Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Elder May: Chapter 73



Another crazy week for this Elder and getting home after Hurricane Irma.  He still does not feel well so if anyone in his area knows a doctor he can go see, please let me know.  He went to urgent care and the co-pay was almost half his allotted money for the month and he isn’t any better.  Please also send prayers his way.  He and Elder Shakespeare have definitely been watched over and kept safe.  We all are so grateful for everyone’s love and support.  We love him and miss him so much but we are oh, so proud of him!  Enjoy!!
Chapter 73

1) Church Building Sleepover!
2) Service missionary style!
3) I am sick of tired of being sick and tired. 😷😴
4) I wish I took more pictures.

Hey everybody! Sorry for being AWOL last week but blame it on Irma. 

However, that is a pretty cool thing that is definitely going into the journal. Living in a church building was pretty fun in theory but after three days the hype wore off. Luckily it didn't last any longer than that. Cool story though. We got to have a full church service with just us missionaries and it gets even cooler. Our mission president, President Cooper, said the opening prayer in one of our three evacuation building we were staying at. In this prayer he said that by the priesthood he holds as mission president, the storm will not reach any of the building and all of us would be safe. A member in the ward building we were at was watching the storm and while we were having church he said he "saw the storm do a hiccup" and from that point was weakened and lost a huge amount of power. The priesthood is real and is on the earth today. 

The eye of the hurricane did happen to go directly through my area though as a category 2 hurricane (meaning it was pretty windy) so some trees were uprooted, including a huge tree in from of our church building that we have had a blast getting rid of it. This past week has been a lot of that moving trees and branches and such and we have a couple more projects lined up for doing so this week. 

Not as fun though, I am still not totally fixed.  I still feel pretty sick.   I just wanna feel better you know. Go at 100%, but for now I will give 100% of all I can give. That all the gospel asks of us anyway. 

Lastly, I totally should have took more pictures while we had a chance with all the missionaries and everything going on. I think there should be a couple on the facebook page and such. My mom has been a champ and kept updated on all of that and maybe she can add them.
Anyway, I love you all and truly appreciate and felt the prayers sent our way. Please continue to pray for those that weren't as fortunate as us and that we can find them and help them out. 

Love, 

Elder May

Back home - no water or storm damage

Ready to help those in need

More volunteering and helping

Monday, September 11, 2017

Elder May: Chapter 72



After posting Elder May’s email last week, we had no idea what we were in for.  So much concern, so many prayers, so much inspiration and so much gratitude this past week.  This email came about an hour ago and it was the best one I think I have ever received.  To know that the missionaries are all safe and the buildings were untouched is surely a miracle.  Brian and I are so grateful to President and Sister Cooper for listening to the Spirit as well as keeping us as parents and loved ones up to date every step of the way.  I have watched more CNN than I ever thought possible but I am so grateful for modern technology and early detection warnings that allowed them all to get out safe and without harm.  Continued prayers to the people of Florida as they start to clean up the mess that Irma left.  Glad that our son is one of the first responders to help.  We love him and we miss him but we are oh, so proud of him!  Enjoy!!

Chapter 72 - Hurricane Irma is no more

Hi mom! How are you doing? I don't have too much time today because they are wanting us to go out and help with service quickly.  I want you to be absolutely assured that we are all safe. We were evacuated on Thursday because we are further south than anyone else. On Saturday we were moved to a building much more North in a city called Brandon. This is a modern building with hurricane proof windows and we are safe and sound. They have taken very good care of us and President and Sister Cooper were inspired on where and when we all needed to be.

Thank you for all of your prayers and I hope you got the picture from our mission nurse she took of Elder Shakespeare and I. 

I love you all!

Love,
Elder May

This was sent right before the storm started to sweep over them.  We were so happy to see his smiling face!

Hurricane Irma headed for Port Charlotte - the little brown specs on the left

Received Saturday night to let us know that missionaries were in safe haven.  This was one of three












Received this Sunday morning before the storm hit
Saw this on FB - the Tampa Bay river receded so far back that people could just walk on the bottom -Crazy!

Letter from President and Sister Cooper letting us know that everyone was alright - next to his email, this was a very welcome sight. 


















Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Elder May: Chapter 71



Families of missionaries never stop worrying about their missionaries – at least this one.  Hayden and his companion have been sick for quite a few days and not getting much better.  They have seen the doctor but no reprieve so far.  Now, Hurricane Irma is headed right for Port Charlotte.  To put in perspective, Harvey is a Category 4 and Irma was just upgraded to a Category 5.  We are in contact with the mission home as they prepare to keep all these missionaries safe but still, we can’t help but worry.  That being said… we know that he is where he should be and we know that the Lord will watch over him and the other missionaries.  Just keep an extra prayer in your heart for him if you can.  Love him, miss him but oh, so proud of him!  Enjoy!!

Chapter 71

1.            Referrals are awesome
2.            Rain is my favorite thing
3.            Being sick is not my favorite thing 

This will be a shorter email because there isn't much to talk about. We saw some cool things come from some referrals we received recently. 

A couple of missionaries in Tampa were teaching a man named Joe. They had taught him maybe three times and had just introduced the Book of Mormon to him. Then he told them he was moving out of the area to our area so we helped him get moved into his house Thursday evening and we learned that it is going to be him, his girlfriend, his sister and his sister has two daughters, aged 11, and 14, and hopefully we are going to teach them all and they can get baptized and it will be cool!
Second, it has been pouring rain! We have luckily had a roof over our heads each time it has poured down. The other elders haven't been so lucky each time. So we went and picked them up one night. It has just been 30 minute monsoons that come from no where but that's what happens in Florida summers. (If I ever move here again, I am going to be a snow bird. None of this summer stuff). 

Last, we are sick. Which sucks. I'm sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. So we have just been trying to recuperate and feel better and more cool stuff will happen. 

Anyway, I love you all! Here's a funny picture I found. 


 
Hehe book of mormon humor.

Love,
Elder May