Well this week was great!!! We had a multizone conference with Elder Duncan, he is in the first quorum of the seventy and it truly was amazing that we got to listen to him. He gave a great message about how if we arent changing the ways we do things every day, we will never improve. If we really want to improve and become better, we need to write out a plan, and so we are going to make a plan for our area. This can also be greatly applied for life too! There was a study done where the people wo wrote out there plans and how they were going to accomplish them succeeded a lot more in life. If we really want something in life, it can happen but we need to work for it and most importantly we need to ask Heavenly Father for his help. It was a great conference and we got homemade cookies after and a really cool Christmas present from the mission president and his wife. We also ate a wonderful lunch with Honey baked ham!! wow i was home for christmas for a second. But it was amazing!
He also told us that right now there are only three people from central america that are serving in europe, asia, or africa. Right now they have 3200 missionaries from here and when they have 3500 they are going to start sending people from central america to europe, asia, and africa. There is a prophecy tht the gospel will be spread in the US and then after we would share it with the people here. The next part is taht the people from Central America share it with the world. We are here working to find missionaries and people ready to serve the lord. We arent hear to baptize people, we are here to help people turn to christ and to feel his love every day in their life. We are here to help people live with their families for eternity.
Well....about 2 weeks ago we were with an investigator and she gave us these tamales. They were nasty but I ate them haha. Found out this week it was make of chicken feet. Not not the wings. the little scally feet. People eat those here and apparantly I do to. My comp thought it was hilarious that I had no idea hahaahah
Well, on Tuesday we found out that Pablos mom wasnt going to give him permission to get baptised because she thinks he needs more time. He told us the Sunday before that she was all good and he was too, but apparantly not. It was depressing and because of that he started doubting his faith. We had such a powerful lesson with him on Tuesday and he was crying while sharing his testimony, but he has more fear of men then of God right now. 2 Nephii 8'7, dont fear man. We always try to hard to please people, but we should think of our Heavenly Father first. We need to please God first always. Well, we will see what will happen. His mom hasnt given him permission to have a lesson with us or go to church.
We have one investigator Anna who is from el salvador. A la gran I can not understand her at all! I feel like Im in my first week again haha. She cuts off all of her words and everything, but i get the gist of it! She read in the book of mormon one time and was scared because she didnt get her answer. We shared Alma 5'46 with her when Alma needed to pray and fast for his answer, and we arent any different. We need to do the same. Our answers won't come all at once, but they will come little by little.
This week the video christmas.mormon.org brought us many many miracles and we had over 80 contacts in the calle because of this video!
It helps us remember the meaning of Christmas and people just love it here!!! I love Christmas because its the time we get to remember the birth of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
Well I love you all!!!!
The Hermanas in her district... The Zaculeu Ruins in Huehuetenango
Guatemala is great as usual!! My hija is so great and i love being able to train her. I am learning so much with her!!!
Well, I hope we all remember who Carmen is. Her younger brother Pablo is getting baptised on saturday! I am so grateful for the experience! He had been asking for his own Book of Mormon and we gave him one on wednesday. We had put a goal for a baptism date as the 13th, but he said he needed to think about it. On Friday we had another cita and he had already read a lot of 1 Nephi, all the intro, and other things. He said he wanted to be baptised on the 13th!!! The Book of Mormon truly made the difference. Our Heavenly Father saved this book for this time so we can know that this gospel was truly restored for this day. The Book of Mormon is like a cake. How can we know that the cake is delicious if we dont try it? but we also dont need to eat all the cake to know its delicious. Its like the book of mormon. WE dont need to read all of it to know its true. Just a little bit of it. The Spirit will tell you through your spirit and feelings that it is true. I love the Book of Mormon and I decided to start reading it from the beginning. The day after that Pablo started too also. Hes so great!! His brother Carlos too also wants to be baptised. They come to church and love it!!! Im so blessed to have them in my life!! All because i sat in some puke in a packed bus with a giant cake, I have the blessing to see their life change through this gospel.
ALSO, since Christmas is approaching I would like to share this video that really is amazing.
Well its official all my companions need to be a foot shorter than me. haha Well we went down to Xela at 4 am in the morning Tuesday for changes. all the missionaries met up in the terminal and then I went off with some other trainers and we ate at subway. Wow I missed subway. so crazy. anyways then we went to go pick up our "hijas" for the mission. Im a mom. everyone has been joking that I've been pregnant because I'm gonna train a new missionary. but she is a cute little girl from Honduras. She is super bubbly and super funny. We have a lot of fun. Training has been a blessing because ive really stopped thinking about myself and I get to think about her and how to make her a good missionary. Its the best.
Now you may think we have a language barrier, but no i lost my voice completely and no one could hear me. It was a struggle but that's okay!!!
On her first day she did almost get hit by a car because i guess in Honduras the cars stop for people. Well hello Sister, not here. She couldn't hear me because my voice was gone...but hey she didn't get hit by a car so everything is all good!!!
My comp has showed me a lot. In her i see myself almost six months ago. I have seen how much I have grown and how much I still need to grow. its a great blessing to have her in my life.
We got a reference from a member of this lady who is new to the area. she is from El Salvador and always saw missionaries walking around and always greeted them but they never taught her. We taught her the restoration this morning and she loved it!!!
I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving! We saw the best firework show from our roof. like Disneyland but a fast food restraint was putting it on. haha I got the most amazingly special package in the mail from our Agoura 1st Ward. You guys are the best!! It had my favorite temple picture, the most adorable Hermana stocking I have ever seen and the spanish CTR rings made us very popular and are all gone. So many awesome things in one box! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It's just what I needed.
Have a great week!
My old companion Herman Woods and my new companion Hermana Romero from Honderas
A Christmas package from my Agoura 1st Ward family!