March 15, 2010
Good Afternoon Family and Friends!
I hope that all is going well back home and that things are starting to warm up!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRENT! You are turning 15 on the 15th! That is so awesome! Enjoy the BIG one five! It gets a little down played because its not the one with the car, but who cares! It's still great to be your age so live it up! Congratulations on making the freshmen team for Timpanogos! I am so happy for you! Keep up the good work man and know that I love you! HAPPY BIRTHDAY AGAIN!
Alright well I hope everyone is having a good day. This week was a great week for us. We had zone conference and interviews this week which was totally awesome. All of the missionaries from all of the other islands came here for the zone conference and so on Tuesday night we had 10 missionaries in our house. It was a great experience. It was fun though. Elder Jacobson and I had planned to make a big breakfast for everyone . . . sausage and eggs and yummy stuff. We awoke and went to light the stove and there wasn't any gas. So we went out to check if the gas tanks were empty and wouldn't you believe it, they were both gone! It was kind of funny. 2 one-hundred pound gas tanks got stolen when we had 10 missionaries in the house. Don't worry mom, all is well. We always lock up the house so they can't get in and the landlord is bringing more gas, so yeah, don't worry! Just one of those fun experiences you get to have in the mission.
Zone Conference was awesome. Our mission is focusing on a talk called "Seek Learning by Faith" by Elder David A. Bednar. It is a superb talk. We talked about ways we could improve our teaching to help our investigators become agents and learn for themselves. We have applied what we have learned and things are just going great!
OK and sorry for not talking about the baptism we had this week sooner in the email, but here it is! Saturday we had the baptism and it was quite the adventure. Things didn't go as smoothly as we would have liked. Most of it was our fault. It's a little difficult to pull off a baptism in a week, but we were able to get it done. Even though things didn't go as smooth as we would have liked, we were still able to get Christina baptized by her dad. After the baptism we invited them to share their testimonies and it was just incredible. The dad sounded so happy to finally have all of his children baptized and I couldn't help but think as I looked at this family that families can be together forever. It was so awesome. Christina got up and gave a great testimony she said "I know the church is true. I know that Jesus is our Savior and the Book of Mormon is true et cetera, et cetera, (Etc.?!?) Amen." It was so cute but so perfect. We all got a good smile out of that one.
On Saturday night Christina fell out of bed and broke her two front teeth. She was still a trooper and came to church on Sunday to be confirmed a member and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. I was amazed at how hard satan works to stop these things from happening. Even working on clean and pure 9 year-old girls. He does anything he can to stop another son or daughter of Christ from starting on that path to get back to Him.
Yesterday was awesome too. I don't know if you recall that Haitian family that I told you all about a few weeks ago, but yesterday they came to church and they loved it. The members responded to them so well, especially one member in particular, Jem. She's from Jamaica. One of the investigators is a 15 year-old girl and Jem said "that girl had such an amazing spirit about her. I love her to death! The mom was good too but that girl is amazing! Do everything thing you can to baptize her!" It was a really neat blessing for us because we have been trying to get them to church for so long. And with the baptism on Saturday we weren't able to focus on them. But the Lord blessed us with a huge blessing and they came and loved it! Mariana, the 15 year-old, usually works in the catholic churches on Sundays but she said she doesn't care about that anymore all she wants to do is be at our church on Sunday now! It was a great answer to hear.
Maedeline and Clifton are doing OK. They are still working on their marriage papers. The Consulate ended up not being able to do a lot, but they responded in the perfect way and just kept moving forward and trying hard to get those papers figured out! We are keeping the faith and we know that whatever the Lord wants to happen will happen! Keep us in your prayers! We need all the help we can get.
We are now a trio. We had a missionary who had to go back to Puerto Rico for some medical reasons. So now Elder Radmall, who came into the mission with me, is working with Elder Jacobson and I. We are pumped because we are all pretty similar in personality (we do crazy things) But smart things ;). Don't worry dad! But yeah, things should be good for the next few weeks!
Anywho, we hiked the tallest mountain in Curacao this morning and so I need to get going. The hike was awesome and I got some sweet pictures. But now I don't have much time to email so I have to get going! I hope you all know that I love you and that I am praying for you! Have a great week! I love you all!
Happy birthday again Trent! Have a good party for me! Don't eat too much!
Go Cougars! I see a final four in the future for sure!
I love you all, have a great week!