It snowed today. Snow in DC is nothing like in Utah but it seems to paralyze the city. Schools are cancelled often. Those snow days are factored into the school year. We got up and instead of exercising we went to the Barlow to shovel off our inch and a half of snow. Our lady that does the building couldn't come in because her daughter's school was cancelled. So we got the walks done and salted. We did some of the public sidewalks around us that we use. I will admit that we did it for our own benefit because last time it snowed it got packed down and you felt you were taking your life into your hands to walk home. While we were shoveling people were walking by and one man past and looked back at me as if to say who are you. Why are you willing to shovel the walks and bless everyone's day. It hit me, why don't we do this for our service to the community project. It doesn't take that long and it is truly appreciated. So I think from now on we will shovel the public walks around the Barlow.
We didn't go to the temple today as we usually do on Tuesdays just because of the snow. We were not afraid of the snow but we are afraid of the other drivers in snow. We will go tomorrow instead. We spent the day reading for our next lesson. I listened to a training video and heard the church news announcement today. I love it. They were saying basically no one should be persecuted for their believes. We need to learn to live with different views without shoving your beliefs down someone else throat. There shouldn't be name calling and persecution for a person holding to their own believes as long as it does not injure life of safety of others. It was a great news conference.
A few weeks ago I vented my frustration at having only 4 students attend our first class. We had the largest class tonight that we have taught since we came. We had 17 attend. The most surprising part was that only 8 were our Barlow interns. The rest are interns and students from other schools. We have been working hard to invite others to take institute. That made me so happy that we are reaching those students and they are coming. They loved the red beans and rice and corn bread. One of the students asked if she could get a ride home after. She lived several miles away. No one drives so we took her. Before we did another young lady had asked if Elder Anthony could give her a blessing. She is taking the GRE on Thursday and she asked for blessing. After she said thank you for being here for me. My family is so far away and it is like you are my Mom and Dad. Well it is 11:00 p.m. and past our bed time.