Quetzaltenango Guatemala

Quetzaltenango Guatemala

8.31.15 One month in Calvario

August 31, 2015

Well it's been another great week up here in the mountains of HueHuetenango. This week marks the 1 month mark of me being here in my new area, The time is starting to fly by, officially tomorrow i complete 11 months in the mission, almost 1 year.............. crazy. I need to get my nastiest shirt picked out and ready for the 1st of October (if you are an X missionary you know what sacred missionary ritual I am talking about). This week was a super eventful week for my comp and I, a lot of great things happened, we also had some sick adventures!
           Well i'll just get it out there, Oscar is officially gone, we don't know if he is even alive right now. He hasn't returned to his house in over 2.5 weeks, so he has been straight wasted walking the streets in other parts of HueHue. It is super sad, we thought that he had changed, but addictions to stuff like that you just can't break in a matter of 3 weeks. If we can find him, we will try to help him, but since he left he has been completely out of our area limits so we can't go and search for him. i hope that in the future we will be able to help him again, we really felt like it was his time, but now only time will tell.

           So this week we did some awesome service projects my comp and I, we went out to go and ``cut mountain``. Its when the people just get so lazy and decide that picking weeds it dumb, they then decide it would be a better idea to just whip out the machetes and call the elders to come and cut down their weeds for them until it looks like they have a grass lawn. So for 2 hours on Saturday we went to a member's house to go ``cut mountain``, it's not the most interesting service, but my comp and I made a game out of it and it ended up being really fun. The best part was how happy the members were after we were done, they even gave us breakfast!! (one egg each and once peace of bread, with an oatmeal drink called atol).

           This week Alejandro came to another young single adults activity which he loved, he is so excited about the church, his only problem is that he works sunday mornings and his boss is not a very friendly guy. But we will keep trying with him, he is an awesome guy that we love teaching! He is so susceptible to the spirit which is great.

           As a district we went up to a place this morning called Rio San Juan, it's the birthplace of a huge river up in the mountains. So what happens is that when you follow a river upstream, you will eventually get to where the river begins, which in this case it literally comes out from the side of a mountain from under a huge, flat, circular rock. We went and did a barbeque lunch, it was super good because the sisters from Nicaragua and Mexico marinated the meat the day before=) It was super fun, it even started raining super lightly so that it was refreshing while we were eating our lunch.

           Random stuff that happened this week,

 We went on divisions with our district leaders, It was cool to meet and teach some of their progressing investigators with them, and also to see how their areas are and bond a little bit
 My comp got attacked by a pit bull!! But he didn't get bit, the backpack of a missionary is          literally a shield
 It actually rained a lot and we got soaked walking through the streets, the rain here is cold
 We found 3 new families this week!

          We have been having a lot of little miracles here in Calvario, we are loving the mission so much the time is just flying by. I have really come to love the people here and the culture, i always loved the food so don't worry, but here I am feeling so at home! I know that great things are going to happen here in Calvario, we just need to keep doing what we are doing. I hope that you guys have a great week, the church is true 100%, and if you aren't 100% sure, pray about it! Love you guys, hope to hear from you soon

Hasta ver,

Elder McLeod