Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The first week of Malad City Round 2!

May 16, 2016

Hello! Hola! Salut! Hallo! Ciao!

I just thought I should throw in a couple of random languages there. So how has everybody's week been? It's crazy that school is just about getting out. It's hard to believe that I've graduated a year ago. My 8 month mark is next week and that's is weird. In 4 months it would have been a year. Where has the time gone? Something tells me it's just going to go faster and faster.

This week was probably one of the slowest weeks ever. Which is strange. I'm so used to baptizing and baptizing and baptizing but it's just not happening in Malad. I guess in a town of just about 2,000 people you would expect it to be slow. All of our investigators are not keeping commitments and they really are not wanting to change. So we are doing a full cleansing of Malad. Meaning we are keeping a couple of our investigators, but we are on a full man hunt for people to teach. We have the finding switch on and that's pretty much all we are doing. We spend our day Tracting, visiting auxiliaries, visiting former investigators and referrals. It's a busy and slow day but we are finding ways to be more effective.

We planned a stake youth fireside a couple weeks ago and we had it yesterday and it couldn't have happened at a more better time. We really are struggling to find those who want to hear the gospel. So we planned it all out ourselves. We had youth speakers, speakers from the stake young men's and women's, we showed a video, we shared a quick message, and we had the stake president speak. We planned this all out in a couple weeks and it went surprisingly well! We had the speakers focus on how he youth can live the gospel and then share the gospel. We printed out the programs and we inserted two paper slips where they could write referrals. We got about 10 referrals that night so we are pretty excited!! It was a great way to align the keys and work with the members, gain their trust, and then find people to teach!

That was pretty much the highlight of the week. Everyday we are working hard and trying to work effectively. We are being guide by our missionary purpose and it's awesome to see the Lord put people in our path.

Today we have been deep cleaning the apartment. Elder Tamaska left all his crap so we threw away like five bags full of random junk. We rearranged our studio apartment and we did a lot of shopping. Pretty solid p-day so far.

Elder Rivera is a great missionary. He is short and skinny. Just about 5' 4'' and he comes in about 130 lbs. He has been out for 5 months and he has a strong testimony. We hit it off and he is just awesome to work with. He likes a lot of the things I do. He likes to edit movies and he also went to a vocational school. He hates any type of seafood and he likes spicy food. He likes to sleep and he likes to work. He's also really funny sit his transfer will be awesome! We're going to work hard and kill it in Malad! Well I guess that's all for today! The church is true!

Elder Skabelund

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