Thursday, September 18, 2014

Eventful week

July 7th.2014 This week was so eventful I really don't know where to start. From 4th of July, to, well, everything surrounding 4th of July, it was crazy! On the 4th of July we went to a place called Letchworth Park with an investigator named D, who was a trooper, considering his age and his undertaking of hiking up and down the trails of the famous New York State park. It's really pretty and honestly I didn't know places like this existed in New York. I didn't even know until I got transferred to Canandaigua that you could enjoy a nice country ride with rolling green hills, and still be somewhat close to civilization. I didn't know Canandaigua existed, let alone a famous state park with scenic views of waterfalls and gorges, nicknamed "The Grand Canyon of the East." Pretty fun. We also were able to find a woman who used to be considered Canandaigua's "mission mom" for missionaries who are away from their's. She had gotten sick and missionaries stopped visiting her, but in the last month, we not only started visiting her again but she also felt somewhat cured from her sickness for the first time in a year and a half! Coincidence? I think not! She's awesome. She, like a couple other people we're working with, isn't going to jump headfirst into the baptismal font, but the fact that people feel peace and enjoy when we come over and talk about God, is something beneficial. It's frustrating when people aren't getting baptized left and right, but I've found that there is a lot more to missionary work than only baptizing. Really, that's the start. It's not like once they're baptized they're good to go for the rest of their lives. Once we're baptized, we are responsible for keeping the sacred covenant we just made during baptism to always remember Jesus Christ and try to be like him! So as members of the church and as missionaries, we all have parts to play in helping people and ourselves stay on that path of discipleship, until our days on this Earth are done! We also have the Hill Cumorah Pageant coming at the end of this week. It will go all of next week as well. We invite everybody we can to go to pageant, and then we attempt to master Kylie's technique of multiple "bird-killing" parties, where we get as many people as we can that we are teaching, together to go see pageant with us. There is a new rule that we can only go to pageant three days this year, whereas previous years you could go every night. So we try to fit about 12 people into 3 groups to go the 3 days, factoring in who would be able to handle being with other people, whose personalities would mesh together, who would benefit/not benefit from who, etc when trying to figure out which groups of 4 to be together. This is because we want to be with everybody and visit with them and have a good experience with the people we are teaching at pageant, but all at the same time too due to the new rule. Lots of fun. Can't wiat! Kylie, any advice? Well, this week has been crazy, but if it weren't, it wouldn't be life, and no one wants that right? Happy 4th! Hope it went well! Love, Elder Hirschi

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