Rain Rain Go Away

Wow. This rain keeps coming and it gets worse too. This past Friday we received rain that came down at over an inch per hour. It was both a little frightening and fun biking through at the same time.
This past Tuesday we had interviews with President Henrie. Mine was fairly quick and not painful at all. He simply encouraged me to remain focused these last 2 transfers I have left. We also began weekly planning in the morning before interviews which went well.
On Wednesday morning, we finished up weekly planning, had lunch and comp study and then went to work. We had a super awesome Knockout and invited a lot of people to stake conference. Unfortunately nobody who said they’d come came.
Thursday, we had district meeting. The topics at hand were the importance of having members present at lessons (I shared your story of the couple who got baptized in the Appleton 2nd ward and how you were present at a few lessons) and why we teach repentance and baptize converts. After district meeting, we went on exchanges with the zone leaders. I went with Elder Orellana (one of the missionaries I came out with and he’ll be going home with me too) in Spanish work. It was kind of frustrating not being able to speak with people directly and engaging them in conversation.
Friday the rain began to come down almost as if it were the promised blessings found in Malachi 3:10 “I will…open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Many streets flooded, we biked through puddles that soaked us all the way to our knees. The LA “river” which is really a glorified drainage ditch was overflowing it’s walls (hence drainage ditch). We didn’t get a lot of work done because of the rain as it was hard to bike through and we were all miserably wet.
Saturday we got a little bit more rain, enough for some of the streets to flood again even though it one rained for about 10 minutes torrentially. got more work done and taught several less active members about the purpose of stake conference and invited them to attend. Unlike all the nonmembers who didn’t come, they came.
Sunday was fun, except for the evening, it was dry! Stake conference was amazing. We had Elder Kevin K. Miskin of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy in attendance. He gave a fantastic talk on the purpose of keeping the Sabbath day holy. We then had knockout and dinner with our Bishop and his wife. We had a great discussion at dinner time about the parable of the lost sheep in Matthew (New Testament).
Monday was a little draggy. First the bike problems that you’re aware of, plus the fact that it wasn’t p-day like it normally is. Doing knockout for the 

 

Elder Blodgett

California San Fernando Mission
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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