September 30, 2012

September 29, 2012

Well I'm at that point where I´m only in the MTC for three more weeks until I go to the field. I'm so excited!! The last three weeks here in Guatemala went by way faster than the 3 weeks in Provo. This last week we went out into the city and got to knock on doors. My companion and I were able to get seven referrals from street contacting alone. It was really fun, but while I was in the middle of it I got a migraine (my spelling is horrible) it was a bad one and I felt at any second I could throw up, especially on the bus ride back......we took a public bus and they pack those things down here. They have people hanging off the edge of the bus just to hitch a ride. We saw a lot of interesting things while in the city contacting though. The street was filled with dog poop and then we saw a grown man pooping in the middle of the street. It sure is a different culture here! In two days all of the latinos here leave for the field and I'm going to miss all of them because they are all really awesome. My Spanish is getting better and better everyday here and I am very grateful to be at this MTC so that I can hear the language more often. Well I don't have much more to say, so I will write back next week. Elder Simon

September 22, 2012

September 22, 2012

Everything is going great here in Guatemala. I love it here and the lationos are so much fun to hang out with. I have been playing soccer everyday for about an hour. They all think Im the best goalie here, but it is because the goals are so small I just pretend Im playing goalie in hockey, which includes droping to the ground to black shots and scraping my knees. I just bought a Guatemala soccer jersey for ten bucks so I really am excited to wear it. We had a soccer team of all gringos beat the latinos, which was probably the most exciting thing that has happened here. On monday they are taking us out into neighborhoods in the city to go proseltying. Im super nervous because Im knocking on doors for real with only four weeks of Spanish. Wish me luck. If we find someone who is interested we might teach them a quick lesson, but then we fill out a referal for the Elders in the field. My Spanish is getting better and better everyday, today Im only speaking in Spanish and if I speak even one word in English I told my companion he can punch me. I have been having an issue now where when I speak English I ocassionaly throw words in in Spanish. For the last few days my companion and I have been going to the temple grounds and speaking to the members there. I´m writing a few letters home today so expect them in 2 weeks! haha I also hear that dear elders work over here so just send them with my address here if you want to write me..... Well I dont have much more to write about this week. I love you guys all very much and thank you all for your
support.      Elder Simon

September 16, 2012

September 15, 2012

Well I´m in Guatemala and it is pretty awesome. I feel that they are much more strict in this MTC but it is worth it to be in the country. The only big thing that I look forward to around here is the gym time, which is pretty funny looking because with all of the walls and barbed wire around the concrete gym yard it feels like having gym in a prison yard. The basketball hoops are really getto also with the metal chain nets and all, but I have mostly been playing soccer with the natives (on a concrete soccer field). It is way fun. I have been playing goalie and I´m ok at it. All of the natives have been wanting me on their teams for goalie. The goals are almost the size of two hockey nets so it is much more easier to play goalie here than it was in Provo. I wish they would want to play basketball but oh well.... I got a new companion, but we still have companions from the states thank goodness. My companion is Elder Rios.....Mexican. So all the natives mistake him for a Spanish speaker, which is pretty funny. And he was also a convert. He was baptized two years ago this week. It is truly amazing what the gospel can do to peoples lives. I really enjoy being his companion. The mtc is really small, with about 100 missionaries. Everyone who works here speaks Spanish and we have Spanish speaking roommates, so they are forcing us to learn Spanish. I'm thankful to be here because I feel like I need to be here to get my Spanish going. Our teachers can speak a very little bit of Spanish, so we can ask something if we absolutely don't know the words in Spanish. It is crazy how I occasionally catch myself thinking some things in Spanish. I have 5 and a half weeks here and that feels like forever from now, but I´m sure it will go faster than I anticipate. I love the MTC, but I really really look forward to the day I can serve in the field. Oh something else....I heard that we can get here, so that would be the fastest way for me to get letters because otherwise they say that it will take 10 to 15 days to receive letters. My address is

Cantro de CapacitaciĆ³n Misional Guatemala,
Buheuar Vista Hermosa 23-71,
Vista Hermosa I, Zona 15,
Guatemala City 01015,

Well that's pretty much all I have to say now. The food here is either amazing or horrible and my ability to try anything has occasionally been my down fall, but it is good practice because the food here is supposed to be similar to the field.
I want to let all of you know that this gospel is true and there is nothing more important I need to do right now.
Elder Simon

September 12, 2012

September 12, 2012

His plane left Salt Lake last night at 8p.m. and he flew to Los Angeles and then he had a 4 hour layover and then flew from there straight to Guatemala City and got there around 6a.m. this morning.  We were able to talk to him on the phone last night from the Los Angeles airport and he sounded great, very happy and excited to get to Guatemala.  Today we received the following e-mail from him:

Hey, I hope you feel much better knowing that I madeit here safely. It
isnt too much more different from the states when you are in the
city.......except for the drivers. The MTC is really nice and the food
tast way better than it did in Provo. It wont be tasting this good in
the field though. I got some sleep on the flight down, but not enough.
I have a full day ahead of me and I feel as though I could pass out
any second from my lack of sleep. I also dont understand this crazy
waveof humidity everyone is talking about. It is way hard to type on a
Spanish keyboard. Hopefulyby the time I send my next email I will be
able to tell you how you can contact me. It is awesome being here and
my Spanish should get good really fast.

                                Elder Drew Simon

September 6, 2012

September 6, 2012

Well it has been two weeks now, but it feels like I have been here forever. Everything here is really repetitive, but you can still manage to enjoy everything by the spirit here. This week has been really interesting. My companion and I got to practice our door approaches this week (in Spanish of course) and our first time trying it with a real person behind the door we messed up, but it was a good learning experience. I'm glad we have nine weeks to get this stuff down. But this week we had our first real missionary experience. This last week i have been sick with a fever and some sinus problems, so the health center here told me and my companion to walk down the street to the BYU health center to see a doctor to get some drugs. While we were walking back to the MTC this guy on a bike started to ride along side of us and he slowed down a bunch to be at our walking pace and he then asked us how long have we been out then we told him that we have only been the MTC for two weeks. Then my companion asked if he served a mission and he told us that he served in St. Louis. So we told him that’s awesome, but then he told us that he doesn't go to church anymore. So after a long awkward pause my companion asked why? And he said "Oh because I'm gay!" .................I was seriously horrified and didn't know what to say. We continued talking to him until we got to the MTC, but we didn't to too good of a job inviting him unto Christ. Right when it was over i knew exactly what I should have said, but it was way too late. That’s by far the most interesting experience I have had in the last two weeks.

          So on this Tuesday I fly to Guatemala!!! At 8 pm we fly out to LA where we are going to have a 4 hour layover and then fly down to Guatemala city and arrive there around 6 in the morning. Elder Mijangos and I are really excited to be in public as missionaries for the first time, but it is also really scary after only being here as long as we have. When we get to the MTC I will get a native companion (They say this is to help me with my spanish, but I think they just enjoy tormenting me) and that companion will only be there for three weeks because they know Spanish and then I will get a second native companion to finish out my time in the MTC. I'm really excited to get to the Guatemala MTC! I hear that the food is a lot better there and won’t do strange things to your body like the food here. And we will be speaking Spanish 24/7. I don't feel ready for that especially since its only 5 days until then. 

         Well we are restricted on how much time we can email so i better end this, but I just want to let everyone know that I'm doing great! I love the spirit here and everyday I’m here I become a little more prepared to invite others to come unto Christ. I have a firm testimony that this is the building of Gods kingdom on this earth and being part of it is the happiest thing I can be doing right now.

Sincerely, Elder Drew Simon