Monday, July 11, 2011

E-mail 7.4.2011

Subject: Happy 4th

well its kinda happy. as i stumbled out of bed this morning i muttered it to my companion and he gave me a cordial grunt of appreciation. haha. i miss the states... so many ugly dogs here that i just want to go where there arent any running around the streets. haha. sunday i completed 17 months in the mission and i think june was the fastest of them all. i think it is picking up. i cant believe it... i am happy where i am and i know i am here because this is where the Lord wants me.

This week we have been tossed around by all sorts of interviews and meetings a wedding and two baptismal services... on tuesday morning president wanted t see me in his office and i felt like a kid going to the principals office in elementary school. hah. so i went and hung around the offices for acouple hours until he arrived and we talked for a good 45 minutes in his office. the whole purpose of the metting was for him to tell me how much he loved me and to give me the oportunity to share some of my spiritual experiences with him. we talked a lot about the family and the blessings we have seen from all of our service in the church and i expressed with him that i would serve 5 mission s back to back to see the progress and changes i have seen in all of you. it was a sweet moment.

Wednesday we had to go to a near by towns court house to finalize oall of the paperwork for a wedding we were helping get organized for an investigator and so we were there all morning and then thursday they called us back in and we had to do her baptismal interview and then an activity with the youth in the church which is conveniently 20 minutes away in a little bus van. and then Friday morning we had the wedding and then friday afternoon we went to the church to prepare the font for the baptism which turned into a mission in and of itself. turns out it was still full from our last weeks baptism and there were crickets and lizzards having a pool party in there so we had to empty it. but the plumbing here isnt the same as home and to drain something of that magnetude you have to have pumps and sisternas and all sorts of stuff. kinda like in coatza when i had to go in the cemnt water box and open the valve... but in this church the pumps dont work and the water box is HUGE and was also full of water. what happens is the water from the font goes into the big cement box and then a pump sucks it out and waters the grass... buuuuuut the system is crappppp P. doesnt work. we had to call the bishop who called maintenace who was in Comalcalco 1 hour and a half away and we didnt start draining the font until 630. Baptism was scheduled to start at 7... shortly after we start emptying the beast it starts to rain HARD and we lost power. a crazy member starts going to it with a bucket and then the power came back and the left again and then came back........ so we got it emptied cleaned and filled and started the baptismal service at 8 ish... it was sweet becausewe baptised the mom of a family who are all members and she had been waiting for a long time to be baptised because they werent married... thats why we had the wedding in the morning... we got it done though and it was amazing. the two kids prayed and the dad gave a talk and all of them touched the chance they have of going to the temple in a year to be an eternal family... after that we went home and were happy... saturday we had no where to eat and so we went to eat with some other elders in their area close by the church and spent a lot of time in that because of the travel. then we had an appointment with an investigator named Nicolas i have mentioned him to a few of you. he is one of the Lords elect and has a true testimony of the church. we have been teaching him just two weeks and heis ready to be baptised this Thursday. we didnt really teach anything, we just stood in front of the ward bulletin and answered questions about family history and stake events and how he will be able to enter the temple and fulfill the will of God in him family. also talked about the priesthood authoruty and how he will be able to baptise his boy in a year when he turns 8 and all sorts of good stuff... then we went to a baptism of the other ward and supported their convert. a young girl who had no family who found love in the truth of the gospel as she explains it. she only wanted the missionaries and a member of the bishopric there. it was a sweet service and she cried basically the whole time.

sunday was bomb as well. we went to church and had 5 investigators with us there. it was great.

it made me happy to struggle through this week and feel the spirit and love through it all.

i know that the Lord is keeping his children.

the Lord loves us and the church is true,

Elder Elrey

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