Monday, May 2, 2011

Elder Mackey's E-mail dated May 2, 2011 - Plus pics from the start of the Mission

At the Map in the MTC

Elder Mackey and Elder Warner

The District:  Elders Warwood, Stitt, Vienuku, Spencer,
Bingham and Mackey - MTC

President and Sister Howell

Elder Mackey and Elder Steele

Wearing his new Glasses

Dear Family,

Well Juan (the kid on Peters Pl)  wont answer our calls and we went
over there and his girlfriend answered the intercom thingy and she
acted like she wasnt there and then we got in and we knocked on his
door but his girlfriend wouldnt answer the door. She is a Jehovah
Witness and is starting to go back or something. Oh well...on
the 23 of April (I dont know why I didnt put them in there)
we got two new investigators who are way awesome!! They are 21, black
and have a set of new born twins and a 16 month old little boy that is
so cute! The Dad (Dez) wrestles in college and the Mom (Alisha) is
going through Nursing school. The second time we taught them we
pointed out the Spirit and they loved it and we extended them the
baptismal commitment and they accepted 6/4/11. They didnt make it to
church though. They said that their boy was sick. Hopefully they are
not going to forget the feelings they had.

We received a referral from the Zone Leaders and they received it from
some Elders up in St. Cloud. The Elders in St. Cloud have an
investigator who is getting baptized this Saturday and this referral
is his mother. She is moving apartments and needed some help. She
called us and she set up a day and time. Well last Saturday she called
and she was bawling and sounded really depressed. She was canceling
that day for us to move because she was sick. We asked her to at least
meet with us at a members home who is in the same apartment complex.
She said ok. We met with her and she was very very emotional. She has
been going through a ton of trials and she was diagnosed with two
diseases that will kill her sometime (this is what she said) We taught
her about Gods love and the Atonement and how it can help her. We then
gave her a blessing and it was awesome! She said that she could feel
all her fear and stress leave and peace come into her heart. She
planned to come to church the next day but she didnt come and we were
calling her but she wouldnt answer. We were worried for her because we
thought she might have injured herself or something. But we were
persistent in calling and she finally called back and apologized
because she slept in. We met with her around 2:30 and we taught her
the 1st half of the Plan of Salvation. Went real good and we invited
her to come to dinner with us to another members home. A half an hour
before she called crying trying to cancel and we tried everything to
keep her appointment but she wouldnt give in. But we called her back
and offered to give a blessing and that we will be there and she
accepted. It was an awesome time! We watched finding Faith in Christ
and it was a great movie! I think her only problem is that she needs
to stay out of her apartment where she can sit and think about things
and become anxious and stressful and start to have bad thoughts. We
are keeping a eye on her 24/7 what she should do for all our
investigators but she really needs it. Oh she accepted baptism
6/11/11. Her name is Terry Cox. The ward her is really good at doing
missionary work and member missionary work and fellow shipping.

My week was pretty bland. Had exchanges and that was ok. Was kinda
lame. Oh Mandy what mission did you serve in? There is a member who is
from Santiago, Chili and is a convert. There is also a member who is
28-29 who went to San Jose, California English Speaking. His name is
Andrew Fielding. Would you know him Joe? Oh and do you think someone
could get me a GPS? The streets/ roads/ highways freeways are just
randomly put anywhere and there is no orginization. I get lost a lot
and I dont know where north is.

Hey there was a crazy big storm down south east in the United States
and its pretty cool but is our family ok? Like Morg and Katie and The
McClelans (however you spell)

Elder David Mackey

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