This last week, we got to go through the temple with one of the members for his first time. I've never seen anyone so excited! The cool part is that after that, the branch (Bushwick 2nd, for those wondering) had a youth temple trip, so he jumped into the font and was baptizing like a pro. He was super nervous at first, and had to redo a couple, but as he kept at it he got better and better. We spent that whole day in the temple. What a great day!
Our main investigator, Juan, has been making huge progress lately, and on Saturday he took us to this really fancy Peruvian restaurant. (Like, 45 bucks each fancy.) He juked on the invitation to church, though, so there's still room to improve. We were also able to give a blessing of health to a little 3 year old girl named Ashley. She's such an adorable kid! She cried a bit during the anointing, so we gave her some of our keys to play with, and she kept looking up at us during the blessing. I love teaching little kids so much!
Speaking of teaching, we teach English! We're getting some new investigators from it. It's been a little sparse lately, because when it's cold, Hispanics prefer to not go anywhere, and it's been absolutely frigid.
All is well here in NY, especially when people buy us pizza! I love my mission, and hope all of you back home are keeping the commandments and doing something every day to draw closer to your Heavenly Father.
Elder Hull also said this in his email home to his parents:
It's DARN cold here! We were walking in -2 degree weather out here, more like -6 with windchill. It's cold! One time I was sitting on the train, and when I tilted my head forward it was like I had been in a shower! There was a puddle at my feet of snow that had melted in my hair when I got on the train!
As far as pictures go, a huge part of the problem is that it's so darn cold that we don't really stop to get a whole lot of pictures. For now, here's one we took doing service:
We had just come from doing another huge service project, and as we head to the train stop, we see this lady trying to break up the ice along the sidewalk, and Elder Ruiz points out (privately) that it would take her forever to get it done by herself. So, us being missionaries, and having just come from a service project (that was a pretty darn tough and exhausting project, too), we helped her. She was super grateful, and we got the job done in under an hour. The guy next to me saw her on his way to drop off his laundry, and helped us while his laundry was going. Lots of fun, actually! :) It felt awesome to see how grateful people were that we were helping make NY a better place to live in. Part of it is that the missionaries here have a huge positive reputation, because the church helped so many people after Hurricane Sandy.
......... and his response when asked if he was eating okay was this picture: