A long time ago, they used to grow lots of onions here. Now the region is carpeted with fruit trees. But the name stuck, and the Labor Day festival in town is Onion Days, the three days of the Labor Day weekend.
Onion Days is huge. Thousands and thousands of people come to the city park for the three day weekend, the carnival and the big parade.
Our church had a space for a booth, where did surveys with people and handed out gospels of John. It was hugely successful. Lots of gospel conversations, and a man came to our service today as a result. Huge thanks to the folks who came from out of state to help.
One on One
I prayed for some opportunity to get more personally involved in the homes of our families.
So, here comes a young man whose wife wants him to sign the divorce papers right now. He's undone.
And another fringe couple in our church, whom we have served for over 20 years, need help with their marriage, which has been a high-low-off-on struggle since the beginning. I pray that this time he will listen.
A young dating couple is getting serious. I've been handing them books on marriage and courtship.
The bitterness bug has really bitten hard. People have gotten grumpy and quiet on us, one family at a time. We're tracking that down and trying to get some talk going.
The Spirit Blows Like the Wind
We got this email tonight, from the neighbors over the fence at our previous house:
We moved to Payson at the end of 2000 and were your neighbors for a short period before you moved out of your house there on the corner of 750 East and Arrowhead Trail. We regret that we did not get to know you and your family better. But, considering where we were in our spiritual life it would have been difficult for your family to have withstood our arrogance and pride. We know now that it must be tremendously difficult to live in that hostile environment. As mormons we believed that we knew the truth and you didn't. Now, as Christians, we apologize for that attitude and pride. We wanted you to know that we have come to understand the love and grace that you have known all along. We are grateful that you are ministering in Utah and we pray that the Lord continues to keep and bless you.
M & M
That's pretty neat.
A couple of years ago, we planted grape vines on our fence line. They yielded a few sugary-sweet bushels this year. As I was harvesting the clusters the last few days, I was praying that God would make us as fruitful as these vines.
We're weak, and small, and our wisdom can fit in a thimble. God works through little flawed critters who are humble and entirely dependent on him. Pray this very moment, please, that he will work with power at Onion Days.
You're an absolutely vital part of the team. Thanks for being there.
Lee & Diana Whitworth