Hey Mom, Dad, Family, and Friends,Ok, to start off, I think I´ll call around 5 o´clock in the afternoon your time (which would be 7 o´clock here). I don´t know what your skype address is, I think it´s still shicks100 but if there´s a problem I´ll just try to call and figure it out. So plan on me calling (or trying to skype) after church. I hope this works for you all. I am soooooo excited to talk to you all!
Oh and I read Alma 30, like you wrote last week. I really liked that chapter as well. It´s amazing how well Alma asks the questions and how he is truly led by the spirit.
So, two streets behind our apartment building there are a ton of inactives (especially young teenage boys). We´ve been trying to help reactivate them and there´s one teenager, Leo, and he´s 16. His father is inactive as well and drinks, a lot. So last night we were just talking casually with Leo and before we left we asked him if he needed anything. He paused for a moment. And we asked him again, "Are you sure? Do you need something?" He said that he was too embarassed to say anything and then Sister Cameron asked, "Do you need food?" And that was what it was. He said that his dad just spends almost all the money on alcohol and sometimes when he´s drunk he just throws stuff out. Leo told us that sometimes he just feels like he has no one to talk to because his mom drinks as well. It truly broke my heart when I was listening to him last night. We told him to give us 10 minutes and we went to our apartment and grabbed some food that we had. We´re going to try and visit him today again with the bishop. When we gave him the food, you could just see how grateful he was and as we were walking back I just began to cry because I just want him to have parents that love and care for him. I thought of the hymn "Have I Done Any Good?" It truly is amazing to help others and I am so grateful for the privilege I have to serve a mission.