Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Batten down the hatches!!

Near our apartment before the weekend storm

Dear Family and Friends,

This week has been pretty up and down with a few things. 

On Tuesday, we followed up with a referral from the Sisters and set an appointment with Rebecca. A little later we met up with Bro. Flowers and shortly after Carlos drove by and stopped to say hi. We then went to visit Sis. Stevens. We then had a late dinner at Hartz Chicken, a buffet chicken place, at Bro. Flowers treat. It was alright. 

The next day we went with Bro. Bush to visit some less-actives and had some success confirming addresses. We had Book of Mormon class a little later to finish up our night. 

On Thursday, we called Rebecca to confirm our appointment but it got pushed back. She had already read the Plan of Salvation pamphlet the Sisters gave her and she knows it's true! We then rescheduled for Sunday. We then had lunch at Taco Bell then had RMT so Elder Taylor could do MyPlan, for about-to-go-home missionaries. We are also able to set appointments with Anthony and Scotty for appointments on Saturday and Sunday. We also had another mouse sighting and gave it a gender-neutral name of Peanut!
Alabama Headstone we found! People here are real "die-hard" about Bama!
The next morning, we caught Peanut! We weekly planned mostly and had a lesson with the Owens in the evening. Before we left, Bro. Owens told us the possibility of a major storm coming. Batten down the hatches!

Saturday morning was pretty gnarly with weather. We stepped outside and wall after wall of water came through our complex. We were on lock-down for a little bit and little did we know that a tornado touched down at Smiths Station High School! Freaky... Way too close for comfort! The weather was really unpredictable and we remained on Tornado Watch for a good portion of the day. A rather interesting day!

We had ward Council Sunday morning and the classes were great. We watched Elder Meurs talk about improving our experience with the Sacrament in 5 steps. 
1. Prepare in Advance 
2. Arrive Early 
3. Sing and Learn from the Words of the Sacrament Hymn 
4. Spiritually Participate in the Sacrament Prayers 
5. Ponder and Remember Him as the Sacrament Emblems Are Passed
 The discussion with each step really helped to learn how to have uplifting experiences beyond the taking of it. That is one thing my mission has helped to understand. 

Sorry this week's email is a little skimpy, but it has been a learning experience of a week for sure. 

Have a good week y'all!

Elder Alexander Kestner