-----Preaching the Gospel in the New York New York South Mission-----
Monday, January 26, 2015
Storm Juno Hits New York
I do not have much to say today! We had a really good week, as always, but none of our investigators wanted to meet with us :( That's always a bummer, but we didn't let that get us down, we just spent a lot of time working with less actives and trying to find new investigators. This morning I was wondering why everything is stopping and why no one is willing to meet with us even though we're trying our best. Well, I flipped the pages and my scriptures opened to Alma 8. Man, I feel for Alma! I felt like I was reading my life right now. Like Alma, we will not give up, we will continue to go forth and preach (with love) to the deaf people of queens :) I love the Book of Mormon :)))
On Thursday we went on exchanges with Sisters Snow and Harris. I stayed in Astoria (again) and ran the pool. I'm always amazed at the end of exchanges when I realize I taught lessons, in ASL, without Sister Passeys help! The gift of tongues is real. I love ASL! Well actually it's not really ASL. A wise man once said "if you're called to serve ASL in New York, you don't learn ASL, you learn to communicate." It's very true ahhahaha I feel like we're learning 50 different languages because everyone has their own way of signing, and none of it is ASL! Did I already mention we have a deaf elder coming in in February? Not only is he deaf, but he doesn't know ASL, English, or Tongan sign language. It's going to be SO FUN. District meeting will be full of Charades until he gets the hang of signing!
Apparently the biggest storm to ever hit NYC is coming! I don't believe it. I'm looking out the window right now and it's not even snowing! Stay tuned til next week to see if the storm was actually THAT bad! It's supposed to hit single digits this week, idk what we will do because the trains and busses don't run if the weather hits 11 degrees. Skype lessons, anyone?! ;) Thank heavens for IPads and Wifi. We are lucky missionaries!
We pranked the elders with a Jewish wig this week. Funniest thing of my life. Ask me about it in 9 months.
Want to know something funny? Sometimes the Holy Ghost prompts me through my stomach. It's happened a few times on the mission. We crave something, go get it, and see a former, LA, or find a new investigator there. For example, on Tuesday night we got home, started planning for the next day and I thought to myself "I want to go to Dera tomorrow, I'm going to go to Dera tomorrow! I just cannot go another day without Indian food!" So we planned our day around going to Dera for lunch. Well, we walk in, sit down, I look at the people next to me, and what do ya know- it's a deaf family!!!!!! What are the odds :)) They were sweet, so sweet. Unfortunately they were Muslim, and not interested now, but I'm happy we could be there to plant a little seed. They know a strong member, so I'm hoping we can work with that member to get in with them.
Transfer calls are this week! I think Sister Passey and I will be broken up :( We think they might blind us out. Idk. I'll let you know next week!
Alright, I'm going to go sleep through this "storm," now. Per Presidents request, we aren't supposed to leave our pads for Pday, so feel free to send me funny/ugly pictures to make my day a bit less boring. Love you all! -Sister Layton Pics: 1. The closest we will ever get to a normal district photo. 2. Trying to be hipster with my favorite street art. 3. The watchtower (JW hq) last Pday. 4. Theee Sister Passey and I.