|Notice the snow depth -- my boots are in it to win it.|
Hey from Chicago!
So I'll just jump right into the details of our week! Yesterday, our church was cancelled because it snowed all day (literally, it didn't stop from the time we woke up until the time we went to bed--we got about a foot and a half). President Fenn didn't want the missionaries out driving in the bad road conditions, so we stayed in and studied all day.
The studying wasn't bad, but it gets a little boring after you stay in the same place for 16 straight hours. I seriously had time to watch two and a half hours of Mormon Message videos, study two full chapters from Preach My Gospel, read from the Book of Mormon, write down 7 pages of notes from past meetings in the mission, and memorize two more scriptures. The killer part of the whole deal was that it was Fast Sunday, so even though there was food around us in the apartment, we couldn't eat any of it!
For the first time in the four weeks that I've been in the St. Charles area, we saw some success tracting this week! We met four new potential investigators that we have times to meet with this next week, and we met another man, Tim, who let us right in when we knocked on his door, and we taught him the Restoration! Tim just lost his job, so we recommended LDS Employment Services to him, and we scheduled another teaching appointment with him this week! Besides all of the people that we tracted into, we have gotten permission to teach two 12-year-olds that are the adopted son and daughter of members in the ward. It should be a great week, I'm excited!
You asked about teaching via Facebook. We teach lessons by messaging people. It's not nearly as effective as talking with people face to face, but I've done it a few times now, and you can still have a good lesson with them by teaching principles and showing videos and things like that. Our mission was one of about 15-20 pilot missions to use Facebook (that's why we have the iPads and almost no other missions do yet.
One thing that I don't think I've mentioned before: President Fenn really turned this mission around obedience-wise. This mission used to be one of the least-obedient out of all of the missions in the world, but now it's one of the most obedient. That's why the Church chose this mission to be a pilot program for Facebook and for the iPads.).
Anyways, I love you all, and I hope that all is going well at home!
Elder Dallas Anderson