Monday, February 16, 2015

Many are cold, but few are frozen...

And in Boston we are frozen.
This week was another week of shoveling and struggling through giant drifts of snow. After Juno, Kari, Linus, and Marcus, we thought it couldn't get much worse buuuuuut then Neptune rolled along this Saturday. For the first time in my mission I didn't go to church this Sunday! Because nobody in Boston had church this Sunday! We got another 16.5 inches with this one, plus a blizzard warning and wind chill of -20. President Packard called us to let us know a fireside was cancelled, and at the end of his message he said "I don't think Lucifer has power over the weather... but I'm really starting to wonder!" Then he just laughed and hung up the phone.
One cool experience:
Luisa's cousin passed away about two weeks ago and his funeral was this week. At our lesson on Friday she told us that three days before the funeral, this cousin came to her in a dream; in the dream she was frightened and tried to run away but he grabbed her arm and told her he needed to tell her something. He said that they needed to stop worrying about him; that his death hadn't been painful, just a sharp pain in his chest and arm, and that he was still alive; that he had work to do. He said to relay the message to his family here in Boston, which she did.

Later in the week at our lesson we spent the majority of the time discussing this experience, then transitioned to talking about the Book of Mormon, how to read it and receive answers and specific guidance from it. We showed her the Index, and Luisa decided to pick a random reference and find it in the BoM. She pointed to a random scripture and then went to find it; she flipped to the right page and started to read to herself. I looked over and saw the reference was 2 Nephi 4:23, where Nephi talks about his encounters with the Lord:
"Behold, he hath heard my cry by day, and hath given me knowledge by visions in the nighttime."

Luisa was stunned, as were we. She decided right then that she needed to read the whole book to find out what was inside, and set an alarm on her phone to remember to read each night.

Stay warm, stay fixe, and remember the Lord!

Elder Jackson

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