December 9th 2013
We have gotten some snow here, perhaps 3 or 4 inches. It made it so we couldn't really go out on our bikes on Friday. It is pretty cold too! We have to be careful not to get frostbite as we ride around. Some days are better than others, but we live in hope that we will eventually be granted a car. We had the opportunity to do a lot of finding this week, as our teaching pool has become a little stagnant. We have found a few promising people. One lady, D, seemed really interested and planned to come to church. She didn't end up coming though. We are working bit with a great part-member family. The father, whose name, funnily enough, is John, came with us to the Christmas devotional last night. I think he enjoyed it. I enjoyed it too, even though it was pretty different from past ones. (Did you notice the wide-eyed man in the choir again, Dad? I only saw him once.) I'm glad you heard from Brother Henricks. He is one of the most helpful people I have ever met. This week was a little interesting. I got a flat tire on Thursday when we were several miles from our apartment. We had to walk back. Initial examination of the inner tube led to the discovery of several small tears, which I patched. After pumping it up again, it went flat again, so I tried a can of spray sealant, which ended up bursting the tube and leaking sticky stuff everywhere. We called upon Brother Yearsley, a stalwart member of the ward to drive us to get a new tube. Finally I got it fixed. We had our ward Christmas party on Saturday morning. It was Polar Express themed and there were pancakes. It was pretty fun. There was much mourning with the Ohio State loss, though we haven't talked to too many people about it. Elder Cole is a good guy. It sounds like things are going reasonably well back home, and I am glad you guys are doing well. Thank you for your letters.
I love you all and hope you have a good Christmas season
Elder Ethan Schow