Letter #52 10/03/11

Hi all, Elder Lloyd is doing great!  Here's a fun bit of our back-and-forth
emailing from yesterday, and then his main email.  Have a great week!
- marci

some funny stuff thats happend this week-
yesterday my compañion and i ate something thats called -- mole,
pronounced mO - lee,   its basically like dark brown mushed up
peppers, but it just looks like mud. and it tastes disgusting.
bleh.       i think i´ve told you before that i really dont like it.
but my companion really really doesnt like it,  haha it was super
funny we passed like an hour and a half trying to get it down.

> Ha!!!!  That's HILARIOUS!  Was it at a member's house?

yeah it was a members house. but in one of the poorer areas of the
island.     its actually like a delicacy. but seriously i havent heard
of a single american that likes it ha...

(he asked about Landon)
>> Yeah, I think Landon is doing well.  He takes everything in stride, you
>> know?  But I can tell that he's wanting to get things going with his
>> investigators.  He has the same struggles you do with them not coming to
>> church, etc.  He sure LOVES mexico though!!!!!   You and he will have to
>> vacation there together sometime.  Start at Cabo and end in Cancun, eh?

i would love to do that with landon.  that would be sooooooo fun.  i
want to hear him speak spanish!   i bet he´s doing so well

> Any good run-ins with spiders or rats?
> Or any dogs peed on you lately?  We seriously tell that story to someone
> every day.  It's the BEST story -- and it brought you A!!!  The
> Lord works in mysterious ways.  Sometimes ya gotta have a dog pee on ya to
> help you meet up with someone who's ready, right?

ha!  yeah we have a cockroach infestation in our bathroom! thats been
interesting.  because right when we sit down they start coming out the
walls.  lots.  like 10-15 at a time!

Subject: Conferencia General

hey family!

its good to be writing you again.  its suprising how fast the weeks
are flying by. it actually is pretty scary.    i cant believe a year ago
right now i was gearing up to enter the mtc.  crazy crazy crazy.
but i´m super excited to get this next year started out well.    this
week we should finally have a baptism so i´m super excited about that.

this last week has been so good.   we put 6 baptismal dates this week
which is really good.  we´ve got people getting ready for this week
and the coming week.      the whole week was super exciting because
we spent the whole week trying to get people ready to come to general
conference!  we worked really hard and we had lots of people who were
going to come to conference.  and we taught them well and had a really
great week.  friday night when we entered the house we had people who
were commited to come to every session which was so exciting. we
were sure that if we could just get these people to come to
conference they would be able to feel the spirit of the lord and
recieve a testimony.

saturday morning 6 investigators came E and her children, D and her child
and a boy named J who´s twenty one.
we were so excited. la hermana E was taking notes the whole
time and she learned a lot.  D i dont think paid very good
attencion. which was a bummer but j liked it a lot.
no one ended up coming in the afternoon, but the husband of E came to priesthood and felt the spirit there.  when we saw him
afterward he was visibly different and told us he would be coming with
his family sunday!!!! woot.   also priesthood session we had an
inactive guy i´ve been working with since i got here.  he hadnt come
to a meeting in years. but he came and i think he liked it a lot.

sunday morning we had j and e, and their kids,  and a new
investigator named a and her daughter, and a man named
p and a girl named r.   they all heard the prophet speak!
sunday morning was super powerful i loved all the talks!  a came
up to me after and said -- i had some doubts about baptism --- but now
i dont. -- her and her son will be baptised this week.  i´m so
excited for them.   this conference was like the best think thats
happened it months =)

and i was able to learn a lot from the conference as well.   we watched
it in english with all the other gringos.  i watched 1 session in
spanish and its just not the same.  i can understand everything but
its just not the same as being able to hear their actual voices.
they speak with such love.   i loved all the talks about the book of
mormon. especially the one sunday morning, i cant remember who gave it
but it was super powerful. when he talked about "this book was either
written by the devil or by god and i´m going to find out which"
 i also loved the talk by elder holland in the priesthood session.
lots of talks about missionary work, and the book of mormon.      the
talks of boyd k packer and david a bednar to the youth were so good
as well.

anyway. i´m super pumped to be here. i´m happy and healthy.  hearing
the voice of the prophet has helped my companion and i to have more
desires to re-dedicate ourselves to the work.  i´m excited this week
to be able to testify to the people we contact of a living prophet.
that he indeed recieves revelation from god daily for us. he guides
christ church on earth.  god has not stopped speaking with the children
of men.  he loves us and is the same yesterday today and forever.  i
know the scripture in D-C 1 is true, whether by mine own voice or by
the voice of my servants it is the same.

i´m grateful for the chance i have to serve the lord as a missionary
and to bring the joy of the gospel message into the homes of the
people of mexico

elder lloyd

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