Monday, September 21, 2009

Week 13

Hey there y'all!! I can't believe another week has gone by already! It feels like yesterday that I was in here writing about the week before. This week was one of the worst weeks of my mission, though, and hopefully the rest will not be as bad as this one was. We were able to teach a couple people but a lot of people punched their appointments. Not to mention Elder Hatfield got sick and we stayed inside all day Saturday. Still, it had it's moments. Monday we were able to see Amber, Delia's friend, but Kimberly was sick so we weren't able to see her that night. We set up an appointment later that week but then Amber got sick and they had to cancel their appointment. We're hoping to see them soon, though, so we'll see what happens.

We saw Mendi again and she's ready for baptism! We told her she just needed to pick a day and we would do it, so hopefully before the end of October she'll be baptized!! We're really excited for her and as always are happy to see the change that has come over her. It's been such a blessing to have been able to teach her and I really hope she will continue to progress throughout her life.

As far as the work is concerned, there really isn't much more to report on, sadly. Like I said earlier, there was a bunch of appointment we'd had set up, but pretty much all of them canceled and we did a lot of tracting to no success. It's been really hard but I know the Lord will provide.

This week has also been a bit hectic in that we have two more missionaries living in our tiny one bedroom about cramped. The stake here thought we were getting Spanish-speaking Sisters here and was all ready to bring them in and house them. But come Tuesday (transfer day), it turns out we were getting Elders; and since the members here weren't ready for them, they've been put with us for the time being. It's been kinda nice to get to know them, but there definitely isn't enough room in that apartment. Elder Heywood is one of the missionaries and he's pretty tall (6'2"), and Elder Rosser is his greenie...and he's 6' 10". It's disgusting. I can't believe how tall he is. Still, he's nice and is a hard worker and is definitely gonna have fun with all the Hispanic people, considering he'll be a good foot and a hallf taller than all of them. It's funny, too, because he's not very good at basketball (well, beyond the point where he can't drop it in the hoop ;) )

Yesterday was the highlight of my week though. I thought it was sweet that Elder Ballard and Elder Costa came last week. But the next day at district meeting, come to find out we had ANOTHER big meeting. And this time they got ALL the missionaries from BOTH missions there...not just the ones who were close. We got there and guess who it was? President Uchtdorf! I could not believe it. It was really cool because he wanted to shake our hands, too, and so we all got up and lined up and took turns shaking President and Sister Uchtdorf's hand. It was really cool. He and his wife both gave powerful talks on remaining diligent and obedient, declaring and practicing repentance, and treasuring up Chapter 3 of "Preach My Gospel", basically what we teach people out here. It was really, really good.

Well, that's all I have for this week! Hopefully I'll have more exciting news to report next week!! I love you all!!

Elder Grondel

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