Monday, June 23, 2014

Letter #57 - "Best week yet!" - San Isidro, Guatemala

hello again

well it has been my best week here in san isidro!! this week i have tried to focus more on just loving everyone.  i know it sounds simple but because of just trying to love everyone we have seen a lot more miracles this week.  here are just a couple of great things that happened this week: we found a family that has already started reading the Book of Mormon and wants to learn a lot more; a less active youth brought his little sister to church who wants to learn more; a family brought a neighbor to church;  we found some way cool people contacting; and we had the highest attendance in church that we have had during my whole time here.  so yeah it has been a good week!!  basically that is it - i would just like to attach a couple of my favorite scriptures about charity (the pure love of Christ) which is the key to success in teaching the gospel.
moroni 7:46 -
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye arenothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity,which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail—

matthew 22:35-40 -
35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him aquestion, tempting him, and saying,
 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with allthy heartand with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
 38 This is the first and great commandment.
 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour asthyself.
 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and theprophets.

elder scott (really the whole talk is great, this is just a part that i really liked) 

How can each of us become such significant influence? We must be sure to sincerely love those we want to help in righteousness so they can begin to develop confidence in God’s love. For so many in the world, the first challenge in accepting the gospel is to develop faith in Father in Heaven, who loves them perfectly. It is easier to develop that faith when they have friends or family members who love them in similar way.
so we really need to love everyone, and  i know that if we try hard to do it we will be blessed. 
answers to moms questions:

our most positive investigators are eamed, yelmer, mario, luis, and nancy.  yelmer has come to church twice and will be bapitzed soon.  mario already knows everything and wants to get baptized he just needs to come to church.  luis and nancy are new investigators but are reading the book of mormon with their family and want to learn a lot more.   i would send pics put i forgot my adaptor! im sorry im gonna see if someone here has one if not you will have to join me in your search for patience and wait one more week haha. the attendance at church this week was 155.   we have a good group of youth and a lot of little children.  here the weather is just about the same every day -  it is blazing hot in the morning and then the rains come down and the floods go up in the afternoon.   to be honest there isnt really much native food from Guatemala - the only native things are tortillas, eggs and beans.  but this week we had this mexican food called flautas which is mashed potatos and chicken rolled inside a tortilla and fried with a spicy green sauce on top and lettuce is was AMAZING!! the biggest trial i have overcome i would say would be working hard and enjoying it with difficult companions.  the best lesson i have learned is the power of true faith.   

thanks so much for the email and for always helping me out, i hope you have a great week


elder meyer