Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Week 8 - Chennai - August 10, 2014

This was a good week in Chennai and the weather wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be and it poured on Thursday here.  We were on the bus when it started and then we went back to our apartment and got our bikes and it was like we were pedaling through the ocean.  We went to one sisters house and her street didn't have any sewers for the water to run into so the water was up to about mid calf.   Then it was more mellow for the rest of the week but always hot.  It doesn't really seem to bother me anymore but I'm always thirsty.  

We didn't have our baptism this week because the Sister we were teaching only wanted to become a member because she thought we were going to pay her.  Still not sure where that came from but things are still progressing.  Its hard to find people that are very prepared here but we are still searching out for those of humble hearts.  

We have been very busy running around trying to meet people because they all seem to live very far away so we waste no time in teaching.  But I like Nanas idea of asking people straight up if they want to change their lives for the better.  Here every house has a religious picture on their door so we are seeking out those with pictures of Jesus because they already know and believe in him which really narrows our teaching pool.  

We went to a museum in Egmore last week and it was way cool to see all the history and artifacts of India.  It was also funny because the admission for Indians was 15 rupees and for foreigners 250.  Now is it just me or does something not seem right about that? haha

We also had zone training and said goodbye to a couple of elders who were either going home or being transfers.  Today I have completed 6 weeks in India already so i will be staying in Chennai for at least another 6 weeks.  

Our church is Anna Nagar and is the 4th floor of a building that is being constructed.  There are about 40 people that attend each Sunday and I even got to give a talk in sacrament meeting which I found out about the night before but it was still good.  We had a joint elders quorum and relief society activity where couples had like 45 minutes to prepare a dish without fire and the missionaries got to be the judge.  The food was amazing.  We are also holding a missionary fireside in  2 weeks and are looking for ideas.  India independence is on Friday and it has been 68 years since they broke away from the British.  

We also had a crazy cool miracle this week when we ran into this inactive sister who had moved into our area a few months ago and we didn't have an address or number and we said a prayer that we might find her and sure enough by complete guidance from God we found her.  She called to us from across the street and said she had praying she might find the missionaries so she could find out where church was.  

I'm grateful for everything I have in my life and all the love and support I get from my friends and family.  This week will be a fun one too 

Elder Wakefield

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