Well, this Tuesday were changes, so I´m out of Chinique, and now I´m in Chiquilajá! It´s part of Xela, so it´s somewhat city (Which is weird for me...) but it´s still the outskirts of Xela, so it´s still pretty small. I´ve liked my time here so far, and I´m looking forward to serve here longer! Also weird, I´m working in a ward for the first time. I´ve been in branches my whole mission, so this should be nice. About 140 members come to church every sunday, so hopefully that means a lot of people who are willing to help us out. Also, we get lunch and dinner about 4-5 times a week, so I´m gonna get good food! haha I might reach the 6´3, 200 lb frame that Jeffrey claims me to be after all! But more than anything, I like it here.
Get this, you know how I was so stoked to leave my trio and be in a regular companionship?... Well, not quite... I´m in a trio here! I´m with Elder Calero, from Nicaragua, who just finished off his training, and Elder García, who´s from the capital here. Elder García is just a temporary missionary waiting for his visa so that he can go to his actual mission in Venezuela. So we might not be much time with him, but who knows. So yeah, back in a trio... Joy.
Last Monday was absolutely hectic, let me tell you now. When I left internet, the secretaries of the mission called us and told us that we needed to help them load up some stuff they were going to take from Chinique all the way to Xela. Well, they wasted so much time, that I missed the last bus that goes from Chinique to Quiché. So we had to ask a ride from a member at 8:00 at night, and thank goodness he said yes. But that meant riding in the back of a pickup at night to Quiché with all my suitcases. It was crazy. Kind of too stressful of a P-Day for me. But we are all good now.
Things are going good here in Chiquilajá. The elders baptized four people the week before I came, but for family reasons, two of them weren´t able to come to church to be confirmed... So we ended up confirming them this Sunday, which was cool. Even better, Martha, the mom of the family who got baptized, brought two granddaughters with her to church. She wanted them to know about the church, so now we are going to teach them! Awesome!
Also, speaking of pilas members, Silvia, a 60 something year old recent convert of about a half a year, has been going out to contact on her own to find people for us to teach. Can you say AWESOME?!? Wow, she´s absolutely amazing for us. There are some amazing people in the world, you know that?
The only problem here is that the missionaries before were focusing so much on baptizing Martha and her family (which is great, don´t get me wrong) that we basically have nothing now. So we´ve been searching out for the next people to be baptized!
I don´t know why, but I feel so excited to be out here in a new area. I just feel so stoked to share this gospel with all the people here. With the help of the Lord, I feel like I should be having success here. I hope that this feeling continues for a long time!
I´ve been reading a lot about the missionaries at the beginning of this dispensation. They were so willing to sacrifice everything that they had, go through so many struggles, just to share the Gospel. And now I´m doing the same thing. I know for a fact that I don´t have the same urge as they did, but I´m working on it!
If you want something that will blow your mind, let me share with you guys something I learned in personal study. I was reading Elder Hollands General Conference talk from April "I Believe." In the last paragraph, he says that he declares the words with the "More sure word of profecy." I wasn´t sure what that was, so I looked it up. Man, search that up, and it will blow your mind.
About 30 minutes ago I had the chance to talk to some Gringas! Well, kind of... One was from Massechusetts, and the other was from London! I saw them when we were buying food for the week, and I heard them talking in english. I figured I didn´t want to miss this chance to talk to them, so I started talking to them. And it´s not all because they were somewhat cute or anything... ;) But long story short, the girl from London has heard a lot about missionaries before, so I ended up placing two BoM´s in the store! It was weird talking about us in English, becasue I´m so used to it in Spanish. But it was a cool experience!
I ate McDonalds for the first time in the mission today for lunch. Man, it might just be a lack of good ole American food for so long, but it was SO GOOD! Man, Xela is a lot different than Quiché or Momos!
So yeah, I ended up writing a lot this week, but it was worth it. All in all, I´m enjoying my new area, and I´m ready to work here! Wish me luck! Until Next Time!
- Elder Stuart
P.S. D+C 1:4