Hausa. However, there is "Gospel Principles Simplified" in Yoruba and Hausa.

The distribution center has Hausa Gospel Principles Simplified. But I bought the last Yoruba Gospel Principles Simplified. But if you need copies, I'll make copies and sell them to you at cost plus shipping.

West Africans generally speak French. But the church has many books in regional languages. Often they won't volunteer their regional or home language, so you have to ask them.

The church has JS Testimony pamphlets and Gospel Principles Simplified in many more arcane African languages: Wolof, Fon, Fulani (aka Fula), Bambara, Bemba, Somali, and more. I've given out books in all the above mentioned languages in Indianapolis.

If you get drivers from any one country on a regular basis, and want learn a few words in their language, get the "101 Languages" CD's. And learn a couple words in their language, like hello/goodbye, thank-you, you're welcome.

There's a competing product, which isn't as good in my opinion, but has some languages that aren't included in the previous CD package, called "Instant Immersion 102 Languages".

I ended up getting both because each has some lanaguages that the other doesn't have.

It can really brighten an immigrant's day to have someone say "thank you" or "you're welcome" to them in their native language.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Moment #501. English to member. Sun, Dec 11, 2005.

12/11/2005. A man I hadn't met before was at church today, sitting with his fiancee, and the missionaries. I sat next to him in Priesthood meeting. He said he was a member returning after an absence. His words exhibited much humility and faith. He had with him a blue missionary Book of Mormon, and the Gospel Principles manual. After the meetings, I asked him if he needed a set of scriptures, like the Triple Combination and the LDS edition Bible. He said that he didn't have them. I went to my car and brought back a used Quadruple combination that I had bought cheaply on Ebay, and presented it to him.

Moment #500. Korean to member. Sun, Dec 11, 2005.

12/11/2005. There's a Chinese family in our ward who are originally from Malaysia, a mom and two adult sons. I sat next to the younger son in priesthood opening exercises, and he asked me for two Korean copies of the Book of Mormon. I said I'd get them out of my car after the meetings. (There was one in the meetinghouse library too.)

After priesthood meeting I went to my car and retrieved the two Korean Books of Mormon, two Korean issues of the Liahona, and a multi-lingual DVD, and gave them to him. I forget which DVD it was, either Joy to the World or Together Forever.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Moment #499. Joy to the World DVD. Sat, Dec 10, 2005.

12/10/2005. I took a different route than normal on the way home. I stopped at a gas station for some 2-liters of pop. The cashier was a very kind-looking lady. I'd even say that she glowed a bit with the light of Christ.

As she bagged the 2-liters I asked if she'd like a free Christmas CD (I misspoke it's a DVD actually) with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on it. She said okay.

I took my stuff out to the car and brought back in a Joy to the World DVD. I waited until after she had attended another customer, and gave it to her and she kindly accepted it.

(Those who are not members of the LDS church may call 877-300-8000 to request a FREE DVD or VHS of the "Joy to the World" video. It's the story of the Savior's birth and His life, featuring music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Or order your free copy online at


Moment #498. Chinese. Sat, Dec 10, 2005.

12/10/2005. I had lunch at a Chinese buffet that I've regularly been to before. I took in some reading material and also a Chinese Liahona, as I've given them Chinese Books of Mormon before. This time I noticed it was all new staff. There were three new employees at the cashier counter. After paying I waited a second, and one of them came out from behind the counter. I offered her the Chinese Liahona and she gratefully and happily accepted it. She was from China, and the Chinese Liahona is in traditional style Chinese, but she seemed okay with it. People from China usually read the simplified style Chinese script.

After I finished eating there was someone else behind the counter. I went out to my car and retrieved my small Chinese Book of Mormon case, and re-entered. I offered a Simplified Chinese and an English Book of Mormon to the guy behind the counter. His English was limited, but he eventually understood I intended them as gifts and he gratefully accepted.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Followup to #497. Fijian. Dec 5, 2005.

12/05/2005. It's been a whole week since I've given out a book. I've been slacking off. Well, I did give the two Spanish-speaking sets of missionaries each a Spanish Book of Mormon yesterday. But I usually don't count those. I've given them others previously because due to their schedule changes, they didn't get their allotment from the mission office on time.

The same sister from last week, who speaks English, Hindi and Fijian, was at Family Home Evening tonight, so I gave her a Fijian Book of Mormon. She said she reads that language better than Hindi.