Monday, July 2, 2012

06.12.2012 "Busy Day in Harrison"

Hello Everyone,

I'm a little worn out today. This is going to have to be a short letter. Yesterday was a busy day here. It was our P-day, but we went to go do some service for Brother Hileman at his farm moving some cattle because he needed our help. It was only supposed to take a few hours, but in the end it took most of the day. He picked us up at 8:00 in the morning, and we were dropped back off at around 5:00.

We spent most of the time moving some cattle around to different places in his farm, and then moving a few into pens, and then into a trailer, because he was taking them to graze for a while at someone else's farm. It was actually a lot of fun, and we had a good time. Next time we go over to help, I'll have to take some pictures. There were a few problems that we had, which is partly why we took so much longer than we expected, but all in all we got done what we needed to. Something else that took a little longer is that we found a cow in the morning that was very close to delivering a calf. We decided to leave her alone for a little while to rest and check back on her in an hour or two. But when we came back later on, it was not going well. It was the cow's first time delivering a calf, and the calf was really big (about 110 pounds he said, which is apparently pretty big for that kind of cow). We brought her into the barn, then went in for lunch. Brother Hileman left halfway through lunch to go help the cow with the calf. he helped pull the calf out with some chains. We met up with him after we finished eating, and unfortunately, the calf hadn't make it. It had been gone since before we first found the mother that morning. So had to take it back to the back of the property (Brother Hileman has about 70 or 80 acres). It was pretty sad.

All in all it was a pretty busy and unusual day. It was fun getting the experience of herding cattle though, I really enjoyed it.

One thing that I've thought about this last week has been the importance of love in all aspects of the work of the Lord. In a Leadership Training Meeting, President Hess talked about John 15, which is a really good chapter that describes the relationship between us and the Lord when we are in his service. Keeping the commandments and love unfeigned are both critical to everything our Heavenly does, and everything that we do in his service. It gave me a lot to think about. I love how I am always learning and the Lord continues to teach me.

I love you all, and hope you have a good week. Did everyone see Megan's Graduation Announcement? The pictures turned out really good! It looks nice.

Bye everyone!

Elder Trevor Casper

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