This week wasn't too crazy, just kept working and had a lot of training meetings. They were good and they were definitely what the mission needs to keep moving forward right now. I think I am starting to get sick which kinda sucks, but I will just probably end up pushing through it and working the whole week until I get over it. Found a super cool mother and son this week (who are currently in Texas). They are coming back from their trip tomorrow and I am way excited to be able to teach them again. They have been reading from the Book of Mormon every day on vacation which is totally awesome. They have seen the difference it makes in their life already which is literally the greatest.
It is starting to get absolutely freezing here in the mornings. It has dropped to the mid 60's, which I am sad to say feels SOO COLD to me now! I have been in the heat for too long. But that's alright...I'm sure I will get used to it. If not I might need to break out the sweaters!
The thanksgiving/Christmas initiative the Church is doing is super awesome and I am excited to see the good that is going to come from it! We got to see the video at the training we had earlier this week and It is totally amazing! I can't wait to make everyone I talk to watch it haha.
Other than that there really wasn't much else that we did this week. Sacrament meeting this week had to be translated into 4 different languages which was awesome. This ward is super diverse. The speakers were talking in Creole and someone was translating to English for them, then another person translated from English to Spanish and another from English to Tagalog. That pretty much sums up our tiny little ward's diversity hah.
Well love you all. Have a good week.
November 28, 2016 Thanksgiving
This week was good, I guess. A lot fell through the cracks, unfortunately, but other than that the work is still moving forward. The two biggest events this week were probably Thanksgiving and church yesterday.
Thanksgiving was a MILAGRO/MIRAK/MIRACLE to have!! No one in our tiny ward signed up to feed us so we were kinda sad, BUT the wonderful Zone Leaders, when I was accounting with them the night before, called the member that was going to feed them and told her the situation and she invited us over. It's a Spanish ward, but she speaks English and is SUPER nice. Oh man! The food was amazing, and just like back home. She collected different recipes from the families of the missionaries and made them all. It was the nicest thing ever and we all had a big family gathering around the table and cried and loved and gave thanks. It was the greatest thing ever. Thanksgiving was super fun. We all had a blast. We worked the rest of Thanksgiving. It was super fun to see all the different families doing dinner and whatnot that day.
the other super crazy thing was on Sunday morning, when Elder Poulter and I were studying right before heading to Ward Council, we remembered we were supposed to speak in sacrament on gratitude ... so we scrambled and threw stuff together really quick. We arrive at ward council and all is well... and then, right before sacrament meeting starts, in walks President Richardson and his wife. D: Oh man! We both started flipping out and writing more and preparing as much as we could. This is the part where the Spirit just took over. We got up to give our ten minute talks and we both busted out some of the best talks I have heard in a long while about gratitude haha The spirit just took over which was totally awesome. It's nice to be able to be worthy of the spirit and have it work through you... especially when you are really really needing it. (I think it helps that giving trainings for so long now has kind of broken me from my anxiety about speaking in front of groups of people). It was a totally awesome experience being able to do that.
Sorry the email came so late today, we spent the first part of our P-day helping a lady move, so that took a big chunk of time.
Love you all! Have a good week :)
December 5, 2016
This week wasn't too crazy. Did a baptismal interview for a lady that the other English Elders in my district just baptized on Saturday, which was fun. Ate out a bunch at some Mexican restaurants we found around here. Started doing the Christmas stuff for the #Light the World campaign. We have a whole bunch of cards for it now and are giving them to everyone!
We helped a less active kid come back to church this week, which was good. He is excited to be able to pass the sacrament again in the next few weeks here. Everything in Florida is starting to light up at night, which is fun. We have a city in our area called Lauderdale by the Sea which is just like it says, Fort Lauderdale by the Sea... CRAZY.. but it is like the super nice downtown of our area and it is where the church is. It is getting all Christmas-y already which is totally awesome. People are telling us "Happy Holidays" and such now, too, which is the best.
Yesterday our ward had a linger longer to break our fast, which was super fun. Then we ate at our bishop's house for dinner, then went back in the evening to watch the Christmas Devotional with him and his family. He is the best Bishop ever. I love him. He is going to make us pizza for a little party/meeting/possible farewell for me thing with the bishopric on Friday night. Apparently his Pizzas are legendary... so I am super excited for that.
Tomorrow we have Zone Training so I didn't have to prepare a District Training this week... which was kind of nice :)
Love you all! Have a great week.