Getting to Know Calvario...

Family, how are you guys?

Well this week was great!  I am still getting used to the new area and I am still meeting the members and the investigators. This area is great. It is in the city but is a very strong ward with great members and leaders. The Bishop is awesome.  He has a lot of experience it is his second time being bishop in this ward and he was also in the stake presidency. He is a big guy. We went to his house the other day to eat and they had these like spaghetti casserole things and I ate like 5 servings with like 10 garlic breads. They kept saying if you leave hungry it is your fault and were telling us to eat with confidence.  Finally I finished the last bite of all the food and they gave us a huge bowl of ice-cream and of course I went for seconds.  It was one of the first times I have seen ice-cream like this in the mission. The area we live in is awesome.  It is a colony of Mormons.  Really.  That is what it is called.  The street we live on is all Mormons - like 15 houses. These 15 houses includes the bishop a previous stake president and almost all the leaders in the ward.
Also this week we had the chance to meet an old investigator from like 3 years ago and we show up to her house and it turns out she is Miss Huehuetenango and is in the pageant for miss Guatemala.  She is from Canada but has lived here since she was like 4 or 5 years old. Interesting that we have to report that we are teaching Miss Huehue.  She is reading the Book of Mormon so that is good.  Right now here in Calvario we have some good investigators. One that had a baby today was waiting until after she had her baby. Her name is J, her husband is a member and she said that she will be baptized the 21st so we will see how that goes.  Also, we have a few others that can be baptized so we will see how it goes.
Today for p-day we went to the ruins of Zaculeu.  It was really cool.  They are about 550 years old and it was the last city of the tribe of Mam.  The Spanish fought there for 4 months to conquer the city. We went there and there were people offering sacrifices. They were burning all sorts of stuff and saying chants in the language of Mam. It was really interesting to see that. Pure Lamanites here. The city of Zaculeu was settled in 250AD.  This is right in the story of the Book of Mormon. They starved the Mayan people of Zaculeu until they were eating their friends and then they signed a treaty to be converted to the Catholic church. 
The Quote for this week is a good one. "The jouney of a thousand miles begins with one step. So watch your step." Jeffrey R Holland. This is so true in our lives and be carful with our actions. That one step gives Satan a little room to enter and start work on the never-ending project of destroying souls and families. Thank you guys so much and remember that our Savior and our Heavenly Father love us and are always waiting for our prayers and our good actions.  I am so thankful for the opportunity I have to serve a mission here in Guatemala.

Elder Reinhold

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