July 29, 2013

July 29, 2013

One more week done! This week was a good week. We put up three baptism dates for the 24th of August. I'm so excited. This area has changed so much since I've been here I really hope I will be given the chance to stay here to see more of the progress here. I almost have 5 months in this area so its very likely I will be changed, but we will see. Next month I think we will be moving into a new house (without rats) yay. 

I'm very thankful for the chance I have to be a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ. I know that this is His work. I'm so thankful for the knowledge of the Plan of Salvation. The Lord wants us to be happy. 

Elder Simon
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*I emailed Drew back and forth and we talked about the accident last week where Elder Burton was hurt and then passed away.  Drew said that it is common for all of the missionaries to hop into the back of trucks to hitch rides between villages.  He said that this truck that had 6 missionaries in the back went over an embankment and down a big ledge.  The other missionaries have cuts and bruises but nothing serious.  Drew also said that he is not going to catch rides in the back of trucks like this anymore and told me, "Mom, I promise you, I will be returning home in 1 year and 23 days!" :)

July 22, 2013

July 22, 2013

Wow I cannot believe that today I hit 11 months in the mission. The time has gone by way too fast. I still feel like a new missionary. This week was a little less productive than I would have liked. We lost Tuesday doing service and Thursday we had our interviews with President Curtiss. We lost pretty much two days this week. :P But my interview was great. I loved it. It was so great to meet President Curtiss. He is so excited about the work. We also worked on finding a new house. I think within one month the Elders of Dolores will have a new house, but I might be transferred in 2 weeks ha. 

I'm so sure that this is the Lords work. I'm so grateful for my knowledge of the Plan of Salvation. I know without a doubt that families can be together forever. I also know that the Book of Mormon is the key to family unity.

Elder Simon

July 19, 2013

July 15, 2013

Well one more week down. It wasn't too exciting at all. We just had a lot of appointments that fell through and we walked a lot. This week we might change our house, but we will see how that goes. I've been very tired this week because we did so much work, but we have nothing to show for it. Two of our baptism dates fell through as well, but I have the faith that we can baptize them in August.
 
I'm very happy to be where I am. I know without a doubt that The Church of Jesus Christ has been restored on the earth again and that as missionaries we are inviting people to join the church of Christ.
Elder Simon

July 11, 2013

July 8, 2013

What a strange week! This was my first 4th of July outside the United States. I'm very grateful to be from such a great country where I have so many opportunities.  Living in Guatemala for 10 months has helped me see all the blessings I have in the states. This week we didn't have too much success, but we had a baptism so that's something really exciting. And the branch is growing! We had a church attendance of 24! Crazy considering that when I first got here we were only 7. The Lord is blessing the small town of Dolores. I have a firm testimony that He is preparing more people to receive his gospel.  Its very possible that by the time we finish this month we will have 6 baptisms. We just need to work work and work and trust a little bit more in the Lord. 

This week we didn't have changes. We didn't have changes in the whole mission because the new president doesn't want to make changes until he knows all the missionaries. But the good news is that this change is only going to be 4 weeks long instead of 6. 

I'm very thankful to be a missionary and to have a knowledge of the plan of salvation. The Lord loves us and wants to bless us, but we always need to be willing to do His will. Elder Simon






July 2, 2013

July 2, 2013

Well this week has been a very productive week. We weren't able to work on Tuesday or Sunday because of all of our meetings, but in the few days we had, we got a lot of work done. On Tuesday we traveled 2 hours to go and say goodbye to Pres and Hna Watts. It was sad saying goodbye, but I'm confident that the future will bring many blessings. This week we put up 3 new baptism dates and they are all with people that are really prepared and ready to receive the restored gospel. One of the new converts will be a member from the Adventist church that has been such a blessing for us. We found her about 3 weeks ago and she has taught us so much. She is going to be a great member in this small branch. In this month we will have 5 baptisms. The crappy thing is that I believe that this change I'm going to get moved and won't be able to see these baptisms. I'm really starting to see the fruits of my labor. I'm so glad to have been put in a tough area like this because I have grown so much and I can have a bigger impact here than in any other area. When I got here we had a Sunday attendance of 7 and now we had 18 this last week. I really have a testimony of being obedient to the Lords will. Our obedience has allowed us to be instruments in the Lords hands in helping this area grow. This next week I will be able to tell if there is a transfer or not. 

I love being a missionary. I know that this is the Lords work and it is growing. The Book of Mormon can help any person come closer to God.

With Love

Elder Drew Simon