Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Week 48 State-Wide Emergency

No worries; I am alive.  But just barely.  New York is so so so so cold.  Yesterday was a "State-Wide Emergency" because of the cold... all the schools are closed, airports, etc.  We still don't have the absolute coldest temp, but at one point we heard -23 plus the wind chill...  As our apartment maintence man said, "This is the coldest winter I've seen in 58 years of living here in Rochester."  (and about 30 other people backed him up in that statement).  President Francis "commanded" us to stay inside our apartments all day so all of the missionaries were on house arrest; Monday night we went and did our "emergency shopping" and filled up with gas and everything, and then yesterday we stayed inside all day!  Which was a burning temperature of 42 degrees!  Yep, the thermostat broke and couldn't handle the wind.  And we are the end apartment, and so there is a hole/fan in the wall over our stove where air comes in all the time.  We got real crafty and covered it in Aluminum Foil and tape, so the wind couldn't enter the house, but didn;t help with the cold--there is a reason we don't insulate our houses with tin foil.  So it made for quite the adventure!  Last night we pushed our beds together and slept under an electric blanket that our neighbor Dorothea gave us and I slept in 3 pairs of sweats and two long sleeve shirts and a sweatshirt and I have no idea how many blankets.  We were so claustrophobic that we couldnt sleep... midnight cereal snack?  oh yes.   I would live in New York for the coldest winter in 60+ years. 


But despite my disagreements with cold weather/snow, HEAVENLY FATHER WORKS MIRACLES IN FREEZING TEMPERATURES!!!!!!!  Oh my gosh, so many wonderful things happening this week; I don't even know where to begin...  On Thursday we had an area day (so we stay in Irondequoit all day and don't serve at the sites in Palmyra... we have a couple a week) and the miracles just soaked in.  When it rains, it pours... or in our case, when it snows, there is a blizzard.  Blizzard of miracles.  It was freezing that day, of course, and it had been snowing non-stop for over 48 hours... So we got our shovels and went out to find new investigators/ offer service by shoveling driveways.   Most people thought we were crazy and told us to get out of the cold (or they felt guilty so they'd invite us inside) but we found 6 new SOLID investigators.  2 of them speak Spanish!!!!   And the other ones are cute little families who are so prepared and just thirsting for the true Gospel. 

One family was a referral from a member of the ward... it was kinda sketchy and didn't seem very promising, but of course we went to try.   We had been talking  to the ward member, telling him how we are praying for a Spanish family  to teach, and he tells us that his neighbors speak Spanish and that we should go meet them!  Huge answer to our prayers!  We show up in the pitch dark (cause yes, it is black outside by like 4:00) and its snowing super hard and the dad is so confused as to why we would be out in this.  We are all excited to talk in Spanish, and he opens his mouth-- perfect English.  Turns out he doesn't even speak Spanish a little.  He is Puerto Rican and the mom is Mexican, but both speak English (we learned the importance of SPECIFIC prayers... we were praying for a "spanish family"... not a "Spanish-speaking family".  oops.  our bad.)  Despite the language confusion, they were so excited we were there!  They have been wanting to find a church and they were talking right as we knocked about their New Year Goal to read from the Bible every night as a family at 7:00 and they are just so ready to hear some truth!  We have had a few lessons with them since, and they are so incredible!  It's a huge miracle-- Heavenly Father knows I am a huge pansy and hate going out in the cold, and so He is blessing us so much for our efforts and diligence! Maybe I'll learn to like the snow!  Probs not.  But I am becoming a good blizzard driver! 

Love you all so much!  Have a wonderful week and enjoy that CA sunshine! 
Love, Hna Davis

Lets remember them like the Nephites did so that we can prosper:)
Alma 62: 50-51
"Yea, they did remember how great things the Lord had done for them, that he had delivered them from death, and from bonds, and from prisons, and from all manner of afflictions, and he had delivered them out of the hands of their enemies.
And they did pray unto the Lord their God continually, insomuch that the Lord did bless them, according to his word, so that they did wax strong and prosper in the land."

miracle day of shoveling!!!
 We had a little snow day with Sister Poulsen at the Hill Cumorah. So much fun. 
Today is so warm that all the snow is melting!  We had to celebrate by jogging around the parking lot and taking a picture!!! (We are serving at the Peter Whitmer Farm in Fayette, NY today)
 We got to go to the Temple this week!!!

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