Dear friends and family,
This week the weather was super cold. I am talking around -6 with the wind chill factor. On Tuesday we worked in Grand Rivers, then had dinner with a member, her nonmember husband, and her baptist friend. It was fun...she is the best. Wednesday was the coldest day this week and we tried to fill that day with less active visits. There are about two hundred less actives in this area. On Thursday, we had interviews with the mission president, and I played the piano for district meeting while the president and his assistants were there. Thanks for the simplified hymn book. It has been a life saver.
We are teaching this couple with a kid and they asked for a blessing because they had some scary stuff happen to them. We went over and did the blessing...at the end they asked if we could give a blessing to their daughter who is one years old. We said we could, and during the blessing the little baby girl, who was sitting in her dad's lap, folded her arms and bowed her head during the whole blessing. This made the grandma (member) and the mother cry.
On Friday, we had zone meeting and the assistants were in attendance. The meeting focused on reducing the clutter in our area books. One other thing I really got from it was doing the work (like tracting) even when it gets really hard...to just keep going because that means some huge miracle is about to happen. It happens ever time - I can attest to this because I've seen it time and time again. It is just like repairing a computer. It seems that the last thing you try fixes it, so don't stop trying until it is fixed ;).
Later that day I was in Calvert City tracting. One house made me imagine that we were going to be kidnapped and our experience made into a movie...that was the house that let us in and we taught the first lesson. In Calvert there are a lot of chemical factories that make weird stuff. One factory has a stack with flames shooting out of it because it is burning the waste. That stack makes a loud hum that you can hear and feel. It is a bit eerie.
Sunday was branch conference and the branch is focusing on family history, missionary work, and bringing back the inactives. We were at a part member's house and we wanted to show them a Mormon message. Well, I asked if I could show it on their 80" flat screen. They were like, sure, but then I asked if it could connect to the internet...seeing the Sony player and knowing it already could, but I didn't want to touch their stuff without permission. They didn't know and only knew they had a blue ray player. So...I was like, yes, it can and do you have wifi? Again they didn't know, so I pulled out my iPad and checked...they did. So,I connected the TV to the wireless router using the "out of the box" password on the bottom of the router. After getting that setup,I got the Sony up in less then 5 minutes. I got the YouTube app up and running, and the video going...the whole process taking about 10 mins. We watched the video and they were amazed at what their TV could do!
Scripture of the week: And thus we see that the commandments of God must be fulfilled. And if it so be that the children of men keep the commandments of God he doth nourish them, and strengthen them, and provide means whereby they can accomplish the thing which he has commanded them; wherefore, he did provide means for us while we did sojourn in the wilderness. 1 Nephi 17:3