Last week we...wow, I can hardly even remember what we did because we were so busy serving people and helping others! We stacked firewood for a single lady in the ward, we worked at the orchard again, and we volunteered at the horse stables again and cleaned out stalls. On monday we helped a member in the Oak Hills ward move furniture, and then I got a haircut so now I have shorter hair! We had zone conference and all the missionaries in the high desert got together again for that. The zone conference was really focused on working through and with members in our area. Seriously though, working with and through members is probably the most effective ways to carrying out missionary work, but it's also difficult in many areas. The Varieur family that we are teaching had a power outage during the week at about 9 at night, and our ward mission leader was able to contact a member of the ward who is an electrician. He was able to come over and temporarily fix the problem with their electric circuit. Talk about a great guy! We have been teaching them a lot to get through the lessons so they can be baptized on December 10th! They are really excited! The wife asked me to baptize her, and their oldest son asked me to confirm him. I am very honored to participate in their baptism and confirmation. Yesterday it rained, and during the night it rained even harder, and when we woke up this morning, we looked out our back window...AND THERE WAS SNOW ON THE MOUNTAINS!!!! I'm really excited about the snowfall! Thanksgiving is good, but I am so pumped for the holiday season!
We are kept busy with plenty of service opportunities around us. We are blessed as we serve others.
I think we can all be grateful for many things in our lives, especially our Savior Jesus Christ and his Atonement that he completed. I am eternally grateful for his sacrifice that he performed in behalf of us.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone, enjoy your week and have gratitude!
Elder Haven Ruiz