Hello to my family who I love so much!
Sounds like in most parts of the country it is cold cold COLD!
This last week was a little crazy sauce. We had lock down on Tuesday and half of Wednesday. It was only like 20 or so degrees but there was freezing rain and a little bit of snow, so the whole city of Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas (therefore our entire mission) shut down. Our mission only shut down for a day and a half (Tuesday was walking and biking allowed so we walked to the church for district meeting and games with the Elders. The Elders had our bikes. We walked a mile and half in the freezing rain and I have never felt so dumb in my life--- hahaha. That whole thing is another story. Ask me about it when I get home). The city was pretty much shut down from Tuesday through Thursday even though Thursday warmed up beautifully. Friday and Saturday were nice too and Sunday was humid but cloudy. I seriously love the weather down here. No -30 degree windchill for me, thank heavens!
So I wanted to list some of the little things that have been making me happy recently-
Bluetooth- the Elders hooked up the bluetooth in our car so now we can talk on the phone as we are driving and it's like the coolest thing ever. It's a silly thing but I love it. :)
Claritin- Thank you to everyone that sent me Claritin. It is helping so much. We have an investigator who is a heavy smoker. We are helping her to quit starting tomorrow but it's been really tough going over there so much. On Saturday we helped her clean her whole house to try to get rid of the smoke smell. Hopefully that will make teaching her a little easier on my respiration system.
Crane/Stork/Pelican Birds - Ok, these birds are seriously the coolest thing ever. I don't know what kind of bird they are, but they are white and have long white necks and long skinny legs and they wade around in the drainage ditches by the side of the road and I get so excited whenever I see them. I think I've only seen birds like that in the zoo but here they are everywhere just chill in by the side of the road. I yell "Bird!" every time I see one and my companions just think I'm crazy! LOL.
The Book of Mormon- This book is seriously the best thing ever. H and R finally started reading it - we went and read it with them, and the spirit was there so strong . D, their inactive mom, actually made them these punch cards so every time they read 10 minutes or one chapter, they get a punch. After they get 18 punches she said she would take them to get frozen yogurt. How awesome is that! D has never discouraged her girls from joining the church but she definitely hasn't been helping them with it either. So this is a big turning point for her!
My companions- I love being in a trio. Weird, right? It's actually really nice because until we became Sister Training Leaders, we never saw other sisters (its only Elders in our district) so it's just nice to have girl time - three sisters feels more like a party and like a sisterhood, it's awesome.
So please pray for R. W. this week. She is the one that we are helping to quit smoking tomorrow. She has plans to be baptized on February 15th, but she needs to quit smoking and she needs to come to accept Joseph Smith as a prophet. Those are her two biggest obstacles. Everything else she is good with. She needs the gospel, but her path towards the gospel has been rocky. Please pray for her!
K, I love you all! Thanks for being so great and sending me words of encouragement, pictures, comic strips, and the like. It all helps to keep my fire burning bright. I couldn't do this without all of you!