Many of you may know, especially if you are a returned missionary, once you set a baptismal date, Satan does all in his power to make sure it doesn't happen. Sadly, my brother has been discovering this.
So a couple of things happened in the last week. Three people who were on date to be baptized dropped off... after we put them on date we never saw them again. (Two different households.) That's a bummer. But we got one more on date for Feb and will probably get a few more before the end of the month on date (hopefully).Elder Walker also learned something he wished he knew before. So for all you future missionaries:
I finally figured out how to make a study journal, that is something that I was never taught how to do, but wish I had been. I thought it consisted of a notebook that I took notes in, it's not. I've planned it all out for how I'm going to do it and it's going to be in a huge binder that I'll buy today. it's going to make my study a whole lot more effective and memorable as I will never have to use a different method for the rest of my life.The rest of his email talks about how his life is:
Today a member, who doesn't live in my ward (his son does though) is going to take Elder Winger, Elder Hancock, Elder Thayne, and myself to Charleston. Apparently I'm told that when people come to South Carolina, that Charleston is the place to go... so, we're going today.
Last week our table broke, did I tell you that before? I think it was a week ago yesterday. Elder Thayne sat on the table and the entire table top came off. So we've been either eating on the table held up about a food by a cinderblock or we've been eating off of the pedestal that used to hold up the table top. I didn't get the picture, but there was a time when it looked like Elder Winger was praying to the food on the pedestal. I took one of him eating his food off of it though. Reminded us of the Rameumptom. We put wood glue on it last night that a member gave to us and tried to use the tabel today because it said to let it dry for an hour or over night... the glue was still wet and the table pedestal fell off when we picked it up. We'll probably buy gorilla glue to glue it down today again.
Well I'm not sure what to tell you... In my first 3 letters to Elder Sean Burnham, I've told him to send me letters in spanish... and he has been progressively making more and more of his letters sent to me in spanish. his last letter was completely in spanish. I think he leaves the MTC within a few days if not already. he gave me his mission address. I bought a small english-spanish spanish-english dictionary last monday for 65 cents to help me decipher his last letter. It's amazing how much spanish I've forgotten. [Elder Walker took Spanish in junior high and high school.] Elder Burnham is sure learning a lot really fast though. He started his last letter something like this (yes, it was in spanish) "I'm writing this entire letter in spanish. Good luck translating it! ... especially because my spanish isn't perfect." Well I did it, and I'll keep my almost close translated versions with his spanish versions for easier translations of his next letters later.
Well, all is well. Hasta luego! En dos anos! O madre dia!
Con amor, (Elder Sean Burnham always ends like this, not sure what it means)
Elder Benjamin Walker