Monday, December 14, 2009

Dec 14th 19th month mark!

This week was a great week for Braxton. They had a baptism on Monday and it was good. There were a few complications but everything worked out and they got it done. The family was late but they are three hours from Braxton's area so they were forgiven. They did the baptism interview in the food court at a mall and then they went to the Church. Elder King and Magadan had a baptism on Sunday and the water hadn't drained all the way so Braxton got to stand in the cold water and bucket it out for two hours. They were able to get it warm though for the baptism. The woman that was getting baptized was a big lady and so they thought that going face first might be the best idea. They tried it and she didn't go all the way under. Braxton had thought about pushing her but hadn't. They had to try again and this time Braxton did push her so that she would go all the way under. She is happy that she is now baptized.

They had Zone Conferences again and Braxton was told to prepare a talk. He prepared for it and had a talk ready that would have lasted over 1/2 an hour and again did not need to use it. The President and the assistants did everything. Braxton said even though the meeting was repetitious it was still good and he did learn from it.

Braxton then had a 2 1/2 hour bus ride home. He got on where the bus starts and off where it ends. He found a seat and got comfortable. The bus filled up pretty quick and Braxton didn't feel too bad about keeping his seat since those standing were all men. Then a young lady got on the bus and was standing by Braxton. He still didn't want to give up his seat since he gets motions sickness but he thought if she looked at him that he would. She ended up stepping on his foot and looking at him to say she was sorry. Braxton then gave up his seat to her. After standing for 45 minutes the guy sitting next to the young lady gets off and Braxton takes that seat the rest of the way. When he sat down they saw a semi and trailer completely upside down and twisted up pretty bad. When Braxton got off the bus he slipped and noticed that it was because he just stepped in someone elses throw up. (yuck!)

Braxton went to Elder Kings house to pick up some of his clothes and noticed that the place was a disaster. The Elders were at a food appointment at the time. So Braxton made their beds, folded some clothes and swept the floor, organized the desks and bought light bulbs for them and put candy corn on their beds. (Brax is a keeper!) The missionaries had told Braxton that they didn't have gas and had been showering out of a bucket. Braxton decided to buy them a tank of gas and have it hooked up. When he went out to unhook the tank that was there it was half full. So, Braxton went inside and hooked up the boiler. (the Elders just didn't know how to do it. Thank goodness Braxton did)

Braxton had a really good talk with Viridiana, the really cool lady that still isn't baptized. He feels like she will be able to make the decision to be baptized soon.

Berenice and Domitila and Jenny all want to be baptized but the husbands or fathers won't allow it to happen. That really bums Braxton out and he wished that he could talk to the men, but they are never around.

Braxton is continually learning everyday and loves how amazing it is to be a missionary and serve the Lord. He loves it!

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