November 30, 2012

November 29, 2012

November 26, 2012

So this last week was my first Thanksgiving away from home. It was super different. They don’t celebrate Thanksgiving at all here in Guat so it is just another work day for missionaries. We got locked out of our house during the day because my comp left the keys in the house. So we had to try for like 2 hours to break into our house. To finish the night I decided I was going to buy 7 pupusas to celebrate Thanksgiving by myself. Usually 3 will fill me up, so 7 is sufficient for Thanksgiving. Well on Friday my body got the full affect of food poisoning for the first time. I was vomiting all day and got a fever of 101. It sucked. I was in bed until Sunday night. Now I can’t even think about eating a pupusas without wanting to puke. So my own personal Thanksgiving backfired on me. That was pretty much the only real exciting thing that happened all week. There just isn’t too much to write about when you spend most of the week in bed. As a missionary being sick is terrible and even worse for my comp because he is healthy and cannot do anything. ..........Well I just want to let you all know that I’m glad to be where I am. I know that I’m literally representing Jesus Christ. This is his work.
Elder Drew Simon

November 24, 2012

November 19, 2012

This week was migrane free and Im feeling great. My zone is so big land wise.....its all of Peten!! And there are only 24 elders in Peten out of the 200 in the mission. I'm lucky to be here. Everything is so much more foreign in this country than any other country in central America because of the whole Myan culture that is still very strong here.
Hermana Watts told me that if you want to send me a package for Christmas, send it now! And on the 17th of December we will be celebrating Christmas in our zone which will include watching a Disney movie and opening packages from home. On the 25th is when I'm calling. Oh and did Brett and Baylee receive a letter from me.

This week has been great! We still have bats, but its alright I guess. Our neighbors gave garlic, told us to sleep with the lights on, and to sleep under the covers so it wont bite our necks. Hahaha I love how superstitious Guats are. The scary part is that my comp believed every word they said, so we really do have garlic hanging around in our house. We also came upon a snake this week. We killed it, but my comp told me that it was a venomoussnake......Who knows all I know is that it was red.
The work has been going really well this week. Yesterday we did a division with some members and the member that was with me didnt want to say anything during our lesson, so yesterday I seriously taugh t100 percent of our lesson and I invitede the family to be baptized for next month and they excepted. It was a real confidence booster for my Spanish. Well I dont have too much more to write about, but I wanna let everyone know that I love being a missionary and I know without any doubt that this is the work of the Lord and this is his church. Elder Drew Simon

November 15, 2012

November 12, 2012

This week has been interesting. It still feels like pulling teeth to work with my comp, but we manage to work still. I'm truly at my happiest when I'm serving others. What has truly made this week interesting has been what I have seen regarding animals. Last Monday my zone went to some Myan ruins and we got to climb all of them. It was so much fun! We saw monkeys in the trees and they were so freakishly loud. It was as loud as I would imagine apes being, but these were just small monkeys. Then on Tuesday I was cleaning dishes and I picked up a pot that was upside down and a huge tarantula ran out of it scaring the crap out of me. Then on Friday I got light headed and wasvomiting for a good part of the day, so I was in bed reading Jesus el Cristo when I saw out of the corner of my eye flying above me, but I just ignored it. A few minutes later I saw it again and realized it was a huge bat. Our ceiling is really high, so I just thought to myself, I wont worry about it because it will probably stay up there.......... I was wrong! When reading I saw something coming right at me and I flipped out of my bed right as the bat took a nose dive for my bed. My comp and I spent the following hour trying to find and kill the bat but there was no luck. The bat still currently resides in our house. Then last night my comp wakes me up right when I barley fell asleep and he gave me a stick and he said that he saw a huge trantula that we need to kill. I asked why do we need to kill it and he told me that it is one that is super venemous. We couldn't find it and as you can imagine, I slept very peacful that night knowing what was living with us.
Well that all I really have to write about this week! 

November 7, 2012

November 5, 2012

Week 2 has been even crazier that last week. I can now say that after one week I can pretty much understand everything my comp says and things in that respect are a lot better. My companion and I had and argument last week and he pretty much hates me right now and lectures me every night how I need to be doing what he says because he is the senior comp. I respect his authority, but I also am here to work and obey ALL of the rules perfectly and he just hasnt been doing that for a few months. This week we found a family that told us that they have been searching for the true church of God the last few months and been praying to find it. I can see the light in their eyes and can tell that they have been prepared to hear our message. If they don't end up getting baptized I will be devestated, but what can I do. Just pray. I'm still adjusting to the culture here. Saw a scorpion for the first time in my life last week that was exciting! Pray for me and this work.

Elder Simon