Monday, February 9, 2015

Letter #89 " the small and simple things..." - Palo Gordo, Guatemala

well it was another week here in fat stick (palo gordo) and it was kind of a tough week.  we had some good things that we were hoping would happen in the zone but because of some problems it did not go as planned..... but I guess even with that it was a pretty good week. it was my first week in more that a month when i had a full week to work, no meetings in reu, no long buses going down to the heat, just work.  so yeah that was great!!  besides that we worked really hard to try and find new people to teach and bring to church. after having so many problems finding and teaching a few of our old investigators we had to look for other people to teach.  things turned out pretty well because we were able to find some really cool poeple including a lady named irma who we found on saturday and she came to church with us on sunday so yeah that was great!!

this week we also tried really hard to focus on planning better. it has been a struggle for us because we come home tired and hungry and then we have to call the zone so that we can see how their days were, so it doesnt really give us that much time to plan but we focused on doing it and things got so much better. we had way more things to do and we were able to work way more effectively.  it is such a testimony to what it says in Alma 36:
Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.
 And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls.
if we do the small and simple things that we should, the Lord blesses us.

one thing that i learned this week was  from a video we watched in church on sunday.  the branch president showed a video from the area presidency that was talking about how to help people come to church or how to help them come back.  in the video Elder Ochoa said that the purspose of a visit is not to just visit someone, but it is to bless them.  i loved that it helped me remember that what i need to do is bless so many other lives while im still here in guatemala.

answers to moms questions:
me and hutch are getting along really well.  we live with elder mendez and guitierrez.  mendez is from honduras and has 8 ish months in the mission (he came into the mission with godinez), guitierrez has like a month in the mish now and is from california but his parents are from mexico so he already speaks really good spanish.  yeah we get along really well and have a lot of fun.  the branch president and his counselors and super cool,  i really liked the mission leader but he just got a job in xela which is like 2 ish hours away and so apparently he is going to live there and now we need a mission leader.. every week i play the piano in church.  besides that i dont really have any other callings, i was going to teach sunday school this week because our mission leader gave those classes but they had some one else do it for this week.  the funniest event of the week, well im not sure to be honest. with hutch we are just about laughing constantly, haha but yeah you know we are still boys and at that very immature age, so you can imagine some of the stuff that goes on - hahahaha.  the best book besides the scriptures that i have ready is The Peter Potential. i know it was way short but it was so powerful.  the one thing i wish i would have done before the mission would have been share the gospel with my friends.  there were so many people (christina, quinn, trevor, mason, and others) that i should have invited to church and helped them see and learn more about the truth.  this week i didnt feel that cold except for one day when it poured rain (which is really weird because usually it doesnt rain until may...).  yes we are still working out, hutch wakes me up everyday at 5:30. i usually am not to happy to be up (you remember from the seminary days) but i go, and then afterwords im happy that i went. as far as the suit goes, it should be done this week. i havent seen it yet, but who knows if it will actually be done this week - guatemalans have the reputaion of procrastinating and not getting anything done by deadlines, so we'll see what happens haha!!

its sounds like the normal craziness back home and that makes me happy. i would be worried if things got normal and boring haha!
so yeah i think that is about it for this week, i hope you all have a great week.  on a seperate note, im way sad that Dean Smith died; he will always be the best basketball coach ever


elder meyer


ps the fotos are from some waterfalls that we went to today