Note from mom:
Sorry I did not get his last week's letter up! During the week Bill and I received 2 letters from President Miller (David's mission president). One of them stated that he is being made a trainer and one said he is being made a district leader.
Letter from today;
It has been another great week in the mission field :-) Last Tuesday I picked up my new companion, Elder Krahenbuhl (Sounds like Cranbule), and we got strait to work. Much of this last week was spent doing physical service so we literally had to roll up our sleeves to get it done. I am guessing we spent 20 hours or more moving people last week, and my body ached to prove it. But we both had a lot of fun and my companion said that he is happy to see missionary work isn't just knocking doors all day. We also had the baptism of a 9 year old boy on Saturday, and we are scheduled to have Barbara and her great grandson baptised this coming Saturday. Barbara just found out that she has cancer and has to start treatments soon, but she said she will do her best to have those treatment stalled until after the baptism because she understands how important it is for her and her great grandson to make that sacred covenant. It is so amazing to see the change that has taken place in her. When I got here I was told not to bring up baptism with her because it might scare her away, and now she is pushing back cancer treatments so that she can be baptised as soon as possible. Wow :-)
The ward's excitement here continues to grow for missionary work as well, which I know will have an incredible affect on how many people will be brought to conversion in the Belen area. On Sunday Elder Krahenbuhl and I gave the 5th Sunday lesson to Relief Society and Priesthood about missionary work. I was sick so I sounded horrible the whole time, but my companion did a great job of stepping up in his new ward. The lesson went great and I hope that we were able to ease a lot of the fears many of the members had about missionary work. After we finished teaching, the ward mission leader introduced the 40 day fast to everyone. It is designed so that for 40 days strait, leading up to the 23rd of December, there will be at least one ward member fasting on each of the separate days. Everyone in the room rose their hand when asked if they support it, which means that starting next week we will have someone fasting every single day for 40 days for missionary work specifically. I am so excited to see what miracles are going to come from it!
Well we have to bring the truck in to get some work done on it so I better close this now.
I love you all,
Letter from last Wednesday;
This week is going incredible. My new companion is amazing and is very excited about the work here. I dont have much time but I just wanted to let you know that we are being extremely blessed. Yesterday I brought him to meet the ward mission leader and the spirit was very strong and we all know that now is the time for the missionary work to explode in this area. I cant really think of anything I would want any other way :-) I would tell you his name but its really hard to spell and I can barely remember it right now so I will have to get back to you on that next Monday. Oh, and this weekend we have our first baptism in this area, pics later, so that just adds to the excitement.
Well I gotta get going, I just noticed that the person I am sitting next to is looking at a page with Gordon B. Hinkley on it and they dont appear to be LDS so this might be a good chance to spark up a conversation, even if it is anti she is looking up, lol.
Letter from last Monday;
The news came on Saturday that I will be staying and Elder Thatcher will be leaving and going to Los Crusus tomorrow. I still don't know who my new companion is and won't find out until tomorrow morning. Both Elder Thatcher and I were pretty sad about him leaving but we are sure it is the Lords will so we are both excited for what ever comes next for us. He had a great good-bye from the ward and whoever comes into the area should be really happy about what they are coming into. During transfer calls I had quite a few missionary friends call me telling me that word has spread about the success in Belen and they were hoping to get sent here. Its amazing to see the change from last transfer to this one. I have been so blessed to have served here with Elder Thatcher and know that the coming transfer will continue the momentum that we were a part of building.
I had to keep this email short because Elder Thatcher has not finished packing yet. I am pretty sure I'm sounding like a broken record with how many times I say that I have to keep it short but it feels like we are always busy or running behind, which I guess is a blessing compared to the alternative. This one is just extra short :-) But I will probably be emailing tomorrow as well because my companion has not been able to email yet so hopefully I will be able to get on and give a little update of the area and of my new companion.
I love you all!!