Hello from the Colorado, Colorado Springs Mission

Monday, September 22, 2014

Snow in September

Snow in Colorado Springs
Another great week has passed,
I got to spend a lot of time working with our investigators this week teaching lessons about the Restoration of the Gospel, the Law of Chastity, Word of Wisdom, Fasting and paying Tithing. They all are really excited about what we teach and are more than willing to follow those commandments. It's so great to see the work of the Lord in progress and his influence in the people here. One experience is when we were teaching the Word of Wisdom to a young man who has a problem with smoking; he handed me his lighter and we disposed of the rest of his cigarettes, and he has been doing great since.  He is an avid reader of the Book of Mormon and is a lot of fun to be around. 
Light Dusting of Snow
So... It SNOWED this week!!!! [Those are not excited exclamation points] One day the high was in the upper 40's and it was just freezing and overcast all day.  It's only mid September, this shouldn't be happening. Luckily, the next day the weather was back up to the 70's and sunny; which was perfect because we did service all day. I'm not looking forward to future snow days, but at least I'm a little prepared. Some members here gave me a pair of awesomely warm snow boots for when it gets cold. We cleaned up their shed and backyard and they gave me boots!
So we have some pretty exciting news! Our area is notorious for being the largest and most difficult biking area in the entire mission. That's definitely not the exciting part, nor am I really happy about that. There are some parts of our area that we haven't even been to yet, because it's so difficult to get there on bike and would take all day (and we only have 1 or 2 less active members in those areas each). We don't usually make the trip because it is just really inconvenient. Well, the two sister missionaries in our district live literally right next to the area we never visit (a block or two away) and we talked to them about possibly working in that area. We had kind of said it in a jokingly manner but they called the mission president and he approved them working in our ward effective immediately. So we now have sister missionaries in our ward. They've really been a big help so far and we are excited about the prospects of getting more work done. It helps make our job a little easier and they're excited because they don't have enough people to teach in their ward. The work is going to be incredible in our ward, we can't wait!
Sorry, I have to cut this short, I'm going to get kicked off the computer in the Library. I will write some more details and pictures next week. I love you all so much!!! 

God is Great!
Elder Gillingwater

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