Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tender Mercies

This week was another solid one. No big, exciting news, but we definitely saw little tender mercies every single day. Just as we always do. Our mission is reading through the Book of Mormon right now and highlighting the tender mercies of the Lord that are mentioned, and it has really helped me be more aware of the little miracles that happen in my life and in the work each and ever day. Last pday we all met up at the church and had a giant dodge ball tournament. It had been a long time since I had played dodge ball, it was super fun though. Took me back to the days of PE in Ms. Ryan's class. We were all super sore the next few days, who knew dodge ball could be such a workout. Monday night we had dinner at the Janne's home, they recently moved into the ward. Bro. Janne is not a member but comes faithfully every week with his family. He just really isn't interested in joining the church though. They are an awesome family and have the cutest kids ever. Their 3 year old son Lucas just got a toy chainsaw and that thing is his pride and joy. I never knew I could have a 10 minute conversation about chainsaws with a 3 year old. It is the simple things in life right? Then that night we went up to Norwich to meet with the Sister Training Leaders to plan an online web conference that we will be doing next Wednesday. It was a pretty long day.

Tuesday we went on exchanges with the Westerly Elders, I stayed in Groton with Elder Rogers. He was in my district when I was a brand new missionary, so it is cool to have him back in my district again. We had a lesson with Hannah that night and taught the 3 big commandments: Law of Chastity, Word of Wisdom, and Tithing. She already knew about the commandments, so it wasn't anything new to her but we have to cover them before she has her interview. She is pretty heartbroken about having to give up sweet tea. She grew up in North Carolina and so sweet tea is like a lifeline for her family. She is sad about it,  but she is totally fine with giving it up. Her baptismal interview will be tomorrow!

Wednesday wasn't too eventful, we spent the majority of our day up in Narragansett Rhode Island with the Elders there. We just went up to try and help them a little bit with their area, it has been struggling lately. We had a brainstorming session with them and talked about a lot of things they could do to get things rolling again. That night we were back in Groton though and had dinner with the Lane's. They are a young couple that just moved here about a month ago from California. Sister Lane was actually just baptized in July, right before she moved here. So we have been going over about once a week and teaching her the new member lessons, and then today we actually spent our morning up at the Boston Temple with her. She was able to go and do baptisms for the dead for the first time. It was awesome to be able to be a part of it, she seemed to really enjoy it.

Thursday we had an all day long zone conference up in Foxboro, Mass. We arrived there at 8 in the morning and then left 8 that night. It was quite the day and I definitely had a head ache by the time it was over, but it was well worth it. Zone Conference was amazing, we basically were trained on every topic that President Packard has focused on his whole time as mission president. They called it the vision of our mission. A lot of it was focused on building Zion in our companionship's, and mission, and then also on consecration. Those are 2 of President's favorite topics. I was definitely inspired and came up with a lot of things that I can do a little bit better on. At the end. we were actually lucky enough to watch Meet the Mormons! I don't know how we got our hands on a copy, but we watched it there in the chapel. It was really good! Well being the first movie I have seen in over a year it didn't have much competition, but I enjoyed it! There is only 1 theater it is playing at near Groton, and our Stake actually rented it out Saturday and invited all of the members to come and watch which was pretty cool. We didn't attend that though. After our Zone Conference we stopped at Gillette Stadium, home of the Patriots because they have a bunch of restaurants on the outside of the stadium. We were heading to 5 Guys and then all of a sudden some guy says "Hey it is the Elders!" and stops and talks to us. It turns out it was a Stake President from Arizona who was here on a very big business trip. He gave us a few very generous dollar bills for our dinner, and then sat and talked with us while we ate. It is always nice to run into people like that and to be able to talk to them, especially when they are as nice as this guy was! Tender mercies that is for sure!

The rest of the week was kind of uneventful. Saturday we went on exchanges with the Waterford Elders and I stayed in Groton again. Sunday we got stuck teaching the Elders Quorum at the last minute, as always! And then Sunday night we actually received a mini missionary. I don't know if this is a thing that goes on all over, but here we allow those who are preparing or considering serving a misison to come be a missionary for a week or so to give it a trial run. Our mini missionary is a kid named Isaac, from Hamden CT. He is 20 and is working on his mission papers right now. Hopefully we can give him some great experiences this week. Today for pday we have been up in Boston at the temple and then around the city. It was a great pday! Love you all, have a great week!

 Gillette Stadium

 Riding the T into Boston!

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