Monday, October 26, 2009

His First Baptism

~~ ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~ Elder Musick with Edwardo ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~

~~ ~~ ~~ ~~ Elders Musick and Ixtacuy with new converts ~~ ~~ ~~

Okay, so first, I need church shoes because I have a pair that won't last too much longer. So Rockport, size 11 with insoles, would be great. And also a picture of the family and the San Diego temple laminated so I can use it for teaching would be great, also.

I have sent you some pictures of our baptisms. And I had my first baptism this last weekend. He is Edwardo and is 14 years old. He is the only member now in the family. I was very shocked that he picked me because he is very close to a lot of members and the president of the branch. I only taught him like four times. But it is very cool to take part in such a big step in his life. I only had to do it one time luckily. But the mom and her hija are the ones from the story about the power.

On the 28th we have a zone conference with the area president so it should be really good. But don't worry even with six months I am still a greeny in my excitement level it was the latter (companion issues). But I love you guys and am glad you guys are all okay. I got a letter from Katie.
Love you all.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sweet, Humble Letter

Dear Family,
So I know I don't write too often, but I hope this will be good for a while. I will start with a little experience.

We have an investigator who has no [electric] power and is in big, big debt. (She has a baptismal date for this Sunday.) We told her that we would fast for her and that through faith the Lord will bless her. The very next day we passed by and she had light. We asked how and she said someone had paid power for this month. It is so great to see the hand of the Lord bless and change the lives of those who seek repentance.

Now at this point in my mission I have hit a wall, a stumbling block, or as I like to think "the pain before the growth spurt". I have truly loved and appreciated your words of advice and would ask for more to be able to learn how best to learn from this time.

I would also like to thank you all for your love and advice and especially your patience with me. I have seen how great a family we have (even with our oddities)- it is amazing. I would like to thank Mom and Dad for everything. I know that I have been blessed with the greatest, sweetest, selfless parents ever. Thank you, Kelsey and Lance, for all the wisdom, love, and nosey guidance. Thank you, Bethany and Jordan, for all the laughs, but also for your example of fun but seriousness in your callings and all things pertaining to the Gospel. Thank you, Jared and Cherie, for the blessing of seeing how to fave faith in difficult situations and always with loving care. I thank Katie for her sweet spirit and love. I don't know what I would do without you all. And the Boys, thank you for your spirit and prayers for me at this time. I love you all and know I would be lost without you all. I pray all is well and that you all faithfully magnify our calling and help the missionaries. I love you all and hope mom let's you all know what I said.

Love, Elder Musick

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Monday, October 19, 2009

A Busy Baptizing Weekend

This last weekend we had two baptisms and the other missionaries in the branch had three. We had one Saturday and four on Sunday. We also went to one baptism after church of a child of record baptism. So all together we went to three services this weekend. I feel like this area is really a test for me, a place the Lord put me to grow and become the missionary the Lord needs and wants me to be. I feel like I will have to take the lead in what my comp. won't do. I have really loved reading the letters from Lance and Jared about tough comps. They have helped a lot. I also have the opportunity this zone conference to hear from President Clark, the area president of Central America.

But in all reality, Spanish is still pretty tricky for me I am reading only in Spanish and I study it whenever I have free time. And also Mom will like this but I am relearning the piano because no one in the branch can play and I feel super bad. So I have one of those easy books and have been working on reading the notes.

I am very excited for Jared I have been praying so hard for those guys well all of you really. I am glad you guys had such a good time at Papa's this last weekend and that the swine flu is under control. I love you guys; all the support and care and letters really are a blessing. I pray you are all safe and blessed.

Love, Elder Musick.

P.S. for Christmas a pair of shoes would be great. Also maybe a shirt or two but really poly ties because the water destroys the others but candy and treats are always amazing.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A surprise package from Guatemala!

We got a surprise package from Sam yesterday. It had a postcard from Antigua telling us how amazing it is. He also sent three woven bracelets for the 3 little boys. He said, "I really didn't know what to get them, so I hope they enjoy. The other options were knives." Really?? Knives?? - the little boys are 2, 2 1/2 and 5 years old!!! I love him! He always wanted us to bring him home knives. I knew the machete we brought back from Guatemala for him was a BIG hit!

He also sent a CD full of pictures. Here are some of them. He is so funny what he takes pictures of. We love it, though! Thanks, Elder Musick.

From MTC ...

At the Guatemala City Temple ...

A sleepy companion ...

Green, green landscape ...

Some zoo shots ...

Some Cathederal Shots ...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

From the Rainy Coast ...

Well the house is bad, but I am okay and don't spend too much time in the moldy areas of the house. But the coast is super different. We have a branch of 174 people, but of course the problem is tithing. We have four missionaries in the ward because it is so big and are having amazing success. The other missionaries had a baptism and we went to it to help and the power went out in all of Guatemala and we had a car pull around the building and flash its lights into the baptismal room and it all worked out. The power goes out a ton and it pours all the time. So it is a good thing I got the package [with his rain jacket] on Monday. It is odd too because it is a hot rain; it doesn't cool off really here.

I am sorry I didn't say happy birthday, so happy birthday, and I love you. I wrote a letter and will try and get that to you as soon as I can.

I gave a talk at the baptism and bore my testimony in Sacrament meeting. But it is still hard right now and I could always use your prayers.

Thank you Jared and Cherie and Lance for the letters, they are great to have. And my bags made it through traveling (I got lucky) but no thanks to the Sham Wow Towel, I think because after a few weeks it stinks horribly, but thank you.

Love you all,
Elder Musick

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Transferred to Escuintla

OK - so first things first:
One night we were late to an appointment and were on the other side of our area and it would take about 45 minutes to an hour to walk when a guy pulls over and gives us a ride. Come to find out he was an inactive member and his wife had left him. He wants to go back to church and talk to the bishop. We talked to him about some things of faith and got his number to get in contact with the missionaries and the bishop. Then he asked for a blessing where my comp. turns to me and says Elder Musick can you give the blessing. And so I did my first blessing in Spanish.

Yes, I watched conference at the stake center which takes some time to travel to and I watched all but four talks in English. I loved them, but I think my favorite was the new guy [Elder Neil L. Andersen?] sorry I forgot but it was about repentance and it was very cool because we had three investigators with problems. WOW - very cool to think of how it can help them.

I got transferred. I am in a place called Jacarandas 2 in Escuintla it is on the coast. It rains a ton and it is hot rain; it is super hot but super different than the capital. My comp. is Elder Ixtacuy from Xela (which the Quetzaltenango mission. But he knows a lot of English and is super helpful. My district is all Latin; I am the only whitey and as far as I know the only other one is my zone leader, but I don’t know the other district.

I have a giant house that is two stories and it is so filthy and has mold everywhere and I shower with freezing water. But I definitely miss my last comp. He was so amazing! At the change conference, he was to train again and was called up to the stage and right before looks at me a little teary eyed and handed me an amazing letter. So I could really use your prayers and support because this language is rough and my comp. wants to have great success but goes about it the wrong ways at times so I have to be the one to tell him, so some things will have to change.

I love you all and am glad things are going well - love you.

Elder Musick

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Thought of the Week

President Kimball said, “I have learned that it is by serving that we learn how to serve. When we are engaged in the service of our fellow men, not only do our deeds assist them, but we put our own problems in a fresher perspective. When we concern ourselves more with others, there is less time to be concerned with ourselves. In the mist of the miracle of serving, there is the promise of Jesus, that by losing ourselves, we find ourselves. Not only do we find ourselves in terms of acknowledging guidance in our lives, but the more we serve our fellow men in appropriate ways, the more substance there is to our souls … indeed it is easier to find ourselves because there is so much more of us to find.”