North Brookfield, MA
I’m being transferred again! The tradition of moving to every which place continues. I have had way too many areas to count and more companions than I wish to count. But this is the final stretch of my mission, entering the last six weeks of my mission. My family awaits my return and they have set up a count til I come home. My mom told me we are at 45 days. Watch it go by quickly…
In other news, we have been on our 4th week of finding new people to teach, but now that we are leaving, it is up to the sisters that are replacing us to follow-up. Oh, I probably ought to mention that we have 14 missionaries coming into the mission, 12 of which are sisters. That’s a lot of sisters, and only so many areas to put them in. But I will be going to Framingham, MA for my final 6 six weeks.
Because I am so close to the end of my mission, I ask that no more packages be sent to me for the rest of my mission, I don’t know if the mission will refer mail back to me when I go home.
We had 2 terrifically terrible storms this weekend (Which explains in part why this is an early send out) which have dropped 4 ft over 3 days. The snow is part of 2 storm systems that originated from different areas of the country. We did get snowed in and were red-dotted both times. They occurred on Thursday and Saturday-Sunday.
As a side note, our Zone Leaders have a video that a member posted to facebook this last week. It went Viral pretty quickly, the link is here if you want to see and reshare.
We have recently begun a find-a-thon where we will, throughout the week, focus on finding people to teach. We have been in a drought of investigators recently and we need to find more of the Lord’s elect. I don’t often do this, but I want all who read this to pray for the missionaries so that they can be led to those who are ready to receive the Gospel. You can pray for us by name if you wish but it might also benefit others who are in a similar situation. Anyway, with that out of the way…
I have just realized how far I have left to go; I have maybe 3 months left to go on my mission. That is a scary thought. Wasn’t it last week that I was in the MTC? Wasn’t it yesterday I undergoing my first transfer? Didn’t I have an iPad and a purpose with using the iPad? I have undergone a lot of changes over the last year. I won’t say that I have undergone massive personality shifts, but I have done some significant introspection as this phase comes to a close. I know it’s a ways off, but I have procrastinated before (No fun) and now seems like a good time to do it. Preparation will always beat improvisation!
Mom’s note: when we pointed out that he has closer two months left than three he said:
Don’t remind me, I’m trying to fool myself into thinking I have longer. I officially wont have 2 months until the 31st. Then I will have 2 months until the end of February. On a different note, I fooled a missionary at zone conference into thinking I had been out for 2 months (In my defense, He asked how long I had been IN the mission, I told the truth 😁). He was quite surprised when someone commented later that I had been out for 20 months, so the joke didn’t last long…
Among some of the other things that were done in the week, we had zone conference with interviews immediately afterwards. That was an interesting experience, so interesting that we didn’t finish all of the interviews yet. Still waiting on President on when he wants to do them. He is quite on a busy schedule though so we cut him some slack as long as he doesn’t cut into appointments.
Other than that, not much has happened. Weather wise, it has been an unseasonably warm week, we got a small dusting this morning but I bet its all gone now.
So have a good week!!
Sickness always seems to force weeks to be slow. There’s not much that you can do when you are sick, just remember to do the simple things that keep you healthy, so that you don’t have to worry about it.
We have been working extensively recently on helping the Branch create a mission plan for further the work of salvation in the area. We have developed a sort of how-to guide on creating an effective plan so that the most work can be done quickly and see progress as it happens. It’s been a lots of planning, typing, and prayers to get it to a point where we are about ready to present it to the Branch Council and then to the Branch at large. Overall very interesting process.
Other than that, we have been exchanging some not so nice things recently, namely sicknesses. We started with it and somehow it escaped and now the zone of missionaries has gotten it a couple of times. Oh well, nothing we can do once it escapes, but lesson learned.
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Hello friends and Family,
The Christmas season approaches with rapidness, and unfortunately so does the snow…
This Saturday, we entered into a condition called “Red Dot”. All that means is that all driving is restricted until further notice. We received over 9 in of snow over 3 hours. Here is a picture at about 3 in:
By the end, we couldn’t see the outline of a few of the cars. SO MUCH SNOW. And here is the funny part, the N Brookfield Snow plows didn’t get out till 9 AM, and even then they didn’t do a good job. In Utah the snow would be off the roads at that time. Needless to say we had trouble getting out. Around 10 we got the “red dot” and from 10 to about 4 we stayed in the apt doing productive things.
Yes, that is 10 Degrees Fahrenheit. So cold at least it wasn’t windy…
Thursday was Zone Conference. It was the conference before Christmas and it was full of testimony and musical numbers, if we weren’t in the chapel I would have recorded it to send, but alas we were in the chapel. our zone did a number on Away in a Manager. It was awesome. Right after we went to the temple and served there for 4 hours. I got to do all the functions in the temple from baptisms to sealings, it was a truly unique experience to go and serve the Lord in bringing salvation to all of his children.
Wednesday was interviews, per usual he was way behind. We were supposed to get interviewed at 12:00 and leave an hour later. We didn’t leave till 4. Oh well, we planned for it though which wasn’t surprising…
The week was uneventful otherwise
Skype calls are coming soon, will post some pictures and some of the questions asked while on call. Until then, stay warm stay safe and have a merry christmas.
Elder R Seely