Holidays lose a little luster when you are on a mission. There are more important things to do than celebrate random historical events from the past, especially if they have no religious significance. If you will remember, you didn’t hear a word from us on Labor Day. Columbus Day was the same.
That being said, perhaps we can work in something for All Hallows’ Eve, the evening before All Hallows’ Day. If you are old and English you know hallows is another name for saints. All Hallows’ Day is a day for remembering those who have passed away, especially the canonized saints. I have a hard time remembering those saints. I understand there are a lot of them. For some reason St. Patrick seems to stand out.
I do know some of the saints in Virginia. No canonization here, but these YSA saints know how to have a good time. They got together at a members home to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve. I’m not sure what we celebrate on All Hallows’ Eve. On this evening we celebrated good food, a fire outside, old scary movies in the basement and friendship.
We witnessed a considerable amount of creativity. How can you beat a painted duct tape Ironman, complete with a flashlight chest.
We enjoyed the company of ballerinas and kimono clad party goers.
Lego Man was unveiled, zombies were exposed and zombie slayers prevailed.
Some of the saints had no problem looking at Medusa or the snakes in her hair, while older saints (the bishop’s counselor and his wife) felt the spirit of young single adults and returned to their youth.
Virginia saints also come in the form of missionaries. In a reserved way they get into the celebration. Our District Leader, Elder G. is a quiet, unassuming Spanish speaker with a great sense of humor. On the last day of October we get this text, “Happy Halloween. Tell Elder Ware, ‘There’s a troll in the dungeon!’ Use wingardium leveosa. Have a blessed day, los misioneros”. Our reply was, “Demontors are out tonight, don’t forget expecto patronum“.
Another text from Elder G. and his companion Elder Z. on the same day had no connection with the holiday, but it is worth sharing. It read, “Hello to our favorite senior couple. Out of miscommunication we bought a fish last weekend. We don’t want condemnation on our heads, but also we don’t know what to do with it. Would you like a pet fish named Gato? He’s a low maintenance beta. Have a blessed day. los misioneros”. We have not responded to that text and the problem still haunts us.
In our quiet, humble missionary way this has been a fun holiday. It’s OK to have some fun as a missionary.
“And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.” (1 John 1:4)