Monday, May 20, 2013

Year 1 - Letter 50 - New Orleans, LA

Mosiah 28:9 And they took their journey into the wilderness to go up to preach the word among the Lamanites; and I shall give an account of their proceedings hereafter.

Hey everyone!

So, staying in New Orleans has been awesome.  Except, the office elders pulled a very big surprise on us.  We are now a bike area!  Apparently we have been receiving a lot of sisters, and from church headquarters, we have been told that they all need to be in a car.  Therefore, not many Elder's have cars.  That will be/ has been very interesting.  I love being on a bike though!  You see a lot more on a bike and are able to talk to a lot more people.  The only problem is that it is pretty much impossible for us to work half of our area because we live far to one side, and it would take us all day to get there.  I am sure with the missionaries coming in, my area will end up split up.  That is OK.  We will deal with change as it comes.

We have finally seen Daniel!  He has been working in Slidell so visits with him are very rare.  We read in Mosiah 18, because that is where he is in his studies.  (The school we are in just had a fire drill!  That was fun!  The truck came and everything!)  OK, back to Daniel.  We read in Mosiah 18, which is an awesome scripture on baptism.  We talked a lot and it was just really good.

Valentine is doing well.  We taught him about authority, and I think we went a little fast for him.  He takes things really slowly.  That is OK.  We also need to figure out what to do with him not being able to read really well.  If he can't read the Book of Mormon he won't gain a testimony of it.  He fed us elote, or corn on the cob.  Except he did it Mexican style, where you put mayo and cayenne pepper (or chili pepper, I am not sure if there is a difference, he used cayenne pepper) on them and they were amazing.  I think I will never eat corn the same again if I have the choice!  I remembered that in Nacho Libre, the corn that escalito throws and stabs the guy in the eye is the same thing.  They are awesome.  Valentine really likes us coming by, so that is good.

So, Tuesday, we figured out we were losing the corolla.  Wednesday, we drove it to Metairie and rode our bikes back.

Thursday, we had service in the east, so we rode our bikes to gentilly road, to the walgreens there, so the East Elders could pick us up because they are being very thrifty with miles, because they already have to pick us up for church.

Saturday was crazy.  Elder Jones got a flat on carrolton and I-10.  Look that up on a map.  We then walked back to 811 Adele street and then walmart on Tchoupitoulas.  It took FOREVER, considering we were walking with our bikes, and that walmart only had presta valve tires, but my pump has an adapter, which on using it, broke, so we walked back to walmart to buy a new one.  It was crazy.  We now make sure to have an extra inner tube just in case.  We are kind of new to the whole bike area thing.  We are doing really well though.  I love it!

I am so excited!  We have interviews with President coming up!  It is always so nice to be able to sit and talk with President Wall.  I always learn so much from him and leave feeling so good and ready to work.  

First- Me in front of and old church.  We were joking about buying it and turning it into a home.  That would take a lot of work, but it would look cool.
Second- The riverwalk that we road on Thursday for service.

Life is good!  I love it here in New Orleans and am so glad I am still here!
Love you all!  Thanks for everything!

Elder Scott Turner Andrews

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