Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Horned Melon and Frixion Pens

Kiwano Horned Melon
On lists of the world's most exotic tropical fruits, this crazy oddity will be among the top 10. It's called a Kiwano, also known as "Horned Melon." I recently tried it.  The taste is a weird mash-up of banana, cucumber and lemon all in one. 

Fun fact:
The Kiwano Horned Melon made its television debut in 2000 on an episode of Friends.

It rained a lot this week. I have never heard of rain pants before, out here they seemed to be a necessity. Mom, you were right about the scarf thing. Getting those too.

In other food news:  Ate horse jerky and it was really tasty!

Rest Unto Your Souls
We had a cool Family Home Evening with a member and their inactive family - their daughter was there with her boyfriend and 4 year-old son. We shared a message about trials with the whole Frixion pen thing.

Here's how the analogy goes: 
On a sheet of paper we took our pen (which looks like a normal every day pen) and asked the group to tell us what makes Trials so awful. They called out words like: pain, stress, worry, anxiety, fear, burden, suffering, and we wrote the words clearly in black ink on the paper. 

Then we talked about the importance of looking to Christ during our trials and how the Holy Spirit can bring us light and comfort.

This is the point in which we took a lighter and held it underneath the paper - close enough to warm it, but not burn it. As we talked about the warmth of the Spirit (with the flame under the paper) the words disappeared from the page, leaving a completely blank page.

Our point was that the Spirit may not be able to remove the actual trial, but he will be able to erase the negative feelings of trials, so that our burden becomes light.
Come unto me,
all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you,
and learn of me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart:
and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Matthew 11:28-19

Here's how the Frixion Pen works:
It uses thermochromic ink (the same kind of ink in mood rings) that is sensitive to heat. At temperatures between 15-140 degrees Fahrenheit the ink will appear black on paper.  But when you heat it warmer than 140 degrees Fahrenheit (like over a heat source: light bulb or lighter), the ink disappears.

Cool, huh.

At the conclusion of our lesson, the boyfriend said, "It's amazing how you guys knew exactly what I needed to hear!"  The Spirit was strong in the room.

Thing is - we didn't know what he needed, we were just guided by the Spirit to share a message.

Have a Great Week Everyone!
Elder Connor Nef

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