Saturday, October 22, 2011

Elder Mackey's October 18, 2011 E-mail

Amanda says "FYI - I asked him why he was emailing on Tuesday in stead of Monday, and I asked why the cops were called and what happened."
No for real. It wasnt bad, we just walked away from the house. We e-mailed on Tuesday because it was Columbus Day and the Libraries were closed (they actually weren't, only some of them) so they said we could e-mail on Tuesday. We are gaining a lot of trust with the Ward! This is awesome because now the ward will hopefully begin to give us referrals. But that is not the hightlight of my week. So this last Friday Elder Cook came to visit the mission. It was so awesome! The first thing he did was shook all our hands and ask us where we were from. Then he explained why he did that. He was giving us a "spiritual interview" where he looks into our eyes and see how we are doing. I knew they did something like that! He said that everyone looked good spiritually and physically. He talked about how we need to focus on having all those we are teaching keep commitments.  His wife spoke too and she is a very musically inclined person. Very sweet. Also, President Clements worked for Elder Cook in a law firm and they have known each other for a very long time so they are really good friends. Its starting to get cold here like 50 - 45 defreeze!!! I need to go and take my boy to get some warm winter stuff. I love you all! 

Elder David Mackey

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Elder Mackey's October 10, 2011 E-Mail

Dear Mandy,
Well it was pretty hot during the beginning of the week. We had to start wearing suits all the time now (except on bikes) and I think someone complained to the President (which I'm glad) that it was to hot for suits. So they moved it to last Friday. It has been really nice. There are leaves EVERYWHERE. Its so fun to bike right next to the curb and then put my foot down and gather a huge pile of leaves that makes it up to my lap. Crazy huh? How is Grandpa doing with his recovery? I love them. :D Was the fair fun? I dont remember ever going to any fairs. I went to one down here and it is way boring. Cool animals but ya not my way of entertainment. Actually I went to a fair in Mesa with the Blood family and Lauren went to. Did you throw up at all? Which one did you go on? the one off of the movie Sand lot? :P
On Sunday we had an amazing lesson to end the day. We are teaching a women whose husband is in Iraq right now. She has four kids. She said she was going to make it to church earlier but didnt make it for some reason. We were a little bumbed and we tried getting a hold of her throughout the week but were unable so we were nervous that she dropped us. I was praying and praying that this lesson will not fall through and it didnt. We were able to get two Sisters there to the appoinment and we decided to teach CPR (church, pray, read) instead of throughing more information on her with the plan of salvation and it was very spiritual. Everyone in the room was crying (except me) and it was just awesome! It boosted my excitement and will to do better. (And then all of the sudden I got a ton of rejection and cops called on us the next day)
Thank you for the quotes! I love you Mandy! You are awesome!
Elder David Mackey

Monday, October 10, 2011

Elder Mackey's October 3, 2011 E-Mail

Conference was awesome!! I had a lot of prayers answered for sure. Tons of talks for investigators came to mind. Too bad none of them came. Hopefully they watched it on the Internet. So this past week was so awesome!! We had some amazing miracles!!! One investigator we tracted into a week before accepted to be baptized. We will see how serious he was. He kept saying sure and ok. He wants to quit smoking. Then we were in the area and thought we should stop by this one kid. We were going to do it next week but the idea came to our mind. We stopped by and his parents were out front. Their son (the kid) moved for good to Texas to do pipe lining. We taught the parents the restoration and invited them to be baptized! They accepted. The mom said that she was saying a prayer looking for guidance and she knows that we were an answer to her prayers which she asked like a few hours before. Then after the last session of conference we were going over to our dinner appointment and the neighbor was outside. We talked to her. She was very friendly and open. We asked if we could teach her at the members home and she said yes. We did and it was a spiritual lesson!! We invited her to be baptized and she accepted!!! So 4 accepted baptismal invitations during this week!! That was a pretty uplifter.
I came into the mission with the determination that I was going to be 100% obedient and I am not even close to that. Mandy, I feel like I am getting into the "funk" again. :( Its hard to get out of this funk. Seriously I thought I would be a better missionary than who I am right now.  Well I love you oh so very much. I love the family and I am so grateful to be apart of this family. Thank you for your prayers. and that picture is so funny and thank you for sharing that with me!
Elder David Mackey