For the first half of the week it was perfect out side. It was about mid 20s. The Sun was out but it wasn't too hot. Then later in the week it got hot, up into the 30s. (20 is about 65 F, 30 is about 80, and 40 is over 100) We helped with a move and it just killed us. I suppose it didn't help that we are still used to the cold. Hope that leaves me soon. The Canadians are still joking that it could snow any day though. Not even lying it snowed a little last Sunday, so who knows?
This week has been an intense one. I got to be an AP this week, twice. Not really though, just went on exchanges while our companions went to court. More on that later. We helped with three moves. Salvador got drunk after a month sober, and now I have (knowingly) hugged a drunk person. Fun. I also babysat a sick ZL and then the next day went on exchanges with them. Lots of exchanges.
So Salvador. We just stopped by on Sunday and him and Bryan were drinking. We talked and he basically unleashed the entire situation on us. He had been working very hard to send money to his sister in mexico, who was buying a house for his daughter. But when he talked to his daughter, she hadn't received anything from the sister. On top of stealing his house, his sister had been spreading lies about how Salvador was a drunkard and whatnot to his family and severing ties. None of this was new, but his drunken emotion helped put it in perspective for us. He has no ideas what to do to fix the problem. We are going to fast with him. We stopped by the next day and had a little miracle. When we pulled up both Bryan and Salvador were in Bryan's car (Which is never a good sign). They had only been smoking so we had a lesson anyway. Bryan wanted to smoke a cigarette so when we invited him in he declined. We went inside and talked a little while and when we were about to pray I felt I really needed to invite Bryan. Salvador said he probably wouldn't come, but there was no harm in it. I went and invited him to join and he said he would be in in just a moment. I offered a heartfelt prayer and when I was done Bryan was in tears. Elder Russell showed a video that again left them in tears. We talked about Christ's love and shared Isaiah 49: 15-16. It was a great lesson. At the end Elder Russell asked if we all could go around and say a prayer. The spirit was so strong.
Elder Russell and Elder McMullan, the current AP, had to go to court to witness against a drunk driver who hit their car in December of 2014. Turns out he changed his plea and they were free to go. In the mean time I was with the other AP serving in their area. We did some contacting at a bus station nearby. After that we helped a lesbian less active woman move. Then we went out on bikes. My inner tube popped when I hit a curb, so we stashed it at a member's house. then we walked for 30 min to get home. A few days later we were back together for 2 hours while our companions tried to rescue a family who are about to go less active. I tricked some missionaries that I was the new AP. The new one has already been called, and is named Elder Merica. No lies. How awesome is that?
Elder Dodson got sick and wanted some soda, so we got him some. Then his companion needed to do something for a stake correlation meeting that night, so he took my companion and I was left babysitting. He was feeling better by the next day, when we had exchanges. They went well.
Two of the missionaries are leaving this transfer, and I had two cakes, so we made one. One of the missionaries is basically a professional cook, and he made us a budo fight, a Pilipino dish eaten with your hands. It was awesome, yet incredibly messy. We used tin foil to cover the table.
With lots of love