"We have also seen the work of the Lord with our investigator though his process of trying to quit smoking before his baptism. We have been praying for him and he has been sincerly praying for himself. This week he was eating a fish (like all Micronesians do- haha) and . . . after eating fish for all his life for the first time in years a fish bone stuck him right in the cheek very hard and caused a very painful gash. This gash became swollen and started to get infected. He couldn't eat and was in very much pain. But to our great astonishment the sore only truly hurt very bad when he bagan to smoke. This then caused him to stop smoking for days. He is still continuing without smoking . .. This has been truly a miracle and has made my faith grow even more."
One of the families in his area has had him over for dinner at least twice and sent pictures of Ben and his companion, Elder Morgan. She says, the elders came over for a "delicious dinner of chicken, potatoes, broccoli, rolls and chocolate cake. They are such fine young men we are so happy to have them in our stake. They work hard and are anxious to share the gospel. I appreciate their example for my two youngest sons. Matthew is on the left and Spencer is on the right. Their friend Mitchell is right in the middle, he is in our ward as well. We'll always have a spot for your boys in our home and in our hearts, thanks for raising such great young men."
Elder Ben's parents have told the Nords that they will be our friends for life simply for letting us see pictures of our son!
Elder Ben isn't so good with getting pictures of himself sent home, but he did take a few of his apartment which is in the basement of a nice couple whose children are all grown. He says they are really nice folks and " I love this city and I love this mission. This truly is the best place to be a missionary. I am able to see rich and poor, faithful and unfaithful, diseased and not diseased and I truly can say that this has made my love for these people and for my Savior grow exponentially."