Okay so basically.... it is FREEZING HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy cow - not a fan. Yesterday's weather was so crazy. The wind was blowing so hard all day and it snowed all day and there were like 5 foot drifts built up and church was cancelled and we weren't allowed to drive and it is SO COLD!!!!!! The library is even closed today and so we are emailing at a members house. We shoveled her driveway and even just after like a couple minutes of being outside your nostrils freeze - literally!! Also, apparently the news says that you shouldn't be out for more than 15 minutes or you will get frostbite. Yuck!!! Anyway, I will just start telling you about my week!
Monday after p day, we had a lesson with the Downey's. Aron Downey is less active and his wife Jennifer is not a member - she's baptist. But she said she would be willing to learn more about the Book of Mormon which is great! So we will be having another lesson with her today actually! Afterwards, we had a lesson with Matt Westfall and he is still doing great but we have to wait for his mother in law to pass away before he will get baptized which is kinda a bummer. We have tried to focus on going to the temple and being sealed but he just wants to wait.
Tuesday we had a lesson with the Paolini's. The Mom is less active and the kids aren't members and so their mom wants us to teach them the lessons. They aren't that into the lessons but it went better than last time! We started talking about the plan of salvation and they wont really answer any questions or commit to much but it went better than the first time! Since it was new years we had to be in by 6 so we went and got a pizza for new years and celebrated the new year! We went to bed at the usualhaha - we are pretty out of control.
Wednesday we just visited some less active members and ward members - nothing too exciting!
Thursday - 1 YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you believe it?? I have been out for 1 year now. In some ways it does not seem like a whole year ago I went to the MTC. Anyway, we went on exchanges for the day and I was with Sister Webb! It was really fun to be with her again and see how much she has grown too. We had a lesson with Bro. Wood and set a baptism date for January 18th! He isn't completely committed to quit smoking but he said he is going to try. He's basically already Mormon - he just needs to quit!!
Friday we were on exchanges in Springfield and then Saturday we visited a referral and it's a husband and wife who are Catholic but not practicing and they invited us over for dinner and said they would take the lessons - so we will see! Jim and Quinn have been out of town and just got back Saturday so no updates on them but I will keep you updated! We will be seeing them this week! It was so crazy, on Saturday night, everyone was being warned about the storm and preparing for it and there were long lines at the gas station to get gas and a ton of people were at Wal Mart and the shelves were like really wiped out - it's so interesting! If everyone were just Mormon they would know about food storage haha.
We are playing this game as a zone right now where you get points for how many street lessons you do. A street lesson is sharing 1 gospel principle during an unplanned activity and giving them a commitment. So usually, it's like talking to someone at the grocery store or gas station or on the street and sharing a mormon.org card with them. My competitive side is definitely coming out haha but it's good because we actually found some potential investigators by doing it!!
Anyway, this week we have President interviews and we are going on some exchanges. I know this is kinda short but we are at a members house and I don't want to take up their whole day!! OH! Okay the message by Uchtdorf in the Ensign this month is really good!!!! President Uchtdorf just says things so perfectly and makes such good points. I like how he compares repentance to a computer and how sometimes wanted and unwanted clutter gets built up and that is why we have repentance!! I hope you all have super fabulous week and stay warm!!
I LOVE YOU BUNCHES AND BUNCHES AND BUNCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!