Quetzaltenango Guatemala

Quetzaltenango Guatemala

6.29.15 A week of gringos!!!

June 29, 2015

Hey everyone how's it going, things here in Guatemala are great! The mission is awesome! Lovin it so much, i can't believe that it's already been 9 months, the time really does fly by when you are focussed on something. Just so yall know, my comp is from guatemala, but we have agreed to celebrate the 4th of July with PIZZA HUT, it will be a wonderful day!

             Caesar Chojolan is such a stud! When we went to visit him, he had a list of questions ready to go! He is reading about 10 pages a week, not a ton, but he is learning and feeling the spirit every time which is awesome.  So when we got there, we sat there for literally 10 minutes as he took us through and explained everything that he learned this past week from his studies. he told us that he likes the book because it is all true and it is something that we need to apply in our lives....... I wish that everyone understood it like he does! It is so hard to get this guy when he isn't working himself to death, that is the only thing that is holding him back from progressing faster, that and that he hasn't been able to come to church, but he did tell us that this next week he is going to be able, we will see what happens.

              Maryvell is progressing so fast!! She is so smart and awesome it's crazy, she came to church last week and loved every part of it. The problem is her dad who is extremely catholic, she didn't come to church this week because her dad literally wouldn't let her leave her house............. super sad, but the only thing we can do now is pray and tell her to bear her testimony to her dad, maybe that will soften his heart. So now that she isn't assisting, her baptism date is the 18th of July, Eventually she will be baptized, she already has a strong testimony and everything. Hopefully this week we will be able to work something out with her dad, maybe he will finally let her make her own decisions.

             Ok so someone that I haven't written about is this guy named Pablo Perez. This kid is 14 but looks 18! We have been teaching him off and on for about 2 months now, but just now he has started to progress! He is reading and praying, and he even came to church for the first time this last sunday!! He stayed all 3 hours and everything and loved it, he told us that he felt good and welcome so that's good. He has just now started progressing so there isn't a whole lot to report, but keep an eye on this kid because we feel like he is going to progress fast!

             Noemi, I haven't written about her in 2 weeks now. We didn't have the chance to visit her this last week........................... she is never home, she hasn't been coming to church either, right now she isn't progressing, but if we can visit her this week hopefully we will be able to get her to church this next week.

             So this sunday was the last sunday for the nurses, Sister Gunnel and Sister Jackson here in the mission!!! As they bore their testimonies, the spirit was strong and everyone felt that they DO NOT want to leave! They are awesome, the people here love them to death. It was an interesting weekend in general, Saturday something crazy happened. I was surprised by a friend of mine................. Bishop Martinez from the Green Field Stake in AZ!!!!!! He and his wife came to visit the nurses here in their last week in the mission, it was so cool to finally see a friend from good ole AZ! We ate lunch together and caught up on everything, I attached a picture below, it was the greatest surprise that i've had in months and months!! Sunday we all went to church, I think it was the first time in the history of Cantel that we've had 6 gringos in the chapel at the same time, haha it was a cool experience. Love those guys, it was so great to see some friends from home, thanks for the visit!!

              This week was tougher than usual, there were some crazy evangelical church parties that a ton of investigators went to, and a ton of people were sick, haha just random circumstances, but I know that next week is going to be a much better week! THis week was good, but next week will be better. Like coach Cornell always said, NEVER BE SATISFIED!! Love you guys, thanks for all the love, have a sick 4th of July!!!! We will be somewhat celebrating up here too!=)


ELder McLeod