Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Week 30: Tractin' in a Winter Wonderland

(Because of the recent blizzards in Boston, Rachel was not able to get to a computer until Tuesday.)

We don't tract like ever, but we have a song with the same title. I'd like to draw particular attention to one line of the song: "Our plans've fallen through.... The gospel's still true! Ridin' in a winter wonderland..." All is true except that we don't have a car. But we will tomorrow! HURRAY!!

What happened this week you ask?

-Snow
-Snow
-Snow
-Snow
-Snow
-Snow
-Snow
-The Superbowl (Go Patriots!)
-Snow
-Snow
-Snow
-Snow
-Snow

and

-Snow!

Tuesday it snowed. So we did puzzles, shoveled snow for 3 hours, enjoyed some time in our apartment's common are with the elders, and did more puzzles.
Sister Lima's snow angel

Rachel's snow angel

Missionaries make good impressions.

She delights in shoveling.


Wednesday we were luckily able to go out after lunchtime. So we shoveled and then taught Raquel again. She's awesome! We taught the Plan of Salvation, and she loved it all. We're hoping to see her today and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and extend a date for her! It'll be awesome. That night we went with Maria again to the classic Brazilian restaurant. So good. And we met with our bishop, which was really awesome to get some assignments from him.

Thursday was easily the most productive day of my whole entire mission, if not my whole entire life. We went with the Spanish elders to their service, we shoveled for a guy, we weekly planned, we made brigadeiro (I'm learning), we went on splits--I went with Sister Souza to visit a potential and Sister Lima helped Sister Meredith make dinner for a woman who just had a baby--we brought dinner to the family, we had dinner at the Merediths, and we taught Sean about the 10 commandments and Sabbath day. Not a single second of the day wasted, let me tell you. It was awesome.

Friday on the other hand, we didn't see anyone. We had a dinner, but Sister Silva wasn't feeling well so she just drove us home and we ate the food there.

Saturday we had correlation meeting and we went to the funeral of a recent convert (who moved out of our ward a few months ago, so we don't know him). There were a lot of nonmembers there, so it was a good place for us to be. After all that and serving, we had dinner with the primary president (who's super awesome), and she came with us to see the Kostetskys! It was a really good visit. :)

Sunday was a normal crazy day. A 9:30 appointment, ward council, church, dinner appointment, an auxiliary interview, and home early for the snow.

And yesterday it snowed and it snowed and it snowed. So we played games with the elders, played in the snow (it was very difficult to walk in... but we have some awesome pictures.), and did puzzles. A good day. We just didn't get to do any necessary pday stuff, so we're finishing that stuff today. 

And there you have it! Our plans fell through, but the gospel is still true. I love being here in the MBM. We have snow and it gets crazy, but it's awesome. The work has slowed, but I think that's our fault really. I know I need to be a little more diligent than I have been, but that's what the Atonement is for--we can improve in everything, small and big, no matter what. We can start over again and again and it is through the Atonement that we can come closer to Christ and become perfected in Him. I think I told you all last week, but right now one of my favorite songs is "Come Unto Christ", the mutual song from last year. The words are amazing. 

I hope all of you have a good week and that you all stay warm! It's been pretty cold here but we're making it through. 

Your homework this week is to read King Benjamin's Speech, Mosiah 2-6. So. Good. Think all about it in terms of the Atonement, and try to look for the central messages. We just finished studying that with President  Packard over the last few weeks, and it has been mind blowing. I love it.

I love you all, have a fantastic week!


Only because this is the creepiest photobomb ever.



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