Monday, February 27, 2017
This week went by like a flash. We found a very positive family that wants to be baptized... in the first lesson we had the opportunity to give a blessing to the mother and everyone present felt the spirit. We are hoping to get them in the water by the 26th.
The young men we are teaching are also very positive, but it looks like it might be a bit tough to get permission in order to baptize them.
We have been having a tough time finding new investigators, especially because the members are a bit dead right now, but we are trying to get a bit more spark into them so that they start giving us referrals and teaching with us.
Today was a great p-day because we went on a hike and visited 4 beautiful waterfalls. They are very far away and are only visited by the locals, therefore there wasn't much of a trail and we had to do some bushwacking to get our way around. We went with some members and their friends (non-members) which was great. One of the guys that went with us said that close to the falls there is a cave with Mayan carvings in it... we are planning on going one of these p-days.
The Church is true and Guatemala is great!
Monday, February 13, 2017
The people here are wonderful and I can honestly say that I love them, but they lie a lot... we set a lot of appointments and had members committed to come with us or even have the lessons in their homes, therefore, we thought that it would be a very productive week for member-missionary-work but every single one fell through. Come Sunday we didn't expect to have many investigators in church, but a young man in the branch that is waiting for his mission call brought two friends to church. The both of them are very positive and said they want to keep coming and learn more.
We also had interviews with President Goodman in which he told me that the Lord has "other plans" for me. I am not sure what that could mean, but I will likely be leaving San Rafael, which brings mixed feelings.
This Saturday is the conference with Elder Rasband and his wife! I am really excited.
This week was a toughy, but I was able to see several aspects in which I need to improve. Sometimes I feel like my weaknesses are neverending, but by way of the Atonement, all things can be overcome. Remember that the Church is true. ;)
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
This week was a bit tough for finding new investigators, but the ones we found I am sure will progress. Some of them couldn't attend church on Sunday due to family members that told them that they would be possessed by demons if they attended church, but instead of discouraging them it made them want to attend even more. We have an apointment with that family on Tuesday, we hope it goes well. We also were workinjg with another young mother that has a very tough past and was searching for the truth. We had a great lesson with her and she commited to show up to church on Sunday, but then her Father-in-Law (the owner of the house she lives in) told her that she could no longer recieve us in his home. We are going to see if we can teach her in a members house. Other than that we have some other very positive people that are progressing, but slowly.
My comp and I get along great. I have already got him making my noises ( as I have done with all of my comps but one...). He is a good missionary but has had some bad influences from the missionaries that served in his home ward, and therefore doesn't see much wrong in breaking the rules, I just hope I am being a good example.
Well thats about it for this week. The church is true.
P.S. Machetes give you bad blisters...
Friday, February 3, 2017
This week was a bit tough for finding new investigators and out of the people committed for church, which were many, only 2 showed up... but we'll survive. We stil have some really great investigators with attendance that will hopefully be baptized in February.
The best news I have this week is that Elder Rasband is coming to our Reu to have a conference with missions Xela and Reu. It will be great.
This week I learned a lot about prayer and personal revelation. We live in a world loaded with technical and social distractions, fads, trends, debates, controversies, and a bunch of other things that clog up the line of communication between us and our Father and take our focus away from our eternal goals. Even as a missionary who is separated from many of those things I can still feel the affects of it. I would like to simply challenge you all to put more into your prayers and seek personal revelation regularly.
The church is true!