Not that I didn't love mother's day before, but mother's day on a mission is the equivalent to Christmas, and it's only SIX DAYS AWAY! WOO!! I'm so excited to talk to everyone again. Also, I'm really weirded out that this will be my last time skyping. How did that happen?
One major highlight of the week was the ward crawfish boil! I've had crawfish before, but this was my first experience with a crawfish boil. It's a whole event and it's all about the experience of it. We helped with all of it from the live crawfish, to boiling them, to setting everything up to be eaten. There was so much crawfish that they put it in a kiddie swimming pool on one of those big round church tables, and it BROKE THE TABLE. It was funny. The pictures I have of the crawfish in the swimming pool were actually only about the first 5 sacks of crawfish. There were still 7 more sacks! The thing is though, you hardly eat any of the crawfish. It's a lot of work for hardly any meat, but it's really good, and it's all about being with people. Also, you boil potatoes, corn, garlic, and sausage with the crawfish and they taste amazing with all the spices on them, so that fills you up more than the crawfish. There were SO many less actives and investigators there. More than active members actually, which was awesome to see. I guess we should have free food at church and then more people would come more often. :)
The unfortunate part of the week was the down pouring of rain all of Saturday and Sunday. We were on lockdown for a good portion of both days because flash flooding is a real thing in Louisiana. Everything is so wet here that the ground can't hold any more moisture, so even with not very much rain, the roads all flood. And we got a ton of rain, so we had to be in a lot. Not fun. But we went through a ton of our area book and called about a million people to see if their records were any kind of accurate. Most of them were not. But we did get a few people who said, "Hey we miss you guys! When can you come over?" So it's definitely worth going through all the disconnected numbers. We're really just trying to leave this area better than we found it, so that future missionaries can enjoy their time in this area and really harvest all the potential here. Even if we do a ton of planting seeds here and we don't end up seeing the rewards, it's still incredibly rewarding because we know we're still part of this amazing work!
I love this work so much!! The excitement is literally tangible. There is nothing more rewarding and more exciting than doing the work of the Lord and watching the miracle of the Atonement work wonders in people's lives every day.
I love you all so much! Hasta luego!
Lindsey sent us a photo collage of "A Day in the Life of a Missionary". She said that it was interrupted by a full day of rain and being stuck inside, but the following pictures give you a snapshot of what her days look like. Enjoy! - Christine (aka Lindsey's mom)