Quetzaltenango Guatemala

Quetzaltenango Guatemala

4.4.16 Wow What An Amazing Week!!!

April 4, 2016

We had some huge miracles this week!! This week was such an awesome week for my comp and I, we are in high spirits and really excited for the future of this area!! Let's just jump into it

            So first of all conference was awesome, of course we did the gringo room again, just Elder Ward (a missionary from Utah that has 20 months in the mish) and I. We took some pics, but i'll get them to you guys  next week. So we went down to colotenango to watch conference, it was insane because the chapel had conference going in Mam (an ancient lamanite language), then downstairs we had two full rooms going in spanish, then in the secretary's office we had it going in english!!! The coolest part, was that Church leaders here in colo that know mam get the conference talks 3 days early, 3 days before conference, and they translate the conference talks into mam, then on conference day they read the talks in mam into the microphone while the prophet and the apostles are speaking simultaneously!!! It was super cool, we took a video, i'll send it next week! Conference was awesome, every talk was definitely inspired, they definitely talked a lot about the power of temples, reactivation, and children. and that God loves us a ton.

             So, what happens in Ixta is a lot of visits get canceled every single day, it's the norm, so on tuesday pretty much everything fell, so my comp and I sat on the corner and planned out where we were going to contact. He confessed to me that he has never really been good at feeling/following the promptings of the spirit, so he told me to let myself be guided and that he would follow me. ok, well I felt that we should contact in a random alley way, so we went. We contacted a few houses but found nothing. We got to the end of the alley and still we hadn't found anything. So as we were walking out, out of the corner of my eye I saw a tiny little dirt path between buildings, and i felt like we needed to take it. So i told my comp that this was the path we had needed to take all along, and that judging by the smallness of the path, the missionaries had never taken it. So we went. and we found a really humble abode house. We contacted the family of 3 that came out, a mom (50 years old) with her daughter who is married, and her son who is 17. As we contacted them, we realized a couple of things. 1 they didn't go to any church. 2 they had NEVER IN THEIR LIVES talked to missionaries before. and 3, they were the reason I had felt to contact that alley. We taught them lesson 1 and put baptism fechas with all of them! THey are super stoked to learn more and have a ton of awesome questions! It was a miracle, my comp was super shocked,, and so was I. we are visiting them tomorrow.

                This week we contacted a family at night, taught the mom, then put a return cita. We came back, her husband answered the door SUPER MAD to see us. He is catholic, and he sat us down and told us, now you've come to teach my wife, i want nothing to do with you 2, don't ask me anything, don't even talk to me, just talk to my wife, i will sit here and listen. He is a jiote. it means jerk in guatemalan spanish. So we taught lesson 1, and the spirit was there. I did the first vision, then my comp asked andrea the mom how she had felt. She cried and told us how she had felt a strong feeling in her heart and she wants to change. We talked a little bit more about families and the importance of love in the home........... that was when the dad spoke. He started by apologizing and telling us his name, he then called us prophets and said that we have a gift, he then told us something interesting. He said, I know that you have a gift, my daughter has been sick for months because a poisonous spider bit her, medicine won't help, we don't know what to do, will you bless her?  We said yes, so they walked down this super frail, pale looking 20 year old girl named virginia. Before the blessing, we went and washed our hands. If you don't know why we did that, go watch ephraim's rescue, i cry everytime i see it. So we blessed her and the spirit was strong. After the blessing virginia's facial expression was kinda weird, blank and lost. We ended with a prayer, put a return cita, and left.        
                    the day after, we happened to pass by their house on the way to a cita. Their house is 2 stories, when we walked by Virginia came out of the 2nd floor door, walking without difficulty!!!!! We were shocked................... she looked 100 times better, she almost looks normal. We are visiting with them tomorrow, we will see if she is completely healed or not. It was a miracle, my comp and I felt compelled to pray and ask the lord to help her. She looks healed.

                Then saturday rolled around

               Saturday night we were in colotenango for the priesthood session of general conference. We finished at 7.30 and were talking with some members when some sisters from Ixta called us freaking out that they had all been poisoned!!! So they asked us to come and give them all blessings, so we hopped on the back of a pickup truck(yes we are allowed to do that) and buzzed over to Ixta. We went to their house to find them all in bed not being able to walk. We had to help them sit up, they were super sick. So we took turns anointing and giving blessings, until we had blessed them all.
                Sunday afternoon, we passed by to go and check up on them to see how they were doing. The sister that was the most sick came and answered the door!! She was so happy to see us and thanked us for the blessing that we had given her. All 3 of the sisters were healed, they still had some minor stomach pains, but they were all up and walking and practically fine!! It was a huge miracle=)

               This week I completed 18 months. We went with an investigator family and made tacos and I burned my pants! HAha it was so much fun, pics below!=)

               This week we also had a ton of awesome lessons, cool corte tie trading, good health, good food, we went to buy food in hue hue and went to a cool sports place as a zone, and we found an AMERICAN FOOTBALL!!!!!! I'm so happy, so rare to find one of these, it's old and beat up, but it's leather, and we got it pumped up real nice!

                 This week was a really good week for us, we saw a ton of miracles and we were really blessed. We learned a ton from conference, I learned a ton from conference, and i am so glad that we have living prophets and apostles!!! I hope that this letter was sufficiently long, haha maybe it was too long, but this week was a miraculous week and I wanted to share as much of it as possible with you guys. I love all of you, thanks for the prayers and the letters/emails,, they really do help and get us missionaries excited. Have an awesome week you guys, love you all, keep the faith

Elder McLeod