Monday, February 15, 2016

-41

The title says it all. That was our weekend here in Montreal. We spent our time enjoying all the wonderful winter wonders that Quebec has to offer.

Okay so really, it was great to hear from all y'all again! Glad to hear everyone is enjoying the warm weather! Thanks for valentines package and for all the hard work that you are doin for my schoolin mama! Much appreciated! Also congrats to Nathan on the mission call! Them Brazilians are good people, we have quite a few of them up here, including our current bishop.

Yeah, so I'm not kidding when I say that we had a -41 windchill in the city this weekend, and ON TOP OF THAT, we spent our Saturday morning helping a new family move into the ward. We had a small group of people there to help, but we got the work done. Easily the most intense move I have done in my entire life. The truck was supposed to arrive last weekend, but got delayed so we ended up doing it on the coldest weekend of the winter. Seriously, your body just feels different when you reach a certain level of cold. I never knew this stuff even existed before my mission, but now, I can definitely say I have earned my Canadian crust. Just imagine the cold winds hitting your face, giving ya windburn's and an instant headache- gotta love Canada! We spent about 4 hours unloading the truck- carrying things inside, starting to sweat in the heat, only to have your entire face freeze up the moment you walk outside. Honestly it was a lot of fun, haha. Especially as we had some good laughs with the young men that were there, and it is definitely something I will never forget. Luckily, we only had 1 missionary come down with a case of frostbite after the weekend.... don't worry, it was only stage one and they are gonna be just fine :))) just a great story to tell when they get home.

Thankfully things are supposed to warm up again this week and we should be heading into spring soon with this relatively mild winter. We've spent this past week getting a lot of work done with our less actives as the ward has been giving us specific people to work with- Frank and Evens are now preparing to get the Mechizedek Priesthood by stake conference in April! Stoked for them! We have been finding a lot of people lately as well, but not a lot of them are willing to progress and make changes in their lives which is unfortunate. We have a lot of people wanting to get in bible bashes with us- which I have learned by now does absolutely nothing in terms of conversion.

We are continually working hard in trying to find the right people through the right means.

I am realizing more and more how precious the time is as it seems to go by faster and faster. I find myself spending less and less time with those who don't want to change, and more and more time with people that are willing to make instant changes in their lives and who are ready to progress towards their Savior. My words of advice for this week would be this: don't put off fixin what needs to be fixed today. Problems are a lot easier to resolve when ya get em when they start. Likewise, the sooner we commit to making change, the easier it is. This is what Alma teaches as he says not to procrastinate the day of our repentance.

I fall in love more and more every day with the book of Mormon- really, there is nowhere else where we can find the doctrines of our Savior so beautifully and so clearly taught. It really is such an amazing wonder. So read it!- My second word of advice for this week. If you're down, read the book of Mormon. If you want to feel closer to God and our Savior Jesus Christ, read the book of Mormon. If you are having a problem at work or school, read the book of Mormon. Our lives will be so much better as we cling to the words of the prophets who all testify of and help us understand more about Christ.

Thanks for all the constant love and support down on the home front!

Love,

Elder Cody Warren Ritz

ps- throw a pot of boiling water outside in -40 weather and watch the magic happen... :)))))))

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