Wednesday, January 8, 2014

January 6, 2014 It's soooo COLD!

Hey family!

So, yes, I am FREEZING. This past week was really cold. The humidity is starting to kick in now and I'm definitely feeling it. Thursday we had a big snow storm that delivered about 6-10 inches of snow! (That night we were asked to go in by 6 p.m. to avoid traveling in the storm.) Probably the only bad thing about living in that house is that we have to shovel our sidewalks... Needless to say, my arms, back, and legs were and still are sore. That was a lot of snow. 

Friday was really cold. It was 20 degrees and below all day long plus it was humid and it was windy. Of course, no one decided to let us inside or they were not home that day. We ended up tracting a street around 5:00 when the sun was starting to go down because we ran out of people to see. 

Yesterday was kind of weird weather-wise. It was raining, but not just a normal rain, it was freezing rain. It was so cold that when it would hit the ground it would freeze. We actually ended up going in early yesterday, too, because the roads were pretty slick and walking was even worse. 

To answer your question mom about my memory card--no, I didn't send it home. I still have some pictures on there that I need to give to some missionaries, so I'm waiting for the internet to come back at that church and then I'll send it home.  

Josh, to answer your question that you asked me on Christmas about a crazy story about one of our missionaries, one of the elders in my district is allergic to the world! He has a ton of food allergies and can hardly eat anything. (I don't know why I didn't think of it then.) He is allergic to chicken, really chicken blood, but he just says chicken because the chicken needs to be prepared properly and most the time it's not, I guess. He's also allergic to beef and he thought he had a wheat allergy but he discovered out here that he really doesn't. He also is lactose-intolerant and allergic to eggs unless they're baked in something like cookies. He also gets heartburn really bad. The poor kid has a body of a 90 year-old man! This week he has a bleeding stomach ulcer and so he and his companion have been inside all week. We also found out that Elder Eldredge's grandparents live right across the street from Troy and Merilee. How crazy is that?

This week we got a new investigator. Her name is Mirama (I don't really know how to spell it) and she's friends with Isatu. She came here from Africa almost a year ago this month and she can actually read in English!  We went over to read the Book of Mormon with Isatu on Saturday night and Mirama was there, too. She participated with us and even read from the Book of Mormon. We told her that we have been teaching Isatu about the gospel and asked her if she would like to learn. She said yes, and we're going to teach her tonight!

We also met with two other people, Lilly and Hilary. Lilly is a former investigator and came in contact with the missionaries again this past week and is ready to learn again. We went over and saw her on Tuesday and we're going to teach her this coming Wednesday! Hilary is lady that the elders had tracted a couple of months ago. She is super interested in learning more. We were going to teach her yesterday but she just barely had a baby and the baby kept her up all night so she was sleeping. We left her a note though and she called back a couple of hours later. We're going to see her tomorrow morning.
Jacquie with Sister Davis

We saw Jacquie (less-active) on Saturday and had a very powerful lesson with her. When we got there, Jacquie was really angry and upset. Her New Year's was really bad due to an argument with her son. He threatened to take her car and he forced her into their basement. (Needless to say, Jacquie was very upset.) Her son actually called a couple minutes after we got there and she yelled at him for about 20 minutes! We had planned to share Elder Holland's talk "Like a Broken Vessel" with her, but the Spirit told me otherwise. I shared with her the talk about meekness from this last conference and bore testimony that as she strove to emulate the Savior, her perspective on her life and those around her would change. Sister Carrigan chimed in after and talked about the Atonement. That was powerful for me because I haven't really noticed the Spirit teaching through me for a while, so that was neat.

My New Year's was pretty good. We spent New Year's morning having pumpkin soup with Sister Joseph. Pumpkin soup is a Haitian tradition.

Well, I hope you have a great week!

Love you all!
Sister Davis

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