Monday, January 19, 2015

Beware of Broken Can Openers, Knives and Black Ice... They'll Get You Every Time!


Gonna start off with a funny story that happened yesterday morning.

So it was a beautiful sunny Galway morning and as we got up the hill from where we live my companion went around the corner and slid off his bike and crashed from the black ice. It's funny because he didn't get hurt and as soon as he got on the bike and we all took off I instantly slid and fell off and then Elder Shubin, followed by Elder Novotny at the same time! We were all laughing and walked down the hill and the only one untouched was Elder Udell.

Another crazy thing that happened was that the weather was raging here in Galway.

Tuesday we had a big snow storm. Then on Wednesday and Thursday a huge wind and rain storm came in with some really powerful winds. 

Well Elder. Shubin's jacket got soaked so he ended up getting early stages of hypothermia so I quickly got us a E-Weber-Vac (Emergency Weber Evacuation) and got him home to warm up. Then as he was taking a shower it (sadly) took me 15 min or so to get a stupid can of soup open because the can opener we had didn't work and it only punctured a small hole and then I took a knife and kept bending the lid open while trying not to break the knife and fling it into my throat. 

For those that are concerned I'm good and okay in both situations but I will say we only biked once through the bad weather to get my Garda* card on Thursday and have to say it sucked big time!

On a more spiritual side yesterday we weren't having any success in chapping (knocking on doors) so we said a quick prayer then found a guy named Pat who said we could come back. 

We also talked to Bowen about the Priesthood and he had his interview so he should soon be getting the Aaronic Priesthood! 

Forgot to mention from last week we went and did a Family History survey and found some success. 

We chapped 5 houses, 3 did the survey, and 2 1/2 let us in (I say 1/2 because the lady was home alone and let us come into the doorway/entrance because it was dumping rain). 

The last couple, Annette and Brandon talked with us for an hour and then gave us a ride back home as well. I don't think that will ever happen again on my mission, to tell the truth, but we were really blessed! 

That's all I can remember from this week in Galway! 

Take care, Slán**.

Love ya all,

Elder Tarbet (Wolverine)

How are some of the investigators that you mentioned doing?

We haaven't heard from Gabrielle but we hope to see Thomas tomorrow. We haven't seen anymore of the Brazillian Girls. 

**Slán simply means “safe,” and is a shortened form of a slightly longer phrase: 
slán abhaile Which means “safe home.”
In other words, when you say “goodbye” in Irish, you’re wishing someone safety!

*The Garda: An Garda Síochána  (Gaelic meaning “the Guardian of the Peace”), more commonly referred to as the Gardaí (gar-DEE “Guardians”), is the police force for the Replulic of Ireland.

Some More Photos from the All Ireland Conference
Thanks to Sister Sandra Ursaki Hale Shared on Facebook

Elder Novotny with Elder Tarbet.... two of the "Galway Big 4."

Elder Crittenden, Elder Weber and Elder Llori
 Elder Hutchings with President and Sister Brown

 Elder McCray, Elder Crittenden, Elder Tarbet and Elder Nordfors
Elder Crittenden and Elder Tarbet

 Elder Tarbet with his companion Elder Shubin

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