Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Week 69

Elder Barrett and Elder Bolinder


This week started off pretty wild! First off, Monday night we had a "snow emergency" declared and it snowed about a foot in a matter of like 8 hours. Luckily it was P-day, so during the storm we were huddle in the church enjoying the warmth. We got a text from President Barney saying the cars were "grounded" and to go home and park immediately. It took us about an hour just to get drive home and find a parking spot because the roads were so terrible. We got stuck a couple times and also stopped to help a push a gentleman's car up his driveway. 

Well, we finally made it home! Since we couldn't drive anywhere, we were thinking of what we could do. Then instantly a light bulb went off. Let's just trek out in the storm and help people get unstuck from the snow! So, we got our gear on and headed out. We ended up helping a total of 6 cars get unstuck and handed out about 4-5 pass-along cards. One of them was this guy who got stuck in a huge pile of thick powder about 4 feet tall on this freeway exit. He told us at first he couldn't even get the door open! We ran out there and shoveled him out, and it took about 30 minutes to dig all that snow. So, he drove off and we started walking off the exit and he was sitting at the red light. He came up to us and offered us a ten dollar bill for our kindness. We gave him a pass-along card.

The next day all was fine and dandy when we walked out to our car to leave for the day. Then, to our horror, we see 6 huge tow-trucks just going to town! They were towing the side we parked on so we booked it to try to save our car. Then I said to Elder Barrett, "Hey isn't that our car on top of that truck?!". Haha, oh no. We sprint to the truck before it pulls away. We stop the driver, and he rolls down his window. We tell him, "Hey, that's our car man. Is there any way you could take it down? We'll give you five bucks. Please!?" He paused for a second and said, "It'll be $15.." Haha. Elder Barrett reached into his pocket and miracle because he had the extra 10 bucks from the guy we helped the night before! The tow-truck driver just wanted to milk us for money. But, hey, $15 is a lot better than a $300 towing fee! Haha we were so lucky we got our car back!

Well, with that crazy start to the week the rest of the week flew by! I apologize for the long story haha. This week's been a another busy one. We had two exchanges with some teams in the zone. One on Tuesday to the Twin Cities YSA Ward. It's a little different since they don't have cars or use bikes. We just roamed around UofM campus on foot and contacted peeps. It was sweet! Then Thursday we had a blitz in Blaine which is north of new Brighton. And we found two new Spanish investigators, Fabian and Manuel. Both super solid and committed to come to church this next week! It's pretty sweet because since we are a "magnet ward" we don't really have boundary lines for Hispanics.

Friday we had a rico dinner with our investigator Alana. She's actually half-Mexican and half-Native American, and she made us tinga tostadas. It's this super good chicken tostada! And it was sweet because during the lesson Alana's aunt and her 8-year-old son joined in! We had a really awesome lesson about personal revelation and receiving guidance from God through prayer. She really opened up to us about the hardships she's going through right now with addictions and financial problems. We committed her to come to church and feel of the peace there. She came!! And the cherry on top was that all of the talks were themed "My Peace I Give Unto You." 

Some extra miracles from this week. One, we were knocking doors because our appointment with the Catholic minister and his family I mentioned last week fell through. We accidentally ran into some former investigators named José y Maria Flores (classic Hispanic names lol). She instantly let us in and told us she used to slam the doors on missionaries like us all the time, but one day her heart was softened and she started taking the lessons from Elders about 3 years ago. And they want to start having lessons again! Okay. Second one. We went over to teach this guy named Christian Prado, who is this light skinned, blonde hair, blue eyed Peruvian who I actually met way back when I was here last year. Side note, in that time he's gotten married and we've also started teaching his wife! We had a good lesson on modern day prophets and apostles, and after the closing prayer Chris said "You know guys, I really feel like I need to start going to your church again. You guys visit me and do so much to me and I feel like I need to return the favor." The Spirit has really been pushing him to come back to church. Unfortunately he didn't end up making it, but we can sense our message is stirring in his heart. 

If any of you remember, back in General Conference of 2015 there was a talk about “ponderizing” scriptures - a mix of memorization and pondering. One of my goals for 2018 is to ponderize a scripture of Christ and his atonement every week. This week's was from the Book of Mormon (2 Nephi 2: 6-7) This scripture is so powerful:

"Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth.

Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered"

I know Jesus Christ is our savior and Redeemer. He lives!

Love you guys so much, and hope you have a wonderful week.

-Elder Bolinder

Overnight Snow!
Close Call!

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