GUATEMALA CITY NORTH MISSION February 2010 - 2012 STAY STRONG AND KEEP THE FAITH ~ Elder Smith's Motto "My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes." D&C 121:7-8
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
If they only understood
HELLO EVERYONE!!!! 6 MONTHS!!!! WHOOO!!! Crazy, I know. And we were able to go to the temple today too. It was super sweet for sure...
Awesome about Eythan's mission call. What crazy language is he going to speak? Romanian, Russian, or what?
Well change conference has changed from next Monday, to next Wednesday. So I won’t find out if I have a change until Monday night. So we shall see what happens. I think I am going to be here one more change with Elder Barrios and then I will head on out of here. But you never know! We shall see.
We had zone conference this last week too. It went pretty well! I can understand things now too, so that is just fantastic!! And we had interviews yesterday. Everything went well!
OK Now for the news on this side for the week..... WE HAD no baptisms on Saturday. . . We found out that since Javier and Carmen are kids, and their parents aren’t getting baptized, they have to go to church 7 times before they can be baptized. So their new fecha is for the 28th... José didn’t get baptized either because we found out that he smoked the Monday before the interview on Thursday. But it’s not an addiction....he just smokes once in a while. Like when you buy a candy bar, you do it whenever, not all the time. That’s him and smoking. But he is getting baptized this Saturday...CROSS YOUR FINGERS, and probably pray a little bit...that always helps.
Javier and Carmen are doing really well however and there is a new law here in Guat. about divorces which could really help out their parents. Then they can be baptized too!!! The law is that you only need the consent of one of the spouses to do the divorce. And even though the Dad’s wife doesn’t want to do it....he still can. And he can get married the next day too! It is looking really great for their future. I also bought a triple for Javier, they are like 13Q...less than 2 dollars....so I bought him one...he had always asked for one, so that will be really fun when I give it to him tonight. Oh we also got their family a bible. They didn’t really like their bible because....well its really badly translated...But ya, they are all just great like always.
Jared...we haven’t really taught him that much lately because he found a job and is working all the time. But he is doing well too.
José and Heidy.... Complicated this week. José left again for like 3 days...we thought for good. and we almost put a fecha with Heidy again. But then José was randomly back when we were there to teach Heidy. So they are still together. The divorce law for them is a little more complicated. If Heidy were to take advantage of it and do the divorce with her consent only she would have to wait a year before she could get married again. Which is a little sexist, but nothing we can really do about it. Other than that...all is well with them.
This last week has been really rough. We hardly had any lessons. On Friday we contacted almost all day because all of our appointments fell. And no one let us in to teach them either. We finally got in a house at 7 at night, our last hour of work, with Heidy. This work is really tough sometimes. But we don’t really get discouraged because that’s just how it is sometimes. All we can do is press on and hope that someone will listen to us. That’s the problem, people just don’t understand how important our message really is. They have their religion and don’t feel like changing. I pray that one day, for everyone, it will just click. Ya know? And they will all get baptized. I think everyone would right now if they only understood.
Well I love you all!! Have fun this week! Stay Strong. Keep the Faith. Elder Jordan Smith
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