January 27, 2014

January 20, 2014

Well this week was one of the craziest weeks of my mission. I've had a cough for the last three weeks and we got it checked up one on Tuesday in a clinic. They did a test on my lungs and informed me that I need to stay there hospitalized. It was really boring in the hospital. We really couldn't do to much there. On Friday they let me out. We went to a branch activity and then on Saturday we just prepared for our baptism. I was very excited about that! The lady we baptized is named Norma. She has been an investigator for 7 years. I have visited her most of my mission and it was great seeing her get baptized. She really has a strong testimony and is very excited about missionary work. On Saturday we got our transfer phone calls. We found out to my surprise that I'm leaving. And Elder Lutz is staying and training!! I'm very proud of him, but at the same time very sad to leave Libertad. It is an area so special to me. I wanted to cry when I found out I was leaving. Yesterday I said goodbye to most of the members. It was definitely one of the saddest days of my mission. I'm sure that it is about time I leave Peten and the Lord probably needs me elsewhere.

I know the church is true. I know that Christ lives and that he loves everyone of us.

Elder Simon

January 16, 2014

January 15, 2014


Bro. & Sis. Simon – just a note to let you know that Elder Simon is a wonderful elder and we are very grateful to have him serving extremely well in the Coban Mission.  When I interviewed him earlier this week we noticed he had a strong cough and so sent him to the doctor.  He was diagnosed with pneumonia and so we admitted him to a clinic in the Peten where he is receiving antibiotics and nebulization (normal in these cases).  He is doing fine and we expect recovery in about 2-3 days and will keep him there until his recovery is complete.  He continues to be energetic and ready to do the work so we anticipate a quick and normal recovery.

He entered the clinic yesterday and had a restful night.  His companion will be with him during his time in the clinic.  

Please call or write with any questions but rest assured your son is doing very well.  We will keep you posted on his progress. 

Best regards, and thank you for sending your son to serve.  He is great!

John F. Curtiss
Misión Guatemala Cobán

January 13, 2014

January 13, 2014

This week was ok. We definitely had some good things happen. In church we had an attendance of 119. Which is the highest attendance the branch has ever had for sacrament meeting. Besides that we didn't have to much. We did have interviews with President Curtiss. I loved it. I really feel super better after talking to the President. We are all very excited about the work here in Libertad. This week we are hoping to have a baptism this Saturday. Well that's about all I have for right now.

Elder Simon

January 7, 2014

January 6, 2014

Wow these holidays have been crazy! Christmas was really fun and so was the new year. I went to bed at 10:30 and at midnight I woke up because of all of the fireworks. 

About two weeks ago we went to a less active members house named Luis and inside the house we saw a lil old lady from the states that couldn't speak a drop of Spanish. The first thing we asked was how did she get here. And then she told us how she teaches English in some schools. She told us that she is from North Carolina and she said " I dont wanta offend yalls but yalls are brained washed and I cant talk to yall because I dona wana go to hell."  We kind of left it there and stopped talking to her. But a week later we went to his house and Luis came outside to talke to us. We were chating for about three minutes when she came out saying "Can you guys get outa here so that Luis can talk to his sister. I don't like it that yalls comin here to brainwash Luis. Now I understand why yalls have so much success here because yall don't understand the word NO when someone tells you no". I then said umm we always visit Luis. He is a good friend of mine and I have know him for a while. All we want to do is visit him and see if we can help him in anyway". She said "How can you help him! He don't want to be no mormon no more. We burnt that devils book the so called other testament!" I was very close to losing my temper, but I just said "Ma'am..I am NOT brainwashed. I was not raised in some mormon combine in the middle of nowhere. You have been very disrespectful towards us and I'm very sorry if we offended you in anyway."  Then we just left. It was just strange because it was my first time talking to an English speaker in my mission and she was crazy. But besides that we had some other good things happen. We are going to have baptisms next week! We are going to baptize a lady that has been a investigator for years. I even taught here with my trainer last year. And she is now finally going to get baptized. I'm so excited. We also got the exciting news that they are going to put a third companionship in La Libertad. They are really pushing to become a stake. The branch president told me that if we don't get an attendance of 120 this trimester we won't become a stake. Well we got a lot of work to do.

 I know that this is Gods church. It doesn't matter what others say because it is the truth! I know that we have a Prophet of God on the earth again.

Elder Simon