Got lots of info and lots of pictures, so have fun! (minimum editing this week...)
(First are some comments on what to put into a package we are sending...)
"The trail mix is awesome haha the perfect food for me. dont send the orange journal yet. i wont need that for a while. I dont need the packet of paper either haha. I realized that here in bath the dollar store is very close and if i just have money in my personal debit card i can get alot of the stuff i need by myself. I do not know the balance of my personal debit card so if you could get that to me ASAP that would be sweet. dont send the laundry stuff either. we have a member of our ward do our laundry. :) #spoiled.
|Their apartment building|
|haha, funny sign!!|
We live in the building without the columns. we live in the building to the side of the one with columns. we live on the bottom floor just inside the door. so we are at level 1 in the apartment. We are on a car share and when we need to get to the church and we dont have a car, we have loyal members here that will drive us. the members here are really outgoing and will do anything for us. Its really awesome to be honest. they will feed us every night and drive us anwhere we need.
Elder Lund is 19 from Layton Utah. He has been out for 10 months and he has trained a total of 3 missionaries, including me. We get along very well. I definantly could have had a worse companion, i got lucky we talk alot and get along very well. the goal of 6 baptisms a year is for the entire zone haha. people here do NOT want to listen to us missionaries. good quote. (I sent him a quote from Hermana Palu's letter about not worrying about baptisms...) pretty awesome about helping less actives to the temple. Id say that is harder than getting a baptism IMO. We are trying to get sister Youland to the temple. its a work in progress haha. Im going to be writing my huge email now so here it comes haha. Love ya mommy
Okay so heres the big kahuna. It will be all over the place again. (Just get used to random info here and there) For halloween our ward didnt do anything... We as missionaries had to do deep clean halloween where we went inside and had to clean the apartment from 5Pm -9pm. elder lund and i cleaned for about 1-2 hours then started messing around and eating junk and cooking. I tried to make peanut butter blossoms, ill send a picture of them. they didnt turn out well because i didnt cook the peanut butter cookie long enough and they were doughy and i couldnt recook them because i had already put the hershey kisses in them.. :/
|They look pretty good to me!|
|i ate a full little ceasars pizza before he even ate half. I think im a beast|
The watch that i bought is a life saver. i love wearing this watch now because it helps me keep track of the time and the date and all that good stuff. Daylight savings hapend this sunday and now it gets dark at 4:30.. pretty strange to be honest, we still have to stay outside till 9 also.. but hey it gives us time to get to know our companions really well.
|I thought he said it was dark!! That's not soo bad!|
This past fast sunday, elder lund and i have fasted for a full 24 hours to gain a new investigator. (Yes, i actually fasted the full 24 hours, it wasnt as bad as i thought it was going to be.) Well we did that fast and when we walked into sacrament meeting to get ready for chruch, we saw an older black man who isnt normally at church. elder lund recognized him as Alex, an old former investigator who had been dropped because he moved out of the area. turns out he is now moved back into the area and is ready to get back on track in the church. He is so awesome and it was such a blessing to see results out of our fast so quick.
next monday i will not be on to email because it is something called zone conference and a member of the 70 will be there. but our p day will be on tuesday the 12th and we will be emailing at like 10:30am our time so be ready. next week on tuesday is when i will be emailing. roughly 7:30AM your time.
Elder lund and i have an awesome week coming up. On wednesday i will leave on my first exchange to a place called Damerscotta with a guy named Elder D****. He is from Texas and is a bit of an odd ball so we will see how that works out haha. Then on thursday i will be on the exchange till 5pm then come back to Bath then get ready to depart for new missionary meeting which is all the way back to Manchester New hampshire... its a long drive. Comparable to driving to LA from SD... Pretty long. The new missionary meeting is on friday and then i will be coming back that night. then saturday we are doing a service/ pancake breakfast at the church. then sunday we will be having ward council stuff and sundays are usually good anyways, regardless of what happens. then monday we will have zone conference in Augusta where we will be meeting one on one with the mission president and stuff like that. pretty awesome week coming up.
Believe it or not Saturdays are the worst days for elder lund and i. because we have a car share where we only get the car on monday nights to thursday nights. which means we dont have the car saturday... we walk all over the place and no one is usually home because they are out doing stuff. So this past saturday it was rough because we had walked all over town and we decided to just walk to the local retirement home and meet with a member. his name is brother Hames. He is in his 80's and he is on his last leg. we walked into the home and saw him in the tv room looking the opposite way of the tv. we came up to him and we saw his eyes werent even open. we called him and asked how he was doing. No response. We touched him and asked how he was doin. no response. he was just sitting there with not enough strength to talk, no strength no see, and barely even enough strength to think for that matter. we stayed there for over an hour trying to get something out of him. He replied once when we asked "hows it going" he muttered "Its not." that was so sad to see him in that situation. I dont even know the man and i felt sorry for him and it really put my life into focus, that my life isnt bad at all. i have 2 legs where i can walk around and do whatever i wanted. i have 2 eyes to look around a see all of the beautiful earth. i have 2 ears to hear what people say and to listen to the sounds nature makes. Brother Hanes is on his last month. I hated seeing him in that condition where he couldnt even lift his eyelids...
On thursdays and fridays elder lund and i meet with a recent convert named June Wing. She has Huntingtons disease along with numerous other diseases and she is also on her last leg of life. She has a heart of gold and an awesome personality. She has my sense of humor. I guess you could call it a potty mouth, but hey she makes me laugh. She constantly shakes randomly and its sad to see her struggle with her newly aquired shake. Her shaking is her whole body, so her knees randomly bounce while her head my bob 5 times in a row. What is cool is how she keeps a positive look on life despite her situation. Ill show you a picture of her and her husband Bill, who only has one leg..(they do our laundry)
We also visit with a part member family whose names are the Derrs. Sister derr and her husband George derr, and then their son Hank. George is not a member but he comes to church whenever he doesnt have work on sunday. We go over to their house about twice a week to read scriptures and george really enjoys it. I hope he realizes what kind of life he can have by living it through the Gospel. It would help him lose his addiction to smoking and drinking coffee. I have pictures of me in chainmail at their house. ill send that also. So thats all i could fit into this email.
that is a picture from Harpswell. we were really close to the coast of maine. in the picture you can see the atlantic ocean off in the distance. It was so awesome.
Whew!! What a random ride!! Until next week...