It is a beautiful day in Worcester, Mass. It has been a beautiful week. Things are starting to pick up quite a bit in the Worcester 1st Ward. This past week Elder DeLong and I have been striving to reach out to those that have been on the minds of the auxiliary leaders in the ward and trying to get in contact with referrals that we had received from members in the ward. We were successful in our endeavors and have gained some new investigators. Yesterday was a blast! The whole ward was fasting for a strengthening in the ward and when we got to church we saw a large amount of members in attendance (a lot of the members that we had contacted that week showed up to church, there were several non-members at church also), fast & testimony meeting was amazing (almost everyone talked about missionary work), and there seemed to be a sense of unity throughout the entire 3 hour block of church and even afterwards too. Things look bright and the work is picking up. After church we had a break-the-fast linger longer, it was Cinco de Mayo themed. It was so good, it seemed more like a ward activity than a linger longer. There were decorations, pretty much the whole nine-yards. Throughout this week we have been given many opportunities to serve others. We helped in a American Red Cross Blood Drive, we help a lot of people in the cleaning up of their yards, we assisted in a Stake-wide Relief Society Conference (Sister Evans was there, but I didn't see her. We took care of kids, we got permission of course, and we cook and prepared food) and we were able to minister to some of the members who were sick and to some that were in need of comfort. This week was long, but short at the same time. One thing that I have noticed for sure is that it just keeps getting harder and harder to wake up on time, I have to literally force myself out of bed. I thought that I was already exhausted but this past week has really pushed the limits, but the Lord provides. I can clunk out for a good long while, when I get back home. As a result of my tiredness, I haven't been exercising twice a day, you can probably imagine why. I guess that I will get back up in the 'fitness' bandwagon when I get back home as well.
Sounds like the Liberty Ward is just booming! Pretty soon you might be bursting at the seams, haha. It's good that Aaron will be getting more involved in the missionary work of the ward. That's what all of the youth need, especially now since the young men can go on their missions pretty much right out of high school. Going out with the missionaries and serving with them will give them a good perspective of what their mission might be like and hopefully their experiences with the missionaries will continue to kindle or spark a desire to serve. Oh, by the way who is this "friend" that Aaron will be escorting to this Choir Concert? Come on, we need details (: Anyways, Danny sounds like he is doing some rather academic things, such as the Science Fair.
By the way, it's funny that you mentioned the topic of 'dusting our feet', I have been intrigued by that as well and have been tempted to do it several times. However, just as you said it is something that you should take into deep consideration. You wouldn't want a guilty conscious, especially if you did it just out of anger and frustration. It's definitely something that is not done often at all.
It's good to hear that the Smesnys' are now sealed together as a family, that truly is something beautiful. So Dad is now one of the 'Men In Black'. Is he going to be in the next movie with Will Smith? That would be awesome. It was 40 degrees this morning, wow, it's the same for us too. Except I don't think that is all that 'rediculous' right now but I imagine if I were back home, I would think that it was. Hopefully it doesn't get that much colder, because Mom I know that you JUST CAN'T STAND IT at all. Also I just wanted to let you know that I will probably need one more bottle of contact solution and one more stick of deodorant and I guess that will last me till August, that's my guess, maybe I will need two sticks, who knows. I am looking forward to the Mother's Day call, I don't have all the specifics as for the exact time yet, but we will be working that out today and I guess that I will text you the time (:
Alrighty well, I love all of you and I hope that you have an awesome week no matter how chaotic it might be.
Elder Everett Alan Escobar