January 27, 2014
It has been a cold week indeed (single digits and below). That fact, combined with the six or seven inches of snow we received in the past couple of days has rendered biking nearly impossible for a fair portion of the week. Nevertheless, we had a few good things happen. We had a good lesson with a guy named J. that we met the other week. He had a copy of the Book of Mormon that he had been perusing with some interest. We talked with him about the Plan of Salvation and helped him understand our beliefs concerning the time before this life and the time after. He only disagreed with a couple of things we talked about, and those were mostly matters of semantics. Anyway, he is going to keep reading the Book of Mormon and pray about it. At the end he went into a long spiel about how the end of the world is coming quite soon. He cited phases of the moon, political turmoil, and the fact that this was one of the coldest weeks in Columbus on record. It was interesting.
We were able to have dinner with J. and his wife E. at the home of a nice couple in our ward. It went pretty well, and I hope that having friends in the ward will help J. and E. get to church. Incidentally, they didn't come yesterday, but that was mostly because of the weather. The blizzard-like conditions resulted in all meetings but sacrament meeting being cancelled in our ward. Only 40 or 50 people ended up coming total. It was a good meeting though.
It sounds like your stake conference was good. That is always nice. I hope Watson's foot is feeling better and that things are settling down in the ward following the split. That is too bad about Joe Green.
I have had the chance to read a lot of conference talks recently, and I am definitely a fan of Neil A. Maxwell now. We have heard from several people about the new mission president, but we don't know a whole lot about him. I guess we will learn. There are rumors that our mission will have ipads by the end of the year, but who knows? I can't think of anything specific I need in the package. You guys seem to know good things to send though :)
Here's to a warmer and drier and more productive week!
Have a blessed day,
Elder Ethan Schow