These are the missionaries in our ward right now. You might have seen guys that look a lot like them around your own neighborhood. They wear backpacks to carry things like the Book of Mormon, Bible, other Church materials, snacks, letters from home, etc. Some missionaries get a car, others ride bikes, and others just walk everywhere. They spend most of their days trying to talk to people about Jesus Christ, and they give up 2 years of their life, usually from the ages of 19-21 to do it.
While the missionaries are out serving for the Church, we members sign up to feed them meals. When TH wasn’t eating with members, he existed almost entirely on bologna sandwhiches, cereal and Ramen while he was serving his mission in New York City and so I feel motivated to pump the missionaries up with as much healthy whole food as possible since I’m sure they are getting their fill of refined grains and fat otherwise. When T1 was two months old I decided I was ready to cook dinner and have them over. I’ve only fed them a few times because male missionaries can’t be alone with women, so I needed to pick a day when TH would be home before 8 (and female missionaries can’t be alone with men).
We ate pasta with sausage and veggies.
Foccacia I made myself, using our bread machine to mix the dough and the recipe found in the bread machine booklet.
This plum tart was delicious, but I can’t remember the recipe! If you are the one who told me about it on Twitter can you comment and tell me where to find it?
After we’re done eating they share a message from the scriptures. We talk about ways that TH and I can spread the Gospel in our own lives. Bringing the missionaries into our home brings the Spirit into our house and helps us think about ways we can be more devoted to the Gospel.
I’ll be signing up to feed the missionaries once more in August, when TH can help me with meal prep and clean up a bit more.
One of my double cousins is currently serving a mission in Brazil, and I hope that the Brazilian people will welcome him into their homes and feed him well! I’m so proud of him for putting his own desires and ambitions aside for two years in order to serve the Lord.