March 27, 2017

A 30 second Parade is still a Parade!

The past few weeks have been really neat. Elder Hawkins and I were fortunate enough to fly to Juneau for zone conference. The lessons with Judith are moving forward with a bright future. The tracking went semi-well. Elder Hawkins and I enjoyed the annual Petersburg St. Patrick's day parade. 

Earlier this week Elder Hawkins and I were very fortunate to spend a couple nights in Juneau. We were able to have interviews, zone conference, as well as do a McDonald's run for a couple members. We had zone conference on Tuesday. It was awesome being able to fly in on Monday and enjoy a campfire on the beach with the district. Tuesday was filled with zone conference and a visit to the dedicatory prayer. It was so cool seeing the dedicatory prayer on Mormon hill nearly 90 years ago. On the journey over to the site we got to see majority of downtown Juneau. It was so neat. The buildings are all so cool with their native designs and ever steep mountainside roads. On Wednesday Elder Hawkins and I made one last stop at McDonald's before we caught our flight back to Petersburg. Every time I went I only ordered mcgriddles. I forgot how amazing those things tasted. Elder Hawkins and I also bought $90 worth of food which was brought back for some members to enjoy throughout the week.

Judith has been doing great with her learning. She's pretty much through with all the big stuff. Now we teach her basic and simple principles such as service, learning and teaching, etc. She's planning on being baptized the first week of May. We'll probably go over the main lessons with her once more before her Baptism, just to make sure she remembers the important stuff.

Unfortunately Elder Hawkins and I were not able to tract out Petersburg. To be honest we only finished one street. We did see some success. It was all a weird experience. They were all trailers so we met some interesting people. The reason we didn't complete our goal is #1 it seemed to rain everyday we set to go tracting. #2 we're now planning on just doing a couple streets a day that way we have stuff to look forward to in the future.

Last week we noticed the entire downtown street closed off. We asked some people why and they informed us there was going to be a St. Patrick's Day Parade in the afternoon. Well we decided to pull over to watch the show. I was very surprised when we realized the parade was 30 seconds long. It was really fun though. It was absolutely crazy. Surprisingly the Petersburg 2A basketball teams celebration of winning state was larger than the parade. The whole town all got in their cars, drove around honking their horns following the team.

Elder Ogden

The dedicatory prayer in downtown Juneau


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