Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Your problem is in the Hydrocoil

Great to hear from you again! Well this letter might have spacing issues, the keyboard I am using is moderately broken and when I type fast the space bar doesn't register and so there are no spaces in my words. Actually amendment to that, the person sitting next to me just left and so I took the keyboard from that computer. I am glad that school is going well for everyone! Sounds like it is fun. You did guess right mom, I have a good guess when your birthday is and when Nathaniel's is-but I am not sure so I just made sure that the cards got there in September :P I am glad they got there. Gma and Gpa can email me, not a problem there.
First off this week we had a Baptism! We have been teaching a girl named Lassarnla Morgan for a while now and we finally got her baptized! It went well! Haha, probably the craziest week yet. On Sunday we had planned for the baptism on Saturday, then we learned that she was going to YW camp thingy and wasn't going to be here on Saturday. So we changed the day to Wednesday. Wednesday came. We had an hour till the baptism so we were going to go to the ministry of labor to work on some papers for new missionaries. We get there, hop in the elevator and it breaks! We get stuck in an elevator! Luckily it got fixed quickly and we left to the chapel. At the chapel the water pressure was low so we only had about a knees depth of water. Since we had changed the day to Wednesday not many members knew and everyone was at work. We frantically tried to find a priesthood holder to be there as a witness. Eventually we got a few and everyone showed up. We started an hour late but we had a lot of members there. Lassarnla goes to put on the baptism suit, and the zipper breaks. Luckily one of the members knew where some next baptism suits were hidden and we pulled out those. Unfortunately they are all big suits so the one we gave her was quite large on her, but oh well, it worked. Eventually the baptism happened and all was good. The larger suit made it even harder to do the baptism in shallow water because it just wanted to float. Crazy day but we were happy that it all worked out and now she is with the YW of the branch. It was good for her mother to. Her mother has been a member for a while but has been fairly less active and this has been a good opportunity for her to begin to come back to church.
That was the most eventful thing of the week. This email is coming a bit late, the assistants had a baptism this morning that we went to and then our car battery died because we had been using the cd player without the car being on. It was weird that it died so quickly, but oh well, it is working again and all is well.
On Sunday our dinner appointment fell through because the sister who normally feeds us went out of town. Thankfully I had gone to pizza hut and hadn't eaten all my pizza so I just reheated what I had saved and at that. Made for a decent meal, but I would have preferred fresh cooked food.
Twice a week we go to the post office to get all the mail for the missionaries. The post office is possibly the most untech place in Jamaica. They have a few light bulbs on the ceiling that light the building poorly and other than that not a piece of technology is in that building. When we have packages to pick up it takes forever, they have to write down all this random information from the box and fill out all this paper work. It would be a lot easier if they had a computer and utilized bar codes. Jamaica doesn't have much of a mail delivery system, you pretty much have to have a P.O. box. It is possible to get it delivered to your house, but you have to pay extra. I saw one of the mail delivery men earlier this week - He rode a bicycle. I don't know if that is how they all do it, but it made me chuckle.
Things in the office have been going well. This week we have been closing a lot of houses and moving missionaries around. It has been a big pain and a lot of driving. I will be happy when we are done with all these houses that are closing. There has been a lot of extra furniture that we don't know what to do with, our original idea was to just had it out for free (we gave a table to a guy who was walking down the street and asked us for it) but now we are trying to sell some of it and it is just making it more trouble than it is worth. Oh well
I got the cards from the reunions, that was nice! I enjoyed reading them, good idea. Sounds like donette and cal are doing good in elko. Hopefully they get into their house soon, haha.
Yet again I have run out of things to say. We have some good investigators. A Mother, her daughter, and the next door neighbor. All three of them are doing well. They enjoy the lessons and don't have any major concerns that we know of. We met them last week when they randomly showed up to church and we hope to see them again tomorrow. It is always weird to see how we get our best investigators. It seems that all the investigators that we have from just calling out at random houses normally don't go anywhere but it is always the ones that the Lord puts into our path that turn out to be the best investigators.
Driving has been going well. The switch from left hand drive right side of the road to Right hand drive left side of the road was actually really easy to make. The hardest part, initially, it the turn signals. They are also on the opposite side so for the first day of driving, a month and a half ago, I kept turning on the windshield wipers instead of the turn signals.
On Sunday we were going to a members home to teach them and randomly a marching band walked in front of us at a stop sign. It took forever to pass, it was weird, I have never seen a parade or band or anything like unto it in Jamaica. Turned out it was for a funeral and a casket eventually passed. The casket was glass so you could see inside. Sort of creepy.
That is about it for the week. I hope that all is going great back home! Enjoy the week at school. I liked your insights into the war chapters dad. I am almost their, by next Saturday I will probably have finished them, depends on how much of my study I devot to just reading. Congrats Nathaniel on your Arrow of light! I love you all!
-Elder B. Kent Talbert

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like the person you baptized must have a great purpose. This explains all of the obstacles. Glad you got it done.

    Sounds like you are doing well. This is great news. Keep up the good work.