Okay. So I really committed to finally getting an actual weekly update from yours truly out this week. So first things first...happy thanksgiving and sorry I've been so bad at this! I remember hearing that it gets a lot harder the longer you're out and boy is that the truth. So far since getting to queens, people have ended up just telling us they don't want to meet with us or we just feel that they don't really want to meet with us so we have to stop going. So we're doing a lot of finding! So unfortunately we aren't getting too many lessons. I'm officially in single digit weeks now so at times it's easy to think about home but I also want to finish strong. Last week we had president interviews and he told me how he's seen a lot of growth in me and, well, I don't want to stop there. I want to keep becoming better and I know that this gospel gives us the perfect path to become better every single day. A lot of the time we're progressing a lot more than we really think we are too! Just a little something I've learned out here.
Okay! So back to all that's happened! So one person we are still teaching who is also looking promising is this 18 year old named Nicole. We were heading to an appointment one morning and we ran into this woman who recognized us right away (so I figured she either wanted to bash or was a member as I usually do) and she was a member! Unfortunately she was here visiting from the DR but she gave us the address of her family who she was staying with. We went over the next night and met Nicole. I shared my own personal story of the gospel and last night we had our third lesson with her!
Another huge highlight was a couple days before my birthday I saw my favorite person in New York...Joaquin! The less active I helped a ton and got close with in Brooklyn and he was in queens with his girlfriend and he looks super happy. So of course that made me really really happy. Then on my birthday I got tons of messages from everyone so thank you all for that! And sorry if I didn't get to respond to everyone!! The sisters from the district also made me a cake so that was cool too.
Something we are doing now though is going to members and basically just reteaching the story of Jospeh Smith and the restoration and trying to see who they can share this message with during the holiday season. And if you all haven't seen it yet, there's a new Christmas video from the church that is super good! This year is all about serving the example of Christ and going out and serving others. It even gives you ideas on what to do in order to serve others so you should all check that out. But going back to the lessons with the members, so far we've had two and gotten two different names! So we're two for two and we're definitely hoping for more!
Now for some highlights from the fun I had on Thursday! I went to this part of queens called Long Island city and it's kind of like Brooklyn bridge park but not as awesome. It's still on a really big pier right in front of Manhattan with a small little field and we played ultimate frisbee there. And I loved that of course. The only thing that stunk was that about a month ago I was playing basketball and this guy jumped up and landed right on my toe. So that caused the toenail to start dying and it's been close to falling off for a while but still didn't...then Thursday I barely kicked it on something by accident and the toenail detached from the front but stay attached at the back so it looked like it was facing straight up. It was crazy and hurt pretty bad to put it back to normal. So I just taped it up and hoped for the best because obviously I still wanted to play frisbee. Then halfway through the game my toe was hurt pretty bad so I decided to check it out...and the toe nail turned green. It kind of looked like a pond filled with algae. So I just wrapped it up again a little tired and finished the game because I still wanted to play. Then the next day I went to urgent care and the doctor that was there just took some tweezers and tore the nail from the skin...I obviously don't know what torture is but I'm pretty sure that's close to it. It was great.
So hopefully I can slowly get better at these again but here ya go! That pretty much does it for how things have gone since I've gotten back to the city! Oh I also had bed bugs but those are finally gone luckily...didn't know how truly annoying they were until now! But yeah hope you all have a good week!!
1) The group of us that volunteers at the soup kitchen
2) Elder Winters and I tried to look all majestic too like the sisters
3) Zone picture. I'm the one dabbing in the back
4) Another zone picture
5) District picture
6) Winning frisbee team
7) A picture from one of the three thanksgiving dinners we had
8) Everyone keep an eye out. I'm dropping an album soon