Thursday, March 24, 2016

A Spanish baptism and the stomach flu (March 7)

I should explain the last email for sure.  Last p-day, we did touch rugby in the Morning and I was playing chess while I was emailing.  So when I was running out of time I did the voice thing where I just talk into the iPad and it writes what it hears.  I must not have done a very good job of spell checking since it I was in a hurry.   Also, we had to quickly go shopping before we headed over to the Bishop's for dinner.  

Anyway, this week has gone by really fast/slow because Tuesday morning I started getting pretty sick.  I had the stomach flu and I really did not get better until Saturday morning right before the baptism.   We did a bit of work all Tuesday, but I was out of it Wednesday and Friday.   Thursday was weekly planning so  we still were
able to do that, but Friday morning we had service at Carol's kitchen, the local soup kitchen that we go to every Friday morning and I was wrecked after that.  

I guess I should explain the baptism thing. About three weeks ago I got contacted that Peggy, an investigator from the Bloomington ward that Elder Cook and I started teaching when we were there, was going to be baptized and she wanted me to baptize her. However, later we got a text saying that the baptism was cancelled because the sister missionaries, who replaced us in the ward, lost contact with her.  Then I was told that it was occurring on March 5th. I later got in contact with the sisters and found out that Peggy had decided to get baptized into the Spanish ward.  Apparently, at one point the sister missionaries had a lesson with Peggy, but they for some reason had to leave and they called the Spanish sisters to finish the lesson.  The Spanish Sisters did and then invited her to the Spanish ward because one of them was going to give a talk.  So Peggy went to the Spanish ward, she speaks both English and Spanish fluently,  and apparently got along really well with the members there.  So after that she kept switching which ward she was going to for sacrament meeting and that was when the Bloomington sisters lost contact with her.  Then she made up her mind to go to the Spanish ward.  So for her baptism, I was able to do the ordinance in English luckily, but I did not understand any of the talks, or prayers.   Also, the ordinance was performed correctly the first time too. However, I forgot to pull the plug so afterwards Elder Seeborg went swimming and I almost forgot all my wet baptism clothes.  We had to turn the car around and head back.   Luckily I remembered pretty fast.   Also, I heard from Elder Seeborg that Elder West, my second companion is about to be engaged.

Have a great week.   This next week we have interviews with President and a temple trip Wednesday.



Zone Conference (Feb 29)

This past week we had zone conference.  It was on Friday and we talked all about working with members and it was from 9-3.  Even though that might seem like a long time to you it seemed really short.  So this Monday, we worked on that and this last Sunday we met with our new Bishop about how we could work with the ward to move missionary Work forward.  

We have been working with one of the bishop's neighbors who is investigating and was taught by the sisters a while ago.  But they only got one lesson in, the Restoration.  We did service for them yesterday.  Hope the move goes around his foot yacht because he is trying to lay cement we were making the dirt all evened. (We think this sentence really says: "Helping them move something around his front yard because he is trying to lay cement, we were making the dirt all even....)  We also gave service to one of the widows in our ward helping the men in the ward put a panel in the ceiling of an old trailer where the ceiling panels needed to be fixed due to water damage.  So we did service on Saturday and were unable to teach even one lesson then, we are also helping the
bishop's neighbors, Caesar and Rosa,  again Tuesday and will be trying to have a lesson with them this weekend.  He is also interested in finding ways to help his children grow up and be functional adults. We will be juicing (introducingthem to the Strength of Youth pamphlet sometime this week.   We are also having dinner at the bishop's house tonight and Caesar and his family were invited so we might be able to teach a lesson to them
tonight.

We also have this potential investigator named Monica that we have been trying to contact and have a lesson with for days now and we still have not been able to meet with her.  We were going to have a Skype lesson at our ward mission leader's house, but she was unable to do it because apparently she was at the dentists and they took longer than she thought so we spent an hour waiting for her to call us doing emails and planning and such till we gave up and went and did service.

We also had a lesson with our recent convert, Marie doing the recent conflict (convert) lessons with her starting at the restoration. We have stake conference next week and we will be taking Marie and Cathy there
and doing a tour of the temple since it is right next to where we will be having stake conference.  

That is what happened this week.  Have a great week.
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