Called to serve in the Guatemala Quetzaltenango mission

Monday, January 19, 2015

La Obra y Mi Semana

The work continues here in San Mateo!  We entered a lot of houses this week and found a couple of cool investigators.  Its amazing to me how the Spirit guides us.  Sometimes if an appointment falls we look around and think, "Well, what now?" But almost always there will be someone sitting around us and after talking to us they invite us to come by.  The Spirit, that's all you need to be successful in missionary work!

Well, this week on of our best investigators got kind of mad at us.  We invited him to play soccer with the members at 7 in the chapel.  The thing is, the members never showed up!  Then, when they came at 830, they didn't invite him to play.  That was kind of a bummer for us this week.  

Something great did happen this week.  Pamela, a lady who was inactive for like 3 years, came to church with us.  She also brought here 3 little girls and told us after church something cool.  "Elders, you need to come teach my husband this week!  He needs a little help but will be baptised for sure!"  I'm really excited to teach him, one day this family can be sealed in the temple!  We also had like 30 less actives attend church, which is just amazing to me.  

The way God works wonders always surprises me.  Sometimes we feel that all is lost, that we should give up.  In a second, in a quick gesture of love He changes everything.  If we get closer to Him, He showers us with blessings and with His love. That doesn't
                                                             Overlooking San Mateo
                                            Sometimes our Ward Mission Leader drives us!
                                                                            San Mateo
                                                                             The Car!!
mean there wont be trails, because a life without trials wouldn't be worth living.  Through the trials, like Nephi breaking his bow, the persecution of the saints, and every other little thing, we grow.  We learn to root ourselves in the Gospel.  We learn to rely on the soft whispers of the Spirit rather than the loud shouts of the world.  I love the Gospel.  I love my mission, even though its hard.  Ive become a better man and have shared the Restored Gospel with many.  I love you all, keep yourselves rooted and never let go of the iron rod!

Con amor, Elder Call

Monday, January 12, 2015

Le Semana

Hey guys,

I havent written a blog email in a while so here we go!  This week was kind of like a roller coaster, but it ended on a very good note.

My companion lately has been a little sad.  He goes home pretty soon and he doesnt want to leave the mission.  I{ve been doing my best to help him out, I kind of feel bad for him but I have been praying to help him out. 

Well, this week we had divisions with the zone leaders.  Elder Navaro came here with me in San Mateo.  He is a really great elder and helped us quite a bit.  Haha it was kind of sad because our appointments, well, kind of didnt go too well.  BUT we did find a new investigator, he likes to run, learn about the bible, and talk (and talk, and talk....), hopefully we can help him progress.  

Our division went Saturday Sunday, which was something new.  That Sunday morning we tried something new.  We have like 40 members who live about 1 hour from the chapel and are inactive.  They wanted to come to church, so we had them commit to come in a free bus.  Everyone comited to come, but when we went to bring them on the bus no one came!  We had 7 people come, which is certainly better than nothing.  I really think though that having this bus will help a lot of people out. 

Sunday my companion came back to San Mateo.  We found this lady named Pamela and her family.  She was babtized but is inactive.  We taught her and she is positive that she will come to church this next week.  That was really awesome, I think reactivating people is so important because there are so many inactive people here.  We also have this family we are teaching, we did some service for them this morning and hope to bring them to church this next week.

I know the church is true.  I know missions are so important to the Lord and we serve in many different ways.  Wheter it be reactivating, babtizing, or just strengthening the ward, everything we do is helping the Lord and building the kingdom.  Missions are certainly very challenging, but so rewarding.  I love you guys, adios!