So today has been so fun. I have so much to write already and I can’t write it all. So let me share some from the last several days.
I got permission to play the guitar at the Logandale Fair where we had an LDS booth. We had a shift from 1:30-5pm. But we were there and I played from like 12p to 7:40. It was awesome. All the hours I wasn’t assigned to the booth I was walking between vendors and playing the guitar. It was cool to see how happy people go when they heard me playing and singing. They’d smile and clap, and you could tell it cheered them up as I would walk thru the fields. People would would come and talk to us so many people talked to us as a result, it was awesome!
When I was in the booth, I'd talk to people, the majority of them were members, but they had lot of friends with them that weren’t. I’d ask them what their favorite Hymn was, and then Elder Flood would open the songbook and find it and hold it for me to play. It brought tears to some, I sang to old and young. It was amazing to see. While I’d play for one, others would gather around till we had small crowds. Some people got others and even came back! I loved to see the Lord help me play, there are some songs I knew the chords, but up until that time have not been able to play successfully.
One lady stopped by and talked. She said that her nephew is not happy about being released. She then asked if I had heard about the bombings in Belgium. I told her I had. She said, Elder Empty is her nephew and shortly before the bombing, he sent a picture of them playing the guitar while street contacting. And shared how much he enjoyed it. She asked if she could send a picture of me and guitar to him. Of course I said yes. And she gave him my email. He’s got to be so overwhelmed, I hope the picture makes him smile.
We were walking around a bit later, there was this awesome drink stand, but it was $10 for 2 drinks. Which is too pricey for me. There were a couple of people from our ward there so we talked to them. When I was about to leave one girl spoke up and said to play something and that she’d get us a drink if I did. So that was pretty cool. I kind of felt weird looking at all these cute girls in the eyes, so I would jump around from person to person and look at everyone in the eyes! HAHAHA, Just a missionary!
The booth was great, I made most of it. I created the trifold from some boxes, I used fabric on the inside, and a ton of staples.
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So to day was long, we had to man the booth from 9:30 -3:50 we were supposed to be done at 1:30 and my stomach was hurting if I don't have something for my stomach to work on it will work on the stomach lining which is causing the pain. We then street contacted From 4:50-9:00 yes with the guitar. A lot more people are showing up. People will see me and be like, “oh, you’re the singer-elder!” Ha ha ha! No, I’m Elder Tucker!
This morning my finger tips were so sore I noticed while tapping them on the table. I have now played 13 hours and have covered a whole lot of hymns. It’s fun to teach because there are a lot of people that travel to the fair and we get to explain why and how we are different. They’re always surprised to hear that we don’t get paid, that we do it 24/7 for 2 years, that it’s all voluntary and that we love it!
It really gets people thinking, What is so good that we would do that?!!
Well let me tell ya !!!!!!
So it felt so great playing the guitar, but I know I had God’s help. I’m really not that good to play and sightread music. I haven’t played in months without messing up a bit. And I only have a handful of hymns memorized. I had Heaven’s help!
Oh Elder Taylor's getting married, he was in sacrament meeting a few weeks ago and we ate dinner with he and his fiancé and her Family. He saw me at the fair and told me that Jacob Taylor called President and asked if I could go to the wedding and he sed yes!!! I'm still stoked! Five months ago he was my companion, now he’s engaged to be married. I’ve never witnessed a wedding sealing in the temple, so that will be awesome. So add that to my list of crazy things that happened this week. Just keeps getting better and better, I’m loving it!
I got the truck back and it makes me so happy it fits me better and is bigger on the inside which makes it look cleaner on the inside.
Oh, I saw Brother Bonitez (I spelled that wrong) he was in my first area dn helped me a lot. He’s a less active member from the Gilcrease ward.
A girl from the Taylor Ranch Ward, who's family is awesome , and many more people kept giving us money for food, which is expensive at the fair. I think I would have rather eat healthier and cheaper, but it will end up helping with the groceries this month. Transfer calls come out tomorrow. I think I’m staying, I’m hoping I’m staying!
Man today was something else. It was raining most the day, today the bad thing is, in Nevada the rain doesn’t absorb into the ground. It stays on top. It was not good weather. So I didn’t play the guitar as much, plus my fingers were hurting and are ready for a break now. It was challenging today. People would come for the rides, but a lot of them were shut down. When it would start raining pretty bad, they would come to the tents or the livestock barns which are crowded even when there’s no rain, so it was packed! And packed in the booth too.
Yes I Am exhausted, and happy! I know it won't come again. So I made the most of it. I am grateful for the wonderful experience the fair was, and for God’s help. It’s been a crazy week, and I hope some of those seeds we planted will grow. I love being a missionary. I love playing guitar. I love warm rain. I love people. It has been great to see all the faces from previous wards and areas that recognized me. It’s all a mixed bag of emotions. At the end of something great, but it was hard, and it was well worth it. But I’m exhausted!
Love y’all, G’night.