Tuesday, 3 March 2015

The One Where We get Locked out of Our Apartment in a Blizzard

This is been a pretty good week! 

I have a crazy story from last P-Day.  So we were going outside to look at the snow. When we got outside the
back door shut behind us which we didn't think was that big of a deal. Only when we try to open it it was locked.  Apparently the back door locks itself when it closes from the outside. We had left everything in the house and we 
were outside of the house!  The phone, iPads, my name tag!,...Everything. So we had to go over to our neighbours, 
knock on their door, and use their phone to call the apartment people and get someone to come and unlock our door. Since she was a lady and the only other person in the house with her was her daughter we couldn't go inside! So we
stood outside in the blizzarding snow for an hour waiting for the person to come and unlock our apartment! I tried to rip 
the screen to get to the window and open the door that way but the window was locked too! It was just a mess but it all 
got sorted out. 

So it snowed pretty bad, and by pretty bad I mean about an inch here, and it shut down the entire state! All of the cars in the mission got grounded, meaning they couldn't be driven, so it was a lot of walking. It didn't affect us too bad because we didn't have the car. We also invented a new method of finding called "hot chocolate pamphlets".  It's when you take a packet of hot chocolate and tape it into the "How can I Know" section of the pamphlet and compare the warm feelings of
hot chocolate with the warm feelings of the Holy Ghost.  People are a lot more likely to take a pamphlet and listen to you when you are giving them hot chocolate! You just have to be creative with finding. Tracting is really ineffective.

We got transfer calls on Tuesday night. And we were the only companionship in our district that remained completely intact. Transfers are always a scary thing to think about but they always work out in the end.

We had a 'last hurrah' district meeting on Wednesday before transfers took place. Careful versus casual was thrown right out the window! It was the last time we would probably be seeing these people or some of these people for a long time since the sisters in Morganton are going home next transfer. We also went out for a district lunch and it was a really good
time! I really loved my district but look forward to getting to know and love the new people as well.

Funny story from this week! So the sisters decided to make us lunch one day. So when we went to drop off some copies of the book of Mormon for them we picked up a crockpot meal that they had made. However, since we had a dinner appointment that night we didn't end up eating it. We just took it out of the crockpot and stuck it in the fridge. I don't know
what happened between the cooking to fridge process, but when we ate it for lunch the next day let's just say there was some gastrointestinal distress. We learned later that the meat had been sitting out for about a day because they didn't know what to do with it and then they decided to throw it in the crockpot and feed it to the elders. We probably won't be accepting any more meals from the sisters for the foreseeable future. :)

So I sent some money with the sisters when they went to transfer meeting. I got them to pick me up a large print Bible and and triple combination. I've decided I'm going to make a set of scriptures that's entirely devoted to Preach my Gospel. I'm going to mark every single scripture that's referenced in Preach my Gospel (that's a lot) and highlight and flag every scripture referenced in the five discussions. It's going to take a long time but it's so worth it!

Sunday was a such a really great day!  The first thing that made Sunday great was T's baptism! It was so wonderful to be a part of that and be a part of bringing her into the church. It was such a spirit filled event and she was so happy afterwards. I was able to do the baptism and Elder Dortch confirmed her.

We also had the fireside Sunday night. It was so great and we got such great feedback! We were really able to educate ( I think) the members of the ward. It was pretty well attended and everyone absolutely loved it. There were some people from other wards and they're going to bring it back to their missionaries and get their missionaries to do a fireside just like ours!

Hope everyone has a great week!

Love ya!
Elder Galvin

Always having fun!!

Getting Ready for the Fireside 

Me at the Baptism


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