Well first things first, it was awesome to speak with everybody! and Mom, Happy Mother’s Day! Sorry I forgot on Sunday. :) A lot of missionaries are baggy or trunky after calling home, but I’m just feeling ready to go. You guys are my motivation!
Changes were yesterday, my new companion is Elder Fogg, he is from Idaho Falls. Yesterday was the first day together and it was only from about eleven thirty on but it was a great day. We are already friends, and we both have the desire to work really hard this transfer. It has only been a day but I can tell we are going to do really well together. Oh, and he is a gringo. :)
As far as investigators go, things are going well. We taught Marta the second part of lesson two and gave her a chapter to read in the Book of Mormon. Mariela is still doing good, she really wants to get baptized, just needs to make a decision about this boyfriend and, “ok lets make this happening” (Tony Beets). A couple of new investigators that we had last week, named Pablo and Byron, are doing well. They are the sons of an inactive member. She works every Sunday so she never comes to church, but she wants her sons to be active in the church. They have been taught lesson one. Pablo, who is 13, attended church with us but Byron was sick and did not go. But this Sunday is going to be a good Sunday for investigators in church. We are going to the Temple with Miguel Angel and his member wife this Saturday, we are also inviting Mariela and Daniel, her boyfriend, to go with us. Noberto, the boyfriend of Leti, is quite sick for a while now. He has diabetes and is all swollen up, has liquid in his lungs and is starting to have heart problems.
That is awesome that the sprinkler system is working! I knew it would all work out. I think that is smart to have the bigger pipe going under the driveway. Did much of the layout change? Or is it about the same as we had?
But broken pipes! What the flip kip, that is so lame, it just would not be the same if something like that would not have happened. I hope it does not mold but it sounds like there is a good chance it will. Hopefully you don’t have to redo everything.
Kylie, I can’t believe that you are leaving for Fiji! You are going to do awesome. There are always some unknowns with leaving home, especially going somewhere totally new and out on some island somewhere. You are going to be able to help the people there so much. Maybe even find some stud muffin to bring back to the States. Just kidding (no, really though).
The missionary grind is awesome! There are days that are better then others but I don’t think I have ever said or thought, “today was a bad day”. With Elder Fogg, I can tell that even the days that are tough are still going to be great, we both are motivated and want to set the area on fire. Reactivate members, teach repentance, and baptize converts. We still do a lot of walking but we have the area and the bus system figured out, so that is nice. Dad, I love what you said about when people are aware of the emotions of missionary, or regular life, and are obedient and strive to do our best in other aspects of life also, we will be successful in our striving.
Dad I’m sure your talk is going to be really awesome in Ward Conference this week. It sounds like you have a good idea for what you want to talk about. For ministering you could use the quote, ¨Even if we are on the right track, we will get run over if we just sit there¨. I think sharing your experience would be appropriate and a good example for people. And maybe help them catch the vision a bit more on what ministering really is. You are going to do great!
I love you all so much! Keep doing great with everything! Just keep your goals in mind and work work work!
Love your brother and son