Monday, February 3, 2014

This week has certainly been out of the ordinary to say the least.  On Tuesday it snowed ALL DAY LONG!  It never snows that much in Knoxville!  The mission office called and told us not leave so we were stuck in our apartment while we were waiting for the roads to clear up which didn't happen till Wednesday evening.  It wasn't a ton of snow compared to Utah or Jenni up in Canada, but they aren't equipped to deal with snow well so hardly any of the roads were plowed or salted.  With all the tall trees, the sun can't get to the roads as easily and the hills make them pretty dangerous. Then unfortunately, my companion got sick ThursdaySaturday so we've been stuck home all week :(
That being said, we were able to get out a little bit. Let me tell you the highlights!
Elder L. Tom Perry, Elder Rasband of the presidency of the 70, and Elder Zwick of the 70 stopped in Knoxville for a "hastening of the work" training.  It was broadcast out to 11 other stakes so I felt blessed to be able to see these men of God in person.  Elder Perry's training was incredible!  It was definitely the spiritual boost I needed!  We sang "Called to Serve" with all the missionaries and members who were there and it was inspiring.  It reminded me how great my calling as a missionary is!

Joe taught his first primary lesson this week and said it went really well!  He really loves his calling and they worked it out so he'll teach 2nd hour and still go to Priesthood 3rd hour so he can keep learning. 
Erica and Josh Fraser stayed for 2nd hour this week! They didn't stay for the 3rd hour
because their 2 year old was having a hard time in nursery, but we were so excited!  They've been coming to sacrament meeting regularly for months, and today was the first time they stayed-- we are really happy for them!
Two other women we've been working with got callings today as well and they are excited to serve!  Sis Arkus is just touched and honored that she can have a calling and can't wait to help serve in the ward. 
Thank you for all your love and support and prayers!  It means so much that I have so much support back home.  Love you!
All bundled up in Knoxville

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