December 24, 2012
December 18, 2012
Dad asked me to email him something to be read in sacrament meeting this week. I typed it as a short message, and I’m just going to share that as my letter for everyone, because I’m too lazy to write more about my week. lol
Over 2000 years ago our redeemer and savior came to this earth. Once every year we have this holiday season that gives us the opportunity to sit back and reflect on this event. This Christmas season has been more different for me than any other I have had in my life. Not just because I’m spending it in a country that is nowhere near the same as the one I grew up in or because I’m speaking a whole new language, but what has truly made the Christmas season more different than any of those of my past; is that this is my first Christmas of which I’m a representative of that man whose life we are celebrating. This has given me the chance to reflect on the gratitude I have for him. He was born into this world as a normal human being as you and I. He felt sickness and pain as we do. But he grew up to be something more than us as natural men. He preformed miracles, served others, and fulfilled prophecy. "He is despised and rejected of men.....Surely He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted." (Isaiah 53:3-4) He is the man that went through the meat grinder of life alone in order to atone for our sins even though He did not have any. He is our savior and redeemer Jesus Christ and by Him and only through Him we can return to live in the presence of our creator. I encourage everyone to remember Him and keep His sacrifice in our thoughts this season.
December 11, 2012
This week has been the hottest week by far since I have been in Peten. The capital has the best weather ever and is nice year round. When I was in the CCM I thought the weather was so nice in Guat and it wasn’t humid or hot like everyone said it would be, but Peten is a whole other thing. It’s always humid, but this week we were feeling the heat!! We haven’t had members able to work with us, so we spent three nights last week in the house. Sucks! But when we had members with us we got two members, so we were able to do divisions to make up for the lost nights. When I go on a division with a member all they can really do is share testimony because they don’t know how we teach and what not, so I end up doing almost hundred percent of the lessons. It has helped my confidence a lot when I teach without using my companion as a crutch for Spanish. One lady this last week asked me how long I have been in the field and after telling I have been here for six weeks she said that I speak a ton of Spanish for someone that has only been out one change. And in one of our lessons the member told our investigator that when I arrived to the area 6 weeks ago I didn’t know anything in Spanish and now I’m speaking a ton. These experiences have help my confidence a ton. I truly believe that the Lord blesses his missionaries with the language. I know that this is Gods work and I’m sharing his gospel in the fullness of times. Jesus is the Christ and we can only receive salvation through him.
December 8, 2012
Well this week was super discouraging. I feel that his last week I had worked harder than any other week since I have been in the field, but we had no results. Our good investigators are not progressing, we had no one come to church, and we have a new mission rule that is making the work hard. Last week our zone was given a new rule. This rule is that if it is past 5pm and we don’t have a member with us we need to return to the house for the night. This has been due to security issues in the capital, but I’m super safe where I’m at in Guat. So my companion and I decided that we were going to make a list to bring to the church for the members to sign up to work with us during the week. During church yesterday we had only 17 people in attendance during sacrament and only had 3 active adult males at church who can work with us and only 2 signed up. So for this next week we are really worried that we will not be able to get work done. This rule is hard on the areas like mine where we only have a small branch. We are going to need to pray a lot to be able to get to work this week!! That’s all that has really happened this week.