Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Whole Missionary Bubble

So we get to email today! We couldn't yesterday, there was a big old bunch of snow and it was still falling Monday. So everything just closed down. The roads were all right, but we couldn't get any members to come to the church so we could email, the libraries were all closed, and we even went to three different restaurants before finding one that was open. (Waffle House, by the way.) So that was lame! But we have a bit of time today! The weather is supposed to be really bad starting tonight, which is a bummer. I hate wasted time, but there isn't much you can do when you're housebound. I guess since you didn't get my letter yet, you didn't know the heat stopped working in our apartment. The apartment maintenance crew told us to just flip the breakers to get it going, but it is way busted. The breakers won't stay. So we told them that last week, they haven't done anything, so we're having slumber parties with the Zone Leaders upstairs while we wait. So that's been fun. The Mission Apartment Check Guy came by today and was aghast that we had no heat; he said he would make a bunch of calls. Not sure if that's necessary but I suppose we're fine with that.
So part of the whole missionary bubble is that we don't hear about a ton of things. I totally forgot the Super bowl was happening, though from what I've heard, the Broncos got torn up like Kleenex at a snot party. But I also forgot the whole Punxatawney Groundhog day thing. But I can tell you that it definitely feels like 6 extra weeks of winter.
Fast Sunday this week was pretty cool, it was dedicated for two things in our stake: moving forward the missionary work, and helping the West get some rain. So I'll pass it along that you did! That's pretty legit!
So in other news we had an investigator at church this Sunday! His name is R; he's from the Dominican Republic and he's living at a member's home, the L familia. Brother L is super awesome and friendly and active in the church, but his wife is pretty bitter about some things, and hasn’t attended church in years. She also doesn't like missionaries much; usually she slams the phone down when we call. BUT last Saturday was just a dynamite night! We had our team-up cancel last minute, so we were just calling all the brothers in the ward that we could think of, and Brother M agreed to come out. When he showed up, he was like, "My wife wanted to come along, is that all right?" All right? Man, it was a godsend! We've been trying to get the sisters more involved with the work, it's just hard to do because they can't come out with us the same way the brothers do. But we headed over to the L’s and taught R and Sister L the Restoration. The Spirit was definitely there and it was awesome, and they both came to church the next day! It was great.
But it gets better! We had one other appointment that night with the V familia, so we stopped by. She invited us in, and she was having a family reunion basically! Three of our investigators (if you'll recall, they all referred their family members to us) were there, J, M, and C, and all of their kids, and a bunch of other folks as well! So we sat down to teach probably 13 people. We talked about faith and showed the teabag lesson, which is hard to explain but it involves fire and is pretty exciting. So they were loving it, and then the M's, who were both Catholic before they converted, bore powerful testimony to everyone, who are all Catholic too. So they were all super pumped up and excited and it was awesome. That's what missionary work is supposed to be like, members and missionaries working together to do awesome things. The V family was so excited they wanted to participate in the ward talent show next month, and they're not even members! Yeah!
That's the highlight reel,
Elder Wright

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