Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple

Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Baton Rouge, the Ghost Town

Ok, maybe ghost town is a bit extreme, so how about semi-ghost town. I don't know about the rest of the South but Baton Rouge has been crippled by the cold. It's like nothing we've ever experienced before. It's not snow but freezing rain. When we drove to the office this morning some of the parking lots looked more like ice skating rinks. The steps and sidewalks are so slippery, and I'm just waiting for my first acrobatic maneuver down our 19 cement steps. The freeways are shut down as are many businesses, restaurants and stores. Trucks aren't able to get where they're going so no deliveries. We didn't get mail today and Sam's Club was even closed. We've actually benefitted from the light traffic. People just aren't out in their cars which makes it easy for us to get onto the main street by our apartment which is usually a nightmare.

Meanwhile, back at the office, it was almost business as usual. The missionaries were asked not to drive for the past 2 days which is playing havoc with the interview schedule. Pres. Wall usually goes to each zone then he interviews each of the missionaries at one of the church buildings. Since there's no driving he's come into the office and met with the elders and sisters who live close by. I know some of the sisters walked because we took 2 of them home at lunchtime.

We honestly have the best missionaries ever, and everyday just gets better as I get to meet and visit with them. They're polite, friendly, helpful, etc. etc. Y'all and yes ma'am are becoming 2 of my favorite words. And then there are the office elders. They'll bend over backwards for anything we need. They're great with the computer programs, office machines, problem solving and have taught me a ton.  Today I learned how to layer the map on so I can figure out ward, stake or mission boundaries. Brilliant! Now if I can just remember everything.

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