Monday, May 13, 2013


Hey Mom,
How are things going? I’m still waiting for the news of the ultra sound, I was kind of anxious getting on my email about that, and kind of bummed nobody had said anything yet. This week was...all right. We lost about half of our investigators, which is always frustrating. We had two that had baptismal dates and everything, but then they just kind of fell off of the map, and the member they are friends with told us on Sunday that they are afraid of us now because their baptism date was coming up, and they don’t want to talk to us anymore. They are afraid of us though, that’s what the lady told us, we’re not exactly sure what we did in order to scare them so badly either.

We had a pretty cool ward activity this week. It was a talent show. I played There is a Green Hill Far Away on the guitar and my comp and I sang, and then there was also a dance contest that I won ha-ha. For one of the talents the YSA people taught everyone this chicken dance type dance, and then they called up some people and had them do it for a prize. I ended up winning because little did they know I have great dancing skills, plus I am everyone’s favorite giant blond person. The prize was pretty great though, when I opened it up and realized they had given me a glass jar for winning I couldn’t help but laugh. Like only in Guate would they give an empty glass jar for the prize. Either way it serves as one more glass in the house. I have been drinking out of a big old yogurt container for a few weeks now and was kind of getting a little tired of that.

It was nice to get the package from you guys also this week. I was in need of those shirts and badly. Now I don’t have to wear the same shirt for a week or so ha-ha. But the food and stuff didn’t last long. I think yesterday I finished off the last of the granola bars and the jerky and candy was pretty much gone the day I had opened the package. 

We have a few investigators that are progressing. We have a baptismal date for an 18 year old that works with a member and she has gone to church a few weeks in a row now and really seems to like the church. Another one is a lady that is from an Aldea close to the Mexico border. It’s almost like being in Toto again because she barely can speak Spanish. I think her language is called Calujah or something like that. I can say it but I have no idea how to spell it honestly. It sounds a lot like quiche or Navajo, but it’s a lot more fluid and uses a lot less of the throat, so it really does sound pretty. But people in this one Aldea are the only people in the world that speak that language, kind of interesting. But we were teaching her and her less active husband last night and we were able to put a date for them to get married and baptized in June. That would be really cool. It’s kind of sad because the husband and the lady really want to get married and baptized. It’s just the husband really fights with alcohol and the lady doesn’t really understand us when we speak to her, so her husband always has to translate for her and we’re not sure if he is saying the things like we want him to and she is understanding what we are trying to say. Makes things a little complicated. But while we were teaching the husband yesterday the plan of salvation, he just broke down and starting crying. He explained to us that he feels so bad for being like he is, but doesn’t know how to change and he feels ashamed to even try and pray or talk to God. It is really hard sometimes to try and put yourself in the shoes of other people and actually be able to understand what they are going through and know how to help them. We talked to him for a really long time though and you really could start to see a change in him. So he was really excited when we put the date for them to get married and his wife to get baptized. Hopefully it all works out.

Another funny thing this week that I almost couldn’t believe happened is we were in elder’s quorum yesterday, and they were talking about blessings and anointing and stuff. The bishop was giving the class and literally the only two people who knew how to consecrate oil there were my comp and I, and then they got into an argument for about twenty minutes until the class was over about whether or not you could anoint and bless a cow. I am not even joking. I am not sure about the true answer honestly, I bet there is nothing set in stone like you can do this and you can’t do that, but I feel like a prayer would honestly be sufficient enough. But really? Who would want to anoint and bless a cow? Oh Guate.

Anyways, for the package if you could remember the whitening strips, that would be really good, and also I know you sent one before but I lost it and it would be fun to have another ultimate Frisbee. That would be really, really appreciated.

 I love you guys, and hope you have a good week.

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