Before Elder Aldridge left on his mission, we received a letter from his mission president that told us not to be surprised if our missionary lost about 40 lbs. while on his mission. I’m not sure that is going to happen because many of the people are very kind and generous to the missionaries. He eats only one, sometimes two, meals per day and says it is more than adequate.
“We’re teaching a family of kids, but not their parents…..and with their parents’ permission, we’ve set a baptismal date. They’re quick learners and, as I discovered, had a lot of questions about America.
“When we met with them the first time, we discovered that their parents are the most generous people I’ve ever met. They gave us a ride to and from their house and to our next appointment in their car (which is bigger than it sounds like, in India) and have us wait while they cook a meal for us. Let me rephrase that: They cook a MEAL for us.”
“I’m eating more than enough with only one, maybe two meals a day. I always say, “Thank you, brother, that’s enough for me, I eat very little” (bearing in mind I have what anyone would consider a full plate of food) and then they say something along the lines of “NONESENSE, ELDER, EAT!” and then put half a roast chicken on my plate. This literally happened.”
Elder Aldridge loves Samosas.
A samosa is a fried or baked pastry filled with potatoes, peas, onions, lentils, spices, chilies, and sometimes ground lamb or chicken and pine nuts. They are often served with a mint, coriander or tamarind sauce or chutney.
They were introduced to India when Middle Eastern and Central Asian cooks migrated to India to cook for the Sultan and other nobility.
Indian food is delicious, but spiritual food is what nurtures the soul. Here’s what Elder Aldridge has to say about that:
“The best thing I’ve seen is when the Spirit confirms to people that what we’re teaching is truth. When we ask, “Do you believe that we need prophets today?” and they say “Yes.” When, even though I fumble the lesson, he still accepts the invitation to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it and agrees to have his member friend show him parts of General Conference, that’s incredible. I’m seeing miracles in people’s lives already.”
I love you all,
President Thomas S. Monson exemplifies charity, love, and kindness in all he does.
“Intense love does not measure, it just gives.” –Mother Teresa