Monday, July 27, 2015

(last weeks post--late) One Year Down, Audio Engineering and Thunderstorms!

HERE IT IS NOW.  --Kristi

Good morning from Beautiful East Lansing, MI!! It was another great week here in the MLM. President Jacobsen is keeping us busy but we had a really good week.

Tuesday, we had our usual meeting with President Jacobsen (it is usually on Mondays but since he was out of town we moved it to Tuesday) and then we met with him for a few more hours about some of the upcoming things in the mission. The main thing we talked about is the huge half-mission p-day that we have next week. We just had to finalize a lot of that stuff and get things ready. After that we went and donated blood before going to the stake center with President Jacobsen and helping him set up our new sound system that the mission bought for our conferences. It is a really nice system with a mixer, 10ish mics and 2 speakers and so I was able to use my audio engineering skills that I learned in college and put them to good use! 

Wednesday, we drove to Sturgus for their district meeting. After district meeting we had district lunch with them and then headed back to Lansing. After we got back we had trade offs with the Lansing Zone Leaders. I was with Elder Alley (who is a missionary who came out at the same time as I did.) We got to do a little bit of finding and computer work before meeting up with Elder Norton and Elder Anderson at Texas Roadhouse to celebrate mine and Elder Alleys "hump day" (which is when we hit our halfway point in our mission).  It was a lot of fun. 

Thursday, we traded back and then met with President again about finalizing some stuff for upcoming things in the mission. After that while we were working on some stuff in the office President told us that there was a missionary that we needed to pick up and bring back to Lansing. Since we hadn't had dinner yet we decided to call Brother Banner (a member that I knew from serving in Grand Rapids) and asked if he wanted to have dinner with us. Afterwards, we brought that missionary back to Lansing. 

Friday, we weekly planned and then drove around looking for a few things that we would need for the half-mission p-day next week. After that we walked around campus and talked to people about the church. 

Saturday, we got to campus early and began inviting people to hear about the gospel before we got nailed by a huge thunderstorm... We walked for over a half hour back to our apartment and were soaked by the time we got back! We changed, had lunch and then finished working on some stuff in the office before we went back on campus and talked to people again. We haven't had many people to teach lately so we have been in the "finding stage" of missionary work and I am really looking forward to the beginning of the semester when there are more students to talk to and teach!! 

Yesterday, we had our usual Sunday meetings and call-ins.

Today we are meeting with President and then we are headed to Sault Ste. Marie today!!! It is literally the farthest north in the mission. It is in the upper peninsula and half of the town is in Canada (it is separated by a river but our mission doesn't cover the Canadian side of the town) so I will get to at least see Canada since we won't get to go over there. We have to take a car to them this evening but we are going to stop and spend about 5 hours in Mackinac City which is a huge tourist town so it will be a lot of fun! I will take lots of pictures of the sights, lighthouses and beaches! It should be another great week!!

Thanks for all the prayers and support!

Elder Bloskas

P.S. Every week on Sundays we send out a weekly report of how the mission is doing to the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders. As part of this report we always include a spiritual thought. This week it was my turn to send out the email and I shared a thought that I had from my studies this week.  I thought that I would share it with yall!! 
" We have seen a lot of success lately in the Michigan Lansing Mission and we believe that it started with the Christlike leadership that you have shown in our mission.

Let us not forget that we are making a difference in people's lives even if we don't realize it, or see the immediate results. In the Book of Mormon, Abinadi gives us a great example of just how much of a difference we can make in the lives, families, and communities of the people that we are teaching. Abinadi may have felt that he had failed as a missionary. As far as the Book of Mormon indicates, his only convert was Alma. However, the missionary efforts of Abinadi affected the religious history for the next 300 years. Not only did Alma begin a religious revival among his own people, but he is given power by King Mosiah to establish churches throughout all of Zarahemla. Because of Alma, his son Alma the younger, grandson Helaman, great grandson Helaman son of Helaman, great-great grandson Nephi, and great-great-great grandson Nephi the chief apostle of the resurrected Jesus Christ here in the Americas, were strong members of the church and brought many people unto the church.

As we continue to follow the example of Abinadi we will continue to see success in the Michigan Lansing Mission. Even in those places where we feel like we are not making a difference, we might be touching the life of someone that we would least expect. 

We are grateful to be laboring among the best missionaries in the world. Only the best missionaries are sent to Michigan. Thanks for your diligent service and for all that you do (seen and unseen) for the Michigan Lansing Mission!"

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