Monday, December 27, 2010

Last letter of 2010

Our call was nice and didn't really distract me; it is kind of hard to do that. The baptism was nice - there were just a few people there, but a very nice service.

Well, this last week was kind of odd because a lot of people left town or weren't here so that made it a little tricky. I hope that everyone comes back today and I hope that things go back to normal. It is odd to think that it is almost 2011 and I will be curious to see how it is here. It is sad here because a lot of people drink and there are a lot of drunk people, but the real sad part is we found a less active member stumbling drunk last night on our way to the house. I truly have learned a lot about the importance of the Word of Wisdom here because I have seen families destroyed and men who have lost everything or are losing everything because of their addiction to strong substances. I truly thank you Dad first for being a great example but to the both of you for teaching the importance of keeping such a commandment because I can see why the Lord would protect us in that way.

I really hope that this next week we are able to help some of our investigators get married and overcome some of their problems they suffer from. We have so many that are so close but just struggle with a few things and they know what they need to do but are having a hard time committing to doing it.

One thing that will be hard to deal with is that next week we will being going to church at 8:00. It will be harder because we will have to get up a lot earlier to help our investigators out, but at the same time I hope that they get up to be able to go. I am excited because the stake presidency should be making changes to the ward in January when we have stake conference on the 22nd and 23rd.

I am glad that you guys were able to go and visit Grandma and Papa and the boys and I hope dad has a great time at the Outlets ;) I love you guys and hope that you are having a great anniversary and that Christmas was a fun experience for you all.
Love, Elder Musick.

P.S. Thank you for checking into schools and keeping me updated on some of the places you are applying to.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Pumpkin Pie Treats at Zone Thanksgiving


Elder Musick is on far left smiling with a really short haircut!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Service Fun

Last week's questions you didn't address:

There are a few questions I would like you to think about before the call and I know you don't want to deal with this stuff, yet, but this will be our last phone call as I figure you will be coming home around Mother's Day and won't be calling.
1. Do you have a release date? I think the 20th I should be home or the 19th but something like that.
2. Do you want to go back to school early or in September as you planned? I truly don't have the desire to go back there because of all the changes they did and how ultimately I don't care to graduate from there so I thought it would be better to look for somewhere else rather than waste the money.
3. What type of work are you thinking about if you don't return to school right away? I don't know what would be better because I feel I could help the ward with my short time there and save more money and help some people while I am there but we can talk about that later.
4. Katie said she could try to get you on at Aspen Grove for the summer if that interests you. They love returned missionaries and it would be a great spiritually fun place to work. Along the lines of EFY counselors and you once expressed interest in that. We can apply there and see what happens.
5. Of course, Dad can use you at work, too. We'll talk on the 25th.

I think that I will call about 11:30 or 12:00 o'clock [my time]. I hope that will be okay. I will be calling from the phone of a member. He has an international plan so it should be better than last time.

It doesn't look like we will have a white Christmas but we are focusing more on the needs of our investigators rather than push them to that date.

This last week was pretty good. For our P-day we woke up at 5:20 in the morning and went to a small plot of land on the side of a cliff to pick beans. We did this for the first counselor who tore a ligament and can't walk or leave his house so we went and did that until 1:00. Then on Wednesday I went to the coast to receive training with all the leaders in the coast; I thought it was very well done and should help us grow as a mission. Then on Saturday we helped a family move which didn't take very long but it was kind of fun because it was a two story house so we just lifted everything up to the second level to make it faster and easier.

This week should be fun because we are going to give a lot of service because everyone wants to paint their houses; it is part of the culture, so we will be doing that a lot and we are going to go caroling as a district with some of the youth. I think we are going to try and pass by as many houses as we can to share a short Christmas message.

I hope all is well and I look forward to talking to you guys and Mom, would you try and give me options on work or school so that we can have a better conversation and a quicker one, too.

I love you all and hope all is well and wish the best to all the family from me.
Love,
Elder Musick.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Blessings

Well, first thing I completely forgot to tell you guys about my great Christmas gift and that is that Elder Knight came back to me and he is in my zone, actually he is my zone leader, so I get to talk to him every other night. So I hope you sent him something for Christmas.

I am glad Uncle Dan is doing better and I hope that dad visits him often because I think it is something that is really important because I know that dad punished him a lot as a child so maybe now you can show him the love :) But in reality, I know it is very important to show him the love.

As far as the white Christmas, I truly don't know if it will happen or if it will be as big as we hoped. But we are getting a good number of investigators to church which is great but we still need to help them continue to progress because they still need more help with their testimonies. The couple I have been teaching in the temple prep class will be sealed this Friday.

This last week I caught a cold and that was kind of hard, but we still managed to do well this week. This next week will be a crazy one because I will be going to the coast for a two-day training and will be on divisions and then on Friday I will be on divisions with Elder Knight so I am pretty excited. With the district, we are doing well but there is room for improvement. I think we lack a bit of vision and that could be partly my fault but this following week, we have set some goals that I hope will push us to really achieve the success that I know we are capable of.

I got a phone call from Elder Montoya (the assistant) and he told me about the Rodriguez Family from Escuintla that got baptized a year ago – they were sealed on Saturday! He gave me the number but I will call them tomorrow to talk to them. It was the same family that came and visited me in church. I am so proud of them and wish that I could have been there, but I couldn't.

I love you guys and will plan on telling you about the phone call and all that will happen on the 25th next week. I love you all so much and pray that all is well with you all.
Love, Elder Musick.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Zone Conference Pictures


Zone Conference with Elder Martino. Elder Musick is in the center of the Back Row.

Be sure to check out the awesome pictures of the kites they assemble and fly on the Day of the Dead on the Mission website (see right side bar for link).

Sunday, December 12, 2010

TEN REASONS WHY A MISSIONARY CHRISTMAS IS DIFFERENT

-Written by Missionary Mom Sally Tielemans of Henderson, Nevada

1. Last Christmas we were counting our money; this Christmas we are counting our blessings.

2. Last Christmas we were giving thanks for gifts from stores; this Christmas we are giving thanks for gifts from God.

3. Last Christmas we valued things that were costly; this Christmas we value things that are holy.

4. Last Christmas we were wrapping gifts; this Christmas we are wrapped up in the work.

5. Last Christmas we looked into people's eyes when we spoke; this Christmas we look into their hearts.

6. Last Christmas we prayed to obtain a testimony; this Christmas we pray to share our testimony with others.

7. Last Christmas we were impatient with the weaknesses of others; this Christmas we are working on our own.

8. Last Christmas we read the scriptures as a duty; this Christmas we read them as a joy.

9. Last Christmas we thought it was enough to celebrate the holidays; this Christmas we are finding ways to consecrate them.

10. Last Christmas, Guatemala was just a place on a map; this Christmas, it is a place in our hearts.

This may be why he mentioned last week that this Christmas is so much better than last year.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Working on a WHITE Christmas

Well, with changes, like I said I am still here with Elder Adams. In the district Elder Allen and Hermana Rubio left and we received Elder Coreas and Hermana Mirne and she is being trained. So we have one in her first change, one in his second change, and one in his third change. Pretty crazy. And I can truly say that the Spanish in our district is definitely not the greatest.

So this week was a harder week for us because people just were not in their houses. But somehow we managed to get a number of people to church, so I felt very blessed. As a district we set the goal to have a white Christmas so we are trying to put all of our baptismal dates for the 25th. We have been working hard to make that possible. We had to get up one day at five to go to renap (?) and pull papers out to try and get people married. And it looks like we will have to do that again this week. As of right now it looks like it will be a trick, but we fasted are praying and working to do everything to make the 25th a special day for our investigators and to celebrate the Lord’s birth.

If you guys could pray for our families and investigators. I think your prayers can truly help.

This year I have felt like it is Christmas, last year - not so much, but this year I have truly felt the spirit of the season. I think the goal for the 25th has really helped me put this into prospective. One great thing that happened this week is that the Estrada Family went to the ward activity we had Saturday, then to church, and last night we went to the Christmas devotional. I was very impressed because they loved it all and after the Devotional the Stake Presidency had fireworks going off to watch and I am talking about the ones that you shoot in the air and then explode for a good display. But I think this week was very hard but at the same time rewarding. But I love you guys and hope all is well for you and tell dad to keep it up because we need to “be anxiously engaged in a good work”.
Love you all, Elder Musick.