Monday, November 6, 2017

Week 15 - Let there be LIGHT!! ...Also some sad news

This week was CRAZY! Our whole schedule was flip flopped around. We stayed the night in a couple different places, had a national crisis, walked around with alcohol in my bag, and got transfer calls-what!? YES. Crazy!

Monday:  P-day in Augusta!(Maine's state capitol)🏛. Tried hard to pick up this lady at Duncan Doughnuts🍩. Bought apocalypse food! Ghost suckers 👻.

         So Monday was spent in Augusta due to apartment issues. But that was cool to wander around there! And we tried to get an investigator for the Augusta Sisters and talked to this lady for like an hour! But she kindly said 'no'...sad. But its okay! Seed planted! 

Here is a picture of Sister Tupai and I doing funny face masks when we were staying in Augusta:



Later we bought "apocalypse food" that didn't need to be in the fridge - later we were so glad we did because without power all the food on our fridge was spoiled. 

Then we made cute little Ghost Suckers that say, "By the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things". 



Tuesday: Power outage🤤. Youlands. Mick. Harry🎉. Neighborhood soup kitchen🍲. Back to Augusta.

           GUESS WHAT! That huge storm that hit took out the power all over New England!!! It was crazy! At my apartment in Bath we were without power for 5 days. It was actually declared a National Crisis!....What an adventure. We still did our best to do our normal missionary work and appointments in town. We helped at the soup kitchen and I took a picture with some of our friends there and Carol Ann (she is the one dressed up as a tourist).


 We also saw this guy Harry again! We met him about 2 months ago and he was this hard core rapper living this crazy lifestyle. He tried to show us some not-so-consecrated music videos of his work and we had him pull up James the Mormon instead!!! haha (Mormon rapper). When we saw him on Tuesday his countenance had completely changed! He shared that he had had this spiritual awakening and is living in faith and no longer swearing and preparing to get baptized in another church-but we are swooping in and going to teach him on Wed!

Wednesday: Trees everywhere🌳. Helped Carol Ann. Planning. Relief stations➕.  Sleep over at the Ames'

        It was super eerie without the power-really felt like zombies could come out any second! haha! Also there was all these giant trees all over the roads- it was really sad! I took a few pictures. 




We went and volunteered at a bunch of relief stations and then slept at a ward member's house so we didn't have to drive again. 



           With the power being out for 5 days we all realized how important and dependent we are on light and warmth. It is so amazing that light and darkness cannot be in the same place at the same time. We have used this approach many times in the past week to begin talking to people and then transition into gospel topics such as the Light of Christ. I shared a video on my missionary Facebook that so many people respond well to when we show it! I love light and I love this gospel and the spiritual enlightenment it brings to our hearts and our minds!!!  Truly a lesson I will never forget.

Thursday: Weekly planning in dark and cold. Raking🍁. Dinner with the Hills! Contact attempts. Nadean!!!😆 Lesson with Fletch.

        Okay, this is super long so I will be shorter. But I will just talk about Nadean and Fletch! So Nadean was found a while ago and I have never had a lesson with her because she always stood us up, but it turns out she only acted weird when her mom was home and she welcomed us right in this day and her and her son are so excited for us to come back! Also, right as we were going to invite Fletch to be baptized he said that he doesn't want to change religious so we are trying to figure out if we should keep pushing or not.

Friday: District Meeting🤔. Helped Sister Caton🍁. Drive to Freeport. L.L. Bean- BOM. Dinner with the Walkers!!!💜💜 DEEP CLEAN Halloween!!!!!🎃

         Friday was different. Not a ton of lessons. But Elder and Sister Walker really wanted to treat Sis. Anderson and I to dinner! So we drove a bit to L.L. Bean (which is huge). And had a lovely dinner. And this senior couple is amazing. They are President Blair's in-laws, they served as MTC President in England, Temple President and Matron at the Salt Lake Temple, and Sister Walker is President Hinckley's daughter!!! Ah!! We love them and they expressed that they love us! No other missionaries got a dinner with them, so we feel special. 



Then, since the city of Bath postponed their Halloween celebrations until Friday due to the storm, we deep cleaned our apartment this day and got rid of a TON of junk!

Saturday: 7th day Adventist church with Linda💫. Potluck😌. St. Lady's craft fair.  Lesson with Linda our Neighbor!!!🐶 Went to see Al. Melanie. Robin.

           We went to a 7th day Adventist Church with this Lady who said she would come to ours if we came to hers. It was a really good service! They sang some of the same hymns and were all really nice people! But they didn't take the sacrament! It made me so sad because that is the most important thing!!! Later that day we had a lesson with another Linda who has had a really rough life, but is looking for a fresh start. She accepted our soft baptismal invite almost before the words were out of my mouth!!

Sunday: Fasting for all those that we will have baptism dates! Church. Talked with ward members! Sylvia. Invites everyone along the way👊. Betty. Derrs. Lackie-took away alcohol🍺!! Went and saw Lynda and Trevor😊
            
             Sorry this is so long. We are wanting so badly to get some people on date for baptism so we added that to our fast. But guess what!???...We went to visit Robin and her brother Lackie (who has a drinking problem) and the spirit prompted me to promise that if he came to church he would have strength against his drinking addiction. I then said: "Show us and God right now that you want to take steps towards that and give me that bottle of alcohol." And I stood up and held out my hand and he gave it to me! Crazy! Then afterwords we had to hurry and go throw it away so we didn't get in trouble because we are underage!!!...hahah!

Finally the sad news.................we got transfer calls.......my momma trainer Sister Anderson is leaving me 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭...and she is going way across the mission to VERMONT!!!! AHHHH!!
  
Here is a picture of our zone before we all got split up *cries*



I am so so sad. I know that I have made a lifelong friend in her and I am so jealous of the next missionary that gets her. My new companion's name is Sister Morrison and she is coming from NH! I am praying for her and love her already!

Miracles are going to come!!!!

Love-Yours Truly-

Sister Brady!!!!

P.S. Here is a reenactment of what our window looked like last week when our apartment had gotten broken into:



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