Tuesday, January 26, 2016


     Hey everyone I hope you are doing good and staying safe. Well this past week has been probably one of the craziest weeks of my mission. A lot has happened in a week. I guess I will just tell you a bit about it then.
Dulles Air and Space Museum
     Monday for P-Day the Spanish Missionaries (Elder Bernay and Elder Pina) picked us up and we all went to the Dulles Air and Space Museum. Just so y'all know it's where part of a Transformers movie was filmed, anyway it was pretty cool and fun. Elder Coles was loving it, that is like his favorite place out here or one of them. I got a call from President and found out I was getting transferred.
     Tuesday we had District Meeting and I wanted to show a video so we borrowed some keys from a counselor in the Bishopric, Brother Gustafson, and got a big ole TV out of the library. I showed the video called "No Ordinary Shepherd" and it was really good. (Thank you mom!) we also had some pizza so it was fun. I spent some time packing today and we found out Elder Coles was getting transferred as well so we were both leaving.
     Wednesday we did some packing and then went to Brian Doran's one last time for some service. He's a great guy and I'm going to miss going over there and doing service with him. Elder Coles and I packed for most of the evening then.
Brother Rankin is awesome!
He looks like Mr. Fredrickson from Up
and he even has Doug! (Dog)
     Thursday morning we grabbed the Sisters car and got it loaded with stuff, then we went to say goodbye to Brother Rankin, after that we headed to transfers. My new companion is Elder Finlayson, he is from Highland, Utah, and we are the Office Elders. That means we do a lot of work in the office helping things go good and we do training for trainers and new missionaries and some training at Zone Conferences. We also make sure all the apartments have the things that they need. It's a lot of work and we only get to work in our area during the evening, and some days not at all, that makes it difficult sometimes. Anyway we left transfers in a U-haul full of luggage for the departing missionaries and went to dinner at the Mission Home. After dinner we had a testimony meeting where all the departing missionaries bore their testimonies and it was really good! When that was done we took them to the hotel and then we finally made it back to our apartment at midnight.
     Friday we had to get up at 3:30 to take the departing missionaries to the airport. After we got them all good to go and their luggage taken care of we went to breakfast with the Assistants at Bob Evans. When we were done with breakfast we took the U-haul back to the rental place and then came back to the apartment and took a nap. (President told us to, good thing because we were tired!) When we woke up we went to the office and did some things, but we weren't able to do as much as we wanted to, then we came back to the apartment and did some planning and cleaning. By that time it had started snowing pretty good and we were told not to drive. 
     Saturday it was a blizzard! It had snowed all night and it snowed all day on Saturday and then all Saturday night. There was a ton of snow! We left the apartment at 10:30 with some shovels and started walking down the road. We helped get a snowplow unstuck and then shoveled a members' driveway, they then fed us lunch so that was nice. We were walking back, when we heard a yell, we all turned around just in time to see this little Asian woman slip and fall. She stood up and asked if we could shovel her driveway and we said yes, it was piled up in her driveway! We knocked it out in about 45 mins though, we were hauling. After that when we were walking back we helped two more snowplows get unstuck, it was pretty crazy.
     Sunday church was canceled and we still couldn't drive anywhere, so the missionaries in our complex got together and we had our own little sacrament meeting. It was pretty cool we sang some songs, took the sacrament, and read some chapters of scripture and talked about them. It was a lot of fun. It was a pretty nice day so we went out and helped people shovel the cars out of the couple feet of snow that had fallen and was piled up. Later the Assistants got permission for us to drive to the office so we could get some things done that needed to get done.
     Monday wasn't p-day like usual, because of the conditions it got pushed back to Tuesday, but that's okay. Elder Finlayson and I still had permission to drive to the office so we went in the morning and did some things we didn't get done the night before. When we got back we cleaned and rearranged our apartment with the Braddock elders, we all live in the same apartment so it's pretty sweet! Then we went back to the office to do some more work and then we came back to the apartment and got picked up by a member for a lesson with a lady named Adriana. The lesson went alright, but it was kind of a little bash, she is super nice though so we will see how things turn out. After dinner we went back to the office to do some more work and we took the Braddock elders with us because they were sick of being cooped up in the apartment not being able to do much, so they came and helped us.
Braddock Elders & Elders. Finlayson &  Brady
Snowwwwww! (That's the van we drive)
It snowed more too!

     That was my week and it was pretty crazy, but pretty fun as well. I am so excited about all the snow we got! It's finally here! I don't know how long it will last, but I'm going to enjoy it while it is here and there is a lot of it. They say it's one of the top 3 worst storms recorded in this area, so that's pretty cool! Anyway I hope you all have a great week and stay safe.      ~ Elder Brady

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