Elder Carroll is also tired.
And yet somehow I found the energy to come to the office this morning and email y'all.
Miracles do exist...
Haha, on that upbeat note, this week was awesome! There was still some snow on the ground from last week, but this week it wasn't even cold, which was truly a blessing from heaven.
We did however get some interesting weather this week. Maybe freezing rain is common elsewhere, but I don't think I ever encountered it in Utah, so it was a surprise to me. Basically water falls and freezes when it hits the ground, which coats everything in a layer of ice that's not very thick but it's enough to make you slide everywhere. It's clear, so it's not as obvious as snow, and it was really funny when we walked outside.
I stepped onto the pavement, and immediately lost all traction. Our driveway is on a slant and so I started sliding down that until I got to the road, at which point the road slides back upward, and so gravity helped me out. Well, our car was sitting on the driveway, and so I carefully walked back up to get in the car, only to find that it too was coated in an armor of ice. We took a few minutes to clear that off. It was really startling because during the process I guess we pushed on the car enough that it lost traction too and actually slid a foot or two to the sidewalk. It ran over my foot and I broke it and had to go to the hospital.
It was really scary, and also, that last part was a total lie. I didn't break my foot. It harmlessly came to a stop. But I bet mom's face was hilarious.
Anyway, this week we talked to some really funny people. Christmas made it a little bit harder to meet with people because everyone is super busy and Elder Carrol and I had to go to zone conferences this week, which basically means that our 9-5 was shot every weekday.
Suprisingly though, we still had time to run into a few miracles. Haha, we ran into one guy named Daniel who's from China, and this was literally our conversation.
Daniel - "Hey, you're those guys that speak Chinese!"
Me - (In Chinese) "Ya, you speak it too?"
Daniel's girlfriend - "Oh my gosh, you speak Chinese!"
Elder Carroll - "Ya."
Daniel - "Ya you go to that church on Mavis and Dundas, right?"
Me - "Ya, that's us. Have you been?"
Me - "Ya, that's us. Have you been?"
Daniel - "I used to go alot but I started working on Sundays. I just got my schedule changed though and now I can come. Do you guys still do stuff on Sundays? I want to come"
Me - "Eh, probably not. We don't really like non-members."
Just kidding, that's not what I said. You can probably guess how the conversation went after that. It was solid. It was a cool conversation. Honestly, I love talking to people on the street. It might be my favorite part of missionary work. You know, other than baptisms. People are so funny.
The other day it was raining pretty hard, and so we took shelter in the bus stops and started talking to people. There are always a few that don't want to talk, but there were tons that did and we got a lot of numbers.
Zone conferences last week were really awesome too. Those are basically huge meetings where everyone comes and we have a giant conference. Last week we had 4 of them and so I got to see all of my old mission friends who have been flung to the far reaches of the mission. They were great meetings, and they were all really spiritual.
Anyway, we're having fun out here. Life is going well.
All of our investegators are doing awesome. We're actually going to see Javane tonight at FHE which will be fun. He's a super funny guy and I think he's gotten a lot happier since he started meeting with us. He's doing good.
Rohit is still okay, but we'll probably have to push back his baptism a bit. We'll see how he's doing this week. He just doesn't feel quite ready and I'm not about to baptize someone who's going to be less active, so Elder Carroll and I are really going to try hard with him this week.
Ramsha is still Ramsha. Her accent is awesome. She's super funny. Wants to get baptized really bad. We're basically the only people keeping her from doing it which is a weird place to be as a missionary. It's like "We really want you to get baptized, but you have to learn some stuff first, okay?" It's funny.
Celeste is okay. We saw her last week. She has a lot of opposition in her life, but we're praying really hard that she'll make the right choices. Keep her in your prayers, okay?
Robert is good, but he keeps losing his phone. This is his 4th phone in like 2 months. It's crazy. He's so funny
Penny is good.
Raj is still more active than all of our members when it comes to church attendance. He just doesn't want to get baptized.
I'm sorry. I could say more about these people and there's more people I could talk about, but I'm just really tired. Just trust that they'll all get dunked :)
Anyway, that was pretty much the news for the week. Gosh I love being a missionary.
Anyway, wish you all the best. Happy new year!
Elder Martinez and I went on exchanges:
We got schwarma at Albions:
Driving to Quebec:
Elder Perry, Elder Carroll, Elder Thompson, and I in Quebec:
The town of Val d'Or:
Me in quebec with Renaud (member), Elder Thompson, Elder Tuahivaatetonohiti, Elder Feth, and Gwenda (Just got baptized a few days ago):