As for the second opportunity, this Saturday, our ward is having a drive. The instructions were kind of vague. Every so often, they ask us to donate old clothes and toys and whatnot to the Deseret Industries bin. Deseret Industries is a lot like Goodwill, just Church run. And I guess what they want us to do now is put fliers on people's doorknobs, advertising the drive. The idea (we think) is that they get the flier, collect the things they want to donate, and leave them outside their door for us to pick up and take to the DI bin at the church. It's a pretty neat idea, but the flier itself didn't make any of that very clear, and Athena and I don't have a car, so it would be pretty difficult for us to collect anything or take it anywhere. So when the guy in charge thrust some fliers in front of me as I left the Relief Society room today, I refused to take them. And now I'm feeling kind of lame about it, but without a car, there really isn't much we can do, aside from calling someone else to do all the driving.
So let's talk about something happy involving Deseret Industries instead! After they made the announcement for the drive in sacrament meeting, the member of the bishopric who was conducting the meeting came back to the microphone and told about how impressed various world leaders are when they visit Salt Lake City and see Welfare Square. The church members who show them around explain the law of the fast--on the first Sunday of every month, members are encouraged to fast for two consecutive meals, and donate some money (worth at least the price of the meals that weren't eaten (because you would have saved that much money), but we're encouraged to give much more) as fast offerings. The fast offerings are used to help the poor and needy all over the world, providing food and necessities and stuff. One leader of China (I think he said China, but it could have been Taiwan or something) was so impressed by this that the next day, he presented a traditional red envelope like they use in China for gifts of money. He had skipped breakfast in his hotel that morning, and that was his fast offering.
Today I'm thankful for a certain Relief Society teacher bringing Ghirardelli brownies every time she teaches and making sure we each get one despite sitting in the far reaches of the room (Athena always comes in late because of library duties, and I always sit down late because I was playing the opening hymn at the piano, so we sit in the far reaches to be less distracting), being told the code of the new old copier, knowing what happened to the new new copier (we only had it on a lease), adorable CDs of kids singing Primary songs in Japanese, and still having Drumsticks.