Well, first things first, I´m finally out of a trio. Elder García is leaving for his mission tomorrow. So now it is just going to be Elder Calero and I. Which is going to be nice, because working with three people on the mission is just weird. Also, Elder García had kind of lost his desire to serve, because he wasn´t in his own mission. But now he´s excited to go, and I´m happy for him. I hope that he will find that desire again in is own mission! But now I´m just back to a regular, two-person companionship. (Thank goodness...)
Well, here in Guatemala, especially here in Xela, September is by far the hardest month in the mission, because it´s independence month here. (Independence day is September 15 here.) Also, there is this huge fair that comes to Xela for about 3 weeks. So basically everyone is partying, celebrateing, waking up in the streets, and all that fun stuff. So our leaders have really stressed on starting now so that we can baptize in September.
Which we have been taking to heart! We have two sure dates for the 21 of September. One of them is Wendy, the granddaughter of Martha, the recent convert. Another one is a young man named Brando. They are both willing to be baptized, so that´s good. The only thing we need them to do now is to come to church continually. They both weren´t able to come to church this week, because Wendy´s great-grandma got really sick, so they went to go visit them, and Brando´s mom didn´t give him permission to go... So that sucked, but we have talked to both of them, and they said that they are planning on coming next week for sure.
I haven´t really realized the importance of member work until I got here. In Momos and in Quiché, there really weren´t enough members to work with us, and even less who were willing to help us. But here there are a lot more to help us out. And we have really been trying to stress member lessons, because there really is nothing else like them. You can have two strange people, one of them a Gringo, and the people don´t want to hear anything from us. But when we bring someone who lives walking distance from them, it makes them think that we are actually normal! It´s great working with them!
On wednesday we had a Multi-Zone Conference with all the zones from Xela. President Bautista talked to us, and I don´t know what it is, but I always feel so pumped when he talks! It´s always good for us missionaries to reclaim the excitement that we had at the beginning.
Not much else, happened this week. Just keeping on working for the Lord! I love this work, and we just need to work hard to make us all happy! Haha I love you all so much, and thanks for all the support! Until Next Time!
- Elder Stuart
P.S. Abraham 2:16. Think about it a little bit... ;)