So we got to talk to Lloyd for Mothers' Day, which was really awesome. He goes to a members house with Internet and we get to do Skype so we can see him. He looks really good and he's really growing up.
He's starting to get nervous about coming home, which is actually good. It means that he has been putting himself into his mission and really focusing on working hard and working with the people of Panama. It will be overwhelming to him when he gets home. First, he will experience the loss of his mission and he really won't know what to do with himself. That will be a big change. I remember when I came home from my mission and the second I got off the plane it hit me that I was home and I wanted to go back. The second is that he has been in very poor and humble places and coming home will be a shock. We tend to forget how blessed we are to live in a wonderful country and we are used to so many things that others don't. Things like hot water, carpeting, electricity that always works, etc. He says he can't wait to feel carpet again.
I think Lloyd is enjoying being a Zone Leader. He does a lot to encourage the other missionaries, which is really good. Leadership in the church is much more about serving others than telling them what to do and I think he has discovered that. He makes brownies, cake, treats and other things to motivate the missionaries. He makes it fun and that's important.
He's getting along good with his companion. He said that at first he wasn't sure because he had heard things about him, but they are doing well and get along good. They work hard.
It's amazing to hear him talk in Spanish. While talking to us, occasionally someone will talk to him and he will respond and he's very fast! It's fun to see that. If he keeps his language skills it will help him in life. I wish I knew a second language.
Well, only another month and Lloyd comes home.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Note: this past week we had a change in our ward and Bishop Buhler was released as Bishop. He’s been the bishop for about five years and was the Bishop that interviewed Lloyd for his mission. So I shared the news with him and this is his reaction.
What?!. That kinda sucks, Brody was awesome. This will certainly be interesting. And well, it sucks, I dont want to come home, it kinda sucks like that. But hey, what can I do. Wow. I guess in two years a lot happens. And thank you for taking care of everything for me, it means a lot. Because it means I can just freak out about my ward and investigators, haha.
Today was cool, we played soccer and capture the flag as a zone. It’s kind of funny, I am spoiling my zone a lot. I make them brownies and cake, I buy them chocolate or stuff like that, which honestly no other zone leader did for me, and I wanted to help them to relax on their only day off. And today I bought them pizza, haha. I feel bad for my comp and the future ZL here, because they are going to be used to getting treats from me that they might rebel against them, haha.
But this week was good, we worked hard and I died, got the flu pretty bad. But we are progressing pretty well with a few investigators that we are sure are going to get baptized. Just working hard and taking care of the zone, it’s pretty awesome. Love you tons, thanks for everything!
Haha, the mission has actually made me a bit crazier. But this week was pretty cool. I went on divisions with a new guy, and it was good. We were walking around and started talking to this lady who spoke a little of English, and she invited us inside to talk to her. So we started talking and we taught the lesson, and I gave my testimony after. Well, then she said that everyone can see angels, because the lord loves us! Ok. Then she tells us that she has seen an angel. Really? Yup, and that she was at an evangelical camp, and there were 70 pastors going around and preaching and all that jazz. Well, evangelicals around here are kind of obsessed with the whole oil anointing deal. So she says that her hair was drenched in oil, and I alllllllllllllmost said "you needed to take a shower". Took a lot of willpower to not say that. Well, then she says that there was an angel floating on a platform, and it had wings and a trumpet and was flinging oil everywhere, probably would put BP to shame.
And another day we were going around contacting, and this guy invites us inside, and started to talk to us about his life, and how he used drugs and alcohol and his life was horrible, and now he has quit drugs and has quit drinking, and wants to start coming to church, so that is going to be pretty awesome to be able to teach him. We also had a pretty cool experience because we helped carry a guy’s bag full of liquor bottles, and then we started to teach him. It was a good lesson, and he told us about his brother, who when he was arrested, the police hit him so bad that he lost his eye, and is now suing the city for 500,000 dollars. You could buy a whooooole lot of alcohol with that, haha.
So, not bragging, because I don’t think I teach super well. But we have DVDs called The District, where it’s a "picture perfect" Mormon missionaries teaching, and all that. Well, my companion told me that I am probably the best teacher he has been with, and I should make one of those videos. Jaja.
Well, my zone is doing awesome. The goal for the week is always 100 contacts, and we have nine companionships in our zone. Well, this week, we did, as a zone, 1204 contacts, which is super awesome. So I am going to be making them cake and they will be able to throw water balloons at me, jaja.
This week was really awesome, because we worked a ton with less actives that no one visits. No one does their visits. Nobody. The bishop talks about it, but doesn’t do anything. So we are visiting a ton of people, and a lot of them came on Sunday. And not only that, a few brought friends to church so that we could meet them and teach them. It was awesome. We taught an investigator who received her response in a dream, because she asked God to give her a response to whether she should be baptized or not. Well, in the dream, she was in an out of body experience, and saw Jesus, and Jesus told her to not be afraid, and that she will be ok. The only problem with her baptism is that she lives on a super high hill far away, but we will get her to church. We also are teaching a lot of people that live with members, and there is a house full of kids that are going to church, and they are helping their cousin become ready to get baptized, it’s pretty awesome.