Monday, December 23, 2013

Year 2 - Letter 30 - Baton Rouge, LA

Ether 2:25 And behold, I prepare you against these things; for ye cannot cross this great deep save I prepare you against the waves of the sea, and the winds which have gone forth, and the floods which shall come. Therefore what will ye that I should prepare for you that ye may have light when ye are swallowed up in the depths of the sea?

Hey everyone!  

This week was rather interesting!  We did a TON of random things.

Monday was sweet.  Elder Hale and I were in charge of Family Home Evening.  We taught about the Doctrine of Christ.  It was awesome!  As we taught about each principle, we ripped a piece of paper off and wrote each of the parts: Fe en Jesucristo, Arrepentimiento, Bautismo, Don del Espíritu Santo, y perseverar hasta el fin.  We then cut out the numbers one to five, and made a path around the room.  We then had Felipe try to use the papers of the Doctrine of Christ to travel around the room.  The only way to do it is to walk along the pieces, and pick up the pieces that you have already stepped on and put them down and use them again.  Therefore, the path is like life.  As we go through life, we must continually be doing the things that make up the Doctrine of Christ.  We must always be acting in faith, repenting, partaking of the sacrament, and following the spirit.  If we do that, we will endure to the end.  It was a sweet lesson and we had an awesome discussion after.

Tuesday I had planned on finishing the Role Play Roulette.  Everyone last week had chosen a teaching situation with a certain person and put it on a piece of paper.  We then took turns drawing one and then this week we were going to do them.  However, the sisters had a part of the Christmas Devotional the mission did, so they were in New Orleans for that and me and Elder Hale didn't know, so with some divine inspiration, I decided in the middle of the opening song to have a group study of the Tree of Life.  It was super awesome!  Something that I thought was interesting is that when Nephi asks to know the interpretation of the tree, the angel shows him Mary, and then asks Nephi what he sees.  Nephi response is super honest.  He says that he saw a "A virgin, most beautiful and fair above all other virgins."  He didn't know who she was, or what it meant.  That is also shown when the angel asks him "Knowest thou the condescension of God?" and Nephi says "I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things."  Because Nephi was honest, the angel was better able to help him learn, and see many miraculous things.  Something else that was cool was the angels question "What desirest thou?" What an awesome question!  Wouldn't it be great to know what those we teach really want?  It would sure help us be able to help them to progress.  Anyways, it was an awesome meeting.  I know that when things happen that aren't along with the plans we had, it means that we just need to adjust and move along.  The spirit will be there to help guide us in the correct path.

Wednesday we met with Lauriano and Blas, and shared with them a Christmas message.  We watched the Bible videos regarding the shepherds and wisemen.  It was sweet.  We then talked about being a wise man today and seeking Christ in our day.  We invited them to read and come to church, but they are still kind of flaky. 

Thursday was the Mission Christmas Devo.  It was pretty much the same thing as last year.  It was like a live Joy to the World play thing.  It was sweet.  There was good music and the acting was funny.  President and Sister Wall gave us flashlights so we could let our "lights" shine this christmas, as well as a little temple recommend holder with the Baton Rouge Temple on it.  That was so thoughtful of them.  Sister Wall is always creative with what she gives the missionaries. After the devo, we went home, and saw a car that had bottomed out turning right on one of the ditches that always run by the roads here.  The Plaquemine Elders had given us a ride and we were all like, "we got to help them!"  So we all got out, another truck stopped, and another truck blocked the road and turned on his hazards.  They put the car in Neutral and we shoved it out of the ditch.  That was sweet.  

Friday we went caroling and had a blast.  We found several cool people in our area and gave them all a wrapped copy of Joy to the World.

Saturday and Sunday there was a tornado warning.  That meant bike areas had to stay indoors. That was terrible.  I was bored out of my mind.  We studied a lot.  Watched the Doctrine and Covenants videos, watched Joseph Smith, prophet of the Restoration, and played a four hour game of Monopoly.  Elder Hale won because he had all of the railroads and I landed on them a lot.

Today the zone shall get together to play basketball and volleyball and have a white elephant. That will be a blast!  Well, I love you all!  Gotta go!  I get to talk to home this week! So excited!

Elder Scott Turner Andrews 

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