Monday, February 16, 2015

Letter #90 - "We had a miracle baptism!" - Palo Gordo, Guatemala

well hello

it was another week it and to be honest it was pretty uneventful.  going into this week we knew that we had a lot of people that could progress but we weren't really sure what was holding them back.  we worked hard this week but saw little success... one thing that we did that worked very well was that we tried hard to give service every day, and we succeeded .  we chopped wood, de-kerneled a LOT of corn, and even flattened a big piece of land so that they could build a house on top of it.  even though we have been kind of stressed out this week we realized that when we were giving service we were able to forget about ourselves and our worries when we just focused on serving others.  well yeah besides that the only note worthy things are that 1. ereiser came to church again and he really liked it; we are hoping that he can get baptized this week, and 2. that we changed houses. for a few weeks we had been having problems with water in our house and thing were getting pretty bad (went 2 straight weeks without water, we had to go to the house of other missionaries to shower) so this morning we moved to a way nicer and way bigger house, so that was pretty exciting.

as far as what i learned this week, i really liked something that i read in Jarom (i feel like often we over look Enos, Jarom, Omni, and Words of Mormon because they are each only one chapter long, but they are all so good!!).  the scripture that i liked said this

 11 Wherefore, the prophets, and the priests, and the teachers, did labor diligently, exhorting with all long-suffering the people to diligence; teaching the law of Moses, and the intent for which it was given; persuading them to look forward unto the Messiah, and believe in him to come as though he already was. And after this manner did they teach them.
 12 And it came to pass that by so doing they kept them from being destroyed upon the face of the land; for they did prick their hearts with the word, continually stirring them up unto repentance.

it really reminded me as a missionary that i have to work diligently so that i can help this people prevent their own spiritual destruction.   i thought that was way cool!!
answers to mom's questions:
Update on investigators:  ereiser came to church again, hopefully he will be baptized this week or next.  erlin is so confusing, we had a sweet lesson with him this week, where he almost comitted to get baptized and then he didnt come to church.  we are working with a guy named avelino who wants to change but usually drinks saturday which makes it really hard to get him to come to church.... we are still trying to teach sulma and also a girl named edith but things have just been kinda frustrating;  they seem so positive but then we it comes to acting, they put excuses.... irma who came to church last week is still going well but she couldnt make it this week. hutch leaves on the 4 of march to go home.  yes i will be very sad to see him go home.... yes i have enough warm clothes.   the zone is doing alright, we had interviews with pres. this week and he told us about a few problems in the zone that we didnt know about, but then last night we just talked for no joke like 2 or 3 hours about what we are going to do to help the zone out. yes we are safe dont worry about it.  i dont feel sick very often, but right now i have a bad cough and feel very congested.... no it isnt that often that there are safety problems here, there are a few dangerous area in the mish, but not many.  yes there are some very dangerous spots in guatemala but they arent here in the mish.  i stopped by with the suit guy this morning.  the jacket is almost done, we fitted the vest today and hopefully by wednesday it should be done.
i would like to thank you for fasting, it helped!!  we had a miracle baptism in the zone because of it!! it was the guy whose son got kidnapped, but he got married and baptized this week!!

well i think that is about it. 

i hope you have a great week


elder meyer


Cake bake-off with some investigators!