Hola hola! Another wonderful week in La Esperanza, Coatepeque, Guatemala! This week was... how did I put it that one time... something about rainbows and butterflies and sunshine....? Well this week was not that. Mission reality check for the entire world... missions aren't easy. Sometimes you contact for 6 hours straight in the rain and have 1 lesson. But there's no such thing as a bad day in the mission.... there are good days and there are BETTER days. We just work as hard as we can to have more better days than good days. And every once in a while we get a best day. :) Those are increíbles.
|Roomie love! Our neighbors brought over 35 bananas, not sure why. We made smoothies! I love these girls so much! Living with 4 is a life saver.|
It's the less than the best days that really make us count our blessings. I was reading in Romans this week, chapter 8 verse 31... this brought me so much comfort. If God be with you, who can be against us? I have the name of the most powerful and loving person ever on my shirt. I have no reason to be sad, ever! I know I've said this before, but when I'm having a hard time I just look at the pic of my sweet family in my scriptures and remember that at least I've got those wonderful people forever and ever! And for those who don't have that eternal family quite yet, like a few of the jovenes we were preparing for baptism but couldn't get permission from their parents, there is hope. Never forget what it says in Romans 8:38-39. The Lord LOVES us. He WILL help us! I know that these sweet little ones will get the opportunity to be baptized one day, but I also know that nothing can separate them from God´s love, nothing! Never lose hope, learned a lot about that this week.
|A sweet family we are teaching referred by some recent converts. They may be baptized next week!|
in other news, we contacted alot this week! ALOT. Ha and we taught in some hilar places. My favorite being a panaderia! Haha yeah we def taught in a place where they make the oh so delicious pan dulce, too bad I saw how they make it... I may or may not be turned off from pan forever. Let's just say sanitation isn't really a precaution here! Ick! But it smelled yummy :) Another place was a carpinteria. I felt all sorta of close to the birth of Jesus. The smell of wood, it was lovely. And the last one... my least favorite.... in a slaughter house, or should I say slaughter yard? Yeah we found a menos activo who kills pigs for a living. Luckily we showed up AFTER he killed the pigs but nonetheless they were sitting there, the pig carcasses, yes more than one. And he was just hacking away at them! breaking bones ripping off feet. And the worst part was when I looked over at the tree and saw the intestines and liver hanging on the tree! What...... is my life a horror movie!? He had blood all over him and wanted to shake our hands! I could have puked! Let's just say I RAN out of that house, we are going back another day AFTER work!
So people, the church is true everywhere and mas o menos it's the same all over the world! We had the primary program this week! AH! It brought our asistencia up so much! SO MUCH! Miracles! But the greatest miracle in this sweet primary program was when my baby boy Jerico got up and shared his testimony and D&C 112:10. Oh my goodness there goes my heart! I love that sweet boy! We had a lesson with him this week and we were reading the scriptures and we read 1 nefi 3:7. So I was like okay Jerico what does iré y haré mean? And he was like hacer caso? That means to be obedient... and I was like YESSSSSS!!!! My sweet convert gets it! And he has officially made himself the ward greeter. He goes around and shakes everyones hand and kisses all the women on the cheek. Sometimes I let him because I just love him so much! Oh and in the lesson we marked the scripture so he could share it in FHE. Ah, be still my heart! I love my converts here. They are my very best friends! :)
This week we made some food, of course! Ha weren't you all waiting for this part of the email? I know you were! I taught the relief society how to make cinnamon rolls this week!
We had so much fun! And they loved them! Maybe I'll bring the cinnamon roll to guatemala! Also we made fetuccine alfredo for the bishopric! Oh my I love pasta.
|my alfredo sauce turned out a little clumpy but I just told them that's how we eat it!|
I love the food here but sometimes I miss some good pasta. But it was so weird to eat without tortillas. I like need tortillas when I eat anything now! Oh Gautemala, what have you done to me! :)
|burnt the garlic bread. Like mother like daughter!|
Funny story, when Guatemalans are drunk, they have the gift of tongues! I'm not joking they can all of a sudden speak English! So this man was asking us what the word procrastination means. And then he started talking to us and was like oh your name is Sister Moore! Wait what? It's so weird to hear someone call me Sister Moore! Sorry but my name is HERMANA Moore. :) Always and forever. I love this language; but we have met a ton of English speakers lately! That's always fun! :)
So today we had a really fun p day! We went to the beach!
And the border of Mexico! ha! I almost touched Mexico! But instead I just took a pic at the border.
|I didn't cross the line!|
Dang fetch it was hot there. Then we went to the beach and cooled off a bit........................ HA! Jokes, did I scare you a bit there? No we did not get in the water, duh, but we did enjoy a nice ocean breeze.
We built sand castles and collected seashells and then ate sea food.... haha I know what you're thinking, mom. I hope I don't get sick. All I had was ceviche.... its like salsa with shrimp in it! So I'll uh.... let you know how that one goes! But I'm really content right now, great p day. I'm sun burnt and sandy but really happy. :)
|a lovely dock at the beach|
Learned a lot this week, but I'm excited for this coming week. I'm working on having faith unto miracles. Faith is such a simple thing, but it truly can move mountains!
Well all, I adore you! Thank you for your sweet emails and pictures, they make my day!
love love love,