Thursday, December 1, 2016

Weekly Email # 69 - The Physical and Spiritual Blessings of Thanksgiving

Happy Happy Holidays!

Still currently in recovery mode from the AWESOME Thanksgiving feast we had this past week. The Smiths treated us to a delicious meal and some fantastic company. Yes, some days are hard being a missionary during the Holiday season, but when you create memories such as these, you can't help but feel grateful for the opportunity to do so. I'm tempted to say there is no such thing as a bad Ward. Like seriously. EVERY ward I've been to has been awesome and so supportive and loving towards missionaries, and there is no way I will take the New Albany Ward for granted.

Transfer News : After being together for almost three weeks, Elder Young is leaving me! We will find out where he will be going tomorrow at Transfers! He is my second companion I've had in a row for only three weeks; crazy! I'm sad to see him go. We had a lot of ecstatic times for only being together for so short a time. He'll be a great missionary wherever he goes.

 I will be getting my 11th companion tomorrow! Its weird to have so many companions. I remember everyone at home telling me I would only have around 7 to 8 to 9 companions. Well.... times are changing. Haha

It is absolutely awesome to see some much hype and excitement about the Church's Christmas Initiative this year! We have begun showing the 2 and a half minute video to people and it has helped so much in our contacting approaches. Not only do I NOT get sick of listening to the video because its that great, but if someone were to hand you an iPad with a video on it, apparently, its more appealing to do that than to talk to two missionaries. Haha don't worry, they have to do that anyways after they are watching the video :) Two questions for you all. Have you gone to and watched the video? And if so, what are you going to do about it? This Christmas season is going to be the best one yet, so make sure you are involved in the festivities and the joy that Jesus Christ brings to everyone.

My bike broke this week. Haha the gears are totally messed up. When they broke, I sounded like a freight train all the four miles back to our apartment. So we've been walking around for about a week and have been pretty effective actually. We weren't able to get anyone to church but with the Ward Christmas Dinner this Friday and open schedules for our investigators, the hope is that as we help them, they'll realize the importance of church!

Love you all! Enjoy your first week of December! It's been quite enjoyable for us :) #50degreegoodness

Elder Galbraith
The Great OCM
"Feeling Gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." - President Thomas S. Monson

Videos I promised last week. Haha and a few pics in this other email coming up!

1. First snow of the season!

2. Later that night. Elder Young is quite the jokester. Haha

Other Pics!
1. Us enjoying the snow!

2. Biking and Cold don't mix together. Still fun, though!

3. Happy Turkey Day1

4. Us taking a break before we finish our hike home in the cold rain!

5. The Aftermath