Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Week

Well, this week was odd, that’s for sure. Our area is right by a central park in Villa Nueva and so it was pretty quiet during the week because everyone goes to the coast but we had parades go through our area. On Friday we had zone conference, my last one and I bore my testimony, which was super sad. Afterwards we had to get off the bus before the park and then try and walk through hundreds of people - being careful not to step on the carpets or what they make for the parade to walk over.

Right now we are in summer here and in the afternoon it is really humid, but after that it is nice and cool and sometimes it rains.

This week we have been working with the Ramos Family and they accepted a baptismal date for the 15th of May, but the husband’s work might make it hard for him to attend - so hopefully he can. We also had a ward activity and we played futbol and had a BBQ. The Ramos family said they loved it because of the unity they saw and also because everyone played and they weren't fighting. So I am pretty sure they will get baptized and hopefully it will be before I go.

I wore my new suit and it was a big, big hit in the zone conference - everyone loved it. I am pretty excited for this next week because people will be back in town week.

Love you all,
Elder Musick

Monday, April 18, 2011

Easter week = Guatemalans on vacation

Elder Musick with Elder Vallecillo - an previous companion, now in his district
Elder Musick getting desperate for investigators or going to the dogs! :)

Well, on Monday we helped some of the ward members by changing some of the tin sheet on their roofs - that didn't take too long. This last week and also for this week we have been waking up at 4:40 am to call a family so that they can read and we read at the same time as they do. It is the ______ Family and they are doing good. Last night we had a lesson with them and for the past week I have felt like something has been wrong and last night we found out why. The husband works really late and when he leaves there is a girl that waits for him to walk home with him. He is a nice, but naive man that would do it but then stopped and his wife found out and they are having some hard times in their relationship. So last night we explained what they had to do so that they can get over these things, but it was so nice to be able to get that out of them.

On Thursday we helped Pedro Calel fill out his first tithing slip and he was very excited to turn it in, but it was sad because he couldn't - he had to take his daughter of one year and a few months to the doctor because she has an infection.

On Friday I went on divisions with Elder Rosales from El Salvador and that was great because he is a great missionary who I just enjoy being around and talking to. He has family in Cali and has been there as well and has plans to go there when he gets back. He will probably go to the office this change as Assistant to President Baldwin and also for President Braugh from Utah.

On Saturday we were contacting a little bit and as we were contacting a man call us over and he turned out to be a member who is inactive and his wife is not a member but the thing is that his wife is old enough to be his mom - which is kind of creepy. But he came with us to church yesterday and it was awesome because our recent covert Hugo gave him a great, warm welcome.

Well, that is what happened this last week. This week we will have zone conference which will be my last one so I will have to bear my testimony which will be sad - but I think I will go in my new suit. :) Also this week, it should be interesting because everyone has vacations and it might be hard to find people here. But we will be just fine.

Regarding housing I really don't care but off campus might be good because I can cook my own food which I think I would prefer. And in Idaho, that sounds good to me. And also I might need a little bit more money to buy everything for the family, but I will let you know next week. Also how long will I have at home before I go to Utah?

Well, I love you all and hope that you guys are doing well.
Love, Elder Musick

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Just a quick one ...

Well, this last week was a harder week for us but at times it is good to have a hard week because those are the weeks that we grow the most. I did get my suit and it is amazing - if I do say so myself.

With these last changes it should make things interesting because my district is a lot different and I can see that I will have to be sure of what could happen. One thing I have learned is that it is not always the the problems we face but how we react to them can be the difference and is what matters most. I pray that you are all okay and that this next week I will write some more but I have even less time to write because we got here late and we have some appointments to go to. I love you all and pray that you are all okay.
Love Elder Musick

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A surprise photo

Thanks to Sister Park for taking and sending this picture and her mom for posting it on her blog. It is always nice to see Elder Musick on his mission. He is on far left.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Loving Conference

Well, conference - as always - was amazing. It is so hard to pick a favorite because they were all truly amazing, but I liked Pres. Uchtdorf's Priesthood session talk about the man who lived beneath his privileges (on the cruise) and that as holders of the Priesthood we must not live below our privilege, but seek to receive all the blessings and to magnify our Priesthood. I really loved it all but when the topic of marriage came up I did not like it because there were eight of us and they all liked to make comments to me. But it was some food for thought, but thoughts for the future are in the far distant future.

This last week my companion and I were sick and were down for the count for a few days with a fever, but we are fine now. We had a lesson last night with the Ramos family and they liked church and it calls their attention, but they can't accept that they need to be baptized again because the Bible says only one baptism. So we are working with them to help them get over that challenge. The other difficult part is that he works like a slave. I am amazed at how much these people work for so little.

I can't believe that Jared is turning 30. How old! :)

Well, tomorrow I will finally get my suit; it looks good to me, I hope you guys agree. About the scripture case I need to know the size and what he wants on it as in what pictures to put on it. I heard that there are some machetes that have engravings on them and it would cost about the same as mine so I might get that because they are cooler, but let me know if it has to be the exact same type.

Well, things are good here but not a whole lot happened this past week so I don't have a whole lot to tell you all but I love you all and will see you soon.

Pictures from the GCCM blog

Elder Musick is in the top right hand corner of the picture smiling heartily. This is a picture of the leaders in the city zones.

Elder Musick is peeking out in the center of picture - picture is of the missionaries in the Mariscal and Villa Nueva zones of Guatemala City

Thank goodness for the mission blogs so we can see a photo of Elder Musick from time to time.