Monday, April 22, 2013

Breaking and Entering


So speaking of the weather, it was terrible this week. Right when we thought spring was rolling around and everyone was putting away their winter coats, a freak snow storm blew through the north and froze everything. It was really terrible. And now, all the fruit bearing trees, including the apricots, all lost their yield this year, so prices are going to be really expensive for fruit. Plus it didn't make us very happy, because our heater doesn't work. So we went to bed usual. Our dumb little apartment :p

Well this week the big news is that I baptized a lady named Luiza. She's an investigator of the sisters and she asked me to baptize her. It was really a great baptism, but one that required a lot of faith and miracles. So the night before, we were called to go help the sisters because they were stuck in the church. It was locked and their key wouldn't work. So we came down with our coats over our PJs (it was already well past 9:00) and freed them. As they were locking the door though, their key got stuck. As sister Nelson was trying to pull the key out, the entire lock came out of the door, sending the little pegs flying everywhere. So we somewhat jerry-rigged it to stay shut until we could do something about it the next morning. When we got there the next morning, it wouldn't open for us at all. Thankfully locks aren't very secure here (...) so it just so happened that the sister's house key opened the side door to the church. When we got in though, the water was shut off because the day before a pipe broke in the city of Vanadzor, so we couldn't fill up the font. After a few hours of stressing, we figured out the water actually had been turned back on and that there was a smaller control valve in the bathroom that opened up the water to the font. We turned on the water, but to our horror it was freezing cold. All of the gas in Vanadzor was shut off that morning at 3, so our water heater wouldn't work. After periodically checking every half hour or so, the gas came back on at about 12. The only problem was that the baptism was going to be at 3 in the afternoon and the font always  takes at least five hours to fill. So we left it and just decided to rely on faith. Would you believe it? The font filled up in 2 and 1/2 hours. :) So the baptism went on as scheduled, with the font ready and filled a half hour before, just like it's supposed to be.

Well, our investigator Karo just quit smoking last Monday, so he's getting ready :) And he said he could never quit :)

Hey, I love you all and I think you're great!
Love always,
Elder Hammer

Old train photos we took during a lunch hour. :)

Me, the sister missionaries and Luiza :)
A family of investigators we have in Alaverdi
Alaverdi is getting greener!! :))
We had to break into the church....I can explain.
Chopping wood for service

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