Monday, November 4, 2013

Week 39- LaNoche de Brujas, Chalk Art Palooza, Muchos Milagros

Hola familia and everybody else!

This week was the BEST.  Why, you ask?  Cause we decided it would be (I mean it can’t compare to the week we are about to have, because we've declared this one even better... but that's beside the point).  It started out kinda rough... aka more people dropped us, and then the new ward mission plan- SUPER cool... getting the ward involved, yeah , yeah, yeah... However-slight problem.... we can only work with the members in our area.  We kindly reminded them in the meeting that we have no members that live in our area.  They smiled, told us to pray, and moved on to the next point... awkward... So basically this means we need to get moving so there can be members up here so we can do the cool ward plan!  Go team!  

Halloween!  Lots of fun!  Our ward had a party on Wednesday night, and we got to pass out the candy for all the little kids trick or treating!  Then on Thursday night we weren’t allowed to actually be out unless we had a super solid appointment lined up.  Luckily we did and had our second Halloween party!  Passed out candy at the door, talked about Jesus, and got to do tongue twisters with the Asians learning English!  Sounds like a party to me!  This was Andrea's (the sweet Asian getting her doctorate at UB) first Halloween. It was so much fun with her.  She is hilarious and doing tongue twisters is the only way we can feel better about ourselves cause she is so so smart and the English tongue twisters are pretty much the only thing in the world that she can’t do haha.  But then we try her Chinese ones and feel dumb again... "shoo shee shoo shui shee shii shie shoo shou shouusheep dkjfha;s hfsdak;f;h;"  Its real nice.

So last Friday: CHALK ART... Downtown Buffalo on the main train tracks.  Free hot chocolate. Thousands of new investigators.  We were so excited cause it was going to be the greatest activity EVER.  Unfortunately, NOTHING was working out... everything that could go wrong, did go wrong (at first).  We were supposed to have the biggest rainstorm, everybody was bailing, pretty much the entire state of NY was telling us we needed to change the date. BUT, we knew we needed to go on Friday.

Friday morning. Very windy. Gloomy. The forecast was 65 mph winds.  No, that’s not a typo.  We legitimately stared at Ether 12:6 all morning.

"I would show unto the world that Faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your Faith." 

Then we thought of the scripture in Alma 26:27 

"Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success."

Dude, we needed success.  And the success and miracles came.  We went to downtown... barely able to walk because of the insane wind tipping us over.  All of the problems were solved by lots of guardian angels... somebody on the street just randomly gave us the chalk (because the original had gotten stolen), the hot cocoa ppl bailed, but then other elders just decided to bring some anyways without knowing the others had bailed... and then right when we went out to decorate the streets of downtown, the wind died down.... went to 40n mph!!!!  woohooo!  

We talked to so many great people and got lots of people interested about the church and God's plan for them!  And one of the GREATEST miracles... Downtown is FULL of Spanish speakers!  So I got to do so many street contacts in Spanish!  Woohoo!!  Only took half of my mission to find somebody to teach in Spanish!  Unfortunately, none of the Spanish speakers we talked to live in our area (story of our lives... we find a solid three investigators for different companionship's in our district each week) but that’s okay, I still got to use Spanish!  SO SO happy!!!!

Haha.. I laughed really hard at your emails this week... Harrison getting punched in the polo game and breaking his nose and Nicole being famous, and I can’t think of the other stuff at the moment.. But you gave me a good laugh.  Good work.   

MOM- my district loves you.  "THANK YOU SO SO MUCH for the Halloween goodies!"  Love, my district.  Seriously.  They praise you a lot.  (rightfully so, you are the best).  But thank you so much!  You have a big Buffalo fan club!

So this week I was reading the Alma war chapters... I don't know if I'm just weird, but I really like them!  And I learned so much!  (I feel like I usually like them because they are entertaining, but I found some good doctrinal principles this time!) What stood out the most: We get to choose how we respond to things!  This brings up one of the most powerful lessons of all the war chapters. While we may not choose what happens to us, we can certainly choose how to respond. "But behold, because of the exceedingly great length of the war between the Nephites and the Lamanites many had become hardened, because of the exceedingly great length of the war; and many were softened because of their afflictions, insomuch that they did humble themselves before God, even in the depth of humility" (Alma 62:41).  They sound tired and worn out and kinda sick of fighting, if you ask me.  But there are the two groups of ppl-- the first "who became hardened" and the second, who "were softened."  I choose to be softened.  We face different things all day, everyday... and a lot of times it's hard.  So get over it and choose to respond positively!  These poor Nephites/Lamanites were fighting for almost 20 years.  Sheesh!  That's a long time to have a trial.  But they got over it.  We can too!  Choose God and we always win!  

I love you all!!!!!  Have a wonderful week!  We're going to Target today... we just found out there is a Target in our area... HOW DID WE NOT KNOW THIS BEFORE? I haven’t been there once on my mission..  I’m just a little bit excited... we're gearing up on our winter attire.  and a snow scraper for our car... we've had one on the list to buy every week for the past month, but we always forget... its been real awkward using our Bibles  to clean our cars in the morning.  



Chalk Art

 Fall Festival with the Ward

My happy district with your treats... I actually am in the picture... we set up a timer and apparently I stood outside of the view on the left hand side haha.  And then was too lazy to retake it.. 

 So did I ever tell you I have a really messed up bed... it has A LOT of issues, to say the least.  About once a week, in the middle of the night, it just falls apart.  Literally.  It happened again last night around three in the morning.  So we figured it would be a good time to document it.  We found some rope and got real boy-scoutish and we hope we solved the problem! 


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