Tuesday, November 3, 2015

There are mountains to climb

Rubber tree
Date:  November 1, 2015
Area:  Tacuru, Guatemala
Companion:  Elder McEntee
Week 97

This week we had some fun climbing mountains learning more about Tucuru, one such trip actually wasn`t that efficient and we ended up actually doing nearly nothing the entire day but we had another day where we visited a little village up in the mountain and found plenty of new people and a family that wants to learn more and to get baptized but she`s not married to her `husband` but really a marriage isn`t that hard to do if both parties are willing, it`s when there is a divorce or something else that has to happen at the same time is when it gets hard for us.
I actually wasn`t there for that trip because I was in divisions in La Tinta with Elder Ortiz from Chile, it was interesting because I got the opportunity to go to church in La Tinta yesterday and see all the members and even my converts that  I got to know at the start of my mission. It was a bit odd seeing everyone grown up and it was cool for them to see that I have learned Spanish and Q`eqchi` and have conquered for the most part my fear of talking even though I would still prefer not to talk a lot it`s not provoked by a fear or insecurity anymore.
I had the realization that that is how it might be when I return home and I see everyone back home and how much they have grown and they also get to see how much I have grown. my converts were really happy to see me and I was really happy to see them, I can only imagine the joy I will feel upon seeing my family again, it reminds me of a really special moment in my life which included my family. The family is the most important part of our lives and the most important and significant part in the plan of our father in heaven it is worth more than rubies to develope, fix or whatever needs to be done to have a good relationship with all the members of your family, parents and siblings.
Update on our investigators, we have that new lady which I havn`t yet that wants to get baptized but needs to get married, we`re going to be helping her with that but first we need to talk with her `husband` to see how he feels about the whole thing.

Olga is progressing well, she is coming to church now but she is having trouble with the small things like reading, they do seem small but by small means great things are brought to pass. Things always start small before they get big, like a snowball rolling down a hill. (surprisingly I still know what a snowball is)
Our other investigators that are likely to progress are still on the edge of making the decision if they want to really go forward or not, we shall see. there is certainly a lot for Elder McEntee and I to do.
No letters this week, but we will be getting those in a matter of days, Elder Kortsen went to Cobàn today and will be picking those up for Elder McEntee and I. We`re always excited to get letters although I must remind all you guys out there at home to stop sending me letters at least, stop sending them to the mission because chances are that they will get here and I`ll be home, so my recommendation is write those letters and send them to my home.
I love you all, keep going strong.
Elder North

This is from Elder McEntee's letter home this week. (Always fun to get the companions view on things)
Today is the Day of the Dead! Entonces, Feliz Dia! Not the best day for P-Day to fall on since nothing will be open today but we were at least lucky enough to find this internet cafe open! I hope you all had a great Halloween! Its November, that happened fast!After going almost 5 days without running water in the house it finally came back this week so that was reason for minor celebration! After hearing that you may be asking yourself “Does that mean he didnt shower for almost 5 days…?”. In which case my answer would be No, I didnt shower for almost 5 days…. But come on people, what do you expect me to do! hah I can promise you though, I am now a clean human being! Minor events this week: flame throwered a turantula. Scaled a super steep mountain for 3 hours straight. I placed a baptimal date. One day I actually cooked meals for both my companion and I, all 3 meals. One night we had dinner at two different members house, it was awesome. This week we had divisions. Elder Gonzalez (yes my old companion) and I were in Tucuru for two days, while my companion went to La Tinta. It was fun being with Elder Gonzalez again, it felt good to teach with him again! Plus it helped having him in some lessons with our investigators that speak Spanish. He is a great District Leader and Im so grateful, especially now, to of had him as my trainer, he taught me basically all the Spanish I know. As always with weeks where we have divisions this week went really fast!My companion, Elder North, and I are really about to get things rolling in Tucuru. Its exciting to have our schedules full of people that want to learn and actually WANT to progress. I cant express in words how much I love what I’m teaching
and how much I just want to share it with everyone! I wish I wasn’t so shy with my beliefs in High School, I just want all my friends at home and everyone to know that I KNOW this church to be the true church of Jesus Christ on the Earth today with a living Prophet and Apostles to lead and guide us. I know that if one would just pray with the slightest bit of faith concerning the truth of what Im saying that they will receive a confirmation by means of the Holy Ghost that it is ALL true. Jesus Christ is our Savior, the Redeemer of the world and our advocate with the Father. He came to this earth to take upon the sins of the world and loves each one of us more than we could imagine. Eternal Happiness is only accomplished through His Everlasting Atonement and I feel such a responsibility and desire to share that happiness with all of you! I know it may seem like Ive changed from the kid you all knew, and I guess that's true in some ways. My beliefs haven't changed but I do have a stronger testimony of the things I knew before and Im not afraid to share anymore. To all my buddy’s back home and good friends and really just everyone, I want to apologize right now for not sharing my testimony with you before. How selfish of me to have held back what I know to be true! I love you all, thanks for everybody’s support and love.  Love Elder MCENTEE

If you would like to send Jered a welcome home letter that would be cool.  Send it to our home address.
Jered North
4111 Red Tail Drive
Riverton, UT 84065

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