Called to serve in the Guatemala Quetzaltenango mission

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

June showers!!

The rainy season has been in full effect lately which is good for all the corn!  

I admire my companion a lot, this week we had a little scare as far as his health goes.  We were in a lesson when I noticed he was zoning out and started sweating.  He tried talking but it was hard for him, so he checeked his blood sugar and it had dropped to 31, which apparently is really really low.  I feel like the Lord blessed him because nothing bad happened and we were able to take care of things quickly. He has made a lot of sacrifices to be here in the mission which have all helped him be a hard worker and very apreciative of his mission, solid guy. 

This week we were able to find three new families, which was very needed since we were starting to run out of investigators!  One of the families is from the coast, which is a great miracle because the people from the coast are a lot nicer, less fanatical about religion, and more open.  Another couple is also new and they are from a place called San Marcos.  Their native language is Mam so we can tell its a little hard for them to understand but they seemed really open and ready to learn more about the restaration.

Our investigator Mynor is getting babtized on Saturday at 4, I had a picture of us together but I left my camera back home!  Anyways, he is a really great guy and we are hoping that, with a lot of effort, he will be able to serve a mission.  He is so humble, which makes teaching the gospel a great experience and a lot easier! We finished teaching all the commandments this week and Mynor accepted everything.  He applies what he learns and its been awesome seeing the change from not really wanting anything to preparing to serve a mission.

I read about Abinadi and King Noah this week.  Theres an interesting lesson that we can all learn from those chapters of Mosiah.  Theres a part where the Spirit had softened King Noahs heart and he knew that he should let Abinadi go.  What happened?  The friends of the king peer pressured King Noah and for that Abinadi was burned.  We shouldnt let the pressures of the world influence who we really are, sons and daughters of God.  Its been a blessing being here in Guatemala because everyone is very Cristian and, even though there are a lot of churches, most people stand up for what is morally right and things like gay marriage,  legalizing drugs etc. arent an issue here.  Let us all, like Thomas S. Monson said in conference, "chose the harder right" and the Lord will bless us.  Les amo a todos!  

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Two miracle!!

This email might be a little short, today we had a zone activity.  We
went to a field, played in some big blow up balls, and had a little
barbeque after.  It was a lot of fun but we got done a little bit

This week was awesome, as you can tell we had two really big
miracles... Gabby and her daughter Camila got babtized!  It has been a
long process but it was awesome being able to contact them, teach
them, and see them make a covenant with God.  Gabby is a single mom
who studied psicology and Camila is her nine year old daughter.
President Smith and his wife came to the service, which started a
little late but was really good.  Gabby has a really strong testimony,
its been such a great experience working with her and her daughter.
The door has been opened so that many will be able to recieve the
gospel because Gabby loves sharing the gospel.  Before the service
started she was explaining all of the pictures in the church to her
mom and sister, who arent yet members.  The Spirit led us to find this
little family and to testify the truth to their hearts.

We have another investigator here in Olinte who should be babtized in
two weeks named Mynor.  He is from a far away town called Coban and
his native language is Kekchi.  This week he progressed a lot more
than he had before and now really wants to be babtized.  I feel like
the Lord is really blessing us lately and helping us to find a lot of
really prepared people.  Although right now I feel like we are having
some good success, its important to realize something.  I know what it
feels like to go lots of months without babtizing anyone and I also
know how it feels to be babtizing almost every week.  Babtizing is
very important, but its not the key to happiness in mission work.
Living worthily, working hard, and doing the best we can to share the
Gospel is what helps us have a long lasting happiness.  We cant have a
happy life if we dont have the Spirit, and we cant have the Spirit if
we do things we shouldnt be doing.  Even though my time in the mission
is coming to an end, Im no where near perfect but I honestly do feel
really happy and that my conscience is clean.

I shared some scriptures that I really liked in this last district
meeting.  Some people got angry at what Christ taught, which we can
see in John 6:66, "From that time many of his disciples went back, and
walked no more with him."  Christ then asked his apostles, "...Will ye
also go away?
Verse 68 says, "Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we
go? thou hast the words of eternal life."  Do we walk with Christ?  Do
we remember the sacrifice He made for us?  If we can all focus on His
Gospel I know that we can all have "eternal life" and life forever in
our families.  I love you all and hope you all have an excellent week!