Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Into The Woods!

Last P-Day we were able to get out and do quite a bit. Here in Groton there is a Submarine Museum that everyone has been telling us to check out. So we finally made it around to it and it was pretty cool! We even got to take a tour of a decomissioned submarine, the Nautilus. After that we headed up to a memorial that was built on the site of the Battle of Fort Griswold. There are all sorts of historical sites around this part of the country, this is just one of many in the area. I tried to take lots of pictures for you all back home!

This week we picked up a new investigator named Sean. He is in his mid 20's and lives here in Waterford. He met once with the missionaries about 3 years ago, but unfortunately they didn't really teach him much. He said they just came over and hung out haha. He is super open to learning more about our religion and seemed excited when we stopped by. So on Sunday we met with him and taught him about the Restoration and it went pretty well! He agreed to read and pray about the Book of Mormon, and also wanted to meet again this week. So that was pretty exciting!

We had a little change of plans with out investigator Vickie. Because of some boundary issues and what not, she had to get transferred over to a neighboring ward. So the Groton Elders will now be handling teaching her. She took the transition very well and is still going to be baptized on Sept. 22 so everything ended up working out alright!

I just wanted to tell you all about a story that has been going on with some other Elders from our district. So for the past month or so the Norwich Elders have been teaching this guy named Brian. Brian moved to Norwich two months ago because he had this really good job lined up through a friend of his. Well he got here and the job just didn't work out, so he was stuck here with no job, no house and no income. He got down to his last few dollars and he either had to choose to pay for a hotel room for 1 more night or buy some camping gear and live out in the woods. Well he ended up choosing the second option and set up a camp in the woods where he has been living for two months already! About a week after he got here he called the Elders and asked to meet with them. He had met with some missionaries before he moved here and he was still interested in learning more. Well this past Sunday Brian was baptized! It has been pretty cool to be following along with his journey to the Gospel. We like to say that "We have people coming out of the woods to hear the Gospel here in Connecticut." It really isn't like that though haha in all reality we pretty much have to go into the woods to find people to teach.

Anyways, hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend! Thank you so much for all the love and support you all give to me each week. Love you all!

The Nautilus Submarine
 Touring the Nautilus Submarine

 Manning the gunner of the old submarine!
 Elder Ramos volunteered to be the practice dummy - haha!
This is a granite obelisk that they built in Groton in memorial of the lives lost at the Battle of Fort Griswold. The battle took place here in Groton.  We were able to climb to the top of it and look out across the country!
 View of the actual battle field of Fort Griswold.
 Made it to the top!
 View of the bridge from the top.
Oh another little side note from this week!
I was able to spend a day on exchange with the New London Spanish Elders this week which was pretty sweet. On Friday night we had a lesson and a dinner at members home who is from the Dominican Republic. I have no idea what we had for dinner, but man was it good! The member didn't speak any English so I wasn't able to contribute much to the lesson though haha my two years of Spanish in high school didn't help me out much. Then on Saturday morning we helped the Spanish Branch President load up his families stuff into a moving van, and afterwards they fed us some Colombian dish, which was even better. Man do those people know how to cook. Makes me a little jealous of my friends serving in South American countries, but I think I will still stick with Boston...

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