"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

Monday, January 24, 2011

I have received my Q'eqchi' name!

Hey there you bums! Ha ha!
So just to let you know I have received my Q'eqchi' name!! Good luck pronouncing it! It is.............
Laj Q'anjorin
Laj is just what you put in front of a male's name.
joriink = to golden or to turn brown
q'an = yellow or ripened
q'anjorin = perfectly golden brown.
So it’s perfect right? I like it a lot!
Oh and the 2nd part of the word is kind of like my first name, so it just works out great!!

I'm pretty sure I found the biggest leaf of all time! (Click on image to enlarge it.)

So there really aren’t any investigator updates. No one is really progressing up here. But we do have one that we might be able to baptize. We will see what President says tomorrow because we have interviews. It is a girl named Maria Alicia; she lives with Rosalina and her family, the recent converts that walk 2 hours to go to church. Maria Alicia comes to church every week and we have taught her, so we have a fecha with her for this Saturday for her baptism but we will see. So this last Sunday we went up to Actela in the morning because Maria Alicia's dad was going to be there....We left at 5 in the morning to go up there! So I was rather tired that day. But it was good to meet her dad and he said that it was great if she gets baptized. He works in the Capital and he comes up for like a day to visit and then heads back down to work. He only comes up every few months....

The thing with my electric razor, it’s all good. But I don’t want another electric razor. I didn’t even use the one I had for shaving my face. I really don’t like electric razors. I used the sideburn trimmer....So I asked about getting a goatee trimmer thing like the one dad has. It is completely different, but that is probably expensive too, so don’t worry about it. And yes we do lock our door, but the branch president's kids have keys to the church, and well, once you get inside the church, there is one key that opens EVERYTHING so there is really nothing we can do about it. I think my pocketknives are either in the first drawer of my desk or on my headboard, or on the floor underneath the headboard of my bed. Or maybe Jake just jacked them. So you can ask him first.

Here are some pictures of my living quarters that you wanted to see. (Also known as 2 rooms in the church):

(Gotta love the pink Disney Princess blanket!! Poor Elders Smith and Howard. They don't have any ties, ha ha!)

Our trip to Cobán was good. Yes, Elder Ballard spoke. But we really didn’t hear anything he said because the transmission was bad and we only got the translated version and the translator didn’t speak clearly. So it was tough to pay too much attention to mumbled, badly transmitted Spanish. So that was kind of a disappointment. We were just hoping it was Elder Holland because many apostles came to different missions here in Central America....But too bad we couldn’t really hear.

But I loved going to Cobán. It’s so nice....well, compared to where we live.....But I even ate SUBWAY!!!!!! AHHH!!!! It was so gooood!!!!!!!!! And I took a hot shower! First hot shower in about 7 months!!!!!! So that felt great! Especially since we don’t have water right now, so I haven’t taked ( "taken" I think it's funny how he is forgetting English) a shower since that one in Cobán. So hopefully I don’t stink too bad in my interview tomorrow. I also went on a short division with Elder Fadel up there. It was sweet! His Q'eqchi' is super good. It’s always fun to see him and all the other elders from Senahú and Cobán.

Oh just to let you know, The Disneyland ride "Soarin' Over California" has us all fooled. The smell of oranges when you fly over that orange orchard, you know the smell right? It's not really that smell. Because while walking through corn fields while it is raining smells the exact same!!! So I swear they just have some wet corn with a fan that blows the smell in or something (ha ha) because it is exactly the same!!! Just I thought I would let you know...

I wish I had a lot more to tell you about my life up here in the Chik, but there really isn’t anything crackalackin! But we shall see what happens with changes the upcoming week! It's gonna be crazy since no one in the zone of Polochik received a change last time! Anything could happen!
Well I love you all and have a great week!
Kawaq lee Paab'al (Keep the Faith)
Kawaq eerib' (Stay Strong)
Neke'xinra (I love you all)
Elder Jordan Smith


  1. Haha, love the princess blanket, and that leaf is huge!

  2. Hi, I am from El Estor,Izabal but I'm studying in NC. I bet that you are having a great time in Guatemala. It is an amezing place with happy people, and I miss that from my people. It is incredible to learn a different languange and it really helps in the future. I know how to speak Q'eqchi' too...also your nickname is pretty funny..good look in your journey... Sahaq a ch'ool aran! Be happy...Se feliz!