Monday, December 15, 2008

Letter 2

Here is another letter from Jeff!

Well this last week was a crazy one. I felt lost all week because i was transfered into a new area. It is a really beautifull area i live about two minutes from the beach and can hear the waves crashing when it gets loud enough so it is pretty neat. It is hot enough that a cool swim in the ocean would be really nice most days. It actually rained for about two days straight just after i got into this new area so things got pretty depressing feeling and then it got really really warm and humid for a couple days and so it was just throwing us for a loop but all is well the work must go on. We have a few investigators up here in Port Macquarie that look pretty promising and Elder Bregante and myself are pretty excited for the upcoming few months. Elder Bregante is from Santa Cruz California and is about two or three inches shorter than me and stocky built he is hilarious and an awesome cook. We have gotten along really well so far and so things are looking good. I really just am trying to learn my way around the area so that i can be more usefull and take my part more as senior companion and lead out but it will take a little time to get to know the people here and the area it is a massive area we cover it takes about 2 hours to drive from top to bottom and a little more from side to side(at least i think anyways).I am still a district leader over sisters and i have a sister from Utah and one from New Zealand and they are probably considered the "Trouble sisters" of the mission. I have only got in one little dispute with them so far because they didn't like something i asked them to do but all is well we worked it out and they came to their senses. haha They actually had a baptism this last weekend and so friday evening we drove down so i could do the baptismal interview and then we were given speciel permission from president to spend the night at some members in their area because it is like a hour and a half trip and the baptism was in the morning and the zone leader wanted us to attend the baptism too. So we stayed at this 80 year old couples house... It was kinda like staying at your grandparents you don't know haha. They cooked us Eggs and Bacon in the morning and everything so it wasn't to shabby.This week we get on the train on Wednsday morning and spend most of the day on the train down to Sydney and that night we will go work with some of the elders down there and the next day is our christmas conference and then we spend the night again and travel back up the next morning early. It should be a fun week we will get to attend the temple and everything so we are looking forward to it.The Branch here is pretty small maybe 30-40 people at sacrament. Our chapel is a remodled barn haha and is pretty tiny. The members here seem pretty cool. i haven't even unpacked all of my stuff from my suitcases since i got here last week we have just tried to get out and work as much as possible and i usually just feel to tired and wore out by the end of the day but hopefully i will get settled in soon. We are only taking part of our preperation days this month because we have so many days we can't really go out tracting and stuff with the holidays so president asked us to get out as much as possible when we can. It is kinda rough but oh well I guess sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven.We really need blessings i have just really been trying to work on my own desire and love for the people and the work because i struggle at times with it but i am working on becoming better. I know that the lord will help us overcome our weaknesses if we humbly work and pray for strength to overcome them. I know that we have a savior and that he knows us and has atoned for us so we can repent, change, and become better. I am gratefull for the opportunity to be serving here in Australia and serving Heavenly Father by serving these people. I love you all and miss ya heaps.
Elder Lundgreen

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