Well if you didn't hear, I´m like actually in Guatemala now!! And boy is it different than the CCM!!!
So I am serving in Los Amates! My companion is Hermana Mendoza!! She is from Texas and is awesome! We are in an area that hasn't had missionaries or an organized ward for 20 years. The Elders opened it about 4 months ago, but they asked for sisters, so we are here! We have a "group" because there aren't enough people for a branch. But we are going to change that!! There are 5 families in our group! And we have church in the Elders backyard.. It is just about the most interesting thing ever! But it is awesome!!!
Our house is really nice, but there haven't been missionaries living in there... just bugs, and lots of em!! We have had so many spiders, like HUGE ones, and we don't have a broom to sweep them up, so they just all chill on our ground, it´s great! ;) We are hoping to get a fan this week, but we aren't sure if that´ll happen. We have to take showers in the morning and night... And we carry around towels because we literally drip sweat and don't want to over heat... BUT it is GREAT!!!
We love the members that we have here! The first full day we were here one family fed us lunch and dinner because we didn't have any food in our house! They don't have much, but are so giving because they are so grateful to have sister missionaries!
We have also been meeting with the Garcia family! They are recent converts, and the sweetest family! The kids know so many of the primary songs and love to pray and have us over! We talked to them about temples and we made so coloring pages for them!
On Friday we traveled to Puerto Barrios (2 hrs each way in an air conditioned bus) for Zone planning. I got to see Hermana Jensen there! She is having a rough time, her new comp doesn't speak any English! I am so glad that my comp and I have a BLAST together!!
Food here is interesting!! We don't have any normal stores or food chains like they have in the capital. Its a little sketch sometimes! We eat at comedores1 most of the time, and lunch is normally like 2 or 3 dollars!! Crazy cheap!
There is one family that every time we go over there to teach, there is another person that wants to talk to us! Last lesson they also shared fresh cocos with us!! It´s pretty great! I also just love hearing people pray for the first time! It is my favorite!
The drivers here are nuts... They drive tuk tuks2 all over, and I am amazed that there aren't more accidents!
Oh at one lesson, the investigator had us try to make tortillas with her... HA that is way harder than I thought it would be!! They say it takes 2 weeks of daily practice to get it down real well!! So I didn't feel as bad, but the dad came out and just started laughing at me ;)
Well I´m ponderizing James 1:22. It is so important that we are living what we believe! Even though it is really stinking hot, we are trying to stay super positive and HAPPY because this is a wonderful message that we are sharing!!
I am so thankful for this opportunity to grow personally and help others grow in their faith! Even though we all have different challenges, we can ALL find comfort in the gospel and the fact that there is one who knows us perfectly! I know Jesus Christ loves us all. and He wants us to be happy. We can find peace, happiness, and comfort in and through him. I am so grateful for this knowledge.
Well I think that is it! Pictures are coming also!
Love you all!
FOOTNOTES, for all of us gringos unfamiliar with the "chapinismos" (Guatemalan slang):
1. a "comedor" is a small restaurant
2. a "tuk tuk" is a mototaxi. I think they look like this: