Monday, December 28, 2015

Well.... No snow for Christmas...

So this week had some very big ups and some pretty deep lows...

-Tuesday started with our weekly District meeting but guess what!?!?!?
This time I was giving the training. So I did it on our purpose as
missionaries and focused a lot on the power and authority of our
calling as missionaries and it went great! Later that day we got to go
caroling with the other missionaries in our district in Journal
Square, Jersey City which was way cool and we handed out a lot of Book
of Mormons.
Wednesday we got the wonderful opportunity to walk all the way up to
the very tippy top corner of our area to contact some Media referrals
(people who ordered stuff online from the church website) through epic
pouring rain... Soooooo fuuuunnn! It's a 20 minute light rail ride and
then a 40 minute walk...... But it's ok because none of them were
home. Good thing I love the rain and spent money on a super good
umbrella last Monday. Later on Wednesday though we got to a less
active's birthday. The same lady who's dating our main investigator.
And that was really fun and super spiritual because we were gonna
leave after an hour but the spirit kept yelling at us to stay and so
we did and we ended up helping our investigator keep from smoking when
he was struggling really bad.
-Thursday CHRISTMAS EVE!!!!!
It was 70 degrees and rainy all day. We got to go caroling in Journal
Square again but this time with our whole zone! We had 22 missionaries
all singing Christmas carols and handing out cards and talking to
people. It was super cool and I loooove caroling! We then got to go to
dinner at our Branch Presidente's house because he is awesome and
super crazy energetic. Finally we got to have a couple minute phone
call to our parents to confirm when we skype them and that was super
funny because of...well... ask my mother about it....
-Friday!!! CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!
Still 70 degrees and like a 100% humid
Christmas was great, it started with us waking up and opening all our
presents and me once again realizing how ridiculous my mother is,
thanks for the rubber chicken clingy things mom. Then we went to our
zone Christmas party where we did a few fun activities that ended with
me smashing a raw egg in my face (long story but I won't tell you
because I'll probably do it to some of you one day). We then went to
lunch at our Branch Presidente again and talked about how crazy the
Spanish are about their Christmas parties, after that we went to
dinner at a Spanish families house(so we could save the Spanish
missionaries from all the food, their typical day includes multiple
dinners with members) and that was great too. But the key event of
course was being able to call our parents and talk to them for awhile.
I got to see all the things my family is replacing me with( a dog, a
teddy bear, and multiple other things) so that was all great.
Saturday was pretty much terrible.
All of our appointments juked us or cancelled and we found out because
of dumb drama we can't get in contact with our primary investigator
who is on track to get baptized..... Daily win though we finally got
in contact with a recent convert/less active and she came to church
-Sunday was pretty good.
Church was spiritual as ever though a little more Spanish than usual.
We taught a super cool lesson with this guy who is crazy deeply
studying all religions so he can find the true one and he asked a lot
of crazy deep questions that we had to rack our brains and the
scriptures for answers but we were able to answer every single one.
Later we ended up saving the Spanish elders from another overstuffing
Spanish dinner. Because we'll happily eat their food. The joke of this
mission is that the English missionaries always leave skinnier and the

So it was a pretty good week overall. Thanks for all the support and
the Christmas cards and presents and I wish you all a happy new year.
-Elder Anthony Hicks
This is the birthday party and Perry is our super great investigator.
Pictures from the zone Christmas party

Our zone Caroling group

This is what we spend a lot of time doing.
Side effects of being in a big walking area. #lightrail

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