Monday, January 24, 2011

New Area, Good Area

Well, my new area is great I think because the bishop and his counselor have planned to go out with us every Wednesday night for two hours. Though I feel like I am opening an area because my comp. only knows where the investigators live and none of the members so we have been trying to get to know everyone. I have felt a lot of support from the leaders here and most of the members. We also put a baptismal date for the 5 of February with Hugo Padilla. He is a very sweet old man. Also my Zone Leader is Elder Jacobs from Pleasant Grove, Utah who was also in the office with me for six months. I have felt very welcomed here in the ward and that is good because I will probably “die” (slang for “finish his mission”) here. It is an interesting area but it looks like the projects in LA. I really get along with my companion - he is a great guy – but he really struggles with Spanish, but I have seen some improvement. I hope all is well with you guys. I love you all and thank you for your support and love. Also don't get too baggy. - Elder Musick

Who got caught? .....

Caught smiling and serving at December's Super P-Day Activity ...... Elder Musick and Elder Montoya!

More pictures on the Guatemala City Central Blog

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sam and I have been trying to get applications ready to submit by a deadline so he just wrote a short note with the essential info I wanted to know and then the needed essay. I think he must have added the photos to appease me because of the short letter.

I am in a new area and it is still in the capital. It is called La Union in a zone calles Villa Nueva. I am with an Elder Hansen from Utah and this is his second change. He doesn't really know the area or the members so we are working to try to get to know all of them and the area. This ward seems really good and we hope to have success here. I love you all and will write more next week.
Elder Musick

Monday, January 10, 2011

January 2011

~~~~~ Leadership Training - December 2010 ~~~~~~

Yes, this week is change week and I will know for sure tonight where I am going.

Today I am pretty excited because I will be going to a meeting with a member of the stake presidency to talk about switching our ward boundaries. I hope we can help him so that this ward won't suffer any more but will finally be able to grow. This last week we were really blessed in having people in church, finding three new families, and seeing a member we brought back into activity speak about missionary work. But today and tomorrow will be sad because I will be saying good-bye to people. But I guess that is how it has to be.

I love you guys and hope that everything can work out well with Uncle Dan. I love you guys a lot and hope that everything so okay.

Love you all, Elder Musick.

Monday, January 3, 2011

To be "Baggy" or not to be "Baggy" ...

This week we got a call from an Office Elder asking into what airport did we want Elder Musick to fly; I said Bakersfield. The next day we got an email with his agenda and it had him flying to LAX then to San Francisco and then into Bakersfield by 7:00 pm. That was the preferred route rather than sit at LAX 9+ hours for a flight to Bakersfield arriving at 11:15 pm. Thinking that flying or sitting around when home is 2 hours away would be painful for us all, so we decided to pick him up in LA at 12:05 May 19th. It seems like a long way off and we hope we can continue to think that way. No sense in making us all crazy with anticipation for 4+ months. I relayed this to Sam and this was his response:

MAN MOM! You are so baggy just thinking about me getting home. I thank you for the BYU thing and I will read it when I have time. And I also told the office elder LAX because I knew it would take forever for me to get home any other way. But I am not baggy so don't worry.

For New Year's Eve I was on divisions with Elder Johnson and we went on top of the roof again, but this time the Chavez Family was up there as well and so that was nice. It was very crazy - it is really like a war zone when I see it all because our house is higher then the pueblo so we can see almost everything.

For church this week, we were so blessed because we had four families there and have seen a lot of progress in them. The 1st counselor's son is coming into activity again and he had a interview with the bishop, as well as another family who we are working with to go to the temple. In church the bishop was saying thank you to us because home teaching doesn't exist and was grateful for our work. We have been blessed because the families we have been working with are now helping us with referrals. Even some went up to bear their testimonies yesterday.

As for changes I think I am out because I had a meeting in the capital and the assistants were asking where I wanted to go. So I think I am out. It was also cool because today I just got a e-mail from my trainer and he is such a great guy. But I love you guys so much and hope you guys don't get to baggy because I will tell I'm not.
I love you,
Elder Musick.