Tornado: The Sequel!!!
So, we got hit, again. This time it was in my ward boundaries, all over the place!!! I will tell more of the tale on the appropriate days :)
Monday: "Eh. Average Pday". It was a pretty average day. We had dinner with Marina, that was delicious. She was very open about her feelings toward the church and her son's mission. It has been very healthy for her and myself to show Christlike love towards each other. It helps us heal the wounds of the difficulties we have had with my conversion and her son's conversion.
Tuesday: "A Storm is Coming?" So, we went about our Tuesday as any average Tuesday. Get through district meeting and try not to cry because of how intense your DL is (I cried this week...). Have lunch, go volunteer at the Genealogy library. Well, we are walking in and the lady at the desk is talking on the phone about closing at three. Well, that's odd. Usually they don't close till later. Then she tells us a storm is supposed to come through. Well, we get storms all the time, so why is everything in the county shutting down? I thought it was weird that we saw so many buses on the street at 1pm. Well, we go about our volunteering. Saw some cool stuff on this really old guy's ancestry!!! He was so grateful for our help. We hear her on the phone again, storm isn't supposed to hit till 7. Well, on our way home, we decide, we can go out and teach before dinner. Institute got canceled on our way home...We went and we taught. The Stairs have solid plans to come to church! We were watching the weather while we were there. At this time, New Orleans was getting hit really hard. We saw that the storm would be headed straight to Pensacola. So, they drove us home (we walked there). Now a little shaken up, we go about our usual business. The Nicholson's come to get us and go to their house for dinner. It was yummy. Then we get a text that we need to be home immediately. Yay, now I don't have to awkwardly try to get out of there! So, we sat in the bedroom of our tiny apartment, therefore very close to the bathroom. We heard winds that were pretty scary go through our apartment complex, so we went to the bathroom to wait it out. Then they were gone. We went to a member's apartment to watch the weather with them. It was pretty cool. Outside our apartment complex was flooded and there were trees down all over the place!
Wednesday: "Lets Play 'Pick Up Sticks!'". All day was a big game of pick up sticks. We went to a neighborhood nearby and just helped anyone and everyone. We found a guy with a chainsaw and just followed him through out the neighborhood. These random people decided to go to Walmart and get us fried chicken and stuff to eat! How sweet! While we were eating, the mayor came by and talked to all of us. We are on his instagram now :) I will attach the picture. Then, we were dead tired and had appointments to get ready for, so we walked home. Yep, walked home from the tornado spot...
Thursday: "More Fences and Sticks" Since our zone leader realized that our area was more affected than he thought, we went out and helped all over the ward. Our member who was hit was glad to see us. His neighbor bought us pizza! Seriously, the scripture about taking no thought for food or drink could not be any more true. We spent all day doing that work for random people. They were all so humble and grateful to have us help. You all need to look up the aerial shots that were taken by a drone in Pensacola though! The damage is amazing and it will give you an idea of what we were up
Friday: "Actual Missionary Work" So, all of our plans fell through, but I actually put my trust in God and He kept us busy! We took Ashley out to Starbucks to show her how Mormons do it. I have a lot of experience being from Seattle. She said we made her day right before she had to go to work. Man I love that kid! After that, we went and saw our new less active member. She is awesome! She has tons of questions, is super receptive, and wants to repent! You couldn't ask for more. A member bought us a giant, delicious pizza for dinner, and we had a lesson with an investigator and a member that night. She bought us ice cream afterwards too :)
Saturday: "Taylor and Travis". This day was all about them. We got special permission to go to their wedding out on Pensacola beach that morning. It was gorgeous!!! I am so glad they are married now! Then we came home and ate real fast as well as got ready to go to the baby shower right after. We didn't quite finish our present so we just went. They were so glad to see us because not too many people showed up :( She has nobody here in Pensacola so, we are doing all we can to bring her into the family of the ward. After that, we made cookies and finished their gift for the ward social. We went to that. It was soooo fun. There was a hilarious skit by some of the members. Taylor loved our gift. We made a "Roman's first Jesus Book". We took a small photo album and put pages in about Christ's life and left a space for a picture of Roman.
Sunday: "Restful Sabbath". I could not stay awake after church. Church itself was great. We taught gospel principles and I got to sit next to my favorite young woman in Relief Society (they combine every last Sunday of the month). After all of our studies and attempts at planning, we went to eat with the Tripp family. They are super cool! She is from Ecuador, so we had food from her country. It was a slow and easy day for us.
Man, this week has been crazy out here! I hope you all are doing well in your various parts of the country and world. We are just fine here in Pensacola :) Enjoy whatever pictures I can fit. I actually took quite a few this week.