Called to serve in the Guatemala Quetzaltenango mission
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Fasting and Chocolate Cake
Hey family and friends well this week was really good. We were teaching a family, the Cox family, but we never had the opportunity to talk to the husband. This week the husband had some freaky health accident so he had to stop working and we stopped by to see how he was doing. We taught a lesson about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and at the end of the lesson told us, "Im ready to stop working on Sundays and I want to go to church on Sunday with my family." The Spirit was increadibly stong and he said he wants to be babtized with his family. Every missionarys dream! Here in our mission finding and teaching a family is considered a huge blessing, but babtizing a whole family is a huge miracle. We are going to keep working with them and helping them accept and understand the Gospel. Keep them in your prayers and we will keep helping them out.
This week we decided to go up into the mountains and found a couple new investigators, which was desperately needed. We have been trying to be more efficent as we contact, which has helped us avoid wasting time. Theres no time to waste, each day goes by so fast! Speaking of time... tomorrow is my one year mark in the mission. The first few months felt like an eternity, and now? Half way done! One year left to serve full time as a missionary, I feel happy for all the experiences Ive had and Im ready to make a lot more.
My comp and I did a service project this week; we cut a members lawn. Now, that might not sound too difficult with a mower but the member only had two machetes. Yep, we cut his huge lawn with machetes haha, lets just say that lawn mowers are a lot better! That was a highlight of the week, with another one being that we had 8 investigators at church. We are working hard and improving each day. A goal I have is that I, my companion, and my district improve each and every day. Ive been setting little personal goals each day, from memorizing things to learning more spanish and even improving my handwriting.
Well, you may be wondering about the title of this letter. The other day was fast sunday. At about 8:00 P.M. my companion and I were still fasting, and, as you can imagine, very hungry. We passed by a members house and they invited us into the kitchen. What was sitting on the counter? A giant, delicious-looking chocolate cake from a really expensive resturant here called Monte Alto. They offered us two gigantic slices, which we gladly accepted but we asked if we could take it home with us. They agreed and we headed off to the last appointment happily carrying along our chocolately treasure. We hid the cake outside of the house and began teaching Abel, a less-active returned-missionary and his friend, Alfonso. We watched the John Tanner story about sacrifices and afterward asked the men we were teaching to tell us how they felt. They explained to us how they too had lots of challenges. Turns out that on Saturday they didnt even eat the whole day because they had no money and no food. I then thought about my own hunger, which was a hunger I could rapidly and easily quench. I then thought about that yummy chocolate cake sitting outside. My comp and I were very excited to eat the cake, but as we were leaving the home I grabbed our cake and handed it to Abel. I said, "Here, we brought this for you guys to eat." They looked a little shocked but very, very grateful. We left that appointment still physically hungry but with the spiritually filling of Heavenly Fathers love. I know that by small things great things are come to pass. My invitation is that we look for those who are hungry or lost, look for those who are sad or forgotten and that we may lift them up. Thats what Christ did and, though I certainly need to improve, thats what I want to do from now on. I love you guys and hope you have a great week helping others become what God whats: happy.