Saturday, January 30, 2016

January 18, 2016 - The Winter Struggle - Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

Hello Family,

This week has been an uneventful week. But we did get more snow. On Tuesday night we got 20 cm of snow. We were stuck in our apartment the next morning until Brother Hirtle plowed us out. We were supposed to be going to district meeting in Sackville that day but because we were snowed in we Skyped in instead. All of the meetings at the Church were cancelled Wednesday evening because members were still getting shoveled out. On Saturday it was snowing hard. We had planned to go to Liverpool that afternoon and we did. After only being there for two hours, President Pratt called all the missionaries back in lieu of the snow storm. So we turned around and headed back to Bridgewater at about 4 o'clock in the afternoon; then we were in our apartment for the rest of the night. The sad thing was that we were supposed to be having rabbit in Liverpool on Saturday. I was really looking forward to that too. Because of the snow that was accumulated on Saturday, Church got postponed to 2 o'clock in the afternoon and it was just sacrament meeting. Not a lot of people showed up.

Chris and I will be watching a worldwide missionary broadcast on Wednesday. The missionary executive council and the Presidency of the Seventy will be training the missionaries and the mission presidents. The broadcast is entitled "Teach Repentance and Baptize Converts." They will be talking to us about the process of repentance that leads to baptism. It should be really good. This is the first worldwide missionary broadcast that I've had on my mission so I assume it's pretty important. Be sure to follow up with us about next week.

On Tuesday, I went on splits with Austin Fraser while Elder Evans and Elder Quinton went knocking. We taught some investigators the plan of salvation. We didn't have a lot of time so we weren't able to go into detail with every point. I just did a brief overview. The lesson went pretty well, I was able to control the conversation and keep Austin involved. They were asking some tough questions like "At what point does the spirit enter the body?", "Why couldn't have there been more then one pair of Adam and Eve's?", "What are the specifics of where we came from?" I didn't have answers to all these questions but I did say that nowhere in scripture does it say the exact details of where we came from.

Have a good week! 

Elder O'Brien (the older)

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