Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy New Year 1-6-14

                                     Happy New Year to you all! I hope you are all having a wonderful New Year! I hope that you all have made some awesome goals this year to bring you and your lives in closer harmony with his teachings. It has been a much better teaching week for us. We got to meet with our investigator Michael. We have discovered some new struggles that he has. So his baptismal date might be pushed back. But he did commit to seek strength from God to overcome his weaknesses. And he is still currently not married to Samantha. So we will be pushing his date back to a more realistic date. We haven't gotten to meet with Donnada for the past few weeks, but we do have an appointment with her tomorrow on Tuesday. We met with an investigator named AJ. We don't really know hsi true interest in the Church. So we will be working on finding that out. We finally got in with an investigator named Michelle and we showed her the restoration video and she said that truly helped her put Joseph Smith into a visual aspect. She told us that she believes God could call another Prophet to the Earth. So those are the successes we have had this week! We went to District Meeting this past week, we were blessed to have the Zone Leaders from Fargo attend. They were there to come on exchanges with me and Elder Anderson. I gave a training on how we as missionaries can find service opportunities. I mainly focused on finding those "un-planned" opportunities. For example helping an old lady you see put groceries away. The training and the role play definitely went well. And afterwards I had the opportunity to do a baptismal interview for an investigator for Elder Cloward and Elder Pawlenchuk in Grand Forks. He was a pretty solid and very smart investigator so of course he passed the interview. It was a really cool experience for me. Afterwards we got a call from our Branch Mission Leader warning us to stay in Grand Forks for the night. He told us that there was a terrible blizzard blowing in. But for our exchange we still headed back to Devils Lake. It was pretty scary you can only see the highway reflectors to guide you in some parts. But we made it safely home. We definitely will be more safe next time a blizzard comes through, I can promise you that!
It was also cool to learn how to be a better district leader from our Zone Leaders and get pointers and tips!
                                    Yesterday temperatures hit -55 with windchill. Obviously we stayed inside due to cold temperatures. We did walk across the street to Peter and Cindy's house just to get out of the apartment. It was so cold that your face was numb by the time you were across the street. But we had dinner with them that night and visited. Cindy got a call telling her to look at the Co-Op Bean Plant (which is the street just West of us.) We all went to the window and the Bean Plant had spiraling flames shooting out of it. So of course an event that big in Devils Lake attracts the whole entire town. We all went outside and took pictures. You could see it outside our bedroom window. So whenever I would wake up in the night I would sit up and look out the window to see if it was still blazing. It burnt until like four A.M. It is still smoking right now but you can tell it burnt the whole thing. And they shut down College Drive (the main highway that runs North.) So now 3rd Ave. NE is the new highway detour. So our boring little street is now a crazy highway. I love you all and I hope you all have a wonderful week.

Love Elder Barber

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