Monday, December 5, 2016

It done be Cold!!

Caribou Burger & Deer Sausage

Dear Family and Friends,

Well, December is here and the weather is getting progressively far. 

On Monday, after emailing and stuff, we had supper with the Worthington's, and Elder Buckley said good-bye to them and Carlos. Pretty much our day... 

The next morning, Bro. Bush took us to Macon for transfers. Elder Buckley ended up going to Pearson and I got assigned to Elder Taylor, the very same from Pocatello! He went to Highland and Century, but I forgive him haha. We get back around 1-ish and Ft. Mitchell picks us up to go get groceries. Later on, all four of us had supper with the Woods and the Hussey's were there as well. Our day was quite exhausting, particularly with Elder Taylor who had just been transferred from Beaufort, SC which is about 3 and a half hours from Macon. 

Wednesday was a little odd. The weather was overcast and I am still down a bike since the chain broke. We're walking down Summerville Rd and some lady stopped her car and told us there was a tornado watch in effect and asked us of we needed a ride. We declined and called Elder Glenn and then the Zone Leaders. We continue on, despite the weather getting 'sketchy'. We tried Wesley and Jimmy but no answer. The ZL's texted us that all bike Elders need to go inside during the tornado watch. Well, we felt prompted to see the Rivers nearby anyway. The sky is getting darker and darker. It seemed like the Spirit was like "cross here" and "cut". We get to the Rivers' door and knock. No response. We knock again and right as Nadia opens the door a major gust of wind blew a wall of rain and we hustled inside as it became an absolute downpour. That was a close one! Thanks goodness we saw them and not turn back, otherwise we would have been caught in that. It rained hard for the next hour or so. BJ, their nephew then took us back to our apartment. Brother Longerbeam then shortly picked us up for supper. He later made my day by giving me a glass of eggnog! After that, he dropped us off at the church for Book of Mormon. 

Thursday morning we had some apartment repairs to contend with but we got squared away. Ft. Mitchell then picked us up for RMT and a ride over to the bike shop in Columbus for my bike. They looked at it, fixed it in no time at all and charged me nothing!  We hung with them as they were our ride to the Relief Society Christmas Activity of which we were asked to talk about what we can give to Christ this Christmas season. Ft. Mitchell also gave us a promising referral to boot. We also partook of the food at the RS activity. YUM! Only downside is that I seemed to have lost my tie clip... Darn it...
Fish from Brother Triplett
Friday, after weekly planning, we were biking around contacting potentials and less-actives. As we were on our way to Greg and Melissa's, we met Chloe, a 92 year-old woman. We asked her if she needed help with anything, and she only said that she wants to get her yard raked up of leaves. We offered our help right then and there. She told us not to because of our white shirts and tie. But this is our work clothes haha! We then told her we would come the next morning to work on her yard. We then visited with Greg and biked back for Supper and ended our night at the Owens'. 

The next morning we bike down and worked on her yard. It took a little longer than expected and she was quite feisty and liked to talk a good bit. We get back and shower and change. The weather was getting dark and cold later on. That evening, Bro. McGwin picked us up for supper. After being dropped off, we tried a few referrals and others. 

Well, we didn't have the typical Sunday afternoon/evening due to Ft. Mitchell having car problems. So, we went out in the rain with my fleece/windbreaker/glove combo. We were able to locate the apartment of a referral and get soaked and cold in the process. The person wasn't home. Maybe the Lord was teaching us diligence despite the weather?  Any who, we were able to talk to Patrick Collins about JustServe and #LIGHTtheWORLD Christmas Initiative. It was also good to get out of the rain. As we headed home to get dried off and warmed up, the rain stopped! Bro. Bush shortly after picked us up and fed us before we watched the Christmas Devotional. It was a very enjoyable evening and the Devotional was the icing on the cake. There is so much about the Christmas Season that goes beyond the Savior's birth. We have much to be grateful for. 

Well, as Christmas gets closer, the people become more receptive to messages of Jesus Christ which softens peoples' hearts even more. 

Have a great week y'all!

Elder Alexander Kestner