Monday, November 21, 2011

Elder Mackey's November 21, 2011 E-mail

Dear Mandy,
I don't think I am a "bit" little brother. :p I am doing good. Last week was pretty awesome! Elder Zwick came to our mission for a mission tour. He came to our apartment to check it out and then he prayed for us and our appointment we were having right after. :D Then we had a training from him and his wife and it was awesome! During the break he came up to me and apparently President told him about my accident. He wanted to give me a blessing and asked if I wanted one. I said ya! It was so awesome! He pretty much healed me in the blessing. But I thought it was so cool that I had a General Authority lay hands on my head.
The coldest I have experienced so far or from when I payed attention was 28 degrees with wind shield 18. Our first day of snow was on Saturday. It was at least three inches of snow! And guess what, I fell for the first time on the first day of snow fall. This is my companions first area on a bike so he was slowing down while coming up to the side walk and I was coming in pretty fast and hit the curb to miss him and went straight down. It didn't even hurt. Then I fell a few times the next day because it all turned to ice and I was trying to slide on the ice with my bike. I do have plans for Thanksgiving. We have a Turkey bowl in the morning (I am praying the snow will melt before then which its says it will) which is a big huge one they say. They have three games going on and tons of people come. Then we will be going over to a members home for Thanksgiving. So that will be my P-day and I will be writing letters then.
I think we had Thanksgiving at our house but I don't remember. We had the opportunity to go to a members wedding reception and they gave us the left overs and there was so much turkey that we got! I am going to be sick of it by the end of this week. I am with you, I love the sides; the jello, chips, carrots with that good dip. Thats a bumber that ASU lost. oh well. Maybe next year or the year after that so I can be there to watch it.
I have experienced a man who was like "the hypocrites when they pray". He prayed for like 10 min. saying Jesus Christ and "in the name of Jesus Christ" like half the time and the majority of the prayer was about how God is one and that they knew Him and the Bible was the only word. What I really liked about it was that my companion and I were very calm and not bashing. I said at the end, "well we have no purpose here in teaching you since we have already answered your questions" and the guy goes while trying to fake cry "you have a purpose, and that is to find out God and find God." I think there would be some spark in the other guy that we were teaching and his wife maybe.
The investigator (****) that had a baptismal date set will not be able to get baptized on Tuesday. :/ She loves coming to church and she will continue to but she has one thing that is holding her up. She has a strong testimony of the other questions so we are waiting for God to work miracles with her. She is so solid. President said that once she starts to live the thing she struggles with that she can be baptized on that day. But she is working towards it.
That is awesome about the Baptist lady. The Baptist out here really focus on the "rapture" which has no Bible reference.
I remember going down those McDonald slides in wrestling with a tray. You go really fast. I do concur with the smell of pee in the balls area. Not very sanitary especially for children.

I feel though that I'm not being a perfect missionary wastes Heavenly Fathers time that He has set apart for me. I will try to improve my relationship with Him and ask for more help. :) I love you and thank you for your prayers! I still have not received any packages yet so I dont know if you have sent them yet or not. 

Elder Mackey

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