Monday, November 21, 2016

Week 15 - Philadelphia Temple!

Hey guys this week was awesome!!๐Ÿ˜‹ Mostly because of Saturday but here ya go๐Ÿ’

Monday- Monday was a long day because it wasn't P-Day like it normally is but I will still able to send a few emails. We walked around a lotttt without a ton of luck but we taught one less active lesson at least. We were walking by the Library and we starting walking near this one guy with a really bad limp and he was like "Hey Elders" so we were shocked at first but then we started talking to him and it turns out that he's a member! He moved here from Florida a while back when he got in a really bad car accident and hasn't been in contact with the church since but we found him! God puts people in our paths! That night we went to Dinner at Bishop's house and they taught me how to make a grilled cheese sandwich the right way๐Ÿ˜ it was really good so I will have to show you guys one day. That's it for Monday๐Ÿ’

Tuesday- On Tuesday we had exchanges with the Zone Leaders again so I stayed here with Lebanon and my companion went to Harrisburg for the day. So Elder Furniss came with me and we had a decent day. We were walking down the street that morning and this lady pulled over in the middle of traffic and yelled to us so we came over and she said she is a less active and that she's been really humbled lately and needs to come back to church. She's not from around here originally so she asked us for the address of the church so I gave it to her! She was in tears talking to us through the car window. It was a testimony builder for me just seeing again how God puts people in our paths AGAIN. We have been running into people all over. We walked a lot again and tried some people and then we got Brother Boyd to come out with us to talk to some more people so we were able to set up some later appointments. That night we had a mock chapel tour so we had some ward members come out and we all worked on that together. But when we got to the church the security alarm started going off so we went to try and shut it off but in the process of trying to turn it off, we set off every single alarm in the church hahaha fire alarm, carbon monoxide alarm, intruder alarm etc. So it was absolute madness and then the phone in the church started ringing with people calling to see if stuff was actually wrong so I answered it and it was a voice recording and I was like "Yeah we're all good here, how are you?" and they weren't listening to me so I threw the phone back up on the holder, hung it up and said "Boring Conversation anyway" (Star Wars quote) ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Elder Furniss caught the quote so he was dying hahaha it was really funny with all the alarms and everything going off and everything and our ward mission leader was there too and he was laughing. Anyways, eventually we got it shut off and we had our mock tour and it worked out really well! That night Elder Furniss and I got to meet with one of our recent referrals named Skylar. She is 17 and she's really cool, I explained who we are and stuff she was super interested so we said up an appointment with her for Sunday! So yeah!

Wednesday- On Wednesday we had District meeting so Elder Ibarra came back and we had our meeting with the Zone Leaders. It was good but nothing significant. After that we did puzzles and I finally finished a puzzle!! The puzzle ladies were so proud of me and one of them gave me a pop-tart ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‹ After that we decided to go and try several former investigators on the other side of town but none of them answered! So Elder Ibarra looked at me and said "well let's see your tracting skills" haha then he said "your training isn't complete until I see you tract" ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ so he started knocking on doors showing me "how it’s done" then told me it was my turn. And on my first door the girl that answered listened to me and gladly accepted a Book of Mormon! So Elder Ibarra was like "Beginner's luck" hahaha but it wasn't๐Ÿ˜ That night the zone leader I was on exchanges with called me and told me how impressed he was! He said "you know your area super well and you make everybody feel comfortable during lessons and stuff, like you really know how to talk to people!" and then he said "if I didn't know any better I would've assumed that you've been out for like 20 months." So that was a nice compliment but that's it for Wednesday๐Ÿ’

Thursday- Thursday was a good day for lessons! We started off the day translating for the Marriage counselor again๐Ÿ˜‚ it's really awkward. However, the marriage counselor seems fairly interested in what we do and how cool would it be if we ended up baptizing the marriage counselor that we were translating for hahaha anyways after that we taught/visited the nursing home crew! Sister Bord and Robert Reich, they are both doing alright. I think we are going to visit them on Thanksgiving because they are lonely. Then that night we taught Modesto and that went well and then we taught the Thomas's! They are a family that has been less active for 12 years and I feel like they are so close to coming back, so we are really trying with them!

Friday- Friday went by pretty quick. We started the day trying to visit a couple less actives and then we went to help Brother Alva. At Brother Alva's we picked his entire Collard Green garden and vacuumed froze them for winter. His iguanas eat them๐Ÿ˜‚ so that's why. We made pancakes at his house too and they were surprisingly good. That night we had dinner with the Fishers and that was amazing๐Ÿ˜‹ they always take great care of us I love them!!

Saturday- Okay Saturday was straight amazing!!! It could not have gone better!! I gotta say, Pittsburgh was cool but Philadelphia was even cooler hahaha.

Okay so they picked us up at 6 and we were early for the temple session so we went to the Rocky Steps/Statue before as well as the outside of the famous art museum(which is where the Rocky Steps are). 

The Philadelphia marathon was the same morning and it started right by the art museum so navigating our way through that was crazy, there were so many people! But we were able to see the Rocky memorial before the temple so we were ahead of schedule. 

The temple was beautiful. ๐Ÿ˜There's lots of US history art throughout the wholetemple and the session was really good!! 

We got done with the session and taking pictures and stuff around 11 and then we went to one of the original Philly cheese steak sandwich places! (No one really knows which one is actually the original) but this one was really cool and most people think it is the original๐Ÿ’ 

Lots of famous athletes and celebrities have been there and they had lots of their signatures and stuff on the walls so it's pretty well known. 

After that we went to Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. ๐Ÿ”” 

It was cool to learn more about both of those places as well as everything else around them! There’s so much history in Philadelphia. 

Oh and btw the weather was absolutely perfect! It was like 65 degrees all day so that made everything more pleasant. 

After Liberty Bell and Independence Hall we went to Redding market. This place was nuts. It's like the Diagon Alley of food for Amish people and tourists๐Ÿ˜‚ you couldn't have possibly squeezed more people in there. I got some really good Amish ice cream and donuts though๐Ÿ˜‹ 

After that we started walking down town again and the Anti-Trump Protest came through right then!!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ IT WAS INSANE! It was so big! 

They were screaming and their voices echoed off the sides of the buildings so it was extra loud. It was so funny cause they were so mad and their chants were even more funny. It was great. 

And then there was this guy dressed up as Jesus and he was trying to calm them all down and he was hilarious. His voice sounded like the chicken from Surfs Up๐Ÿ˜‚ we walked up to him and he was like "Mormonssss my people!” So we gave him a pass along card, which was a picture of Jesus๐Ÿ˜‚ Then we took a selfie with him. 

After that we walked over to Dilworth Park where there's an ice skating rink and shops and stuff. Then Jesus showed up there too and started riding the carousel and it was pretty funny with his robe flying behind him and stuff and he was yelling telling everyone that their sins were forgiven. Totally blasphemous but funny to watch.

After that we went to a few more stores and took some more pictures then we left to get back on the freeway. 

Then we stopped at King of Prussia which is one of the biggest malls in the world. We got Chick-Fil-A there because it's one of the few locations around us๐Ÿ˜‚ then we drove home! 

So it was perfect, I couldn't have asked for a better day. In conclusion, Philadelphia is crazy! There’s so much going on there haha I want to go back for sure but idk if I will on my mission. 

I owe it all to the Boyd's though, they are awesome! They had the perfect day planned for us and it didn’t disappoint๐Ÿ˜

Sunday- Nothing special on Sunday. We had all of our normal meetings and stuff and then after church we visited a couple new Less actives, both of which claimed to have health issues. After that we went to dinner at the Henson's house. It was really nice, and then we went and taught Skylar. The lesson went super good and her mom sat in and listened to us too so we have 2 new investigators! Everything going on in their lives right now seems to be pushing them to want to learn more about religion and stuff. We were able to answer all of their questions too. I chose to do our lesson was on the Plan of Salvation because she mentioned that she had been struggling with the death of some loved ones and it was perfect! They both seemed really receptive and content with what we taught and excited to learn more. I look forward to teaching them again!

That's it for my week!! I have lots of pictures to send home! I love and miss you guys tons!!

-Elder Carter Nelson





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