Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Two Short Emails...A Bonus!!!

Umm hi family! Just another week that FLEW by! We are now in the last week of changes and what a week it will be! Let me give you a sample of a few of the things that we have going on! Tuesday o sea tomorrow! Divisions with Elder Arce for the last time because he has completed his mission, that will be a fun but hard time! So many memories of San Jorge and we have both grown and progressed so much in the mission! Also Friday we are going to have baptisms!!!!! We are going to baptize FAMILIA P!! They are just the smartest people so ready for the Gospel, when they say people are waiting and prepared for the Gospel that would be them. We were literally guided to them and now they will join the flock and be baptized members of the church this Friday. 5 of them!!!! A family, how awesome is that!?!?! We have grown so close to them and they are so ready for this change!!!!! Then Saturday, our converts from San Jorge are coming to the temple to do baptisms for the dead for the first time! So that means that we get to go and join them!!!! So me and Elder Arce will join them and get to spend time with them in the temple, should be an awesome day and an awesome experience. Ok now about this last week. Monday we went bowling!!!! and I actually surprised myself as for how well I did, I was at 121 with 2 more rounds to bowl but then our time ran out so we had to stop.... but look at how great my form was!!!
Wednesday we had an interesting experience.... we knocked on a door and out came a "prophet" a guy who thinks he is a prophet and said we are off the devil, and our work is in vain, we listened to him for like 5 minutes trying to leave and he wouldn’t let us leave!! Then he started attacking us, so then we just walked away, it was pretty crazy experience. Hey I might write more but my comp got in a car accident like a year ago, and now his arm is asleep so he is using a neck brace and we are doing a whole bunch of tests today so I probably won’t write more. LOVE YOU!!! HI family, oh man, I won’t lie I am sick of never having time to write, the last month it has been because our stake center is under construction so we have to go out of our zone to use internet, and today my comp is DYING!!! Let me explain, like a year ago he got in a car wreck but nothing too bad happened, but then 6 months ago he got in another car wreck, and tweaked his neck a little, and for like the last 3 weeks his arm has been asleep and he lost his feeling in it, so we went to a neurologist last Thursday and now he has to use a neck brace, and today they did some more tests, so we have been running around all over the capital for all sorts of problems but now we are done! And we are finally finishing writing don’t have much more to say..... We are doing great, working hard! I love my iPod it makes things so much easier to study and I love everything that it has!!! Thanks you so much again!!! We have gotten soaked this last week! But everything is still holding up great! I just want to share a thought I liked this week "don’t take too much council from your fears" -James E. Faust I really liked that has been my focus this week, working on pushing myself, whether it be with my fears or obedience or just self-progress I am trying to push myself even more out here trying to reach a new level here. I love it out here it is so great! But I now need to go! I love you guy’s thank you for all your love and support

Monday, September 17, 2012

Always a CRAZY WEEK!!!

Umm hi family!!!! I am so sorry but I feel like that every day I come to write, it always is so short!! It’s because the busses are horrible and we are always late... and today was worse than ever, but I am writing you guys first so you should feel somewhat special. Umm this week WAS CRAZY!!! So much jammed packed into it. If I don’t get to write more I will just explain the photos! 1. We have a HUGE lot here where they are going to build the church in our area in like a year or two, well a whole bunch of grass and mountainous things were growing there so we did a huge missionary service project with 10 missionaries and we helped cut it... but we are gringos and can’t use machetes so we didn’t help that much... but me on the other hand soy chapin, y si puedo usar un machete, entonces ayude mucho... as you can see that is a huge pile we had like 5 of them that size!
2. I GOT FRIED!!!!! I put sunscreen on my nose but not on my neck....
3. We were contacting / walking in the streets and we found some baby chicks.... only WITH COLOR!!!! So obvious we bought some, I played with them during my lunch hour and then we gave them away to some Indianas that live next to us, they enjoyed them and put them with their other chickens. They were awesome!
4. We cut... prepared... cooked... and ate cactus!!!! It was gross, not gonna lie, it has more mucus than dad with his allergies... but it was awesome!
5. That is us with that family that we are going to baptize! Familia P…they are awesome and just soaking everything up and just loving the gospel. And the other guys are future missionaries in our ward. They are all waiting to leave on their missions; they help us out a bunch!!!
Ok well there you go I am so sorry these emails have not been the best!!! I even made notes today so that I could write a really good email... but a lot of things happened that are out of our control!!! But it’s all good because we are DOING AMAZING!!! We reached our goal of 20 lessons with members and 22 without! Which is like unheard of, I wouldn’t believe it if hadn’t done it! But we did! WOOT WOOT I love you all and have a GREAT WEEK!!!! Love…Elder Call

Monday, September 10, 2012

Flying By Faster and Faster!!!

FAMILY!!!!! Oh wow, honestly I say this every week, but the weeks are going by faster and faster, because this week FLEW by!! So we have a family that is progressing so much! I have never seen a family so READY for the gospel. They have received many spiritual confirmations that what they are doing is true. They are having a hard time with the Book of Mormon, because they were Jehovah Witnesses. So they went to go and remove themselves from their records and what do you think happened? Obviously they trashed talked against us and filled their minds with a whole bunch of doubts!!! GRRR!!! So we are trying to help them move along, but we have something that they don’t... the spirit. If it wasn’t for the spirit they would have fallen by now, but they know that it is true, we just have to help them along and help them. So the testigos (Jehovah Witnesses) say that they need to go to a meeting to remove themselves, but it will be the sister with the 3 leaders of the church, so they would destroy her with doubts and rumors about our church, so I offered to go with her.... to help defend her.... so now we have a meeting with the 3 top leaders of the Jehovah Witnesses and our investigator in her house..... Ya, I’m a little nervous to say the least. When the thought came to my mind I was fighting it, screaming in my mind "are you mad?!?! Crazy?!? what are you thinking Elder Call" but I knew that it needed to be done and I know that the spirit will help us, so I will let you know how it goes, we aren’t there to fight, Our main purpose is just to get her off of their records, nothing more and nothing less, I don’t want to fight, we aren’t here to fight, the spirit of contention is of the devil so don’t worry we won’t fight. But I will defend what I know to be true. So umm, happy 15 months!??! What?! Time is flying by too fast, I don’t like it. So we are still seeing little miracles every day, God is truly in this work helping us, it’s his work and I know that to be true. IT is raining basically everyday now all day every day, September is really the rainy season! But it’s not a huge downpour, although, sometimes it is just a light rain all day! Kinda gets old real fast. We changed our commodore this week (it is always awkward changing commodores) but now we are eating with the grandparents of the ward! And honestly I love it there! She treats us like her kids and spoils us! And cooks SO GREAT! And so healthy! I love it This week we watched the restoration video 3 times, I love it, every time I feel the spirit strong, I am so grateful for the restoration, I am so grateful that we have the Book of Mormon, that we have a book that contains the plentitud del evanglio (don’t know how to say that in English) that we have living prophets in the earth today. They are remodeling the computers where we usually use internet so we have to travel into the capital to use internet and the bus was late so our time is shorter than normal. Sorry this is so short but just know I love you guys so much!! I truly miss you all so much. The photos are of our golden family!!
And also CHUCHOS!!! (dogs!!!) There are so many here…gotta love it...
LOVE YOU...Elder Call

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

?So does your computer have these upside down question mark¿

Wow ok mom you are crazy!!!!!!! I got the package and it is amazing!!! You really go all out, thank you so much mom!!! I got everything the iPod is everything I hoped for thank you so much! Really ah I loved it!!!! That was my Christmas right there; I now don’t need anything else until I return home! so we don’t have much time, and today I relaxed and read most of the emails completely and just soaked it all it, it was very relaxing not feeling stressed or rushed, but now I fell rushed to hurry and write home!!! Ah!!!!! ?so does your computer have these upside down question mark¿ didn’t think so¡¡¡¡¡ or that either!!!! Bahaha Pictures.... 1. Nothing like a hick bbq in Guatemala!!! Totes love it
2. That plant is the plant that nana always has for Christmas! Starts with a p but I don’t remember what it is called. It is huge!!!!! How crazy is that, the plant where the red flowers come out and everyone uses it for Christmas!
3. We helped some people move... (Nothing like Guatemala) yes we ended up stacking more on top of that pile.
So this week have been an increase of miracles from last week, we are working hard and are seeing the results! We have a lot of investigators that are progressing and the one family that we found last week that I told you about will be baptized this month. With them it is a pure miracle, seeing everything that is happening, truly guided by the spirit, they were addicted to coffee and now they have quite it, attending church, praying receiving answers to their prayers! They went and talked to the leaders of the Jehovah Witnesses to tell them they want to be taken off of their records. Honestly they are the nicest most amazing family ever, they made us lunch yesterday after stake conference!!!! We had stake conference yesterday and boy was it crazy, it was packed!!!! Like in the states, and I think only in this zone would they have English translators available! It was very good and our investigators loved it. Honestly we are working hard here and seeing results. I am loving it out here, I feel like I am learning something new every day, adding something new to my testimony. I love this gospel, it is so amazing, I love that we have the authority and power of God here on the earth again. I am so grateful for the Book of Mormon, that we have something to help us in our daily lives; it is like a roadmap for us. I am so grateful for your guys my family and friends. I loved the photos you put on the iPod, I am so grateful for such a wonderful family that Heavenly Father has blessed me with, I don’t think you guys know how much I truly love you guys I miss you guys so much but I love it out here, 9 months left, it will fly by, and before we know it I will be home, the thought scares me. But for now I am going to focus on what’s going on here. I love you so much and sorry it is so short today! But totes love you guys and know that everything is way better then ok here! Hope everything is going well back home! Love, Elder Call