March 20, 2013

March 19, 2013


Well I don't have too much to say about this week. I have been working really hard and have gained hope for my current area. On Thursday we had a one of the APs (Assistant to Pres) working with us. It was a great experience to learn from someone that has a lot of experience in the mission. He reallydidn't give us any advice and he told me that our area is terrible. But I did learn from watching him teach. This week was nice and cloudy, but that changed yesterday and has gotten ridiculously hot. This heat is killing me. My shirts are soaked with sweat after everyday of work. I know that I'm in the work of the Lord right now. I'm where he need me. I love what I'm doing. 

Elder Simon








March 11, 2013

March 11, 2013


Drew and I chatted through e-mail today, so in addition to the things he says in the email below, he also told me that he has not had headaches in a while.  His new house is similar to the one he had in La Libertad with cement walls and tin roof except it has a lot more rats but no tarantulas and he said he was happy about not having tarantulas. There is no indoor plumbing.  The town he is in is quite small and does not have any stores.  They have to go about 30 minutes away (not sure if he meant by foot or in a car) to get to a grocery store.  He said it is super hot there.  His new companion goes home in May and is super quiet and very serious and Drew hopes he loosens up and starts to talk more.  The Mayan ruins are all around him and on his nextpday he plans to go see some of them. 

Well this week was just absolutely crazy with the changes that happened. We had our change meeting where we found out where we are going. So here is my change. I'm in a small town called Dolores which is in Peten. Most missionaries in this mission start their missions in the City and die in the city without ever knowing anything outside. When I left Peten one change ago everyone told me that I would never leave the Capital. But I'm the first person they have ever heard of that was born in Peten, moved to the cap for a change and then right back to Peten. My MTC comp Elder Mijangos was in this area before me and he told me that my comp is apostate. He said that God must be preparing me for something because everyone knows me in this mission for having the three most apostate companions in the whole mission. My comp is a nice guy though. He is from Honduras, so my Spanish will be getting even better than it already is.
To get back to Peten this week I had to take another 10 hour bus ride. Which sucked! And then on Thursday morning I arrived in my area. They haven't had gringo missionaries in this area that speak decent Spanish for a long time. A lot of them when I arrived were making fun of me because by looking at me I'm pure gringo and they are used to gringos who don't speak Spanish, so they thought Icouldn't understand, but then I called them out in Spanish and they were all shocked. I'm not going to lie I was pretty pissed off and gave them a hard time about that. We have our church meetings in a small house on Sundays. The attendance was 12. There is a lot of work to do in this area. My comp thinks I'm going to be here for awhile. I really hope we can build up this branch. The church seriously has no presence here. I'm not too happy to be in this area right now, but I know its where the Lord needs me. I know that this is Gods work and that only through this gospel one can receive redemption.

Elder Simon

The picture is of Drew and his first companion in the field on the left (from La Libertad) and his companion that he just left in Guatemala City last week.





March 4, 2013

March 4, 2013

 Well this week was really productive. I'm becoming more and more sensitive to the spirit as a missionary. This week we had lessons that I knew after wards that Icouldn't have even taught it better in English. I'm not saying that to say that my Spanish is great, but when the spirit is present the Lord makes all of the words come out the way the investigator needs to hear it.
Yesterday we got the change phone calls. My companion has sources in the office that told him 3 days early that I'm going to be training and he will be leaving the area, but when the change phone calls came in we found out that it is reverse and that I'm leaving and he is staying as a trainer. My comp wishes that we were still together for another change. So I'm going to have 3 areas in 4 transfers. It is really odd for someone to be in a area for one change, so everyone thinks I'm leaving the Capital for Peten or Coban and that I will end up being in the Coban mission and that's why I'm having this change. But we will see. I'm truly really sad to leave this area. I absolutely love the members here and my companion. It will be hard to say goodbye. On Wednesday I find out where I'm going.

I truly know that this is Gods work and that he puts his servants where they are needed. I know that wherever I go the Lord needs me there. I'm really excited to start my time in another part of the Lords vineyard. If I work with diligence I will be blessed and love wherever I am.

Elder Simon






March 1, 2013

February 25, 2013 (6 months!)


When I emailed Drew back and forth on Monday he said that he loves the area he is serving in but it probably has a lot to do with the fact that he really is enjoying his companion.  Thi week they are going to have changes, so he might get moved or his companion might be changed.  He said that his favorite foods are rice, beans and tortillas.  He is really torn about which mission he wants to end up in when they divide it.
Woo hoo I'm one fourth way through my mission. To celebrate my six months I made a bacon we've!! We found American bacon!! It doesn't feel like I have been here that long, but the time goes way fast. For my six months we got a really excitingannouncement. The Guatemala City North mission is going to be divided into two different missions. The Guatemala Coban mission and the Guatemala City East mission. The north mission will no longer exist. We wont find out what mission we are in until the end of June. I really really cant wait to find out what my mission will be. Its hard for me to say which mission I want because Mission Coban will have my last area and all of the jungle ares of Guatemala, which are really really beautiful places, but the East mission will have President Watts. Everyone wants to go to Coban in this mission, but we all want president Watts as well, so that's a hard decision. That's really the only exciting news I have. I should have a baptism this Saturday (with my fingers crossed that it doesn't fall through). I'm working really hard and I love having the chance to share my testimony everyday. My testimony has grown so much and I'm learning to truly convert myself to this gospel.  
Elder Simon





February 11, 2013

Well I started this week off with a division on Tuesday with another Elder from my district. It was a fun break from my comps jokes. But we did not have very many set appointments, so we spent a lot of the division touching doors. It was hard because my comp on the division was a 18 year old kid who only has a month in the mission (Guatemalan who is waiting for his visa toArgentina, I bet Jared could relate). He speaks Spanish because he is Latino, but doesn't have a clue what to say when we are contacting, so I ended up doing almost all of the speaking. We ended up touching the door of an older lady that was a very strong evangelical Christan and wanted to only tell us how we are going to hell. She told me that Joseph Smith was an apostate false prophet and that we need to decide if we are going to continue to live the doctrines of the Mormon church or live the doctrine of Jesus. I seriously felt offended by her comments. I then asked her if she has ever read the Book of Mormon. She said no and doesn't need to because she has the Bible and already knows our church isn't true. I told her that she can only know if the Book of Mormon is from reading it. She agreed. And I told her that I have read the Book of Mormon and I can tell her that I know with all of my heart that it is a book inspired by God, but you can NEVER tell my that it is not true until you read it ask God if its true. I then invited her to accept a copy of the Book of Mormon, but she unfortunately said no. I wasted one hour arguing with her while my Spanish speaking comp didn't say a single word.

 On Thursday I had a very funny experience. My comp and I were walking back to our house after working and he turned to me and said dude we gotta run because I'm going to crap myself. We arrived to our apartment only to find our that the toiletwas clogged and we don't have a plunger. So we ran to the other missionaries apartment in our complex to use their bathroom. Well they came home late so they weren't home. My comp screamed and was acting like we were being chased by a serial killer and out of no where he broke down their front door and sprinted to the bathroom. The other Elders were so mad!  But my comp said that if it was one second later he would of crapped himself. Now he is trying to figure out how to pay for a new door. Haha I still laugh thinking about this story.

Well I know that this work is true. The Book of Mormon is such a great gift from our heavenly father. We can all become closer to Christ by reading and living its teachings.

Elder SImon