|My companion helping an older woman back to her house. She set an appointment with us.|
Hey Family! This week was crazy and a bit weird. First of all, I had no idea that it was Easter. Sad isn't it? Sometimes you are just focused on the work and you don't have time to stop and think what holiday is next, then an elder next to me just informed me that it is April fools too. I forgot.
This week was Santa Semana (Holy Week) and or course, everyone heads for the coast and visits family so nobody is in their house. If they are they have family over. It was difficult to work so we did a lot of service and we contacted a lot. Surprisingly, we picked up a lot of investigators. We actually made it into the monthly mission newsletter as number one companionship for new investigators. So if all goes as planned, we should put out some serious baptisms! Maybe, if we follow up well and work hard.
|A cute house of some investigators.|
This week we had to drop an investigator named B-- because she moved. She was really positive so that was a bit sad, but we have 7 progressing investigators. We have M--, she is progressing but her husband is not as positive as she is. He said that she is reading the Book of Mormon and praying and everything. They are just the nicest people I have ever met. Every time we pass by their house we knock and say, " Hola! Como estan?" (Hey! How are you?) They always with no hesitation say, "Come in." We also found a family that owns a tortillaria - a tortilla shop, and they are positive. They are progressing and want to come to church but both work on Sundays. They are a great family and speak mostly Quiche so we have learned a little bit. M-- and E-- are a couple that own our house and live right below us. They are great as well. She will bring us food sometimes and always gives us stuff for really cheap from her tienda. She is always there but her husband drives a bus here in Chiqui so sometimes we get free bus rides too. Also, we have another investigator named L--. She came to church this week and is really positive. She was hired by a member family to clean and do housework. She lives there but she is really shy. She is from a little aldeah in Momos named Pueblo Viejo. I have been there a couple of times from my experiences in the office, so I was able to relate to her a little bit. Those are the people we are working with and we have a bunch of new investigators so it is time to challenge them.
This is the church in Chiquilaja.
This week the quote I want to share is a good one. Well they are always good.
"Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out."
This quote is cool. Adapt to the hard times and make the best out of it.
This week I read in the book by the church, Our Heritage. This story really hit me hard about complaining in the church and murmuring. This story is just like Nephi and his brothers.
A man who crossed the plains in the Martin handcart company lived in Utah for many years. One day he was in a group of people who began sharply criticizing the Church leaders for ever allowing the Saints to cross the plains with no more supplies or protection than a handcart company provided. The old man listened until he could stand no more; then he arose and said with great emotion:
"I was in that company and my wife was in it....We suffered beyond anything you can imagine and many died of exposure and starvation, but did you ever hear a survivor of that company utter a word of criticism? [We] came through with the absolute knowledge that God lives for we became acquainted with him in our extremities.
I have pulled my handcart when I was so weak and weary from illness and lack of food that I could hardly put one foot ahead of the other. I have looked ahead and seen a patch of sand or a hill slope and I have said, I can go only that far and there I must give up, for I cannot pull the load through it....I have gone on to that sand and when I reached it, the cart began pushing me. I have looked back many times to see who was pushing my cart, but my eyes saw no one. I knew then that the angels of God were there.
Was I sorry that I chose to come by handcart? No. Neither then nor any minute of my life since. The price we paid to become acquainted with God was a privilege to pay, and I am thankful that I was privileged to come in the Martin Handcart Company."
|Physical therapy in Guatemala. Yes, I do use it often.|
This man had a great attitude. These are the kind of people that this church is built on and that carry the Church. Well, the leg is doing well. It is healing, just slowly as ever. It might take a while, but it is going. I want all of you guys to know that I love each and every one of you and my mission is going by way too fast. I am sad that it is going by. In two days I will have 6 months in the mission. I don't want my mission to ever end and it won't. Listen to the talk by Holland. The First Great Commandment. Just because you take off your missionary badge, does not mean that you are not a missionary anymore or not a representative of Christ. Every member is a missionary.
Well got to go.