Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Year 1 - Letter 49 - New Orleans, LA

Mosiah 2:22 And behold, all that he requires of you is to keep his commandments; and he has promised you that if ye would keep his commandments ye should prosper in the land; and he never doth vary from that which he hath said; therefore, if ye do keep his commandments he doth bless you and prosper you.

Hey Everyone!

So... News on the Transfer...

I'm staying, and so is Elder Jones!  

Crazy!  I totally thought I was gone!  I am so glad that I get to stay!  Things are finally starting to happen and I get to be here to see it, and so does Elder Jones!  I know that the Lord's hands are in this work, and that I need to be here in New Orleans!  Well, that is pretty much it for transfers for us.  No one in our district of four is getting moved.   

Well, this week was very interesting! We had a good lesson with one of our less active members, Porfilio.  We read with him in the scriptures in 1 Nephi 2, and he really related to what was going on.  It was really cool.  He knows what he needs to do, he just needs TO DO IT!  That is how pretty much all of our less actives are like.  They know, but for some reason don't do!  That can be kind of frustrating, but thats OK.  No one ever said it was going to be easy.  I know that as we and the ward work to fellowship these members, they will have the strength to come, and in the end become what they are meant to.  

I went on an exchange with Elder Richards, our district leader.  It went really well!  We tried to go help one of Kenner Spanish's less active members with translation in the LSU medical center, but left after an hour of waiting for him, and then got a call like 3 hours later from Kenner Spanish saying that their less active called and was all angry because he had been there for a half hour and we weren't there.  That was interesting.  Not much that we could do though, we can't wait at the hospital for hours on end.  The hospital has translation services, so he ended up being fine.  

Thursday we had a lesson with Valentine, the Mexican who came up to us on Jefferson Davis Parkway.  We taught him how to read.  He is making progress.  We had a short visit with him yesterday and are going by again tonight because we didn't have much time yesterday.

Friday was fun!  We had an awesome lesson with one of our less actives, Carmen. She is an elderly sister who lives with her sister and another friend, Hermana Juarez.  They are awesome!  Hermana Juarez is the only really active one, but a week ago we taught Carmen and she came to church!  That was awesome!  She came again last sunday!  So that was good.  We also had the Mother's day party, which was fun!  We had a decent turn out, so it ended up being pretty fun.  We also played scattergories in Spanish, which was interesting!

Saturday, we had Zone Training.  It was interesting.  We had a presentation from Elder Yates, a senior missionary who is here with his wife and they are in charge of the institutes of New Orleans.  He is a convert, that took 7 years to join.  He was awesome!  He taught about the Apostasy, and how the Reformation prepared the world for the Restoration.  I LOVE history, so that was all pretty cool.  After that, the zone leaders taught from a packet of really cool quotes and scriptures that president gave to all of us, and had a really cool discussion.  

Saturday we also had a miracle!  We went by an old potential that was found way before I got here, and finally found him home!  His name is Manuel and he is from Mexico, we also taught his wife, Marcia.  They are super cool, and Marcia had awesome insights.

We ate lunch at our neighbors, Jerry and Susan's, home.  We had helped move in forever ago and they said that they owed us a meal.  We had red beans and rice, which has become one of my favorite things.  SO GOOD!  I will definitely be getting a recipe for that.  We were talking to Jerry and told him if he had any questions about our beliefs, he should feel free to ask us, and told him that we LOVE questions.  He then commented that they were the Mormon Crack.  That was super funny.  He is an awesome guy.  Just a really nice guy.

Well, I'm still here!  That is so crazy!  Love you all!  Thanks for the support!

Elder Scott Turner Andrews

Totally forgot something!  Talking to my family was so awesome on mother's day!  It was crazy to see how much Sadie and Peter are growing!  Peter is getting tall!  Looks like I am going to be the short older brother.  ah well.  It was nice to see my mom and dad too!  It is good to know all is well!
Elder Scott Turner Andrews 

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