Thursday, August 4, 2011

Elder Ostberg..New companion is awesome!

YOYOYO!!! Whats up everyone!!?? :)

So first off, this last week started out on a way high note... on P-day (last Monday), we found a hot dog stand!!! only 100 dollars per hot dog (Jamaican money haha..)... :) and I got good!! I definately miss good hot dogs... The hot dogs here are pretty weird... they still taste good... but .... they are a way weird color... bright, flamboyant pink!!! Like think of a flamingo... thats what color they are haha... But they were still hot ya... made my day!! :) prolly will become a new p-day tradition.... Oh, and after we got the hot dogs, we went home and watched Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration... (every house has a mini dvd player now!! so we can watch the Preach my gospel dvd's and other church movies...).... and it was amazing!!! Such an emotional movie for sure.... me and Elder Hoffman both felt inspired to watch it with Jermain and Tamara for family home evening...and it turned out great!! Really strengthened both of their testimonies.

Speaking of Jermain.... we had to move his baptism.... he has to work Saturday... so.... He moved it to Thursday!!!! :) I'm way pumped for it... He is so ready to go.... We were over at his house the other day... and he planned everything out... which members he wanted to speak, the hymns.. everything!! He's such a baller! I'm way excited for him... His baptism interview is tonight and then Thursday is the baptism!! Woot woot! :)

Yesterday was pretty sweet as well, we organized an activity and a bunch of people showed up... we all played futbol at the center... it was way fun... We only played for like an hour and a half... and I was dead afterwords!! haha and after we played futbol, one of the guys who came (he's like 19) asked if we have any energy left.. and of course, my pride kicked in and I said yes... haha.. So he challenged us to race him back to the church.... .. I couldn't back out and leave my pride intact, so we agreed, and Jermain sent us off... it was about a quarter mile, and long story short.. even though it just about killed me, my pride overran my exhaustion and I beat him haha... I haven't breathed that hard in a long time.... Definately was an adventure.. and I'm a little sore from that today... :) but it was a lot of fun!!

Wednesday we did transfers and didn't get back to Santa Cruz til Thursday evening.... lots of driving... but the new missionaries in the zone seem way cool... and Elder Ostberg, my new companion, is awesome too... so it should be a sweet transfer....

Motivational Story of the week: So this recent convert from Negril (Nardia), was in Santa Cruz visiting some cousins (who we've been teaching), and they live about a 40 min. drive from the church, and taxi's don't really run on Sundays up that way.... So Sunday morning, Nardia calls me, and says that they really want to come to church, but they don't have any way to get there.... I wasn't really sure what to say, because I had no clue how they could get to church either... but I told them that if they get ready, and walk out to the roadside, and try to hail up a ride, the Lord would provide a way... So sacrament meeting goes by (the first hour of church) and they didn't show up, but she called me right when Sacrament meeting was over, and said that they had been on the roadside for an hour, and nobody had stopped to get them... So I told her to flag down a car like crazy... frantically... and she said ok.... When she got to church 40 min. later, she said that right when she got off the phone with me, she hailed up a car like crazy!! and it stopped and gave them a ride.... and they were able to make it to church.... :) So awesome!! Just thinking about the sacrifice that they made (standing on the roadside for an hour and a half) to make it to church really built my testimony.... The Lord always provides a way for us to keep his commandments if we are willing to make the necessary sacrifice.... Too often I think that we expect the Lord to do things for us when we don't put out all our effort... But when we do everything that we possibly can to follow Him, he always provides a way for us... He's laid out the paths we need to follow him.... its just our job to find those paths. I really have a strong testimony of that.

Well, everyone have an awesome week... live it up!!! Don't let a day go by without smiling and loving life!! L8er!!

One love

Elder Kraus

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