Well, out of the hurricane, all we got here in Goochland is rain. No power outages to our knowledge and no real storm damage that we could see. But we were still required to stay in our apartments all day yesterday which ended up being filled with naps, boredom, writing a couple letters, and a few rounds of RISK.
Last Tuesday we had Mission Conference which included all of the zones on the Richmond side of the mission (the Tidewater zones had theirs on Monday) and we had Elder Whiting of the Seventy speak to us about the Doctrine of Christ, which is summed up by the 4th article of faith: "We believe ... Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost." We can then add for ourselves the final statement of "Enduring to the End." Elder Whiting also spoke about how Faith, Unity, Obedience, and Desire work together in not only missionary work, but in all facets of the Gospel.
This past Thursday was also our ward's and the Spanish branch's joint Trunk-or-Treat activity. They also had a chili cook-off and a "pumkin" dessert cook-off. Some of the dishes were very good and the vast array of costumes were delightful.
This Sunday was our Primary program as well. It went rather well and the spirit was very strong. It worked out perfectly because the Sisters had an investigator come to church this week and he absolutely loved the program.
Other than all that, this week has been pretty slow, and with the rain and the drop in temperature there's been fewer and fewer people out and about. But we're trying and working hard.
Hope all is well with all of you. Stay safe, and keep hope burning bright.
-Elder John Y. Roberts