Date

March 13, 2017

Area

Port Huron, MI

Companion

The Great Power Outage

From: Brandon Jones <jones.brandon@myldsmail.net>

Date: Monday, March 13, 2017 at 12:20 PM

Subject: The Great Power Outage

But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto
thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of they soul.

2 Nephi 32:9

Dear family,

It has definitely been an interesting week. I first want to mention that Robert was ordained into the Aaronic Priesthood yesterday. It was a neat privilege to stand in the circle. I am proud of Robert and all the wonderful progress he is making.

Cindy came to church! It was awesome. She told us that she would be coming, but when the meeting started, we figured something came up. Well, she still came! She was just running a little late due to the time change and stuff. We hope she had a good time,
and we are hoping to meet with her again soon.

On Tuesday we had zone conference. It always feels just a little too long, but it was a great meeting. We are still working on cutting all of the "fluff" out of our teaching. So as a zone we made fluff cards that we could hold up whenever somebody teaching
was adding unnecessary content. It was pretty fun. It made me realize that I need to be spending a lot more time in Preach My Gospel chapter three. Doing so will help me become a more powerful teacher.

The next day after zone conference, I woke up with an awful stomachache. I took some tums in hopes that I would be fine, but I threw up instead. It was a miserable morning, so we decided to stay in. While inside, we noticed that there was a massive windstorm
outside. The wind was blowing at speeds of 60 mph, maybe faster.

Due to the strong winds, many power poles, trees, and other things were knocked over. This resulted in a great power outage all throughout the Detroit/Southeastern Michigan area. Our power went out on Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. We ended up purchasing a lantern
from Wal-mart for that night, because it became clear that the power wasn't coming back on for a little while. On the way to Wal-mart, many street lights and stores were completely out of power as well. To be honest, we were surprised that Wal-mart still had
power.

Thank goodness for that lantern, because it would've been pretty dark without it. The next morning when we woke up it was super cold. Luckily our water heater was still working, so we were able to have a hot shower. We then decided to take a bunch of our
food from the freezer down to the church, because the power was still working there. While there we were able to charge our phone and study in a warmer environment.

We returned to the apartment a couple times that day, only to find that we still had no power. That night we purchased some ice for the rest of the food in our freezer. The assistants (who also had no power, as well as a few others in the mission) gave
us permission to leave our area and stay with the Lapeer Elders. We were considering it, but it was 50 miles away. The zone leaders then called to see if we were OK. As we were talking to them, our power came back on! Yay! So we got lucky and didn't have to
leave our area for a few days.

Our power came back on Thursday night, a little after 9 p.m. So, in total, we were out for about 31 hours. We had heard that it was estimated to come back on as late as Sunday night, so we were greatly blessed. DTE energy had crews from Ohio, Kentucky,
Indiana, and New York coming to help us, it was pretty crazy.

The night our power came back on, I reflected on the event. "There just might be a lesson to be learned from all of this," I thought. I thought about how I had taken things like heat and light for granted. President Uchtdorf's talk, "O How Great the Plan
of Our God!" from this past General Conference now has an entirely new meaning to me. This power outage made me realize that sometimes we don't truly appreciate what we have. Sometimes we don't truly appreciate the gospel.

President Uchtdorf stated:
"We tread a path covered with diamonds, but we can scarcely distinguish them from ordinary pebbles". How blessed we are! How truly blessed we are to have the truth and light of the gospel! It's my hope that we can recognize the blessings we have and live
the gospel to its fullest.

In the Book of Mormon, King Benjamin taught:
"as ye have come to a knowledge of the glory of God, or if ye have known of his goodness and have tasted of his love, and have received a remission of your sins, which causeth such exceedingly great joy in your souls, I would that ye should remember, and
always retain in remembrance, the greatness of God...
"[And] if ye do this ye shall always rejoice, and be filled with the love of God, and always retain a remission of your sins; and ye shall grow in the knowledge of the glory of him that created you, or in the knowledge of that which is just and true" (Mosiah
4:11-12).

What an amazing promise! As we put God first and strive to remember Him in all that we do, we will retain a remission of our sins. We will be given more light, and we will be given power to resist the temptations of the adversary. I know these things are
true.

I hope everybody has a good week! Take some time to remember what God has done for you! I love you all!

--

Elder Jones
2149 Parkdale Dr
Port Huron MI 48060




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