Monday, January 26, 2015

Life in MA

I have come to a realization these past couple of days. 
Life is a whole lot like driving in Massachusetts/New England. 
And here is why. 
-Sometimes you have no idea where to turn. 
-The whole time you are anticipating a turn you are trying to figure out if it is a one way street and if you turn on that one way street are you going the right way? 
-Will you be able to turn around if there is no place to park? 
-Is there enough room for two cars to fit if you have to avoid a parked car? 
-What even is the speed limit here??? 
-How do I not run over this person that chose to jaywalk in the middle of a really busy intersection? 

Just like in Life. 
-Where do I turn to get to the place that I want to be? 
-Where do I turn to get to the place that I am expected to be? 
-If I turn here and I don't like it, can I come back to the point that I am at now? 
-How do I not exhaust myself by running too hard without the right amount of sleep/energy/whoknowswhat? 
-What do I say to people who are lost and cross my path?

BUT! What I have also found is that the Gospel is a lot like a GPS. It magically has all of the answers and if your music is too loud or you aren't listening or paying attention you can end up in a ghetto or entering a street with big old letters that say *DO NOT ENTER* or just really lost. 
Now, luckily very little of the literal driving part is from my experience. BUT, I have noticed that the Gospel of Jesus Christ answers ALL questions a person could have. Missionaries are kind of like cops. They pull you over and help keep you on the right path. Except we can't write tickets for people who are too busy to go to church or to pray and read their scriptures. Too bad ahahaha. 

Anyway. Here is how my week went!
Monday- We had dinner with the S's. They are super nice and they have a cat #Whatsnew. We tried to see an investigator that the Elders have been working with but the Elders gave us the wrong address and so when we found him he was busy ahaha. 
Tuesday- We visited a lot of less-actives. We also had dinner with the L's, who are Thai and Israeli, and they are opening a Thai restaurant in May. She makes the best food ever. Then Sister L came out with us to visit a less-active family that has been through craziness the past couple of years. We were able to read some scriptures with them and the spirit was really strong! 
Wednesday- We did a whole bunch of service. We work at Habitat for Humanity in the Re-Store... store and we clean things that come in and then price it and then shelve it. Then we also helped a member clean her home. 
Thursday- We did more service by helping a member take down her Christmas stuff. Then we went and saw a Sister that is in the hospital and we sang her favorite hymns. It was actually really funny because her medicine started to kick in and we could just feel her get loopier and loopier, I mean she thought that us singing was amazing and quite honestly... it was terrible. But, the Elders were able to give her a blessing and I learned that we can get free parking and valet parking because we are ministers... what what??? 
Friday- Was District Meeting, Elder B brought cereal and milk... It was awesome. Then we went to a retirement/rehab center and made snowflakes with the elderly. It was super fun. they were so grateful and cute! 
OH! we had a lesson with one of our investigators that went... well crazy. In short, he thinks that he is God in human form... it was a really sketch. 
Saturday- We were red-dotted all day. 6 inches of snow... it was so boring... 
Sunday- 2nd ward was cancelled because of the ice not being cleared up on the road to the church. Then we had a lesson with J, who is being baptized on saturday along with R. Then we taught in Young Women's and in Gospel Principles. Then we had sacrament meeting with both wards combined. It was great! So many people came! It felt just like Liberty Ward ahaha! 
Now, for the moment that you have all been waiting for. Tonight we are going to be red-dotted and tomorrow for sure. There is a blizzard headed our way and we are excited but wierded out because our apartment consists of an Arizonan, a Chilean, a Utahan (no red squiggle, it is a word :)) and a Nicaraguan. We have no idea what to do ahaha.  #whatisthiswhitestuff #2feetofsnow #itisgoingtobebig #itevenhasaname #juno
Also... Elder B has the same cat shirt as me... and like 2 others... #webeawesome.

Well, I love you all and I hope that you have a wonderful week! Please pray for R and J so that the roads can be cleared in time for their baptisms on Saturday. Also pray for M to find a home and for Z to feel the urgency to be baptized! Oh and for our safety in the storm ahaha. But we should be fine! 
Be good! Remember to pray and do the things that help you to feel the spirit! 
Sister Alexander

Picture- The Worcester English Missionaries... oh yeah. ahahaha. 
Elder P(District Mom), Elder B(District Leader), Sister L(Cutest Comp ever!) and Me(District Spaz #whatsnew)

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