Monday, January 12, 2015

A Busy But Fun Week!

Fully packed car on our way to Zone Conference
(Not Parker)
I am so tired... haha!  This was one of the few weeks of my mission where I can honestly say that I did every little thing possible to help the work!  So we have a mission goal of 60 baptisms this month and we have a zone goal of 25 of those. Thats a lot!  But we had a lot of talking about it between the ZLs and DLs and STLs and we think we can do it.  

Well this week, we saw that we had about 6 people that could possibly be baptized if we worked super hard.  But let me tell you that Satan was working super hard too!  One companionship of sisters had 3 potentials. After a week full of being in their area everyday to tract down people at work and home, giving baptismal interviews, teaching lessons, keeping people busy and away from temptation, and doing things to grow our relationships with them, and after all that… Ivette got baptized! Josue got drunk with some old friends after work when his parents told him not to be baptized, and Jairi ran away from us and didn’t show up to church.

Then in our area, Irma didn’t show up to church after we recommitted her every day this week. But she has been super floja (lazy/never does her part) forever, so that was actually a sign that we shouldn’t focus on her soo much so that was good in a way... Then in the other two areas, two other people brought up some doubts they had never said before.  So in the end, Ivette got baptized!!  And we found out a lot about how we can help the others progress a lot more!  Plus there was another baptism in a different part of the zone so we got two this week!  

And for me and Elder Mota's area, we have a lot of potential people, and a couple people that just need to do a few final things, so we just need to teach a lot of lessons this week and get the ball rolling. To help do that across the district, we just keep making bets and competitions with people. For example, one day we made a bet that we could hand out more pass along cards and get more names than the SW Sisters. Plus the cards were all Christmas cards for He Is The Gift that we needed to get rid of anyway. In the end, they handed out more than we did, so we had to eat chile pequins plain, and the other elders have to sing a hymn to people in a public bathroom, haha.  But, because of this, the Sisters now found 4 new people to teach and already have a baptismal date with one of them! And last night, we bet the SE Sisters that we can teach more lessons this week (with members at them) than they can. The losers have to buy the winners a pizza. This will be good for us, because it is what we struggle with in our area because it is so far from everyone else in the ward.  But the sisters are really close and really good at it, so we have to work hard!

So we are working super hard, and doing crazy out of the box things. Yesterday I asked a girl named Vanesa (she was at Ivette’s baptism) if she wanted to be baptized right after Ivette, even though her baptismal date isn’t for 2 weeks.  I thought it would work, haha, but in the end she said no.  As a result we found out she is afraid of what others might think so that was good, and she didn’t get mad or think we are forcing her, even though she kinda needs it, but in a good way.

But also this week, P Days here are super fun.  I get to see other missionaries!  Like last week, we played rugby and volleyball with like 4 other companionships, and a couple members.  It was so much better than just shooting hoops with one other missionary.  Then we had to spend the night in Texas City for zone meeting the next day, and we got there a little early, so I went to go visit the Ramirez family from my first area! They are the ones that fed us all the time, and she took care of us like her kids, and we helped her kids get active again.  Anyways, it was super cool to visit them again!  But I didn’t have my camera so I couldn’t take a pic. I seem to never have my camera these days... 

We also taught a Muslim which was way different.  He was super cool though and we just discussed religion.  I hope he invites me to his mosque. Speaking of which, we went to Grace church this week.  It’s one of the biggest in Houston, I think.  Look it up.  And there is one in San Diego supposedly.  But it was the best free concert I have ever been to!!  The first half hour was just singing songs and there was a big band on stage preforming-ish and there were a bunch of lights flashing around and other concert stuff.  Elder Mota and I partied with our part-member family, the Penillas.  But now I can see why everyone likes to go to those churches!  Socialize before with all your friends, go to a concert, listen to a 20 min sermon (it was on prayer and fasting) and then sing another song and go home.  No commitments necessary!  But it was sweet!  And the family is all coming to our church next week!

Anyways, it was a fun week, but tiring.  I can’t wait for every week to be like that now!  Pray for us!  I found a few final pictures from our last car ride from Port. We had so much stuff that we all had things on our lap and if we crashed, no one would have moved an inch, haha.  Here is just a sample of it, or all I could get in the picture from the driver’s seat.

Love, Elder Lund 

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