The weather here has been weird lately. It started off with a huge heat spike, triple digits a couple times, and the humidity just making it worse. Then (I'd blame it on the sudden heat influx) we've had a couple freak storms that have just dumped buckets of rain. The storms were nice reprieves for a moment, but in the end just made it worse because the humidity just spiked higher. But thankfully we were able to not get soaked, the storms almost always seemed to subside just as we were leaving wherever we were and would hold back for almost our whole journey. By the way the weather's been going, it's looking like hurricane season might be a rough one this year.
Other than that, not much has been going on. Due to our lack of investigators that we can see during the week (Saturdays and Sundays are fine because we've got four investigators out on Ft. Lee), we've been reduced to tracting. The heat's been making that a fun experience, but don't worry, we've been staying hydrated and careful. The biggest problem is that we have yet to really have very much success. We've run into some nice people, and some not so nice people, but no interested people. But we'll keep working because that's all we can do.
On Thursday we got a nice break from tracting, we helped a family in the ward move. That was an interesting experience. A lot of their furniture was heavy. At least it felt heavier than it should have. But that also took longer than we expected it to. A 2-3 hour project ended up taking us all day, but they are happily settled into their new place so that's what truly matters right?
Saturday was the Branch Activity like usual. That was fun as always. We had pulled pork sandwiches, along with the usual junk-food treats they put out for the soldiers, yum. Then on Sunday it was Branch Conference so the Stake Presidency came to visit, and as if they all knew, almost every soldier came, including many that we haven't seen in a long time. I couldn't tell you how the actual service went because it was my week at Hopewell so my ride came and collected me right as breakfast ended.
I'm doing my best to remain upbeat here in the middle of some mild tribulation. I love you all and hope that all is well at home.
-Elder John Y. Roberts