Monday, September 28, 2009

28 September 09

(Question, have you seen Elder Hales, from the Canyon Gate Ward, yet-Editor) As to Elder Hales, nope. Haven’t seen him yet cause he’s still in Espinar, which isn’t exactly in my zone… but every change meeting I have it in my head to look for him. Maybe this next change meeting (21 oct) I’ll get to talk with him for a bit. As to the meetings we have, every Monday morning we have a zone study, and every Wednesday we have district meetings, and then once every change we have a multi-zone meeting with president, and then an interview every change too. Work visits come by every now and again too. Tonight my companion is gonna go work with one of the zone leaders (Elder Johnson) and the other (Elder Hoyos) is gonna come work with me in Lobitos. It’ll be the first work exchange I’ve had with a zone leader, but with district leaders it’s more common. We had one with our DL (Elder Utani) about 2 days ago.
Being a trainer… let’s see… first, I have to do all the planning, I have to make all the phone calls, and I have to teach for most of the lessons because he’s a bit nervous to teach. He’s a good teacher when he’s not scared, so once he gets over that he’ll be fine. I have to teach him some of the stuff President Elmer taught us when he wasn’t here, how to present the Book of Mormon and stuff like that. And we have to work on memorizing scriptures and the points of the lesson that we need to touch.
Oh ya, we have 6 people with a baptismal date, but now the real test is seeing if they’ll do what it takes to be baptized. The biggest problem we have in this sector is getting them to go to church. We teach a bunch of lessons, we have service activities sometimes, we get people to accept a date to get baptized… but they don’t come to church. We’ll drop by their house early in the morning and they aren’t there, or they don’t answer cause they’re sleeping, or they went to the market, or they’re at their friend’s house. It’s sad, but we’re working on some different ways to get them to church, cause something’s gotta change.
Something to send me…
well now we can watch any movie or video of the church, so if you have some cool videos for a family Home Evening or something like that, that would be cool

Love you guys, I’ll send you that video when I get the sd card

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

21 Sept 2009

Well ya, I wrote you last week, and when I tried to send the email the server kicked me off the website, along with almost all the other elders too. It was just great. Anyways, that’s cool that when I finish my first year in the mission, David’s (Coulson's cousin-ED) just gonna be getting to the MTC. Its weird to think we’re all at this point in our lives already. Its like I never thought it would actually come up.
Anyways, my new companion is Elder Pizarro, he’s here from Lima, a place called Villa Salvador. He’s three years older than me, but he’s still my baby boy. Ya, looks like I just had a kid! Whooo!!! I beat Calder and Ivy to the punch. Ya, right now he has a little over a week in the mission, which means I’m training, and I’m senor companion, and I have a lot more responsibilities. Its interesting… but ya, that just the way it is. Anyways, this isn’t even really his mission. His assigned mission is Venezuela, but he has to wait for his visa to come through before he takes off, which means he’ll stay here for up to 6 months waiting. And like all the new missionaries, he’s really afraid, and nervous, but he’s coming along really quick because I’m making him challenge people to baptism. That’s what my companions did to me to, and now its really easy to do.
As to my sector… Lobitos, or in English, Little Wolves… its pretty big, and we have a lot of work to do. Oh, and we have a mega-shopping mall in my sector too, called Minka, so we can pretty much find whatever we need at any time.
And with every one of our investigators, the problem we have is just finding them. Its like they’re always working or playing soccer or volleyball and we never have time to teach them, and then they won’t be in their homes on Sunday so they can’t come to church. It makes it really difficult, but ya, we’re still working with them. More than anything though, we need to work with the new converts. Its kinda funny that right when my last comp left, his converts started to come back to church. Anyways, we have to work a lot with getting the inactive members back to church, so our baptisms are gonna fall a little bit, but I’m still happy when I see two or three families coming back to church. Pensionista… Hermana Julia… Not too much to say, but we live above the pension, with the bishop, his wife and daughter (about 40 years old). She’s really cool, and thanks to her I actually made it through my last change. I talked to her a lot and she helped me be a lot more patient.

Know that I'm doing a lot better now that i have a different companion, and I'm am very grateful for your prayers. Love you guys

Friday, September 18, 2009

August 2009

A whole months worth of emails from Elder Huntington - Editor

Ya, so Calder, I'd probably go with Clara or Harley (Coulson's 1st niece and our 1st granddaughter and now they are thinking Piper as well-Ed) . And ya, so i had my first argument with my companion this week, which was weird because i realized that i could actually argue in Spanish, and again because we had to argue. Its not what i ever thought that I would experience in the mission. but ya, i'm taking Dallin's advice whole heartedly about that 'if you're gonna laugh about it later, laugh about it now' thing. So almost all of the time i have a smile on my face and i think he resents me even more for that. I have no idea what to do about this whole situation, but i figure if its only for about 3 more weeks, i can deal. I never really had to try to test my patience before, but right now i'm definitely feeling would i would call growing pains. - (Coulson is so mellow that we have a hard time trying to figure out how come someone would not get along with him, now has a new Companion and things are much better - I almost left this out, and I did leave out some particulars, but this may happen to any missionary - Ed)

As to how my days are, we teach a lot, and its even better when we go on splits because i can actually teach with the spirit, and we almost always meet our daily goals. We find about 20 new investigators every week, but we end up falling through with most of them because my companion doesn't want to follow up. A baptism fell through this week too, i don't exactly know why, but some of the members said that its because he saw Elder Miranda do some things that weren't exactly things that missionaries should do. Hopefully we can save him and a few others, because Daniel, a young fella of about 80 years, has a date on the 29th.

And as for you Jesse (Coulson's sister Becca's new brother in law-ED), enjoy your time the the MTC, i found the best friends in my mission there, and that is way too weird to beleive that there is actually an MTC in Ghana. And don't even worry about the time, it just flies.

Love you all!!!! Just keep on smiling :)

As to what to send in the birthday package, ties are great, cd’s of Disney music would be cool (Aladin and Mulan) and I thank you so much for your support. In these last few weeks I’ve been thinking of Vegas a lot. And if you could, send me a
picture of Vegas too so I can show the pension, they want to see my house and my city.
I love you guys so much. Tell angela I’ll send her a letter soon. Whoo, 20 years old on Saturday!!!!

I got the birthday package and it was amazing! The pension enjoys the music too, and I’ll be able to listen to music next change, so I’m pretty pumped for that. We had 3 baptisms this month. Friday we baptized a young guy that just fell from heaven to be baptized in our ward, and Saturday I baptized the viejito. It was a little difficult to actually do the baptism, but he’s way cool. The members always call him ‘the prophet Daniel’ because he has the white hair and the many many