Quetzaltenango Guatemala

Quetzaltenango Guatemala

1.5.15 Another Great Week!!

January 5, 2015

Hey happy 2015!!!! Man this week was so awesome, we were so blessed!! I hope that everyone had an awesome new years eve, new years, and so far a happy 2015. On new years eve we spent the whole day working, by the time we got back to our house around 10 pm we were so tired that we just crashed. I woke up at midnight to the sound of a trillion fireworks going off right outside our window, the light coming into our window was almost as bright as during the day!! Holy cow the people here love their fireworks, and right at midnight they go CRAZY!!! I didnt fall asleep until the constant explosions died down like half an hour later, haha my comp slept through the whole thing=)
Ok so this week again because of major celebrations and everyone is still out of town, we didn't have a ton of lessons, but our lessons that we did have were super successful, thank you so much for your prayers and thoughts, honestly this week they gave us that extra little boost that we needed!! We taught Kevin again this week, the 17 year old Jehovah's Witness who owns his own water store. He has already read like half of the book of mormon in the past month, and when we asked him if he has received an answer or not, this was his reply, ´´You know what, I have been reading and praying about this book every day................ and I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, and that this book is true also, and is the true word of God!´´ Holy cow I was sooooooooooo happy!!! He had received his answer!!!!!=) So of course we invited him to be baptized in the end of January and he accepted!! Major fist pump! He again couldn't go to church with us this last sunday, but he will this sunday so we are super stoked=)

Right before we went to teach Kevin, before everything that transpired above, we went and taught Hermana Ingrid and Jacqueline again. We taught lesson 3 just like we had Kevin. They are both reading little bits every day which is good, it honestly is so awesome that they are reading the Book of Mormon=) At the end we invited Jacqueline to be baptized and this was her answer, ´´YES!´´ Haha she said simply yes, but with confidence and confirmation!! And for the end of January which is so awesome!=) She knows that what we teach is true, but she doesn't know for a fact that the Book of Mormon is true, we found out that she has not been praying about the Book of Mormon after reading it, WELL THERES YOUR PROBLEM! She agreed to pray about it every night after reading, she is almost there=) They didn't come to church this last Sunday also, we are not sure why, but we decided that we are going to walk with them every Sunday for now on or they just won't come.

This week we had a visit with Armando but he was super busy so he couldn't meet with us, but he called us and told us that he is actually reading the Book of Mormon which is super awesome!! We will teach him this week.

This week we had divisions with Prado and Elder Dilly came down here to Salcaja with me. He only has 4 months in the mission, and i have 3, so combined we only had 7 months of experience=) But it went really well, we visited Luis´s house, he wasn't home, so we visited with the mom Maria who is an avid member and with the kids of Luis who are not members but absolutely love us! We wrestled danced with them, and eventually Maria gave us patches with a hot drink that tastes like burnt popcorn, i don't know what its called, but it actually isn't too bad. We will try again to visit with Luis this week, hopefully we can get a hold of him!

For dinner we went to this Guatemalan barbecue place, It is a sit down restaurant and it is really good. When we got there we discovered that it was karaoke night...................... haha oh look some gringos are here they can sing right?=) Haha we sang 3 songs in spanish for the whole restaurant, we were soooo bad, but we were kinda dancing/grooving to the music in a gringo way, and the people loved it! Haha it was really funny, im putting a picture below!

This week for my birthday that passed, and since we didn't do anything for it cuz nobody had money, my comp. scheduled us dinner with a family in the ward............. but he set up a surprise birthday party for me!!!! The elders bought Pizza Hut and the family got me a little tiny birthday cake, it was so awesome!=) But when I went to blow out the candle, all the elders pushed my face into the cake! Of course I attached a picture below! Haha it was a lot of fun, and it was such a great surprise!

This week was a good week, it was freezing cold, but it was a great week nonetheless!! Both my comp and I are in great health, thank you so so much for your prayers and emails! I love getting emails and such from the outside world, or from gringolandia (what the people here call America). Love you all, keep the faith, have a fantastic week!!!