Hey everyone, yep it's already been a whole week since the last time we talked. Hope you had an awesome week of preseason NFL football, highschool football (i think), and everything else that is amazing about America. Up here in Huehuetenango we are loving it! Every day is super challenging, but we are making the best out of it and sure enough the Lord is blessing us.
This week we had an awesome experience with a guy named Alejandro. THis guy just got out of jail in new mexico and is now back here where he is from. He speaks almost perfect english, and he really wants to change his life around. So this last week we had an awesome lesson with him. we were able to take him to the church building to show him around a bit, and then teach him a lesson. While we were showing him the church he just kept telling us how good he felt and how beautiful the church was, like in every room. So then we taught him the restoration in a small class room and he was stellar, he asked the best questions ever. AFter we taught the great apostasy we asked him, so after a long period of time like this, if you were GOd, what would you do first? And this was his response, I would call a prophet, then give him the power, then call apostles, then I would talk to them................... um i've never heard a more perfect answer!!! Then told us during the lesson too that he wanted to be baptized, we literally had to tell him to calm down a bit=) Haha there is a lot to learn and KNOW first before you just get dunked! So after we taught him, it turned out that there was a young single adult activity in the chapel with a TON of food and cool stuff, so we brought Alejandro in to meet some people. Everyone loved him and gave him food and talked to him, it was a miracle!!!! We stayed there for like 45 minutes, and Alejandro loved every single second of it! As we were leaving, he wouldn't stop telling us how he absolutely loved the lesson, the church, and the people! He is golden, now we just need to get him to stop working on sunday.
THis week we got to go to the temple in Xela! A 2 hour bus ride through the mountains with our whole zone, it was such a blast! The temple was such a beautiful experience, but most importantly I ended up LEARNING a ton, i had a lot of good time to ponder, pray, and learn, it was just what i needed. it was an awesome experience, too bad we only get to do it 2 times a year, dang this is my second time i'm so old!
This week we went as a zone to the ruins of Zaculehu!!! THey are ancient lamanite ruins here up in the mountains like 10 minutes by bus from where we live! Literally it is super close and epic, we even brought a little bit of home with us to the ancient temples, look at the pics below!! Merica
So this week something really sad happened, Oscar, our investigator that was progressing so well, fell back into alcohol. It was so devastating, he was addicted for 15 years, and he hadn't drank in about a month, when we started visiting him, but now we need to slow down and address the situation well, he was supposed to get baptized this saturday, the plans have been changed a little bit. We are working hard on him, no importa how long it takes!! Noemi from Cantel got baptized 4 months after we started with her, we shall not give up!!!
I weighed myself today, it looks like i've gone up about 10 pounds, still not where i was before the mish, but definitely a lot healthier. We are so blessed to be here in Calvario right now, we love the area, the people, and the food so much!!! I honestly am loving where i am at right now and what i am doing. My comp is awesome, him and I don't have to worry about too much now we can just kick it into gear and kill it! I love the feeling i get after a lesson when the investigator starts off by saying, i was born catholic and i will die catholic, and then 5 minutes later he says, well then which church is the true church that jesus christ organized?! I love it, absolutely love it. I also love you all so don't worry, everything is good, the time is flying, next week i will have more stories about investigators i promise!! love ya, thanks for all your prayers!!
Keep the faith, keep on praying!