Can´t believe I will be leaving next Tuesday!! Time really does fly!
So this week was a fantastic week!! So last P-day we went to a market down the street, much smaller than the one 2 weeks ago. However, we were able to get candy and all sorts of junk food!! I ate Oreos and peanut butter :)
We have had some pretty awesome devotionals lately! We had one about Enduring to the End and it was amazing! As a missionary our purpose is to *Invitar a las personas a venir a Cristo al ayudarles a que reciban el Evangelio Restaurado mediante la Fé in Jesucristo y su Expiación, el Arrepentimiento, el Bautismo, la Recepción del Don del Espíritu Santo y el Perseverar hasta el fin. (sorry you might have to google translate that... We have been reciting that since day 1). My favorite part is the end. Although, I have adopted Sister Stanfill´s aproach and in my head I change it to "Enjoy to the End." Life is meant to be enjoyed! And although sometimes we might feel like there are so many rules or expectations for us, when we follow Christ, we will ALWAYS be happier in the long run!!
So this week we had a meeting with one of our teachers about our lesson that we have been having. We have these meetings often so we can improve. At this meeting he decided to have us do a practice, and that coach us throughout the practice. Well he had me be the investigator... and lets just say I had to consistently ask him to repeat... and after a little bit he just looks at me... and then he says "How is it that you can talk so much during the lesson, understand everything I say, and then now when we aren´t in a lesson you are having a hard time?!" We all knew the answer. But then he said "It is a miracle." The gift of tongues is real. God is real. He loves us, and wants to help us succeed when we are trying to do what is right. I am so thankful I have Him on my side.
My ponderizing scripture this week is Acts 10:34-35. It has really made me stop and think before judging those around me. And I really need to remember that NEXT WEEK when I will be out in the field!
Well sad news, we don't have any roommates right now :( But it has been nice to sleep with the extra pillows in our room :) We love our new Latinas at the CCM!! Meals are way more enjoyable now that I can understand more of what they are talking about!
Well last Tuesday Elder Alonzo of the 70 came! What an amazing devotional. I was asked to say the closing prayer.. yes in Spanish.. and you know what the closing prayer means.. It means you are the only one that gets to shake hands with and talk to the Presiding Authority! Well he told me my Spanish is really good :) that was great to hear!
Then I had to give a talk on Sunday.. it was super stressful. They just call out names at the beginning of the meeting, and then you come up and talk... ahhh. I gave my talk on Faith.
We have a new investigator.. His name is Alex. He doesn't believe in God, Jesus, and doesn't really want to change.. Well after 2 powerful lesson, he said the prayer, and said that he wants to believe all the things we have taught. I use Alycia´s picture of Christ in just about every lesson. Everyone loves it. It always brings the Spirit to the lesson. Thank you for being amazing Alycia!!
So some funny things that have happened:
-The Elders in our district like doing scripture bashes.. It can get pretty hilarious! Shows how much time we have together, and how much we study the scriptures!
-There is one Elder that has a hard time rolling his R´s, and so one of the other Elders made a paper ball with the letter R all over it, and he said, here is this for when you are having a hard time "rolling your R´s!" It was hilarious!
- Our Elders love making paper airplanes.. Alex would love it! And sometimes the ariplanes go out the window... makes for fun times! Well our teacher comes in and joins in on the fun, and then throws one right at my face... He felt so bad, but it was so funny!
-Yesterday was a holiday.. but nobody knows why.. we asked our teacher and he was like, nobody has work today.. but there isn't like a specific reason why.. It is just a holiday! :) how odd!
-The wind lifts up the ceiling tiles in our rooms sometimes, and at first we thought there was a person up there... we RAN out of our room sooooooo fast!! :)
-Every morning we say "Fire Up" or "Fuego Arriba." Our CCM president had a lesson about being PSYCHED every morning! Because being a missionary is the best!! :)
Well love you all!! Can´t wait to tell you all about Guatemala next week!!
*Translation: Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.
Keep in Touch!
1. Send her an email, Her address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Send her a single-page letter, following these directions:
Fold the bottom of the paper one-third of the way up the page and crease. Fold the top of the letter to the bottom of the first fold and crease. Secure the long side with two pieces of tape about 1 inch from the end, but do not seal the ends. Write your name and complete return address in the top left corner. Put on a US. stamp in the top right corner. In the middle write the address below:Sister Amy Lee GarrettGuatemala Guatemala City East MissionPOB 30150Salt Lake City UT 84130-0150
3. Send her a package. The main mission office address is:
Sister Amy Lee Garrett
Guatemala Guatemala City East Mission
Avenida La Reforma 8-60, Zona 9
Edificio Galerias Reforma
5to Nivel Oficina 505, Guatemala City
If you are using a private courier, you will need the mission home phone number which is 502 2362-7887.
Also, it is recommended to use a padded envelope for protection and put pictures of the Savior on the outside.