October 30, 2012

October 29, 2012

Ok so this last week has been nuts! On Tuesday morning we left really early and were in the mission home (where I got a ton of letters that got sent to the mission home and not the MTC, so if you sent me a letter in the MTC and I never recieved it you can probably count that I got it at the mission home.) in metting forever and then at 3 we got bussed off to the ZLs house in the Cap (Guat city) and we got split up we elders and got to work for that night. I was in a area of Guatemala city that has been pretty sketchy in the past. The elder I was with told me that there was one point for a week straight that they couldnt leave the apartment because it was too dangerous. You honsetly dont feel scared in places like that as a missionary, but I would probably never go over there without the nametage and in street clothes. So when we finished thaat night we all stayed the night at the ZLs house and would prepare for wednesday for the change meeting. I got assigned to La Libertad in Peten. Its a ten hour bus ride north of the cap. So I spent wednesday on a bus and I arrived to La Libertad wednesday morning. Our house is nasty! Concrete floors, tin roof, no running water (I shower with a bucket), and we can hear rats running on the roof. I have only seen one trantuala and that was one too many! We starting to work Thursday and we met one of the invesdgators that was preparing to be baptized on saturday. Because Im a gringo he asked me if I could do the baptisim. So on saturday I preformed my first baptisim. Our area is huge and only has one branch. Our area is as large at the whole Guatemala City central mission. My comp is from El Salvador and I cannot understand a word he says. His Spanish is way different! I sometimes feel like Im in solitaryconfinment because I cannot talk to anyone. All I know about him is his name and that he sleeps til 7 eveymorning.  More updates next week!

Btw If I tried to send yall a letter you probably wont recieve it until a little after Christmas and I wouldnt get a response letter til Febuary because of how far out Im at, so I can recieve emails from everyone now and not just family, so you guys should all email me at richard.simon@myldsmail.net
On top of this, Drew sent another e-mail that said that he is having a hard time because he keeps getting migraines that take away his vision, he is having a hard time eating and he is worried about his physical health.  But he still says that there is no amount of schooling or life experiences that you can receive in 2 years that will surpass the mission and he knows that this is the most important work in the world.  But he is worried about how he is feeling and also having a hard time not being able to talk to anyone.  Please keep him in your prayers.

October 21, 2012

October 20, 2012

So this was my last full week in the MTC. I’m going to the field on Tuesday!! I’m very excited to be serving people in the field. This last week we went contacting again. It was a very humbling experience because all of the homes had dirt floors with tin roofs. We found a cliff that went down into a junglish valley and on the edge of the cliff my companion and I saw stairs that went down the side of the cliff. I’m not going to lie, it felt just like what you would feel like when walking down the stairs of mordor up to the lair of the spider. We realized that there was a home down theses stairs and decided that we would contact them. When we were almost done walking down the stairs there was a freakish rabid dog that came out blocking the stairs and our path to the house. We decided to pray to know what we should do. During our prayer the dog turned around and ran down the stairs into the valley, my companion said "well that our answer!" and we left that home with a Book of Mormon. It was a great experience to have and I’m not even in the field yet. My Spanish is getting better and better every week and I feel ready for the field. I love you guys all very much and I ask you all to pray for this great work to continue. 
Elder Simon 

October 13, 2012

October 13, 2012

Thank you Aunt Robin, Jill, Jared, and Lori Dailey for letters.  I really appreciate it!!!  This week is my last week in the MTC! Im very excited to start my work in the mission field. My Spanish is getting pretty good. All of the lations can understand me, but I can understand half of what they say.  The mtc isn't too exciting so I don't have to many things to write about. This week I get to go contacting again and then we have a lot of workshops this week to prepare us for the field. I'm dreading Tuesday because we don't get to play sports and being in such a small area like this MTC its the only thing that keeps someone sane. But besides that I love the MTC. The food here is still either hit or miss but it is nice being in a mtc of the country of my Mission. I will write next week right before I go into the field.
Elder Simon

October 9, 2012

October 8, 2012

Well I get to write today and again this Saturday because of conference.
This last conference was amazing! That announcement regarding missionaries was insane and couldn't believe I was watching that change. I felt a very strong spirit with that announcement and I will be glad to have 18 year olds joining us in the next few months. And the change in age for the sisters is going to bring many more sisters into this work. This change is a sign that this work is progressing and the Lord needs more full time servants, I cannot wait to get into the field in 2 weeks to be more apart of that work. After listening to two days of conference I feel that it killed my Spanish, but my Spanish is doing well. I´m very thankful to be at this MTC where I have the chance to use Spanish more often than I would in Provo and I also get to hear the native spanish while I’m here unlike the MTC. Right now I can hold up conversations with most of the Spanish speakers here except for the ones from the Dominican Republic....those guys speak so fast. Besides that there are not too many things going on around here.
I’m counting down the days til I leave for the field, I love the MTC but I want to be in the field so badly. I hope everyone is doing well and if you want to write me it would be best to use dear elder because I don’t have much more time here. I know what I’m doing here is the most important thing I could be doing in my life and that this truly is God’s work! Im grateful to be part of the building of the kingdom.
Elder Simon

October 4, 2012

October 2, 2012

We get to have our email today for this week instead of Saturday because it is conference weekend. Please tell people to send letters with my right name (Richard Simon) so I can receive them! Because I have only received one letter here and that was from dad. In Provo I was getting letters from everyone in Rexburg. And a letter could take 2-3 stamps.

Well it’s only  been a few days since my last email but we get to email again today because we won’t have the chance to email this Saturday because it is conference weekend. All of the latinos left for the mission field this week so we are getting a new group tomorrow. I hope this new group is as awesome as the old ones. Today we had a tour of the city and got to go to the downtown plaza and take pictures and we got to go shop at the markets for an hour and lastly we got to eat food at wendys. It was nice having food of the states. haha It only been 3 weeks and my taste for certain foods has been changing. I didn’t buy anything at the market, because the CCM president said that we should just buy more authentic things in the field. Well I only have two minutes left for email. My next one will be on Next Saturday.  Elder Simon