Monday, August 19, 2013

Week of Insects!


I know, what an intriguing title, right?  You're probably wondering whatever could have happened this week for me to title it the week of insects...  Well hold on tight, because here it comes.


Yep, it's true, I've seen them with my own eyes.  It was a perfect contrast to the joy I felt when I learned that fireflies exist.  About a week ago I started noticing a lot of bites on my arms and legs.  Now that didn't concern me, because we do a lot of work up North in a little town surrounding a lake, and I'm convinced that all mosquitoes in the world come from that town because there are so many.  Anyway, I wasn't concerned.  But then I started noticing bites on my feet.  I thought to myself, "I know the mosquitoes out here are crazy, but there is no way they could bite my feet through leather..."  So, I checked my mattress after I emailed last week.  Now before you start writing me an "I told you to check your mattress the second you get in every new apartment" email, I did check it.  I don't know when the invasion began, but it most definitely started after I arrived.  But anyway, on with the story.  Well, after some searching, I found the infestation.  Luckily we had some heavy duty insecticide in the apartment, so in a few hours the problem was taken care of.  And there weren't very many, so we had gotten lucky in that we had caught them early before they got really bad.  And they haven't come back, so I'm safe again!  But yeah, I now know the meaning of "Don't let the bedbugs bite!"

So yeah, that was an adventure.

The highlight of this week was by far our Zone Conference last Wednesday.  It was a 6 hour meeting, and it was probably the most amazing meeting I have ever sat through.  I am thoroughly convinced that if every member could have sat through that meeting, the number of convert baptisms would quadruple in a few months!  The topic of the meeting was about how the work is hastening.  President Porter shared with us a bunch of quotes from the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve that they had said during the New Mission President's seminar.  My biggest impression from that was that the time of preparing for the hastening of the work is over.  The hastening has begun, and the work will continue to progress faster and faster, because time is limited.  We all have to share the Gospel and help prepare the way.  I could go on and on, but I don't have time, so you'll just have to take my word that this meeting was amazing.

After that meeting, Elder Graf and I were super pumped to do the work, so we set some new goals and started going.  We have been working for the rest of the week to include the Lord more in our plans and follow the Spirit even more.  From the time I got here, to that meeting, we haven't found one new investigator, but in the 5 days since that meeting, we have found 5!  It is super exciting to say the least!

Yesterday I had a lesson with this lady, and it would be an understatement to say that I was completely lost.  She was trying to convert us to her Mexican religion (I think), so she was talking about all sorts of crazy stuff.  Anytime I thought I understood what was going on, the topic would change, and I would be lost all over again.  Learning Spanish is fun! 

But really, it is.  I enjoy the challenge, even though I just wish I was fluent already...

Well, I didn't prepare a plan for this email, so sorry if I’m rambling.

And that's about it!  Happy Birthday tomorrow Katie!  Good luck at school!  Have a great week!


Elder Foote