Hello to all people,
This week has been way crazy and there is only more craziness to come. Friday was busy because we did the entire city delivery and the upstate delivery. I drove the entire time.. We literally drove for 12 hours plus and by we I mean I. Luckily our city route was easier because we dropped off all of Chinatowns mail at the Harlem Chapel, and we dropped off all of south manhattans mail off at the temple and the 87th street chapel. It's super crazy but we got back to the mission office in good time to get all of upstate in the the van and to start our route to Ossining, then to Newburgh, then to Poughkeepsie and last but not least Stamford, but we really went to the new Canaan chapel. It was crazy but we then had to go to Ossining to get some bedding that was left from transfers, then to the mission office to pick up a phone we had to bring to Olmstead, then we got to Olmstead at 9, dropped it off and got back home at 9:25. It was fun. Driving in the city in the dark! It was fantastic. Saturday we helped with some service. We continued to paint this house that we didn't finish last time. We only had about an hour and then we had to quickly change and go to the mission office to pick up the mail because no one would be there to pick it up. We had an APF with hot chocolate and sharing the video a savior is born and a world without a savior. We had a good time. We helped set up for the ward Christmas party which was a lot of fun.. Yummy food for sure. We also helped clean up and they gave us a ton of the left over food. No one else wanted it, not even the APs, so we had this genius idea to drop it off to the APs when they were walking home.. So that's exactly what we did. We drove over and we left it on their counter and took the stairs down from the 25th floor. It was the greatest prank ever. Sunday we had a great sacrament meeting. All the youth spoke about Christmas time. The spirit was way strong. Church was good though. After church we headed home and ate, then did our companion study and our weekly planning. Then we went to one of our members, brother Jenson and he's the 1st counselor in the bishopric and we had this genius idea to carol to him. So we did that and sang the first Noel, and silent night. He had a genius idea to have all us missionaries in our ward sing before church started to get people to stay reverent and help them sit down early. He told us that we look good with tire tracks on us, because we threw ourselves under the bus. Brother Jenson is the coolest and he is so funny. He loves us missionaries and he is definitely a great member. We looked up a referral afterwards named Dan. He asked for a bible and we went to his door and knocked. He answered and he was so excited! He did a fist bump in the air for it. We talked about the Book of Mormon and he is interested in learning more. The thought came to mind afterwards that he will be baptized. Maybe sooner than later. I love that! The spirit was strong. Monday we had staff meeting again, and we were told all the meetings we will need to help with. There is a ton of stuff we will be doing this week and next week. I'm excited. We had district meeting about the inspired teaching pattern and how we can be better missionaries. It was super awesome. Afterwards we got some Chinese food which was delicious. Elder Burton and Beardall had to get certified to drive the big ford Van. So 2 and a half hours later they finally finished and we went to fill orders. We went to our investigators house and help them decorate their Christmas tree. They also fed us some summer sausage and crackers and cheese, fancy cheese. I really want to go buy one of those huge summer sausages. I think I may, we have Costco. Haha. Tuesday we did city deliveries again! And had interviews with President.. It's pretty sweet. We went to the office to grab some things, and drop some things off. We went to see our investigator Ayden.. He is definitely hard to teach but elder Burton had the glorious idea to introduce him to to Studio C. Ayden always tries to show us videos and we thought it would be good for him to be influenced that way. He will one day be ready, I'm so grateful for this gospel. I know that Jesus Christ lives and that through him we can all be happy. I know that he was born and that's why we celebrate Christmas. I hope everyone has a great week and I'll talk to you next Wednesday! 1. Elder Dutson and I with mail 2. Mail for the city in our van. 3. Quote from the polar express. 4. The mail room. 5. Christmas tree picture. 6. City deliveries.