Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A hard week

chicken head soup
Date:  September 28, 2015
Area:  Tanchi, Guatemala
Companion:  Elder Torres
Week 92

This week was hard, missionary work is hard work, but that happens sometimes, we´ve been keeping our spirits up and moving forward, despite the hard week and feeling like no progress we have been keeping our spirits up and have found many of new investigators and we are excited to continue teaching them.

We certainly saw a change Saturday, we started to actually tell the investigators how serious we are, that we are here to help them be baptized in the true church of Jesus Christ and that we may joke sometimes and have fun sometimes but our purpose is to help them learn the truth and if they don´t want to listen or act then we need to switch our priority to others that are ready to hear the word of God. We started doing this to our older investigators and the spirit in the lessons have really changed and has gotten stronger. we have been able to have several powerful lessons and we hope to have many people come to the General Conference this coming weekend.
Just think, we do this General Conference only twice a year and we get to hear from the mouths of Prophets and Apostles of Jesus Christ, the people in the Old Testament traveled very, very large distances to listen to the Prophets and to Jesus. What comes to mind is the story of Naamaan the leper, he went a large distance to hear to words of the prophets to be cured of his leprosy and because of his faith and action he was healed. In these days we don´t have to walk or travel nearly as far two times a year to hear directly from the Lord it would be a very large waste to let this opprotunity pass. Invite others so they can recieve answer to the deep questions of their souls even if they don´t realize yet that they have such questions.

I love you all, I got three letters from my Mom, three from Grandma Mary and one from Grandma North. I very much enjoyed the little baby me that Grandma Mary sent. I keep you all in my prayers.

Elder North

Monday, September 21, 2015

Here comes the 'lasts'

Date:  September 21, 2015
Area:  Tanchi, Guatemala
Companion:  Elder Torres
Week 91

It has now come to that point where things start happening for the last time in my mission, there are still a couple months left so there´s no time to be thinking about home.... It´s almost an impossible task to keep every single thought about home from coming in, but as long as we´re working hard it´s not too hard to keep focused.
This week I had the last of my Multi Zone conferences. They are always pretty awesome to go to, this time we had a three main subjects that were talked about. One was our focus on our goal for the month of October, which is 100 baptisms mission wide, I do believe I already mentioned that. We talked about how to focus different aspects of our work and day to accomplish his goal. Basically we made goals to reach a goal. breaking things down.
We then talked about finances, it´s apparently a problem in the mission. I havn´t had trouble with finances, but we were able to get some awesome advice that will help in the mission and after it.

Last thing we talked about was making the Sabbath day a more meaningful and spiritual day for us and for our investigators. Making the sacrament meeting a better run affair so that the spirit can be there in full force. We were able to find a couple things that can help our little branch here, having back ups for the sacrament and other little things. With some things in life it´s not about the big things but about the little things and little changes and corrections.

The weather is getting a little colder, but not nearly as cold as back home I´m sure, it means I sleep a little more comfortably but I´ve never had much trouble with sleeping. This week we have the plan to invite everyone, and I mean everyone, to the coming General conference. we already printed out about 150 invitation cards just to give to people and to help us contact. I recommend that all you guys out there should do something similar, by that I mean invite people to this special event. We only get the chance twice a year to hear directly from the prophet today and the apostles in this time, so don´t you miss it and tell your friends!

We´ve been doing wonderful here and I want to thank all of you out there giving me and all the other missionaries out in the field support, we all very much appreciate and your prayers and thoughts really do count.

I love you all,
Elder Jered North

P.S. Sorry for the lack of bug pictures, and pictures in general, I´ll get plenty next week.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Another week in Guatemala

Date:  September 14, 2015
Area:  Tanchi, Guatemala
Companion:  Elder Torres
Week 90

The start of our week was pretty interesting, we had dentists come over to Tanchi and I got to help them with a bit of translating, the four older guys know some Spanish, so I didn´t have to do some translating into Spanish but I got to do a little into Q´eqchi´, although the basic vocabulary you need for a dentists appointment is ´Open your mouth´ or ´close your mouth´ so it wasn´t that complicated to do, but it was fun. We got to see a whole bunch of teeth get pulled out and I really realized how great it is that we have dentists and we have things that help us take care of our teeth. I didn´t have anything done on my mouth because nothing is hurting me and so I thought it wouldn´t be that bad to just wait until I get back home and do the whole dentist appointment.

This week went well, one of the biggest happy moments of the week was Patricia came to church, she is the daughter of my converts  Hernesto and Matilde. We´ve been trying to get one of their other children to come to church focusing on the importance of families being together and that in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints we believe that families can be together forever which is a wonderful blessing and I really want them to have that. We hope to be able to put a baptismal date with her soon. Our mission also has a goal for the month of October to get 100 baptisms mission wide. We´re all actually pretty excited to go for it.

I also had the opportunity this week to go on divisions with Elder Reyes in Chicojl. It was nice to meet new people and to see a new area, I´ve been in Tanchi for a while and I love the area and the people but sometimes you just need a break from the same thing for a day. Elder Reyes and I were able to do some awesome work and we walked a lot, but we were able to find a lady named Zoila and she was really interested. She wasn´t able to go  to church last week due to an activity in the school she works at, but she´s awesome, it was also a little odd teaching in Spanish. It was a fun day.

In other news, no new mail that I know of, but that could change as I go to the office. Time is going by rather quickly now but there are still plenty of things to do and lots of people to teach.

I love you all and I thank you for all the support.
Elder North

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Your vote counts

It´s time to start another awesome change in Tanchi and this week went by quickly, yet slowly. One of the reasons it went by really slowly was because we didn´t have a district meeting so we didn´t have to go to Cobán during the week and that in turn made it feel like the week was a little longer, yet it still went by.

We´ve been contacting a bit more than usual, gotta find those people that are ready to get baptized. We found a man named Raul this week and he seems pretty chill, we didn´t teach him much when we first past by his house because he was busy but we were able to introduce ourselves and put up a time for a return visit.
We have roadkill here too
On our return visit we went over the Restoration and he really seemed to understand really well that there needs to be a prophet on the earth so that God can talk to his people and give his commandments. God talks to the prophet directly and gives him his commandments and then the prophets gives it to the rest of us.

Unfortunately we didn´t have very many people come to church this week because there were elections. Can´t really blame anyone that September 6th fell on a Sunday, (the independence day of Guatemala) so many people were over by the voting houses that were set up, we still had a very good attendance in church. I´m going to be happy not to have to hear all the propaganda anymore. They have posters and stuff and trucks that drive around the villages blaring music and stuff from the different parties.

I did get plenty of mail this week, I got package from Mom, I thought it was humorous that it said it was the last package I would get on my mission. I´m fine with that though. I got another package from Jessy Salas.
Letters from Grandma Mary, The stake and Mom and Amber! Thank you all for the letters, they bring a smile to my face.

Love you all.
Elder Jered North