Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Never Been So Good!

We had a pretty good week. The golden investigators didn't get baptized because when we talked with the ZLs they said that we had to make sure and talk with the mission office and everything. Because the ward told us to baptize them and our leaders said to do the other. So we're waiting to find out what happens with all or this. We had a really good Sunday. Weird, I know. It started out bad. All of the appointments fell through. Then we walked around looking for someone. In the afternoon like at 6pm we left with a member and she really helped us out. We were able to find people to teach. New investigators. Part-families that are members and part that aren't. One guy named Victor that wants to come back to the church but wasn't sure what to do. We came as an answer to his prayers. We're super excited to work with him and his family. We've been receiving lots of references this week and it's really helped a lot to work with them members to contact them and to have lessons. This ward is really super great and are helping us a ton.

The family Caal fell through. They really don't want anything. It's sad because they don't know what they're losing but they just won't do anything. Here's a picture when we were visiting them with a youth from the ward. Here name's Diana. She helps us a lot. I really have the best ward here in the mission right now. We're getting a lot of help from them. They visit them with us. And right now we just found some good ones that we're really looking forward to working here this week. Wow I never knew that the work could be so good. I also never knew it could be so stressful haha! Worrying about who's going to visit them with you and if they're progressing and everything. It's a great life! :)

Well I hope that you all have a great great week! Love you tons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Hermana Hotel

It was hot here. It rained one day and was a little chilly but then it's hot again. We're in summer right now! But they tell us that it's going to start raining in May again because that's the rainy season. Why?!?! It's all good......

We had a better week. A lot better than we thought we had. There were transfers this week and our house in the one most central for the sisters so we were the hotel this week. The ZLs told us that we were the ZLs this week for the hermanas haha. We had sisters Tuesday night for those that were going to the capital for their transfers and their companions stayed with us. We had to go at 2 in the morning to drop them off with their stuff. So basically we didn't sleep that night because we were all talking until it was time. Then in the afternoon the new companions came from the capital. Two stayed in our house that night and then the next morning at 6 they left for their area. And apart from this we were able to work some.

We're still working with the Family Caal. They're really tough. Cesar is the most willing of the brothers. He likes the activities and he likes church and all. He reads as well. We'll see what happens this week.

Two of the four that had missing records are going to get baptized. They found two of them but the others are gone. So this Sunday we'll have two baptisms for our golden investigators.

Marta is doing great. She likes the church and the members that she lives with, Hans and Dunia, are reactivating. We have to talk with Dunia because they need to get married but it's a goal for them. The problem is the goal that they had passed by....but we're going to talk to them.

I'm doing good here. Looking forward to the next few weeks here in this area. I love it here and I love my companion so things are good.

I hope that you have a great week and love you tons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Last Transfer

This week was alright. We didn't have as many successes as we wanted but we were able to have a good day yesterday. All the appointments we had all fell through and we didn't know what to do. Finally on Sunday we called and talked to the dad of the Family Caal and he said that they would come to church so we passed by their house to bring them. The dad wasn't there and the family had no idea what we were talking about. So we went back to the church (we live like two houses away from it) and we really discouraged.  On top of that, when the meetings started Marta wasn't there. We had had a really good lesson with the less active members that she works and lives with and they were going to bring her and they didn't show up. My companion and I were super disappointed. We were fasting because it was fast Sunday and I started to pray. I just wanted to go back to the house and cry. But then Marta and the family showed up. That made things better. Also when the third hour of church was starting, we had already headed for the Relief Society, and one of the elders came and got us and said that we had a family of investigators there. We couldn't believe it and when we saw them it was the family Caal. We felt so much better. After a horrible week and then this, we didn't know what to do. But this made everything better. In divisions I was able to visit the family Caal with a couple that speak Q'eqchi' that were able to really explain the church and meetings and everything to them. I really didn't understand anything.....but another member that was with us explained to me what she understood of what they were saying and it was super good to help them come back to the church.

Things are going well here. The other lady, Gladis Caal, that lives on the side of Dunia (the family that Marta works for) is going alright. Her husband doesn't want anything and she isn't sure what she's going to do. We have a FHE planned for her with Dunia, the family, and Marta so we hope that that goes well.

We're possibly going to baptize this month because there's like 4 people that don't show up in the church records, so we're going to baptize them haha. What do you say to free baptisms haha! But it's good though. One is a less active that we're working with that's really working on coming back and we were worried that maybe she has problems with chastity so that makes it easier to bring up the topic because they have to pass the baptismal interview.

Well you all know that I'm doing great and I'm happy so I hope that you're all doing well. Be safe and love you tons!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh yeah and my companion and I didn't have transfers. Yes Hermana Ramos (my first companion) goes home on Thursday and today she's been with us. It's been nice to see her.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

General Conference

The conference was really good! I loved it and learned a lot. The talk from President Monson was super good and it made me feel good that it's not only in mission that they're always talking about obedience haha! And of course Elder Holland and Elder Oaks were good. I really enjoyed it all. I remember before that I felt like the conferences never end and now I feel like they go by so fast!! I was able to see in English for the last three sessions. Just the first on Saturday I saw in Spanish. It was kind of hard to understand because there were two talks that the people talked really fast so then the translations were super fast. It's never as good as listening in English. Also Elder Falabella is from here! Woohoo! That was awesome to see.

We had a good week. We're really working with the Family Caal. The one that has all the kids. Sofia, Cesar, and Rigoberto are really coming along. This week we were able to talk about the restoration and put a date to baptize them. We have to work more with the parents to baptized them sooner but they really pay attention. The other two are a little bit younger and don't put as much attention. But of course they'll follow the family.

We're working with a family, the parents are Amalia and René. They're Evangelists but they really like the church. One of the sons was able to make it to the conference (that's why I saw one in Spanish) and really liked it. They're probably going to come this Sunday to church to see what it's like.

We also had a good experience. We were trying to visit a less active and when we got there they weren't there. We were knocking and the neighbor poked her head out to tell us that they weren't there. So we started talking to her and we were able to share a little. She really like the hymn I'm a child of God. She almost started to cry. They're searching for a church. Because she's raised Evangelist, her husband Catholic, and they can't decide on one. So maybe they'll go for the middle and choose the Mormons haha.

We're having alot of success here and loving it. My companion is great and we love every moment together. I'm glad that you were able to have a good week and hope that everything goes well this week. Love you all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Zone Conference

Things went well here. We were able to find lots of new families but I'll let you know after this week because we just put appointments with them. But it was a nice week. Friday we had zone conference and we were able to learn a lot about how we can work better. We did some practices and we able to find what we need to work on. They're focusing a lot on baptism invitations. That we shouldn't be afraid to invite the people because this is why we are here. And even more in that we have the Spirit with us so that they feel it in the lessons, that we can invite them to be baptized, and what we need to do to help them accept the invitation. It was really good and we really felt the Spirit. I feel like I've been growing a lot recently in trusting more in God and trying to complete my role and a missionary and representative of Jesus Christ.

We visited the family Caal (they're the ones that have the kids that are going to teach us Q'eqchi'. They're doing alright. The one that's progressing the most in Sofia (the oldest) but it's hard to meet with her because of her work. But we're working with it.

We were disappointed this Sunday because we didn't have any investigators there.....but we're working with them. I'm excited for this week because it's General Conference!!!!!! It's going to be great! I love all of the talks and everything!

Hope that you like the pictures. They're from Samuc Champey. The "Tikal" in Cobán. It was awesome and tons of fun. We wanted to go swimming so bad because it was a little hot but we were good and only put our feet in. It helped cool us off.

Well hope that you all have a great week! Love you tons and tons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!