Sunday, January 4, 2009

New Year's Update!

This is Jeff's latest letter from today. Just thought I'd add it and while I am wish everyone a Happy New Year. And fill everyone in on how things are going. We are all doing good. It's good to be back home (even though we thoroughly enjoyed our trip to San Diego). We really had fun going to the San Diego temple, Sea World, Coranado beach and historic hotel, and the San Diego Zoo, and visiting our friends the Velez family. This week I've just been trying to recouperate. And today was a nice, peaceful Sunday. We had Lacey's kids with us for church (she had to work) and I had my first day as one of the Sunbeam teachers in our ward. I loved it. This is such a cute class. I'm so excited about teaching these little kids. Well, here is Jeff's latest letter.

Well my new years was good we didn't do anything special it wasn't really new years but it is the new year anyways. Things are going well with the work but we were still unable to get Tegan and Sara to church. There is no Public transport out there on weekends. They live in a place called Rollands Plains it is about 45 minutes out of Port and way out of the way. We called the branch president who is older, rich, and retired and has two nice cars to see if he would be willing to do it and he basically asked us why we were teaching somebody so far away and said it was a really big thing of us to ask him to do and we asked him if he knew anybody in the branch that would be willing or able to do it and he told us that he would discuss it in branch council which we aren't invited to and then we followed up with him and he said that this branch didn't have the means to pick up investigators that far away. It wouldn't have been so bad if he wouldn't have been so rude and unemphathetic about the whole situation. He basically didn't want to help at all and it was a very frustrating thing. He didn't even act excited or happy that there were people who wanted to be Baptized. But oh well i mean if he doesn't want the gospel in others lives bad enough to sacrifice for it then he loses the blessings from that sacrifice. I just wish that it didn't effect our investiagtors lives or salvation.Anyways we might have to push their baptism back again and i am afraid that it might just take months for them to get a car or transportation and everything and so it would push everything else back and pretty soon they will just turn into eternal investigators or will just drop off. They are just so prepared for the gospel it is rediculous. Anywho.... That is way awesome that Utah beat Alabama for the sugar bowl i heard that espn was going on about it. And it sounds like the wrestling team is doing okay. I would think Janie would be a bit better at telling me who is doing good and things since she is taking stats but oh well i guess i will just have to suffer in ignorance. hahaha. So anyways it sounds like your trip was good and you guys had a good time. Did you guys go to the beach or was it to cold? In a few weeks President Scruggs is coming up and spending a weekend up here with his family and the branch is having a beach party that weekend and president sent us an e-mail and we get to go and he said we can go down on the sand but didn't say anything about the water so i would imagine that we will be restricted from the water. All good. He is going to take us all out to dinner and everything that night so it should be fun. He is going to be speaking in church and they are doing compined relief society and priesthood also so i bet he is going to really try to get this branch going with missionary work and stuff so it will be really interesting. Anyways so how is the family? It sounds like things are going alright. What is everybosy up to. How are the Mills's and the Barneys and everybody going. Tell them i said hello and i love em. Anyways well we are going to have Elder Butters the zone leader and his trainee Elder Putnam coming down from Grafton and we are going on exchanges in our area and having district meeting and stuff so it should be a good week. Anyways i love you and miss you all i hope things are going awesome and i pray for ya heaps.
Elder Lundgreen