Good afternoon one and all, and welcome to Missionary Work in Mexico!
Just to answer some questions and make some comments about letters received in the "fan mail" this week...
I can't believe Janna will be home tomorrow! 18 months went by really quickly...it's incredible. I won't complete a Sister Missionary's mission until November. And Janna, it was really good to hear from you. Thanks for your uplifting words. I'm sure you know how much that means to a missionary.
Mom, you'll have to forgive me, but I couldn't help but laughing when I imagined you getting stung by a wasp. I imagined lots of frantic jumping and you shouting "ooooh!" in a high-pitched voice. For what it's worth, I send my condolances. And I agree; in the future I think the course to take is to just avoid the situations in which you could find yourself with more wasps. Good call. That's fun that Miranda's staying in Melissa's room now, and I hope you know that I have promised refuge in that house to many a Mexican wanting to go to the US. Sorry about not asking permission. Haha. And that's fun that you saw Lex, I'll bet she's having a super-boring summer without me. Haha.
Mandy, good work with a list of books! I love reading and I can't wait to read that book about Moses that you mentioned. And I think Brady Crump was reading that same series that Eli is reading right now that begins in the Pre-existence. Reading helps you learn good. And to talk good too. You'll have a blast picking up Janna tomorrow, I love missionary home-comings; just don't be thinking about mine until May 2011 rolls around. Jeez!
Dad, I'm sure you're loving your calling as a Sunday School teacher. I love love teaching classes on Sunday, and I would absolutely love teaching the age group that you teach. It makes me not want to go to a Singles Ward when I get home haha. How boring :/ I hope the whole Budge honey thing works out! I've never thought about being a participant in the Honey business...up until now I've only been a consumer. We'll see how that pans out, and what the Lord has for me when I get home.
So my week was pretty normal, I guess. I just feel super satisfied with the work that we did. We're continuing to work with Eva and Enrique, Sonya and Carlos, Azucena, and a couple of others here and there. Azucena was baptized yesterday, and it was a really special baptismal service. One of the best. She came late (that's too normal here...) but we were able to get it all together. I attended the Zone Leader's baptismal service before ours (we use the same chapel), and Elder Delauhunty (ZL, going home on Friday) sang "Be Still My Soul" in english. It was awesome, even though I have a sore through and singing probably wasn't the best thing I could do to help that out. But yeah...anyway, Azucena showed up right on time, and like I said we had a killer baptismal service. We had some recent-converts bear their testimonies afterward, and everyone was all teary-eyed. One of my recent converts from this area, who just received the Melchizedek Priesthood, stood up and bore his testimony. It is a humbling thing to see a big, strong, tattooed black-belt cry as he testifies of the truthfulness of the Gospel. I am so blessed to be here right now.
This is something a little Random, but we went in a taxi to the Church last week, and the song "Big in Japan" came on the radio in the taxi...and I thought of the Japanese Elder Budge. Haha.
The situation with Sonya and Carlos is getting a little complicated. Carlos has to get divorced, but he and his ex-wife want the kids...that means lots of time in court and stuff like that. We're trying to see if we can baptize the kids first and baptize the parents later...but it doesn't look too promising. They didn't go to Church on Sunday because "her mom was coming to visit"...we're thinking about dropping them and hoping for the best. But we'll see how the cookie crumbles this week.
We're taking Eva and Enrique to a clinic to get their blood exams, and we're hoping by Friday we'll have them married so that Eva can get baptized on Sunday! Yippeee!!! Please please pray for this marriage to work out, we've been working like locos with them.
That's about it. Mom, I still haven't gotten the package...I'm worried about it too. Transfers are next week and it looks like we'll be getting pouch (letters and packages) on that day or the day after. Cross your fingers!
Love all of you, thanks for the letters!
1. Baptism of Ricardo
2. Baptism of Nayeli
3. Baptism of Azucena
4. Us after playing soccer and volleyball this morning