Monday, January 23, 2017

January 23, 2017

Hey Mom!

This week:

Snow, Ice, rain, freezing rain, fog, and more rain, and all in that order too!

Sorry to hear the plow gave out on the truck, the hydraulics at least. I kind of feel sorry for Dad working it alone, but it's a good thing we got the snow blower at least! Also great to see how much snow is on the ground this winter, it's about time! hopefully this fills the lake up a little more. By the way, how's Smokey taking the weather? The ole' cat probably likes being back in a more open place, finally put that coat of his to work.

But as you can probably tell from the week in words, this past week almost shot us down for work due to weather. I kid you not, a legit ice-storm blew in Tuesday night which shut us down for the rest of the evening. When we woke up and moved out the next morning, the ground was a solid sheet of sheer ice. Nobody was out, anywhere. 'Matter of fact, I slipped on my first step out in a comical fall. Fortunately we got a ride to where we were going. We ran over to the the DL, Elder Dalton and Goodwin's home to talk to them, and then we all ice-skated to Taco Bell for lunch. Still, the weather wasn't horrible enough to make bread, that's only when we get shut in all day.

The ice didn't stop. For the next few days the weather changed constantly from rain to ice, which would eventually freeze again at nightfall, turning Moses Lake and probably all the Columbia basin into a mega skating-rink, shutting down most facilities and activites. We don't have yak-tracks, but in a sign of growing member trust, Bro. Phillips in 7th ward volunteered to look into purchasing some for us. But you know, despite the setback, we actually saw some pretty good success for what there was!

We weren't able to meet Kristen, but we got a call from Bishop in the middle of zone Conference informing us that Kristen had been taken into custody. Details are odd. But her boyfriend, Rob, was all of a sudden interested in learning more about the Gospel! So we got together with him, had a real spirit-filled lesson, and he came to church Sunday too! Later on during the day we got texted by a lady named Natalia, informing us that they just moved into the ward and that her husband was interested in learning about the church! Go humanity! It was almost as if some rain froze together in the form of a blessing and smashed right through the roof onto us! 

And you know what else was funny, what bare-little tracting we did, we found ourselves in the right place at the right time! Passed out a few pamphlets, talked story with some people about the ice, good times! We also had two great lessons with less active families and part-member ones too! The first was with the Hudsells, Dad's not a member. But their daughter is getting ready to depart for her mission, and that has softened his heart a whole lot, or at least enough to be welcome to us coming by! The second was with a fellow named Matt, who served his mission in Salt Lake. Our fellowshipper, Bro. Baker, did a great job helping him know where his heart was at, and in the end Matt told us that we were an answer to his prayers the past week. Cool!

Dalton and Goodwin got in a car wreck due to the ice, they were in the back when the Spanish elders were driving. Everybody was fine, but Dalton got a concussion and Goodwin got some deep bruises. We had to drop by the past few days to visit with them while they were recovering so they don't go nuts, and we also got to administer to them by blessings. I'm so grateful for the priesthood that allows us to help and heal others.

Yeah, overall, things went by incredibly well the past week, despite weather. But you know, that's how the Gospel rolls on, no matter what happens. I'm glad to hear that the house progresses! I love all you guys, and I hope that you all take time to read the scriptures like you said. I always love reading from the Bible and Book of Mormon, inspired works they are! There's about an answer to all of life's questions in their pages.

Love you all!


PS: notice the reflection on the ice, that's how sheer it was.