Monday, January 9, 2017

Warsaw, Poland - Negative 20 Celsius cold but so happy!

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!
This part of our district is on the streets:  Siostra Beem, Starszy Barlow, Starszy Haskett
The other two elders: Starszy Ashworth and Starszy Einfeldt work in the office.
I can't get enough of these sleds! 
Lunchtime photos!

Cześć Family and Friends!!!!

Ok to describe this week in one word.... COLD!!! It was negative 20 Celsius here! We are out in it all day from 12 until 9! Basically you loose your breath the first time you step outside, everything goes numb!  Your cheeks and your chin freeze so it is hard to speak polish! Haha!

It may be cold but oh man has it been fun! Sister Beem and I have this little routine where we open our balcony door and figure out how many layers of tights we need to wear that day! This is my daily wardrobe: 3-4 pairs of tights, 3-4 pairs of socks, a skirt, 2-3 layers of shirts, gloves with hand warmers inside, my giant coat, a scarf, boots, and a hat! We look like big marshmallows! We also decided to test how cold it was, so we threw a pot of boiling water outside and it turned into snow in the air! It is quite the adventure here! We have so much fun with it though and seriously we all tough it out together!

We have been trying to figure out how to work out who is teaching who between Warsaw 1 and Warsaw 2, but we are so excited for this next week because we have so many people we are set up to meet! Miracles are happening and the work is moving forward! Sadly this week also marked the last of our caroling! I have had so much fun learning Polish carols and I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to be a part of such a fun tradition! I wrote the first time we went caroling about how we got let in! It happened a few more times but we ended caroling (literally the last family we sang to) with a bang! They invited us in and just talked to us about mission life. They were so kind and gave us some food and wanted to know what we had planned for after our missions! They were such a sweet family, a mom, dad, and their teenage son! They expressed so much respect for what we do and they complimented us so much on our Polish! They were so incredibly kind and asked where and when we have church! We are hoping to see more of them!

Another miracle I want to share is one that happened with family history! We met this man a week before that was interested in doing his family history! He is from India but is studying here in Poland! He knew we were Mormons and we set up to help him get started! He loved the family search website! As he was setting up his account we talked with him about how he knew the Mormons! He said that he use to pass the church in India every day on his way to work and he finally decided to go in! He met the missionaries but didn't have a lot of time until his friend started to meet with them and invited him on a lesson! The missionaries gave him a Book of Mormon! He said that right after he met us he realized he had left his Book of Mormon in India and he had asked his sister to send it to him! Talk about a miracle! We asked him if he had been to church and he said he had! We then asked him what he thought! He told us it was different than any other church he had been to before! He said he felt good but it was feeling that he could really describe! Sister Beem and I were dying! When we finished we asked if he wanted to meet with missionaries and he said, "Of course, why not!" We were dying! It was such a big miracle and things are happening because of our push for family history!!

I don't have much more to say this week other than how happy I am to be serving right now! Rain, snow, or shine I really love being a missionary! And I love this gospel! 

Kocham Was!!!!

Siostra DeMordaunt

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