Monday, February 25, 2013

I love hot chocolate!!

Familia y Amigos,

This past week was "white" for us here in Nebraska. We got 8 inches of snow and we hear that there is more to come later today. Unfortunately we didn't have our car this week so we did a lot of walking, but it was pretty sweet to bring out the good ol' snow boots and we just got our car back! It was in the shop because some other Elders got hit the other day and they could only take the car to the dealership here where we live, so we gave them our car for a few days. Thankfully the Elders didn't get hurt...they actually were eating lunch at a restaurant and a car ran into their parked car. Ha!

Great things happened here in Grand Island this week even though we didn't have the car. We had Zone Conference and it was really powerful. We were also able to work with members a lot this week and as a result we were able to get in with two new part-member families! So we are really excited about them. We ran into one of them through service and what happened reminded me of the scripture: "By small and simple things are great things brought to pass."

A reunion with Elder Pese!!

The day after the big snowstorm, we walked over to a less-active lady's home to introduce ourselves and share a quick message. Then, as we were walking back to our apartment, we thought, "Hey, we should go back and shovel her driveway." So that's what we did. And first of all, you never know how big a driveway is until you shovel it. haha We soon realized that her driveway was HUGE, but it all worked out for the better. The lady, came out and helped and we got to talk to her the whole time. As we were about to finish up, we asked her about her conversion story to the Church. She then informed us that the first time she came in contact with the missionaries was on a day when it was snowing outside. She was going through a lot of trials and she saw two missionaries walking in the street outside her window and she had a feeling that she needed to talk to them. She waved at them through the window but they didn't see her, so she ran outside and invited them into her home for some hot chocolate. And then from there, she received the lessons and soon got baptized. She then told us that she wants to come back to church and she invited us in to her home again for some hot chocolate. We had a really good visit with her and then she introduced us to her sister and grandson who both want to learn about the church and receive the lessons. I thought the coolest thing about this whole experience was that she met us missionaries in almost the same circumstances as the first time she met missionaries. I'm grateful that my companion was inspired to go shovel her driveway!

And then as for another investigator, a sister had a few hard trials this week but she pushed through and came to church on Sunday which was a great sign, and she wants to get baptized...so her date is still set for March 17! This will be Elder Morgan's last weekend of his mission so that will be really cool for him too if that all works out.

There were several other great things that happened, so we're really excited for another week ahead of us. We also heard in church on Sunday from a member on the high coucil that 58 new missions are going to open soon. So that will be cool.

I hope you are all well. Thanks for your love and support and have a great week.

Elder Vawdrey

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