Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Year 1 - Letter 36 - New Orleans, LA

D&C 64:33 

Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great.

Two words:

It was a part of everything for the last two weeks, making our lives crazy.  A 10 minute drive home took one and a half hours.  It was difficult, and cut our proselyting time down, but we MADE IT TO THE END.  Today is the first normal day back!  It has been pretty stressful and crazy, but it is over. 
Well, Mardi Gras was crazy.  We where allowed to go to a parade with a member, and so we went on Mardi Gras to Zulu and Rex.  It was insane.  You are right up against the floats screaming as loud as you can, asking for beads, and in Zulu, the African American parade, for coconuts that have been hand decorated.  I got like two coconuts, and one Elder got like eight!  It was mayhem!  One thing a lot of people think is that Mardi Gras is super explicit.  False.  That is Bourbon Street.  Mardi Gras is really family oriented, as long as you stay out of the French Quarter.  Like us.

Well, the work is going well!  Not too many big things. Lately the lesson we have been really trying to teach our investigators is about priorities.   WE teach it by showing them an empty mason jar, and then explaining that this is the time they have in one day.  We then give them rice to put in as things that they have to do in the day, like eat, work, school, etc.  Then we have some ping-pong balls.  Those represent the big things, like church, scripture study, praying, etc.  when the rice is in first, the balls don't fit.  You can't close the jar with then all in.  But, when you do the big things first, like attend church, the rice and everything goes in just fine, and you can close the jar. I know that when we put God first, we have time to do everything else.

That is pretty much the problem with our investigators.  No one has time to come to church.  So, this lesson has been helping us out a lot!

Well, that is pretty much it here in New Orleans.  I love you all! Have a great week!  I will email again on Tuesday because it is transfers next week!  

Elder Scott Turner Andrews 
King Zulu

Rex- King of Carnival

left to right: me Elder Larsen, Elder Miles (Kenner Spanish), Elder Richards (East Spanish).  Back, Elder Griffin (Kenner Spanish), Elder Odonnell (East Spanish)

Me and my Throws

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