Monday, November 25, 2013

This week is nuts

So yeah, this week is nuts. Super fast, super busy. What in the world is going ON?

1.) We finally baptized Agustin! That was probably one of the best moments ever! I was so happy for him. But, I completely failed as a senior companion. Here's what went down.

As the senior companion, I'm in charge of basically everything for the baptism. Invitations, program, filling the font, everything. I completely and totally failed. I invited like, 2 families, and neither of them showed up so only the family of Agustin was there. I felt super sad because our ward wasn't there to support him. Also, I didn't make the program very well, so the program was a little bad. Also, the boiler in our chapel is just straight up dead, so we don't have ANY hot water at ALL. Poor Brother A. Still cold water. We gotta fix that. I mean, that's just off the top of my head. I wrote down around 15-20 things that I just completely spaced and I was a complete failure as a companion. But, that night, I sat down at my desk and began to write every mistake I made.

I resolved that I would learn from those mistakes, and never again in my mission will I have such a failure of a baptismal service. Brother A really appreciated it, and for that, I completely felt humbled, but I will never let the baptismal service end up the way it did again. I will not fail.

2.) Dad, did you get sick on Thanksgiving? Every single year you told me that you get sick around Thanksgiving so that you can't taste the food? Did you hold out this year?

3.) Okay, so now that those things are out of the way, I'm gonna talk about cool stuff that happened this week.

First, I got a visit from Grandpa! That was probably the happiest moment of my mission so far. The baptisms and all of that were great, and I was super happy, but now that I see someone from my family, and I was able to share with him the joy that I felt, and he was able to see it, I cannot TELL you how incredibly happy I was.

In Alma, there's an experience when Ammon meets with Alma after converting the peopel of Anti-Nephi-Lehi. The joy he had was so full, so incredibly obsolete that it exhausts his strength and he can no longer stand. That is how I felt when I saw my kind and loving Grandfather. Never in my life have I felt the joy I experienced. I have felt happy. I have felt super glad to have done things. I have experienced much joy in my life, but nothing. Not Jive, not piano, not football games, not family reunions, not wake boarding, not ANYTHING can compare to how I felt when I saw Grandpa.

Family, a mission is more than anyone can possibly comprehend to me. I'm still green. I'm still in training. i have barely 4 months in the mission, and already, my mission means more to me than anything else in my entire life.

That was a great experience.



I am just so STOKED right now it's incredible!

Great week. Great week family.

I'm over my time, but it's okay because I'm uploading photos and I had a lot of phone calls during my internet time. >:D

1.) Agustin's Baptism! WOOOOOOO!
2.) The top of the hill to go down to Buena Vista. It's really big. Like, biggest hill in our sector.
3.) There's a little girl that got REALLY sick a few days ago. Her name is Jessie Navarro. She had convulsions and was like, really in trouble. She recovered and is back to normal, but she really likes playing with me for some reason. I don't know why, but every time we visit, she's always trying to get me to play with her toys and stuff. She's super awesome. This photo is a picture of a painting she made for me. Can i get a frame or something to put it in? I want to keep it.

I'm really bad at taking photos. I know. But seriously, I wish there was like, a video camera in my brain so that I could record my entire mission for you guys. It's nuts how awesome it is here.

Anyway, I gotta get going. Before I go:

Anyone have questions for me? If you have ANY questions, make a list of them and email me! I LOVE answering questions. It lets me share the specifics that YOU want with you. I hope you guys are all well, and that you've had a good week.

Keep up the good work family. I'm working hard here, and I know you're working hard there. WORK THROUGH THE PAIN. FEEL THE BURN! THE BURN OF THE SPIRIT. THE LORD WILL PROVIDE

And all that jazz.

Love you. No seriously, I love you. STOP LAUGHING I'M TRYING TO HAVE A HAPPY TIMES HERE.

But yeah, really. I love you all to bits.

Elder Carter

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