Transfered to Quetzaltenango

Well all is great here in Huehuetenango Calvario... I should say it "was" great because I have changes. Tomorrow at 9 I have to be in Xela.  It is going to be a long day. I am going to be in Xela Centro with an elder from Brazil - another brazilian I know. I am going to be a zone leader with him in a area that has not baptized for a long time, but we are going to find a way. It kind of makes me sad to leave becuase we have 2 baptisms coming up. Well, I will see if I can come back to baptize them. hahaha. I dont have a lot of time.  I want to go to say goodbye to some people. I will just mention a couple of things from this week. I went to Xela and sat next to some Peace Corps ladies from New York.  An interesting fact is that the Peace Corps has Huehue shut down because it is too dangerous.  I was telling them if they think that Huehue is dangerous they should see some other areas.  Also we had a conference for all of Guatemala from Salt Lake. I will just say that I was tripping out when Elder Scott started talking in Spanish. It was really weird.  I don't know why.  To be honest with you, I did not understand too much of what he said. Elder Falabella also talked and they finished with Presidente Eyring. All in all it was a great conference.  Well I got to go, but next week I will let you know how cold it is in Xela...

Elder Reinhold

Stuff To Do In Xela....

Hi everyone,

This week was a little bit busy and boring. We will just say that I went to Xela 4 times. It was like 4 complete days of traveling. We will just say that we had a lot of mission business to do. But we are here back in Calvario working hard again and buscando the people who are ready for baptism. This week was great for the district. We recieved the newsletter from the mission and almost all the district is in it for baptizing. Well guess what I do not have? -A quote of the week again. It's because I have not updated my agenda.  Normally when I get a new agenda I put all the quotes of the weeks in there but I have not had time. Sorry, and I will for sure have a quote for next week and I will think of some good stories.

Elder Reinhold

Baptism, Blessings, Talk in Church....

Well family this week was great. Ch-- got baptized!!!! It was a little present for my comp since this was his last week. It was a true miracle that he got baptized. We went in the morning to pick him up for church and he was deathly sick.  He was in his bed just sweating and dying. Not to mention that half of his family was already in the hospital for the same virus.  The baptism was looking a little bit dim. We gave him a blessing and told him that we would be back to check with him after church.  We returned and he was feeling just fine and all of his family was still dying. Blessings work and especially when you are trying to do the Lord's will which includes baptism. He was so excited to get baptized and will be a great missionary one day.

This week was good as far as working with the members. I spoke in church and I don't want to take credit but it was really powerful because of the Spirit. Lots of people commented on my talk. The members all took a lot of pamphlets and are excited to talk with their friends and their families about the gospel. Well you guys will find out who my new comp is next week.   Also they just told me that they are opening Calvario 2.  That means there will be 4 missionaries in Calvario again.  That also means that I will be showing 3 people the area. It might be a little crazy, but that is how the mission is.  Well love you guys and talk to you next week.  Sorry, no quote this week because I don't have my agenda.

Elder Reinhold

P.S.  I tried to put photos... but it is not working with the computer that I am using.

Setbacks but Moving Forward....

 November 4, 2013

The kids trick-or-treating in the little Mormon street we live in.
 These might be the only trick-or-treaters in all of Guatemala.

These are the shoes of the poor missionaries
 who came to play soccar with us.
They are from the zone of Ixtauacan;
a very mountainous area.
Well this week was a bit hard but here we are working. Lets just say this is like a huge party week here. For like 3 days nobody let us in. Also, we had to move a baptisimal date back because the mom of our investigator, Ch--,  saw some members from our ward drinking at the pools.  So that threw a bit of difficulties in our baptism but we worked it all out. Now we need to keep working with him so he can be baptized. This is the last week of being a missionary for my companion. It is a little bit weird that he is going home. For me it does not feel real. I just think that he has changes. We will see who my new comp is this next week.

Well we are on the run right now. A member just called and said he wants to go on a drive because he has a problem that he wants to chat about. We will see what happens.

I never want to leave you guys dry without a quote. "It is easy to say you believe a rope to be strong and sound as long as you are merely using it to tie a box. But suppose you had to hang by that rope over a precipice, wouldn't you then first discover how much you really trusted it? Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief." -C.S. Lewis.

 This quote is great. You go to church and do your duties every week maybe you read you scriptures and pray every night but suppose you were in the situation of Joseph F. Smith when he served a mission in Hawaii at the age of 16. He was on the way back was walking through territory dangerous for the persued saints. Had a pistol put to his head by a man on a horse and was asked, "Boy I'm a Mormon killer. Are you a Mormon?" He said, "Yes, I am." Later he said that he 100% expected to take a bullet to the head. That is the making of a prophet of God. Are we ready to have our testimonies purified by fire? That is something that we should prepare for every day. Love you guys so much and thank you for everything.

Elder Reinhold

**From Jake's Mom: If you want to know how Jake is doing, I asked him and he replied, "Living the dream!"  I am confident that he LOVES what he is doing.

Working Hard...Even on P-day.

We made balladas with my companion.  It is food from Honduras.
October 28, 2013

Well family, how is it going? You guys are up there and the cold is about to start. Here in Huehue they brag that it is the best climate in the world. It is pretty nice sometimes.

This week was kind of a bummer, but its was also good in some aspects. This week we really needed our investigator Ch-- to go to church so he could be baptized this week, but he could not go because he was with his friends who are members, who happen to be the members that are helping us with him, and they returned after curfew. I was so angry with his friends... but the good thing is that we did have 6 people in church. Right now we have a few investigators that are possible baptisms.  One is named V-- and one J--.  We are going to keep praying for them so they can be baptized.

This is a park that we went to that was really nice.  They have events there and cabins to rent. 
We did the Zipline.
This p-day was pretty awesome we went ziplining in the mountains. It was pretty cool.  It was a series of 5 ziplines.  Not to mention this little resort we went to was beautiful.  Now we are finishing up p-day.  All we have to do is go shopping for the week and back to work. It is so funny becuase the most tiring days in the mission are p-days. You think that we should feel rejuvinated after p-day but I just feel more tired.

Well the quote for this week is, "Preach the gospel at all times and when it's necessary use words." - San Fransisco de Asis. I love this quote.  It is something that we should all think about as members of the church. I love you guys so much and I love being in the mission - every minute of it. Thank you so much for all the support that I receive from you guys. Talk to you next week.

Elder Reinhold