Letter #86 5/28/12 Bug Bite!

hey fam! whats up!

its been another great week here in sabancuy!  working with elder
Garcia!   This week we got our first hit of the rainy season--
apparently its going to be raining a lot more often now!   it rained
super hard yesterday, and during the week it rained a lot in the
afternoons and at night.  We only reallly got super super soaked
saturday because the other days we were in lessons during the rain!
there have been some awesome thunder and lightning though!    also-
you´d think because its raining it would be colder-- its not.   just
more humid!   the sun is super strong,  i´m turning into a mexican!
my tan lines are lookin super great haha, i even have a tan line from
where the sun has burned me through my shirt,  and you can see the
mark of my tie!

Also this week i got bit by some bug, i´m not sure what it was, i
think it must have been a spider!  the first day it was fine, it just
itched and hurt a ton, but after 2 days it wasnt getting better and my
hand was going purple!!  so we went to the hospital and they gave me a
shot and some medicine to take! and it took about 2 days but my hands
back to normal now! ha yikes.  we also sprayed the house with a bug
spray thats supposed to keep the bugs away for at least  a month!

this week has also been interesting with the food,  we ate shark one
day,  yesterday day we had pig skin, and today they gave us oysters!

On the spiritual side, we had interviews with the president this week!
 it was a great experience.  he always seems to know exactly what i
need to hear.  i expressed to him some doubts about whether all the
work i had done in Cardenas (my last area) had been a success,  and we
talked about how to know if we´ve had a successful mission.  if we
feel that the spirit has worked through us on a day to day basis we
can know that the lord is using us as an instrument.  its not as
important whether or not the people you teach accept-- abinadi
testified against wicked king noah, and they killed him.  abinadi
never saw alma converted.  moses lead his people for 40 years in the
desert and then the lord told him that they would break the covenant
and go and worship false gods--  and that doesnt mean moses and
abinadi were failures.    at the end of the interview the president
told me that cardenas hasnt hearkened unto the voice of the servants
of the lord and my testimony and the testimony of the other elders
that have served in cardenas will stand as a testimony against them in
the last day--  it was pretty intense, and i felt better because i
seriously did work so hard there in Cardenas with my companions to
help the people and raise up the ward there.

 also he told me i wont be finishing my mish here in sabancuy, that
he´s going to send me to another area to finish my mision!

As for jack and slate, i was just thinking this last week and i wanted
to know how you two are doing in your Duty to God??   my companion and
i are working with the young men in the ward so that they can finish
it! and as i´ve been reading the pamphlet this week í´ve seriously
felt the spirit.  i know that it is an inspired program,  and its so
much better than the program that i had when i did it!   i dont know
how much you´ve done but i invite the both of you to sit down and put
some goals to finish it!    its something that will strenghten your
testimony and help to you better understand the duties you have as a
holder of the priesthood!

As for the investigators!   p and y still arent married---
but they´re way more excited.  thursday is the wedding day!  the wards
going to help us more this week.  the branch president and his family
are going to visit them this week to keep them excited!   and then
this next sunday they should be getting baptized!

well i love ya´ll a bunch!
hope you have a great week
-elder lloyd

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