Monday, March 28, 2011

March Madness

It is true, I probably got spoiled for my birthday.

Well, we are working with a family that came to church yesterday and they seem real positive. We share a building and the other elders had a family baptism and the wife was asking us if they can be baptized again and that is their big problem - if they can be baptized again. But they are very open and hope that we can get them to conference this weekend.

I have spent most of my mission in the capitol and that is pretty much what the entire South mission has (for a newly called GCS missionary from your stake). I am still District leader and training and I am in my seventh change as a district leader. I will have 14 out of 16 changes in the capital. I just had two in the coast for two changes. About baptisms this last month in the zone we had 22 baptisms and in Feb. the mission had 141 but that was a record high in the history of the mission.

One of Sam's friends serving in Italy made the comment that South America has Baptizing missions, The United States has Teaching missions, and Europe has Fellowshipping missions. This was his response to that:
But I cannot really tell you if the teaching baptizing and fellowship thing is true but I do know their is an expectation to baptism always. What I have also learned is that when people say things are hard, we tend to put that in our head and we fall into the same thing and just expect things to be the same. I realize this because people told me this place was hard but we have been blessed. People also said Amatitlan was hard and we were able to baptize. But what I am saying is that we have to be positive and we can be the means to bring about miracles. I also realize that Europe is a harder place because we have even heard it said here from the area presidency.

I also did not get my suit yet because I need to get my vest ;) fitted but I will do that tomorrow and so within the following weeks I should get my suit. I am pretty stoked for it, though. (Funny thing, before his missions he would never wear a suit coat and now he is getting a vest!)

Well, right now I have the flu and so I am not doing so fly and will probably have to go and rest for I little bit because we have some really important citas tonight. One is with the family that came to church. We are going to have a family night with them and another family so that is super important. But don't worry I will be fine and thank you for the candy I am really enjoying it.

I love you all, Elder Musick.

PS What do you think Jared, Jordan, Lance and also what do you guys want from Guatemala? If you can help me out because I think this next change we will be going to Antigua and that is where I will buy all that I can for everyone.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy 21st Birthday, Elder!

Well, for my Birthday - it started with going to our cook’s house and eating breakfast and I got a cake. After that we went to give service to a member whose regular job is making cakes, so they made me a cake as well. Then after painting her house, we left and went to eat lunch and shower and then to work. We had interviews for our investigators and afterwards we went to a baptism that the sisters had. As we returned we stopped by some inactive member’s house and they gave me dinner of rice and chicken, which was very sweet because they struggle with money. After that we went to our other cook’s house and had dinner and a cake and they sang and made hats and had balloons and everything waiting for me. It was a very crazy day, but blessed because we found a family that same day. Also the sisters in my district bought me a cake for today and the zone leaders got me McDonald's. I was very surprised to be treated so well. I did get your letters but no packages yet. [I counted 4 cakes in there – whoa, baby!]

We did have a baptism service Sunday and it was very special because there were so many people there. The building is shared by two wards and so the other elders with their investigators came to see it, too. It was standing room only. Next week they will be confirmed.

We also had a conference with Elder Falabella last Thursday and it was a really good conference. I also sang in it. There were five of us and at one point a sang a duo - if you can believe that because I still can't. So that is what has been going on lately with me.

About school - even though the Foreign Language Hall sounds like a great help, I think it might be too much of a commitment. Just go with what you feel like and I am sure it will be best for me.

I love you all and thank you for everything you guys do for me. And tomorrow I should be getting my suit.

Love you all, Elder Musick

Monday, March 14, 2011

"...my heart won't let me stop."

Okay, so this week, can you do me a favor? Make up a wish list for those in the family so that I can keep my eyes out and I think next change we are going to go to Antigua so I can look there for souvenirs. That would help me out a ton.

My suit will be ready in a week from tomorrow. I am so excited to see it.

Yesterday (Sunday) we got up at 5:30 to leave the house at 6:30 to gather our investigators. We even went on divisions to try and get them all. Though we didn't get all that we wanted to, we worked hard to get those we could. I am so excited for the Calel family because they are going to get baptized this Sunday the 20th. There will be three and they are so excited. Yesterday I was thinking we needed to cover tithing with them and then in a meeting after we talked about them and how to get the Melchizedek Priesthood, we went to talk to them in the evening. We started teaching and he said that a member gave him the Gospel Principles book and that he was reading about tithing and that they were talking about how they need to do that. It is such a great family that has changed so much, I mean I can even see it in his eyes. It is amazing. I love this great work.

This next week we will have a zone conference with Elder Falabella (bio) the first counselor in the Area Presidency. That will be this Thursday so I am excited to see what will happen. With this conference I will have seen the whole Presidency in my mission - in a zone conference, that is. Well, I have been working hard and doing all that I can and I have seen how amazing the Lord really is.

Today in district meeting I talked about the importance of our purpose as missionaries to baptize and in this mission, to baptize families; and then I spoke about our personal purpose as in why we do what we do and why we came here - to try and stir them to meet their potential. I have no Idea if it worked or not but I pray it did. So as you guys can tell I am not very good at writing letters still after 22 months, you would think I would be better, but I am still trying to get better.

I love you all and this great work even though it is coming to an end I will work till I drop because the time is short, my energy waning, but my heart won't let me stop.

Love, Elder Musick.

P.S. When does Kevin or Matt finish? Keep me up dated on school but not too much because I was about to tell you that I didn't want to hear more and I would deal with it after the mission. So it was a good thing I got in. Love you all.

Monday, March 7, 2011

So things are going well

Well, this week was pretty good because the Calel Family came to church and we are working with them for baptism on the 20th of this month. We still have a lot of work that we need to do to get them there and make sure that he does not fall again and drink. But it really is amazing to see the changes they are making because I can even see it in his countenance. I am pretty excited for some of the people that we have found and that we are working with. I can truly see that every time we teach a family we pray on our knees and we ask the father to pray if the Book of Mormon is true and if Joseph Smith was a Prophet and it is amazing to see that about 95% of the time they can feel something special and we help them understand what it is. The other day we taught a family about marriage and the wife was unsure about it and so we asked her to pray and after she began to cry because she had felt the spirit. I can see that the Lord will reveal us the truth of all things if we truly ask with a sincere heart, real intent and having faith in Christ. So things are going well.

I want to let you know that I will probably be buying my suit in this next month so if you can check how much money I have and let me know if I have a enough and also will you let me know if I have some to buy some souvenirs?

Also Sister Park is in my district and you can tell her mother that she is doing amazing there because a lot of things changed when she got there and they are having a lot of success.

I love you all and please pray for me so that I know what to do [about school].
Love Elder Musick.