Monday, January 28, 2013

Year 1 - Letter 34 - New Orleans, LA

Alma 26:28 

And now behold, we have come, and been forth amongst them; and we have been patient in our sufferings, and we have suffered every privation; yea, we have traveled from house to house, relying upon the mercies of the world—not upon the mercies of the world alone but upon the mercies of God.

Hey everyone!

I am finaly emailing on a Monday!  The first time in weeks!

Kind of a crazy week.  First part is the exchange that I had with Elder Pope, who was the trainer of my trainer, Elder Gillett.  That was fun, and interesting to work in a different area than New Orleans.  He works in Fat City, a part of Metaire.  

We didn't actually do much teaching, because Tuesday and Wednesday, we attended the viewing and funeral of a sister in our ward, Hermana Villanueva.  She has a lot of less active and non active family members, so one of her requests was that missionaries be very involved with her funeral.  We ended up singing as a choir for the viewing and the funeral service, and got to talk to a lot of people.  It was so cool too, because her son in law is a returned missionary, and he gave an awesome talk about how Hermana Villanueva loved to read the scriptures, and explained what is the Book of Mormon.  Really powerful!  Another thing they did in the service was read her testimony, as well as some of her favorite scriptures.  She was a missionary even after she passed away!

So, after all the funeral stuff, I returned to New Orleans.  Because of the funeral, they had to cancel some of our appointments, which made it hard, because one of the appointments was with Jose, Areli, Patricio, and Manuel, all who have dates to be baptized the 23 of February.  They are hard to schedule with, so that was kind of sad that we had to reschedule, and for way later.  Otherwise, they are all doing good, and we are super excited for them!  

OK, the last crazy thing is that Mardi Gras has started, and it is nuts.  For those of you who don't know what Mardi Gras is, it literally means Fat Tuesday in french.  It was started because fat Tuesday is the day before ash Wednesday  a day in the catholic (I think) religion when people give something up until around Easter   Fat Tuesday is the day that they all gorge on whatever it is they are giving up.  This has basically gotten way out of proportion and now is Mardi Gras, a two week party.  And this year, because of the super bowl, it is three weeks.  This means that not this week, but next week, we will not be able to get the car past the main street Saint Charles, because all the parades in uptown go down saint Charles   Therefore, we have to park the car on the other side and walk a mile home every night there is a parade.  Crazy.  All for a big party.

Well, that is pretty much it for now!  Hope I live through Mardi Gras and don't get run over by a float!  

Elder Scott T. Andrews

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