Letter #20 02/21/11 Dominoes Customer of the Month!!

hola familia,  como estan ustedes!!

ah, it was sooo good to get your letters this afternoon.     glad you
liked the video.  it was a last minute thought.  i recorded it right
before i left to send the package to you!!   i think i{m going to do
more of those and maybe not use the tapes. the tapes are difficult.
idk.  and it costs like 40 bucks to send a package i think i cant just
send a memorry card in an envelope and it  will be more cheap. and
then you can see my face more often!!   but i love your  tapes! keep
sending them!!!  i havent got your valentines package yet but i{ll tell you
when i recieve it!

its been a pretty busy week and better week.   i think that the sunday
before i last wrote you was one of my most depressing days in the
mission so far. but things were really good this week.  we worked
really hard and ended up with 4 investigators that came to church!!
woot.  L,  J- brother of M, and a new family that we
started teaching this past week. they{re pretty much gold. and all the
investigators enjoyed the meeting so thats good!  also we did better
with our goal this week. we invited almost every person to be baptised
that we taught,  but we didnt put dates specific with all of them.
we have 2 baptismal dates for this coming saturday,  a girl named K and then Miguel! woot.  but Miguel{s is a little bit iffy,
we{re meeting with him tommorrow to make it more sure.  and i think J will be baptised the 5th of march hopefully!
thank you guys so much for your prayers on behalf of my companion and
i and nuestros investigadores!!
so remember how i told you all that we{ve been working with the members
a lot right?  well its paid off a bit!   this guy, when
we started visiting him, he said he was a retired mormon.  ha he had
problems with drinking and smoking and said that really the church was
more like guidelines for your life.   but we visited him a few
different times and everytime we{d teach him about christ and one of
the times we asked him about his prayers. and he said he hadnt prayed
in a really long time, because he didnt feel worthy to pray!   we
taught him that youre never unworthy to pray.  god wants to hear from
every one of his children and its in the moments that we most feel
like we dont want to pray that we need to pray the most.  basically
this guy started praying that night and hasnt missed a sunday in over
a month.  we went to visit him this week again and he told us that hes
a new mormon.  he invited a friend to come listen to us.  he says he
wants to serve a mission with his wife later in his life.   ah
basically it was pretty incredible to see him change.  i have a firm
testimony that the gospel of jesus christ when put into action changes
we had a zone meeting this martes that was pretty incredible.  we
learned a ton of really incredible things.  a lot of times as
missionaries its so easy to fall into the habit of worrying more about
the numbers than the people. if youre not careful you start contacting
people just have that number be higher at the end of the week.   and
a lot of the times as missionaries we fall into the habit of comparing
ourselves with the AP{s and leaders of the zone.  but in this zone
conference we talked about how the only person we should be comparing
ourselves with is christ.   we should really be trying everyday to be
doing in our area the things that he would do.  really the positions
dont matter at all. at alllll.   the only thing that matters is that
we{re demonstrating the love for each person that we come in contact
with that christ would show for them.
also in my personal study this week i had a bit of a lesson in humilty
ha. yikes.  i was reading in d and c 50 verse 26  and i dont know
what it says in english but in spanish it says el que es ordenado por
dios y enviado,  este es nombrado para ser el mayor, a pesar de ser el
menor y el siervo de todos.   entonces, our calling as missionaries is
one of the greatest calling there is, but we{re called to be the
lowest of all, and to serve all.   and then i was reading in john 3.30
 where the disciples of john the baptist come to him and they{re
kind of angry because all the people that had been followers of john
the baptist started to follow jesus christ, and they ask john the
baptist, something like -- what should we do.  and john the baptist
knew that jesus was the one that he had been called to prepare the way
for.  and he says in verse 30  he must increase and i must decrease.
--    and i have been thinking about that a lot this week.   what
things in my life here as a missionary need to decrease so that christ
can increase,  so that everyday i{m a better representative of him.

the scriptures are pretty amazing.  since january first we{ve been
reading one chapter from d and c and one chapter from the book of
mormon everyday and i{ve learned sooooooo much.

but on a less spiritual note.
ha. so this is about the most funny thing thats happened to me here.
we were in a lesson with an investgator and we got this call and my
companion told me to go outside and answer it, ha,  and turns out it
was dominoes!!! bahaha, they were calling us to congratulate us that
we were the customers of the week!! bahahaha.  this award goes to the
person who ordered pizza the most times during the month! ha.   and as
a reward they gave us a certificate and balloons and there was an
official representative of dominoes there to award us and then they
gave us a coupon for 5 free pizzas. but you have to use them all at
the same time, it cant be like one every other night. it has to be in
one order. but still. pretty legit no?   ha.  pretty much we{re going
to have a party with our favorite investigators sometime this month.

also.  if you could send me a list of the scripture masteries that
would be nice.

anyway.  gtg.  but i love you all, talk to ya next week!!

elder lloyd

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