Monday, February 28, 2011

He's a "Daddy" again!

Well, it is kind of ironic that Bethany had Tessa on Sunday because on Wednesday I brought in a big healthy boy into the mission. I didn't name him, but his name is Elder Lagos from Honduras, Choluteca. He is very excited to have a white daddy. And sadly enough Elder Hansen went to Panajachel in Sololá right on the shore of Atitlan. So now I am on my second child. He has told me that he wants to “kill me” (as in the mission) don't worry, my life is not in danger.

I hope Dad had a great b-day and that he doesn't get too old on me. I hope that Bethany is doing okay and also that Tessa isn't too spoiled, but I can only imagine that that is inevitable.

Things here are good; we are working hard to help a couple of families that we have and are working with one in particular. They are the family Calel and he is working on not drinking, so if you could keep him in your prayers.

Okay with the school thing... look into if I take those classes at the Y will they transfer to the BYUI. And have you applied for work or did you not do that? If not, tell me what might be open so that I can make some decisions. This week I will do some thinking and praying, but if you could do that research and we will see how I come out.

I can see that the Lord has his hand in this, though I don't know what I am to do, but the Lord will guide me and I will know what to do. Do not worry, I feel that it is better this way. But if you can keep this subject in your prayers, but more importantly, the families Cruz, Calderon, Calel, Salazar and Ramos. But really the Calel family - so he and the kids can be baptized in March.

I love you and know that things will all work out to our benefit.
Love, Elder Musick.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Lots of exciting changes coming!

Wow, that is pretty exciting! I am happy to hear that everything is okay and that does not surprise me that Jordan is just hovering over Tessa. I am excited for you all and please keep me updated on everything. (Sam’s sister Bethany just had a baby yesterday)

Regarding BYU, it is Elder Lewis and Elder Lowry who asked about being a roommate. It was pretty weird because I was just studying one morning at 8 and I got a call and it was Elder Lewis asking me if I wanted to room with them in the fall - it caught me off guard. They told me they are looking at Liberty Square, then Monticello, then The Elms. But what I did was send your information to Elder Lewis so he can transfer the info to his mom so you might get a call within this week, just to let you know. Elder Lewis was my comp in the office, if you remember. But please let me know if I got in or not because a lot of the decisions I have to make depend on that.

Well, this week I had to do a baptismal interview for someone who had committed a serious crime and had to call President Baldwin to describe the situation and then he gave me permission to do the interview. I will say that it is something that is truly amazing to do interviews like that because there is such a spirit about it and I can truly feel their level of repentance. What a very humble soul who got in a bad situation and had no way out.

Well, changes are this week so we will find out tonight what will happen. I am positive that I will be staying here so there is nothing to worry about. It is just if my companion will leave or not. So we shall see.
Well, I love you all so very much and please wish Dad a happy birthday.
I love you all.
Elder Musick.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Golf anyone?

Well, this last week was pretty amazing because we went GOLFING - which was awesome for us all. We were 12 in total but broke up into three groups. In my group were Elder Davis and Montoya, the assistants, and then Elder Jacobs and Parker who were secretaries with me. It was really fun and super relaxing. So needless to say, if someone wants to go golfing, you can totally count me in.

We also had a really good week with lots of new investigators and a lot of lessons. We still have a lot to do to improve. We also had a dinner in the stake center with all the bishops and missionaries so that was pretty cool because we talked about some of the things we need to do and how we can better work together. I also went on divisions this last week and did three baptismal interviews. The weeks are going by super fast nowadays. I truly don't feel the weeks.

It is odd to think B will burst soon because I really can't picture her fat. Please describe that one for me - and I mean dad, he will be blunt and tell me ;) Well, I don't know what to tell you but things are going really well. My companion and I are doing really well together and the district is improving every week. I am so grateful for you all and make sure that mom doesn't get to baggy. Bryce and I talk a little by e-mail (we don't worry with pre-mission stuff) and he is talking to me about what we will be doing after the mission. But is he going to church or trying? Maybe you could tell me what he is up to because he won't tell me that stuff. But also, Mom so you know, I will go tomorrow in to get my suit fitted and it will be a nice one. So I imagine I am good to make that suit because you didn't say anything about it. But another thing - my shoes are falling apart and I could try and make them last till I get home or should I get some here - tell me so I can plan. I feel kind of bad spending all this money with golf and then the suit and now maybe shoes, plus you guys all want nativities. So can you give me a little heads up on all of that. I just want to know what I can do with the money because I realize it isn't really mine.

I love you all,
Elder Musick.

Monday, February 7, 2011

"I am enjoying my time here."

Well, I would love a suit. It would be by the same guy who did Elder Montoya's but I don't want the flag (see blog picture) on the inside but I have talked to the guy and he told me that with everything I wanted it would be 1050 Q so in dollars like 130. I would like that and if you could put that money in, I can start the process of my suit because it will take awhile.

Also tomorrow we will be golfing so you also know I will be using some of my Christmas money and a little more. Also if people want stuff from me like Nativities and all that jazz, they need to let me know so I can try and get that stuff for you guys in time.

Yes, we had a conference with Elder Ballard - didn't I tell you about that? It was amazing. And some of our investigators went to it, too.

We also had a baptism of Hugo Padilla and Elder Hansen baptized him so that was pretty amazing because it was his first. We also started teaching a recent convert's husband and had a lesson with him yesterday, his first, and he was very receptive and even accepted to be baptized. We are counting it as a 'for sure' date because it is a while away and we don't know if we'll have any problems. But it was pretty amazing.

Also we were teaching the Cruz Family, the husband is a member the wife isn't. At the end of the lesson we challenged her to pray and ask if Jose Smith was a prophet and if the BOM is the word of Gad and she did it. I felt the Spirit and then asked her how she felt. She said fine and then I asked anything different and she paused and then said kind of. She then explained she felt peace and really calm and then I was able to testify to her that that was the Spirit and I felt like she somewhat understood.

What was really cool is that we had 50 people at the baptism and we have really felt a lot of support from the leaders so things are going great here in La Uniòn.

I love you all and hope you all have a great week and don't worry about me - I am enjoying my time here.

Love, Elder Musick.

P.S. So to cover it again: Golf-tomorrow will be like a little over 50 dollars. The suit for my birthday - 130 and also for my birthday I would like letters from people I haven't heard from and candy and also skinny ties. Love you B and let me know how things go.

Really skinny ties??? OK family and friends - send your Birthday cards to Elder Musick by March 19th. They usually take 2-3 weeks to get there and a card is 98 cents. Let's inundate him!!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Working Hard, Finishing Strong!

Well, things here are going great. We are trying to work really hard with the members and are seeing some of the results. We were able to find a good number of new investigators, mostly from the members. It was pretty cool because one day we went to an appointment that fell through, so we went to stop by a member’s house and I felt to go down a certain street. We started walking and then I felt a to stop at a certain house - knocked the door and the man invited us in right away, without even asking our names or what church - just opened it and said come on in. I was pretty impressed.

We also have been working with a young man named Luis and every time we ask him to pray if it is true. After every prayer he says he feels weird and then we testify that it is the spirit, but it is hard because he wants something more definite. We also have a recent convert that was baptized because he was working the sound system for EFY; his wife and kids are members. He was also worked the sound system when Elder Ballard and Christofferson came. Well, the Area Presidency heard of the story and he was asked to share his conversion in front of all of them! He was also baptized by a member of the seventy.

We had a zone conference last Friday and it was really, really good. The zone Leaders talked about relationships with our Bishops and at the end Elder Jacobs told me that out of all the missionaries in the zone, I probably knew our Bishop the best even though I have the least amount of time with him. We also went on divisions yesterday and were able to have seven lessons and one with our first counselor and his mother-in-law who has a son in the south mission who entered the mission the same time as me. But the thing is I won't tell anyone my time so she doesn't know that. Well, I can honestly say that I am giving my all so that I can finish strong. I thank you guys for all your letters and words of support. I love you all.
Love,
Elder Musick.

P.S. Mom some of the elders in the zone are talking about going golfing. So I’m letting you know I might be using some money soon :) And also towards the end I want to get a new custom suit here that would be like $100 dollars. I think it would be super great deal – just so you know what I am thinking. I love you all.