Special Needs and Bowling

Hello:

We had another wonderful week this past week!! To begin with, one cool thing that my companion and I get to do at the beginning of every week on P-Day is go bowling! We get to do this because there are a lot of individuals in the ward here in Decatur that have “special needs.” What does that have to do with bowling? Let me explain.

Every Sunday, members with special needs meet in a class for Sunday school and it is really awesome. It is a wonderful missionary tool because a lot of churches around here, we have been told, are not very accepting and open to inviting individuals who have special needs. So we have seen a lot of non-member visitors attend this class because they have heard that there is a special needs Sunday school class at our church. Also, every Monday, the special needs class goes as a group to the bowling alley and bowls with a whole organization set up to provide activities for special needs individuals. When we first were transferred to Decatur, the teacher of the special needs Sunday School class invited us to the bowling activity because there are a lot of non-members there and she thought it would be great exposure for us to meet some of these people. What we heard as missionaries was that you get to come and bowl for free every Monday and make new friends! What could be better?

So the Decatur missionaries have built a very strong bond with the special needs class in the ward and have gotten rather good at bowling! One time while we were attending the class, the teacher was instructing everybody on a Bible story and then had the students do an activity. While they were doing the activity, she turned to us and made the comment: “You know it is pretty funny. Here I am trying to teach these guys about the gospel, when in actuality they have already made it into the celestial kingdom! It’s me who needs to do some more learning.” I thought that was pretty funny because it is true! The people in this special needs class are such amazing examples to follow! They are loving, non-judgmental and most always happy and content. I need to learn a thing or two from them as well because they got it right. They display so many Christ-like attributes and are really fun people to be around. I am so grateful for the chance to get to know them and for what I have learned from them. I am so grateful for all of the wonderful experiences that I am having here in Alabama and I know that I am learning and growing so much. I love and miss everybody back home and hope that you are having a wonderful week!

Love,

Elder Neser

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