Monday, September 8, 2014

Mosquitos, Conference and Upcoming Baptism

Me and my boy David on his Bday.  It was a wrestling party.
Huge Texas Rain Cloud.
Part of the mosquito slaughter.
We had a lot going on this week and so we did not have as much time to do some good old-fashioned proselyting. The biggest time taker was Stake Conference.  Here’s the story.  We left Saturday at 5 with Pete Baldera, a member in our branch. It was an hour and a half long drive so we had plenty of time to talk. We were able to talk to him about his conversion and how he overcame his alcoholism and chain smoking.  He is super funny and talks in Spanglish so it was really enjoyable with all of his stories.

Then the meeting was probably the best Stake Conference I have ever been to. President Money (the young 2nd counselor) spoke first and shared stories about his experiences with the youth.  Kinda like if Bishop Galland spoke. Then Pres. and Sis. Ashton did a combined question and answer/mission preparation talk. Usually I hate it when couples speak together but because it wasn’t a talk, just testimonies basically, it was super good.  And finally President Bond spoke and he doesn’t look like a guy who would be a good speaker but he is super good. He is the kind of guy who can get down to anyone’s level and relate everything to you.

In the meeting, President Ashton challenged the whole stake to read at least some part of the Book of Mormon daily. Even if you study the bible one day, you need to somehow get in the Book of Mormon a little bit.  And Pres Bond challenged us to pray daily as well. They said that if we start missing days of prayer and scriptures (even if it is just one), we start to forget our spiritual language and it makes it a lot harder to be open to the promptings of the Holy Ghost.  So I challenge you to do the same, and pray at least once a day personally, and then to read a little something in the Book of Mormon daily.  Watch out because I will be following up.

After the meeting, we went and spent the night at the Bay City Elders’ apartment. The apartment usually has two people but that night we had six. It was sweet!  We roasted marshmallows in their fireplace and made homemade ice cream. Sleepovers are always fun as a missionary, haha but they almost never happen.

Also this week it has rained every morning.  And you know what rain brings? Humidity and mosquitoes!  Ugh! they were terrible this week. Every time we get back in the car, we spend 5 minutes killing the 15 or more mosquitoes that got in with us! Our skin looks like we have chicken pox because we have so many bites.  And if you scratch them, your arm goes from a chicken pox outbreak to ground beef looking... But its ok, I got some bug spray and it kinda helps.

Also this week, a member made us pineapple upside down cake!  Before I thought that stuff was only in movies and the Land of Oz or something. I never knew it was real!  It was pretty good.

Update with Haley: She could potentially be baptized on Sunday!  We are going over today to talk about it and help her see that it is really close.  Pretty much all that needs to happen is we have to teach her at least 3 more lessons, she cannot drink her green tea this week, and she has to finish the Book of Mormon and pray about it. The lessons part shouldn’t be any problem. The tea, we gave her herbal tea so she just has to remember to drink that and we should be good. As for the Book of Mormon, we gave her a children’s one and as of a few days ago she was halfway done.  She doesn’t want to pray about it until she finishes it.  So if she really reads she can get an answer in time.  But pray for her for sure.  She is super prepared and can do it but everything just needs to work out smoothly. Hopefully by next email, she will be baptized!

But that’s all for me,

Elder Lund

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