Monday, March 17, 2014

Week 32: It's interesting to be in Minnesota.


This week has been a lot of service. On Tuesday we spent half the day scrubbing the floor in the senior citizen's center with magic erasers. It was a tile floor and very dirty. The grout was normally white and then I guess over the course of 5 years had turned Black, Very black. The erasers worked wonders though, but we had to use 14 of them for a floor that was only about the size of the fridge side of the kitchen back home. We also got a lot of contacts from that and people are beginning to trust us more. We should have more service with them later this week. It was exhausting, but we got a free meal out of it and a lot of smiles!
On Wednesday our plans to go to Thief River Falls were cancelled because we couldn't find a ride back to Oklee where we usual meet a member to take us the rest of the way. We also couldn't get a member to pick us up so due to mileage limitations we stayed in Bagley. Luckily though, President Niswander needed our help again. We cleaned up from all the dry walling, sanding, painting, etc. We also learned that his sewer had frozen. Unfortunately we spent the rest of the time (3 hours) sucking up water from the sewer and dumping the several hundred gallons into the yard. It still didn't get unfrozen. So the next day we also had to help him. The frost here in Minnesota is 22 feet deep under the ground in some places which means the frost might not ever be completely gone this year even in the middle of summer! It's been an unusually long and cold winter here.

Two more hours the next day and it still didn't unfreeze so he had to call in someone with a steamer to do it. After those two hours in the morning we went over to Andre Chevalier's old house and helped him move to his new house about 5 miles away in Ebro. It was a long day Thursday and Wednesday.
We are still adjusting to the daylight savings time change. It is making us a little more tired in the morning when we get up because we aren't used to going to bed an hour earlier and also waking up an hour earlier, but we are working on it.

After District Meeting on Friday we had a random stranger come up to us and talk to us about how the missionaries had come over to his house and how his daughter went to school in Logan and now works in South Dakota in Brookings.
Elder Nixon and Elder Edwards are leaving this transfer. Elder Wilde and Elder Walker are replacing them. I came out with both of them from the MTC so it is very exciting. It's sad to see the others go though. Elder White is the new District Leader.

It's interesting to be in Minnesota. They have a different way of saying things. They call rolls buns. We had a lady we tracked into offer us buns. We thought they were hamburger buns so we were a little confused when she came out with rolls.
Saturday morning was amazing! Mia Thompson texted us wonderful news about getting married to her boyfriend. This is leading her closer and closer to baptism and she is looking forward to it. I love the power of prayer. It helps in any situation and many prayers have now been answered.

We had a great lesson with Deana this week as well on the Plan of Salvation. She believes in reincarnation. I never actually thought we'd ever run into someone who believes in it, but there it was and so we will have to clarify things with her when we go over the resurrection. It's been a very rewarding week. I love you all.

Elder Davis 

I've learned from my studies of Galatians and Ephesians that I shouldn't go back to old habits after being loosed from them through Christ. This led me to take an inventory of what is keeping me from fulfilling my purpose. I am striving to change. I am recognizing answers more to my questions in prayer. One day the Bible felt better than the Book of Mormon. Wondering why led me to take Moroni's challenge. I received a confirming answer to my belief: that it is TRUE! Again. I love being able to experience conversion over and over and over again. It is the best part about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love serving.

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