Rock You Like A Hurricane!!
Wowohwow what a week it has been!! While it was supposed to get exciting with Hurricane Mathew rolling in, over here in the heart of Orlando not a whole lot happened! I guess you could say that was a blessing! We as missionaries were locked in our apartment for 72 hours and were asked not to leave sooooo it got pretty boring, Elder Coon and I did survive and we found things to do to entertain us. The East Coast did get hit pretty hard but it was supposed to be a lot worse, so that was a blessing as well! Our week was a little crazy and completely different from the norm but it was a good one to say the least!!
Due to the crazy event that happened this week, we were not able to get out and get much work accomplished! We did get to visit a few people, we also had Zone Training Meeting and it went really well. The whole thing was a big discussion between all of the missionary's, we talked about missionary work and our motivation and desire to do the work!! it was very productive! They made some announcements about the upcoming storm and that's when we began to prepare! People were going nuts, filling up there cars pwith gas and buying tons of water and bread! I guess it's better to be over prepared than under prepared, we started filling our tub full of water getting as much water as we could making sure we had all of our food and the supplies we needed and we felt like we were ready to take on the Hurricane!!!
The day of the Hurricane! Sadly It was pretty lame just a lot of wind and nothing else, we didn't even get much rain. Every once in a while there would be big wind gusts but not loud enough to keep me up through the night I set my Alarm for 3 A.M. to check out the storm and nothing so I just went back to bed! Let's just say everyone here in Orlando Over prepared haha it's all good tho!!
Sunday was really cool, so instead of regular church meetings the whole stake decided to send people out to the coast to help people who were affected by the Hurricane, we got sent up to a Palm Coast near Daytona, there was a lot of damage out that way mostly trees that have fallen and were everywhere, before we got started we all got together at 7:30 in the A.M. and we had a mini Sacrament meeting, we literally sang the first verse of "I am a child of God" and just took the Bread and Water!! It was pretty cool! Then my group went on a special assignment to help a part member family who had a tree fall through the roof and into there dining room! It was nuts there were tree limbs all over the yard! It looked like a Bomb went off, we helped them clean up there yard and then we started helping the surrounding neighbors clean up their yard!! We went strong for like a solid 10 Hours! 4 Chainsaws and 20 People Later and a really bad sunburn we finished! We did a lot of work but it was well worth it! It's always great to serve others!!
Something I would like to share this week comes from General Conference October 2012 "Be Anxiously Engaged" "We read of the service Church members provide around the world and especially the humanitarian service given in times of crisis--fires and floods and hurricanes and tornadoes. These much-needed and much-appreciated emergency responses should certainly continue as a way of bearing one another’s burdens. But what about our everyday lives? What would be the cumulative effect of millions of small, compassionate acts performed daily by us because of our heartfelt Christian love for others? Over time this would have a transformative effect upon all of our Heavenly Father’s children through the extension of His love to them through us. Our troubled world needs this love of Christ today more than ever, and it will need it even more in the years ahead."
So my crazy week has come to an end! Things are going good, Olympia is a little slow right now but we are doing what we can to get it going! The scripture I would like to share this week is Matthew 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. It's always important to share the gospel and let everyone know of Christ's church and how we can return to the Kingdom of Heaven. Anyways I love you all hope you guys have a good week!!