I will have to admit that yesterday's email got me off guard. I was not expecting to hear/read "Mom, don't freak out but we have bed bugs and are being quarantined". (Gross!!) I know that it is something that is rampant in Florida - in fact, we had to purchase his bedding from the mission home to cut down on the risk of bringing bed bugs but nevertheless, their apartment has them. What was interesting to me is that one of the discussions at their zone conference was focused on how to spot bedbugs and fumigate if necessary. He of course is in typical Hayden spirit and is just finding the positive in the experience. Other than that, seemed to be a jam packed week of miracles and blessings. We love him, miss him but are oh, so proud of him! Enjoy!!
1. Zone Conference!
2. The Power of the Temple!
3. Exchanges and fruit cups
4. Baptism and Bedbugs
5. "Abso-nothing is goin' my way today."
We can start this week on Wednesday when we had zone Conference. Those always help to increase faith and motivate the mission. I'll send the picture of our zone with this weekly email.
Second, we went with a member to give a blessing and he took us out to eat after at a pizza place.
While there he tells us a story about the power of the temple. Apparently when temples were popping up like crazy the NSA was monitoring them because something strange was happening and you can see it in the blurry temple picture. There were energy spikes around the temple and the picture was taken in what I believe is the Philippines. The woman who took it, not a member of the church, was wondering why there was a huge dome over the temple. She took the picture and brought it to the temple President who explained the importance of the temple and that God places a barrier over it between the wiles of the devil and those that are inside. For anyone wondering why you can
Third is that we had exchanges for the day. Our zone leader came to Clearwater with Elder Swapp and I got to go speak Spanish with his companion for the day. A girl named Ashley answered a door we knocked on and was really cool. We told her we were teaching people more about Christ and His restored gospel and she said "okay, how does this work? What do I do now?" So we gave her a pamphlet, invited her to read it and the St. Pete missionaries (which is actually Elder Peterson, my MTC companion) would teach her more about it. Before we left we asked for referrals and I asked for a water. She said to try her neighbor but she didn't have any water. After she closed the door we knocked on the neighbor’s house and Ashley came back out and said "I found a fruit cup." Handed it to me and closed the door. Miracles.
The Clearwater sisters baptized the husband of their most recent Convert on Saturday and after that Elder Swapp and I were asked to stay inside. Why? After a training in zone Conference about bedbugs we decided to check for them. We found one. So they called the exterminator and we have a lot more than one. So we have been quarantined for the weekend. Today we found out that the complex is wanting to use their exterminator so we are on quarantine until Wednesday now. We are loving it.
Because of the bedbugs we missed church and decided we could go visit some people (it's okay, we took precautions and put on freshly laundered clothes, and have separated anything that could be "contaminated" and put that in a separate garbage bag) none of them were home and we didn't want to risk any bedbugs so we came home and got ready to go to a fireside they were having about an hour from us that we got permission to go to if a member drove us. We left at 6 and journeyed over there and arrived at about 7:20. Little did we know that we had wrong information and it started at six and ended at 7:30. So we got back into the car and drove home. It was a fun car ride though and I got to see some missionaries that I hadn't seen for a while.
It was a crazy week but we made the most of it! Love you all! I have no bed bug bites just to make you all aware. We are clean and just waiting for the apartment to get fumigated. (Stop freaking out mom!!) LOVE YOU!
Love – Elder May