I hope everyone has had a good week. This week was a pretty good one!
It was a tough week, but it's good to finally get back into the swing of things. I felt like the Holiday weeks were pretty hindered but it's good that it's all behind us and people are now willing to set appointments and think about the future again. We did a lot of finding this week and it was a huge help to us to have some elders in our area for splits. We've developed quite the list of potential investigators this week, so we will be planning on following up with them soon. We managed to find a new investigator. She was a previous investigator, but she texted us and wanted us to come by, so we brought a member twice this week and taught her. She was once on baptismal date, but couldn't give up smoking so she gave up on the missionaries. She says she doesn't know when she'll be ready, but she won't say no to baptism. We plan on working with her this week. She's coming to a baptism on Saturday and church Sunday, so we're hoping she'll have a change of heart. Everything seems to be going pretty well - we're just seeking to teach more investigators. We taught another investigator a couple times this week and went through the baptismal interview questions with her this week. She's definitely ready for baptism. I was impressed! Her baptism is scheduled for the 26th of January!
It snowed a couple days this week and got icy one day. We drove 30 minutes to a city earlier this week and it was the day when it was icy. We go down the big ole hill and my companion hasn't driven in snow before because he's from Arizona, so he hits a patch of ice, slams on the breaks and we turn into a bowling ball hurling towards a busy intersection. It was pretty funny. I had a white knuckle grip and I was coaching my companion through the roads. Pretty funny. I guess that was a nice highlight. Oh! It got down to -12 degrees Celcius this week too! ;) Pretty chilly if you ask me. It was cool to see some lakes frozen over!
This year, the church is focusing on President Gordon B. Hinckley's teaching. Most of you all were alive when he was the prophet, and we all know he's awesome. I read that whenever he was born, there were 4 temples, then when he was the President of the Church in 1995, there were 47. After a few years in 2000, there were over 100 operating temples in the world. At his death in 2008, I think there were 124 operating temples. What an incredible goal for him to set! Think of how far the work for the living and dead has progressed since the time he was ordained to be the Church's President. We're all blessed to have a temple nearby to help to Gospel move forward because of his efforts!
I love and miss you all! I took pictures, but forgot the camera USB hook-up type deal. So I'm sorry! But I'll get those out next week.
Ældste Taylor Howes