Tuesday, January 21, 2014

1.20.2014

Hello Family!

January is going by really quickly.. It's really scary to see how quick the time goes by! Elder May's year mark... I'm not sure! We have someone that signed up to feed us, but I'm not sure if there will be anything else exciting going on. We'll probably find some kind of adventure!

So things here in Fayetteville are going good! The Ward is way great! We got fed 5 times last week and are signed up for 5 times this week, so I probably won't be losing any weight while I serve here. We had a "Munch and Mingle" after Church this Sunday, and the primary kids sang a happy birthday song to our Bishop. There were about 35-40 kids at church... A little different than Massena and Lowville! But the people are friendly and like the missionaries quite a bit. I'm surprised to see how big the Ward boundaries are though. I expected them to be a lot smaller compared to Lowville, but we actually cover a pretty big geographical area! Some of the areas we drive to can be about 30 minutes away. However, we have a set of Sister Missionaries in Fayetteville as well, so we don't cover all of it.

Because we switch cars every other week with the South Syracuse Missionaries, we didn't have a car last week. Luckily, the weather was really nice for most of it. However, it got pretty chilly on Saturday and Sunday. We were riding the bus around trying to get to the areas we worked.. I have been really spoiled so far having a car. It's crazy to think that so many people don't have cars and have to rely completely on the bus system! It takes us about an hour to get to downtown Syracuse on the bus system, and we switch the car back on Mondays. So it's one week with the car, one week without. Keeps it pretty exciting! It'll also help me get back into shape... all the walking we did this past week wore us out!

The biggest thing we're trying to do here in DeWitt is find new investigators. It's kinda like when I got to Lowville- We just don't have many people to teach. I've learned that the Lord is willing to bless us and help us, especially when we are willing to do his work, so we just need to be diligent, obedient, and do our best. I'm sure we'll see good things happen and see the work increase. We're planning a "Ward Missionary Blitz" that will be happening in a week or so, that might help us find some new people. Being a missionary is great though! The variety of things that have happened on my mission have taught me a lot.

One thing that I've really seen this past week is how easy it is to talk with people about the gospel. We have had several good conversations with people that we might not have talked to if we weren't missionaries. Just smiling and saying hi to someone in the store can do a lot for someone, and it also brings opportunities to share the joy of the Gospel with others. Asking a friend if they have anything happening on Sunday provides a chance to invite them to Church. Mentioning someone you knew that served where someone is from, etc. Back before the mission, I never really even thought about talking to people about Church. That's something I hope that I will do differently when I am no longer a full-time missionary. I guess time will tell!

Thanks again for all of your love. The preparation days since Christmas have all been really busy, so I'm trying to get letters sent out to people who sent things to me.. Sorry I'm slow! I love you all though and hope that you are doing great things!


Love,

-Elder Hussey

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