Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Cheer

Helllllloooo everybody! Hope you are all doing well. The work is still going great, we have been REALLY busy. President actually talked to us and asked us if we needed extra help in our area since we have so much happening lately. He offered to pull in other Elders from surrounding areas to come and work in our area for a day to help us out with all of the investigators, especially those with baptismal dates. We told him we should be alright though. We definitely have tons of work to do, but we should be able to handle it on our own. We didn't see a lot of progression with a lot of our investigators this week, which is pretty frustrating. Most of them seem to have just hit a roadblock where they just aren't progressing as much as they should be and as much as they could be. It is pretty disappointing when someone is progressing really well but then they just plateau out and stop progressing. They aren't going backwards or anything, but they just don't seem to be moving forward as much as we would hope. It is alright though, we just have to keep motivating them to make these changes in their life. The Gospel is not an event, it is a process. Conversion doesn't happen overnight, it is a life long process that we must go through. So definitely keep our investigators in your prayers please!

This week we had our first Webex meeting, it is a new thing our mission is doing. So usually once a month there is a meeting where all of the District Leaders and Zone Leaders all meet in Boston for a meeting. This month though they did it online, basically like a video conference call. So everyone just gets to stay in their own areas and participate in the meeting online. Since Elder Boone is the DL we were able to be a part of this first one. It saves a lot of time and a lot of money to do it this way rather than for everyone to drive all the way to Boston just for a 2 hour meeting. So now all of the leadership meetings are going to be online from now on, and also the first Tuesday of every month the entire mission will have a giant online meeting where President and Sister Packard will talk to us for an hour or so and give us trainings, we are pretty pumped about it.

We got hit pretty hard with snow in Waterbury this weekend. It snowed all night on Friday and then all day on Saturday. A lot of the wards cancelled church on Sunday, but ours didn't. We had a whopping 50 people show up to church though, so we had Sacrament meeting and then called it a day early. Not gonna lie, it was pretty nice to have 1 hour of church haha but I won't count on that happening very often. For the most part we spent most of the day Sunday out shoveling snow for some of the single sisters in the ward and then for a few of our investigators also. It was a good time, I am definitely feeling it today though.

Tomorrow is our mission's Christmas meeting, so we will be heading to Boston bright and early in the morning. We start it out by going to the temple for a session early in the morning, then we just all get together and have a giant Christmas party and devotional type thing. I don't really know what all will go down, but everyone says it is pretty fun! It should definitely be a good time!

Some random Ariel that we ran into during our day Saturday. How often do you see a giant Disney Princess just hanging out in Connecticut?
Pretty good District unity here, right? We all went to Wal-Mart and got ourselves some pretty decent Christmas sweaters and then wore them to our Zone Meeting. Just trying to spread a little holiday cheer haha
Elder Slade and I put the gingerbread kits you guys sent to use on Sunday night and continued our own family traditions on out here in the mission field. We had some struggles at first but the finished product came out pretty good.
The finished product! We had a lot more ideas but we kind of ran out of steam there at the end, it was getting pretty late. Gotta represent the MBM (Massachusetts Boston Mission) in all that we do though!

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