It just doesn't stop, apparently. I'm so done with all of this snow.
Here's the tale for the week. The English classes are still going well. As usual. We have some new faces coming, which is always fun. None of the people we've met with in the past, but that lets us talk to some new people. We also had interviews with President Calderwood this week. There's a set schedule for them, but they always go over somehow. We also met with the AP's to get more training on how to use our iPads more effectively. I'm still not very convinced on the iPads. But I think thats because I did so much of my mission without them. I guess I'm part of the old and dying generation of missionaries. So those took up a lot of our time.
Thursday we had a giant snow storm come in. It was ridiculous. So much darn snow. There really wasn't much we could do, so we went out with two other missionaries and visited members to shovel their snow. We worked for two hours and cleared out two houses, then we were freezing cold and tired. It kept snowing pretty much all night and the roads were terrible, so we couldn't do much more that day.
On Valentine's Day we had a zone training meeting out in Riverhead. Then we had a meeting with our branch mission leader. We tried to look up some people, but to no avail. We ended up with dinner at a member's house. We had never been to their house before, so it was an adventure. We had the classic chicken, beans, and rice combo. With some Kool-Aid to the side. Can't go wrong there. It was a solid way to end the day.
Saturday we had an activity in a different area. We went to a neighboring city and we were supposed to help them give out free hot chocolate. But by the time we got there, it was starting to snow. So we ended up just holding up signs on the side of the road to get people to see us. We were out there for about an hour and we got a decent number of honks from people. Not many people on the street to talk to, but at least people are noticing us. We went out to dinner with a member later that night. He took us to this sweet Hispanic/Portuguese restaurant. It was really good food. We got hooked up. By the time we finished there, the snow was really coming down. The roads were too rough to do much, so we turned in.
Church went well. We had a nice surprise when someone from the English classes actually showed up! His name is David and he even stayed for the full three hours. It was baller. I talked with him and we're going to meet with him on Tuesday to teach him about the Restoration. Later that day, we went to take the sacrament to a woman in the branch. She just had a baby, so she couldn't make it to church. We ended up staying and visiting with them for a while. Neither Mason or I knew them very well, so it was fun to get to know them better and enjoy chatting with their family.
|The Lighthouse on Montauk, NY|
And this morning we had a fun adventure. We all got up at 4 and drove out to Montauk on the very end of Long Island to see the sunrise. It was very very cold, but definitely worth it. You don't see a sunrise like that very often.
Enjoy your week. Love, Elder Erickson
|Awaiting the Sun's Arrival|
|Just as the Sun hits the Horizon|
|Growing in Strength|
|Now Bringing in the Warmth|