Elders McCleod and Romney

Monday, April 30, 2012

a little more time to write today

Hello momma! 

Yes, I have SOOO many pictures to send you. A ridicoulous amount, and I finally have time to do it today. Last week M was baptised! Yep, pretty legit, ill send the pictures. He is doing so awesome. He got the priesthood yesterday, he's a teacher now. It's kinda funny but also awesome- he got a haircut and the guy doin it put steps (lines) in his eyebrows and he didn't want him to, he called us in a panic asking if that was bad. We told him no, lines in your eyebrows is just weird haha He's awesome, when he learned he would be ordained to a teacher he asked if he had to teach a class and was relieved when we told him he didn't. 

Other big news, N, M's friend that we've been teaching, he is actually getting baptised this week and not next! His friend R, who's 11, is getting baptised this Saturday, the sisters have been mainly teaching him, and we thought it would be cool if they did it together. So this Saturday, we are having two baptisms. Those boys get taught so much because R sits in on the lessons with M and N, and N and M sit in on the lessons the Sisters teach to R. The gospel is taking over that yard! R asked me if I would baptize him, and Elder McLeod is baptizing N... All white everything on Saturday! :) N is rock solid, we taught him about tithing and asked if we had to be a member to pay. When we told him no you don't, he's like "Well good, because I'm paying mine Sunday". Sure enough, N is a stud. He and M didn't have white shirts or ties so I gave them two of mine and a couple ties, I hope they wear them. They didn't rock them Sunday, N said it was too big so I told him to buck up and start eating like a man haha He's 15 too, they were talking about when they serve their missions in my yard how I better treat them to some nice food- that would be pretty cool :)

This week was more hectic than usual, we had more branch stuff to take care of than the norm. We had a pretty sweet activity Saturday, had a pretty good turn out. It's a bust sometimes because taxi's don't run late here and most people don't have fare as it is, only for Sunday, and taxi guys don't run on Sunday so most people walk. M and N walk 7 miles to and from every Sunday to be at church. Siblings- remember that when you don't wanna wake up on time to go to church. Thats like walking to the Liberty Lake building for church every Sunday with the lovely Jamaican sun roastin' ya. I love those boys, its like I'm teaching Mac when I'm over there. They are just goofy, hard workin farm boy 15 year olds who love the gospel. Life is good. 

The temple people go to here- they have a couple options. If they don't have a Visa they go to Panama or the DR, and if they do, they go to Miami or Orlando. We are making a big push for the Temple Patron Fund which is SO awesome. It gives no one the excuse of not being able to afford it. Our district is trying to put together a temple trip for August and that would be sooooooo great. A lot of these people are ready, and now with the assistance from the church to get there, they will be able to. 

Yes, baptizing men is difficult. The Jamaican lifestyle doesn't incorporate gospel standards at all. That's a big factor in why Jamaica can't have a Stake as yet, not enough active, worthy priesthood holders, hence why Elder McLeod is the Branch President. He's doing well, we have the hang of things, and our balance between it and missionary work is good. I've got the hang of my clerky duties too, so things are good. We usually have full days of teaching and then we get a call and something comes up. We really do need to start finding more people to teach though. Our teaching pool is going to be baptized this week and next week and then we are back to square one. Finding is pretty easy though here because everyone is pretty friendly. 

That will be weird coming home and Bishop Jamison not being the bishop, I think they will call Mac to be the Bishop- better start reading your scriptures likkle bwoy! haha 

That would be so sweet in Lin and Kacey came to Spokane...Kacey if you're reading this, bro, think of the good times you're missin' on if you go anywhere else! haha Thats so sweet he's getting a job.

Only two more Sundays until Mothers Day! I am so excited to see you! Im glad I got my haircut when I did or you would be makin fun of my cueball hair cut... safe to say that Jamaican barbers, no matter how much they tell you they can, just can't cut a white guy's hair. I got the fade up the sides, lined me up, and right as we was about to line of the top I just had to say "Nah Nah Nah, nah badda wit de front".  haha It's grown back nicely though. 

The H clan is doing well still, awesome as always, were at church again Sunday. We have too much fun with them. Yesterday we went over there and I whipped out my water gun (its how me and Elder McLeod get up in the morning- alarm goes off and BOOM, better get up or you get soaked by the other), and we all ended up a little bit wet. Had a nice talk with Brother Hudson though, we are going to be teaching him by himself. I think that would be best, since the family is all preparing to be baptized next week Saturday, we can go at his pace. He's a great guy, loves his family a lot. 

Well Momma, Ill be sending those pictues in a bit, sorry I haven't been sending them as often as usual. But now you get a whole heap of em :) I love you!!

Elder Romney 

 If he is proposing, things are not going as well as we thought for J.
 The trio: Campbell, Romney and McCleod-the Oreo companionship.

Elders Conder and Romney slayin' the ax.

 Cute little following!
 Cricket anyone?
 Junction is farmland.

 bad haircut and way early in the morning
 Half zone meeting
 A sweet family J and McCleod are teaching.
 The seaside equivalent of Pryors called Jack Sprat.

 The sister missionaries tagged J and McCleod's truck with oreos.
 This was the beginning of a few practical jokes between the two companionships.
 Jackson is always the filling in the oreo.
 Yet again with the sisters-one is samoan and the other is part Jamaican.
 Homemade breakfast by a native Jamaican minus the muffin...Is that a muffin to the right?

 McCleod, Romney and Campbell.   I think they dug that hole for J to stand in.

 Half of the zone got together for p-day.

 Ouch!  He should know better.  Being in a car is making his skin sensitive.
 Romney, M, and McCleod
 J and M

 Goats are everywhere.
 Jessie the donkey.

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