I hope you all had a great week. We had a good week here.
It was a long week, not a lot happened, unfortunately. A few days we spent all day trying to contact referrals and potential investigators without really any success. We did pick up one new investigator, who actually used to be taught 3 years ago-- Antonio . He is a single dad, 33 years old and has an 8-yr-old son, Eddie. He is a super-active athlete between soccer, volleyball, and softball. Strong Catholic background, but he said he is always willing to learn more about other religions. When we went over there, he said he still had his Book of Mormon from a few years ago, and it was in a very accessable place. Most people put theirs in a box or throw it away but that was good news. We've had some other new investigators but some of them are more promising than others. Antonio has some good potential.
We had a hard time getting a hold of Max recently but we finally got to teach him again. He and his wife Becca are still focused on the temple and getting him baptized. Because we hadn't met for a couple weeks we'll have to push his baptism date back, but he will be fine.
Elder Bailey was sick this week, so we had to stay in for an evening on Wednesday. We had some weird concoction of Billy's on Monday that probably started it. He gets really bad stomach pains after every meal but he's feeling better now.
We weren't able to get a hold of John all week, which was strange. He's usually home all day every day, but ever since he got his car and bucks, he's been out doing who knows what. He's been drinking pretty heavily and smoking and probably other stuff. He's taken several steps backward as far as spiritual progression goes. We hope we can get a hold of him and help him start doing the right stuff again. He's starting again to really screw up his life. He got a great blessing in permanent disability income, but he's spent all of his money so far on stupid stuff, especially vodka. Let's hope he turns around soon.
Jamie, Christine, Billy, and August all went with Bishop Marler to the temple last Tuesday to do a baptisms for the dead session. They all had extremely spiritual experiences and loved it. Their testimonies grew a lot in just a week. For example, Jamie said "The last 16 months and after I got baptized, I thought for sure this was the right thing to do for me and my children. It all seemed right. After having gone, I know. I know I know I know it is the best thing I can possibly be doing." Christine and Billy said something similar. We haven't been able to talk to August much about it, but he did mention he really enjoyed it.
One of our zone leaders, Elder Brown, is a trombone player from Brighton HS in Cottonwood Heights. We talked about band and I'm pretty sure he's going to join the Utah marching band when he gets back (goes home next week). He said that'd always been a dream, and after talking, he decided he'd audition. That would be really neat to have a buddy in the trombone section when I get back!
That's about all I have this week. I hope you all are doing well. I appreciate your support and emails and stuff. Mothers Day in a couple weeks, and it's time to talk again! Hurray!
This will probably be my last week in Escondido, which is tough. I really love it here. Transfer calls are Saturday, so I'll let you know next week.
Love you all
Elder La Follette
Monday, April 25, 2011
First off, Happy Birthday Mike on Sunday! 31?? Sheesh. Hope it was a good one!
It was a quick week, but a lot happened! I will have to shorten my stories considerably because it took a week for them to happen but I have about 15 minutes on here to tell you.
I'll go in chronological order except I'll start with the best news-- Jamie and Christine are officially baptized and confirmed members of the Church! Saturday was a great day! President Cook and his wife came to the baptism service. Bishop Marler baptized Jamie, perfectly on the first time. Elder Bailey took 3 tries to baptize Christine (rookies...). He did fine, but her hair and much of her knee came up the first time, and the second time her knee came up again. Before the 3rd time, President Cook suddenly appeared right next to me (not 10 seconds before he was standing in the back of the room with a giant crowd of people between us--I was a witness) and told Christine to sit down in the water. We had told her before but she had forgotten. He reminded me of the butler guy on Mr. Deeds--"I'm very sneaky sir." Later Pres and Sis Cook were talking to Billy outside in the parking lot. We were in our car watching them briefly. When they were done, Billy walked in between them and us, and when he passed them, they were gone! We looked around and they had vanished. We drove around and within about 7 seconds they had made it from the door of the church to their car halfway across the parking lot. They are QUICK!
My camera came in the mail that I ordered so I can start getting y'all more pictures now. Hopefully I can get some off this week in the mail.
Had a sore back for about 4 days this week. One morning was really really bad. Mom (and Camille I think) remember my sophomore year when I hurt my back really bad and I couldn't even walk the day of the parade? It hurt that bad on Thursday. Ouch. I took 5 ibuprofen and that did a good job. Still hurt but we could go out and work.
On Friday we had our monthly ward dinner in the gym at the church. This time the YMYW were doing a fundraiser where people brought in stuff from home to sell, and all the money would go to the YMYW. We decided to contribute too! We put in our Book of Mormon and a Finding Faith in Christ DVD. The silent auction happened throughout dinner. We watched the bidding for other items all around go up and up and up and not one person had bid on our stuff! People were buying cakes and thank you cards and stuff but no one wanted the word of God. We eventuall went to our book and took the starting bid price off and put "FREE" on it. Still no bids. When the auctioning was over, Chuck Borough went and bought our book for $4. He said "hey maybe I can read this again!" We all had a good laugh. No one bought the DVD though. For dinner, we sat down to eat with some of the young couples that we're buddies with. In a short time, about 6 people at the table were all ganging up on and giving Elder Bailey a hard time for being a Red Sox fan. It was really funny. When the dinner was over, 3 people handed us desserts that they bought but didn't want. So we went home with a cheesecake, a GIANT chocolate/cherry cake, and some weird oatmeal or something.
Saturday morning we went to help Brother Olsen in his yard. We helped him last week, and this week we helped him get rid of some brick walls he didn't want up anymore. I did most of the sledge hammering (my hands are still sore). It was so fun! Then he whipped out a jack hammer to use to finish the wall off. Those are so fun to use! Very heavy but really fun. We split the jack hammer time 50/50 because it was so tiring to use. Elder Bailey didn't want to try so he didn't get in on the fun.
Saturday night after the baptism we had dinner with the Velasquez family again. They are a young couple that we're buddies with. All of the last 3 times they've fed us it was after a baptism. Part of the conversation we talked about stake conference coming up. We asked if they knew a Brother Weddle in the Felicita Ward that they could point out for us. Apparently Eric Weddle and his wife are really good friends with the Velasquezs and they hang out a lot. Sis V texted him to come over, and we were really excited! But they were in Utah watching a movie. We'll have to try again in a week or so.
On Sunday after the confirmations for Christine and Jamie, they were getting the sacrament ready. It was going to be their first official sacrament, and they were really excited. Then Jamie's little baby Fiona starting screaming so Jamie had to take her out. When she was halfway down the aisle, Sister Fraedrich, the RSP, stopped her and took the baby so Jamie could go sit down, and Sis F took the baby outside. That was really, really neat to see that. Jamie and Christine had a really good experience with the sacrament.
The past two times we visited John, he was plastered drunk. He bought a car--I don't know what for, but what the heck. The first time we went over he brought us outside to show us his new car. He showed us our own car. He started rubbing it and said "look, it's even your color! Isn't it pretty?" Then he kept hugging us which was weird. Yesterday we went back and this time he showed us his real new car. Showed us 3 times. We also went with him to throw his vodka and cigarettes away in the dumpster. He's pretty remorseful when he's drunk. I wish he'd be that way when he was sober!
That's all I got for this week! I hope you all are well. Thanks for your love and prayers. Have a good week
Elder Jon La Follette