Monday, August 25, 2014

Children yelling through the window. Ice cream they say.

Date:  August 25, 2014
Area:  Kanlun, Guatemala
Companion:  Elder Jara

About the title, so Elder Jara took it upon himself to do something kindly for our neighbors, after last week where he chisled all of the ice out of our little freezer he took some Helados: translated to Ice cream from Spanish, although they`re just flavored ice, more like ice than ice cream, but anything frozen and sweet is ice cream.  So he helped our neighbors freeze some, they sell them and often they come to the fence and start yelling for Elder Jara, not for me like I said last week I believe... Or I just wrote it in my journal, either way, they don`t bother me as much as they do Elder Jara, but they feed us some food sometimes so it`s actually not a bad deal.

I got letters this week, ten in total, Elder Champagne, my Zone leader handed them all to me with a rubber band holding them all together, so I havn`t looked to see exactly who all of them are from, I know most of them though. I got.
Two from Grandma Mary,
One from Mom,
One from Amy
One from the Holden's, funny, they sent me an email today saying they sent it, well I got it!
Three from Sister Barnson, always exciting
and two dear Elders with the name of Laura North as the sender, but some times Dear Elder does weird things and puts multiple letters in one.

Elder Jara teaching the children at church.
My main story of the week is about the children of Kanlun, I feel like they`re actually starting to look up to me more and actually listening more to what I say, I try to help them pay attention in classes at church, but they get distracted really, really easily, for us, the Kekchi people are not known for their attention span. Elder Jara likes saying that they have less attention span than normal people, not that that`s bad, it`s just them, so you`re forced as a missionary to find ways to keep them engaged at all time.

We had a new investigator and he came to church this week! Sacrament meeting this week was also only 40 minutes long, I`m not really sure why, so Elder Jara`s class was longer than usual, he still did awesome as he always does, that comes with 23 three months of missionary work I guess. I`m barely cresting up to 9 months.  He teaches the youth, which means, all the youth that are older than 2 years old and are younger than 18. I don`t teach because I`m not really assigned to, yet.

Today I started out feeling a little depressed, I pushed through it saying to myself that it`s nothing, and then a little later found out that I was hungry not depressed. So if you feel sad, go eat something, maybe ice cream or something, I find it to make me feel a little extra happy. That is if I can find a good ice cream.

I thought of some foods I miss, and I found one that I really, really miss, Some good Sharp Cheddar cheese, I think it`s known that I like cheeses, and there`s not many here. So one thing I miss a lot is cheddar.

Scripture of the week: 2 Nephi 1:12  Why? Lehi advises us to be men.

I love you all, thank you for all the letters! I was really surprised to get them today. Always a good surprise.

Elder Jered North

Monday, August 18, 2014

Adventures continues

Date:  August 18, 2014 
Area:  Kanlun, Guatemala
Companion:  Elder Jara

Not too much luck this week in the finding people to teach department, but we did find other things, like a small waterfall while we went on an adventure. This adventure started because we didn`t have anything to do, and if you don`t have anything to do you get bored, and if you get bored you go exploring mountains. We didn`t have anything to do because people weren`t home or they were busy. Off exploring we go for about an hour, and who knows, we might come across a house with people inside to talk to, you never know, the people kind of set up houses where ever they please.
As I said before we didn`t really have much luck finding new people this week, but we do still have possibilities, we did then have the chance to help the members a little bit more, teaching them more lessons and stuff, and getting to eat some tortillas in exchange.
No letters this week, but changes were this week, I`m staying where I am now with my companion Elder Jara. This means that I will be killing him, which means a couple things, I`ll definitely be getting a new companion next change and I`ll get ties past down to me, we love our ties here in the Polochic, I bought a couple today and they are quite good.
That`s it for me this week, a little boring maybe, but sometimes weeks are not too exciting here.
I love you all,
Elder Jered Lamont North

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ain`t nothin` like a Kekchi party

Date:  August 11, 2014
Area:  Canlun, Guatemala
Companion:  Elder Jara
Week 34

I`ll start this weeks letter with why the title of this week is what it is. So our neighbors, the family Pop Yaxcal had their little girl and another family member having a birthday close together, so we thought it would be awesome to share in helping with the party, our part was to buy a cake, it didn`t really cost that much. So, in a Kekchi party, it`s not really that extravagant, you go and you eat food and then say congratulations and go home and that`s pretty much it. What you eat is a dish called Caldo, it`s a more or less a chicken soup of sorts and it`s pretty good.

We enjoyed our time with food, cake and such, but then after it turned out that something or other was wrong with either the Caldo, or the amount of Caldo that I ate and I ended up being sick the next day, (Sunday) in which I had my second sick day of my mission, so we went to church and I slept the day away, but today I feel good.

In other news, I did get mail this week, many letters, one from Mom, Karoline, Jessy, Uncle Dan, and Uncle Jim. Three From Grandma Mary, and a little package from Grandma Pam that contained a beautiful journal to continue my daily writings. So.... If my Mom sent me one as well I will be quite grateful because I will need it in the future. With all these letters I realized that my audience is a little bit bigger than I actually thought. That`s pretty awesome though. Thanks for all your support guys.
A bit of news about the work right now, it`s a bit slow going, we asked a few people for baptism this week, but they didn`t accept and that was kind of a bummer, but we have some new people and some potential new people that may be able to progress, so our focus this week is adding new investigators to our teachings.

A new thing that we`ve been doing is Elder Jara and I are doing a class for the youth every Tuesday and Saturday, they get to play soccer afterward so they really enjoy it, we`re also shifting some more of our focus onto the members.
Peanut butter is something you can get in Teleman actually, so we get some great peanut butter, and to answer a question from Uncle Dan, I think something that I miss the most foodwise is beef actually, there`s some we can eat here, but the majority of the meat we have is chicken, lots of chicken.

We did a lot of walking this week and my legs got tired and I got a little sunburned again, which actually does not happen a lot, but it was good and we hope for a better week. We`re going to go on divisions this next week, I`m going to go with Elder Aguero, my father in the mission, it`s also his last week in the mission, so it`ll pretty much be my last time seeing him.

I love you all.
Elder Jered Lamont North,
Laj Saqi Noq`

Monday, August 4, 2014

Mud Boots

Date:  August 4, 2014
Area:  Canlun, Guatemala
Companion:  Elder Jara
Week 33

This week had some interesting happenings and a few just normal happenings.
This upcoming week we are planning to do some new things, we talked about what things we can change and start doing to try to have more success here in Kanlun, so we`re going to see if they work, because we are ending up into a kind of routine, not only does that get boring, but it may also contribute to less success.
We had a member who saw .... Things in his rice fields, so we helped him through it, he`s a great guy though and he understands that God is on his side, I hear we was a branch president at one point, but we also got to bless one of his trees.  Can you bless a tree? Sure, offer a prayer for it. So we did.
We had a fairly normal week as other things go, I feel I`m getting a little bit more monotonous in my weekly reports so with the start of this next week I`ll also be looking more intently for things I can write, about people, the area and things, so next week should be a lot more interesting.

No mail this week, Zone meeting is this next week though, so that means mail.

Now about the title, after a meeting in a grove of sorts, we went a different way home that went near the river, the river at this point wasn`t in a time of flooding so it was safe, but I wanted to get closer to the water and that meant going through some mud, I went a little too far and almost got completely stuck, or to say I did get stuck and almost had to leave my boots behind, which would also have made for and uncomfortable walk back home, but with the help of my companion we got out, with boots covered in mud, and that was our greatest adventure this week.
Now to answer a few questions.

The most challenging thing we faced this week was all of the people that we had a date for baptism for decided that they weren`t interested any more, so how we got through that, was to move forward and find others, still no others yet, hence we have prayer and fasting.
Testimony meeting was great, it wasn`t too hard to understand people and we do testimony meeting the same here as in other places
I don't use the water bottle grandma and grandpa sent me too much yet, but I hear that Elder Barker is and I`m sure to use it a lot when I go up to the mountains.

To get our haircut we just go to any hair shop you find on the street.

Parasites are caused by drinking bad water, sometimes you`re given something to drink from investigators and stuff that isn`t actually good... So parasites happen, we do all we can to prevent it. I havn`t had any.
I love you all and I look forward to Thursday when I get letters.

Elder, Jered North

Jered loves to get mail.  It helps him feel not quite so far away from home and he enjoys reading English once and awhile too.  So drop him a line.

Elder Jered North
Guatemala Cobán Mission
Apartado Postal #34
3ra Calle 2-02, Zona 3
Cobán AV 16001
Guatemala, Central America
It costs $1.15 to mail a letter to him. You can use regular envelops and stamps just make sure they equal $1.15. If it weights more than a regular letter you should take it to the post office to have it weighed.


Use Dear Elder (
its Free to my mission. Just got to, create an account
and it will track the letters you send
so you can go back and view them.
On the drop down menu just put in
Guatemala Cobán Mission and then
address it to Elder Jered North.
They get mailed out once a week.
This will be the best way to contact
me since I don't have that much
time on e-mail each week.