Monday, March 17, 2014

March 17, 2014

aye.. i know i say this every week, but seriously this week was sooooo crazy!!

I got to go on exchanges with my trainer Hna Nielsen for a day, that was fun. It was really weird speaking english, and i forgot how much attention two nortes get when they´re together. I hope i only have latina comps from here on out!
The next day I got really sick and was in the bathroom alllllll day for two days.. but i lost like 4 pounds!! :)

On Thursday someone asked me if i was 16, my comp said no, then she asked if i was 14.. do i look 14?

On Saturday... several interesting things happened. In the morning, i decided to clean my toothbrush by boiling it in water. At 8 am, i unplugged the stove because it had boiled long enough, then went to do personal study.. during personal study we smelt something burning, it smelled horrible, (people always burn their trash outside and it smells soo bad!) At 9 i went into the kitchen to get some water, and saw the pot smoking, i run over to find the water had evaporated and my toothbrush melted to the bottom!! Hna Gertrudis got a kick out of this because 1. she had never heard of anyone boiling their toothbrush, and 2. my toothbrush was melted! Her laugh is soo funny, i wish i could send the videos!! 

On Saturday, Ana Banana was baptized! I am still kind of shocked, I was pretty positive she would back out at any minute, because she has been afraid of baptism her whole life, but she made it!! That was awesome.
The night before, the zone leaders informed us they didnt have any clothes for anas baptism, so saturday morning we took her to the Mega Paca (DI) to find a white skirt and white shirt, we also bought her a cute dress for her confirmation Sunday. About 4 hours later we went back to her house to pick her up.. we waited for about 30 minutes for her, i thought she ran away! But she didnt, and all was well :) After her baptism, we gave her a hymn book we had in the house, that she used to sing the last hymn. We couldnt find the page the hymn was on, it was hymn 198, but it wasnt the same song everyone else was singing. then we looked at the hymnbook of hna gertrudis, and hers was 198 too... then i thought, oh no, we gave her an old hymn book that doesnt have alll the hymns!! Then I realized her hymn book was in english... haha OOPS!
I am sooo thankful for this gospel! I feel like people who dont have testimonies should serve a mission so they should gain one, talking to people here about their lives and religions has helped me realize how badly the world needed Christs gospel restored to the earth. There are soo bçmany people out there who think they know the church, and doubt it. They dont know anything because they havent truly lived the gospel of Christ. I know  with out a doubt this gospel is true, and I am SO glad to be here in hot, rainy Guatmemala!

pic 1and 2 This is Carlito, the nephew of Ana. He LOVES the canche (im the canche). He is always so sad when i leave, but when i come, he wont come near me! I forced him to take a picture with me

pic 3. we made pupsas with people from the ward the other day!! 

oh i almost forgot, something to add to the crazy week. Last wedneday, we visited Ana, and I was able to talk to her 12 year old brother. Hes kind of a rebel, what when i talked to him he said he wanted to change, and agreed to come to church this week. I invited him to the youth activity that night too, because ana and a girl from church was about to leave for it. He declined my offer. I explained why he needed to go, and that he needed better friends, and that he would have a good time, but he still didnt want to go. he said "next week" and "i will go to church sunday". I recognized his answers, cause he was being me in high school! I knew that when i started to try to convince him to go, that he had won. i also knew that he would never go if he didnt go that night. he decided not to go after i argued with him for about 10 minutes. i was so mad at him, i didnt look at him for the rest of the time we were there ( i can get away with this cause he has a crush on me, dont worry im not burning the bridges!) But i was furious because i knew he would never go. Hes 12 and already needs to change his life around!

Later, we went to the house of the old man who doesnt like missionaries, but decided whe liked me and my comp. We had a lesson planned with him for Wednesday night, but when we went over to teach him, he went in his room to watch TV and wouldnt come out, just like he would do to all the other missionaries. I had just gone through this with the little brother of Ana, I wasnt about to do it again! I asked his wife if i could enter into the room, and she said yes, So i went him and found him lying on a bed, watching some western. I told him to get up, and he said "no, another day, after the movie" I told him no, that he told us we could come this evening at this time, and he just kept saying, "no, another day you can come back". I was so mad. I told him, Hermano, we came over tonight to teach you, you can watch this movie another day, now get up!" He said no, i looked down and saw his shoes on the floor, so i picked them up, put them on his feet, and pulled him put out of his bed. He came into the next room and we taught him about Christ.
We read a verse in 2nephi 9 about how Christ suffered the pains of every person and every living creature. We explained it, and talked to him about it, and explained that without Christ, we wouldnt have the opportunity to repent and return to heaven, and if we dont repent, we will literally go to hell. He asked what hell is like. (he sounds like you mom haha) We read another verse in the same chapter that explains hell, and endless fiery pit, satans slaves, etc. This verse seriously is so clear.
After we explained Christ´s suffereings, and hell, he said "your message is cute,  the bilble and everything is cute, but i dont want to go to any church., not the catholic, not the evangelica, not the mormon church, none." As he was talking to him I just stared at him and started crying really hard. He literally was denying Christ right infront of my face after we talked about how indebted we are to him. We was literally accepting hell after we explained what hell is like too. 
For reasons like this, the mission is so hard. Its plain in the bible, its even more plain in the Book of Mormon, the things we need to do in this life to live with GOD and JESUS CHRIST again. I know there is NO other way we can find TRUE happiness in this life, than by living the gospel. 

one more funny story!! 

The other week dad told me it took him forever to get the italian language down in his mish, but he would always sleep talk, and his comps would ask why he had perfect italian when he would sleep talk, but not during the day! My spanish is FARRRRRRRRRRR far far far far FARRRRR far far far far from perfect, but the other night i guess i slept talk and my comp said " wow, you really have perfect spanish when you slept talked!" haha like father like daughter. 

have a great weeK!

Jaclyn and Ana

Saying goodbye in San Marcos, before heading to the Coast

Making Pupsasn with Ward Members

Carlito, Ana's Nephew loves the Canache. (that's me).

Young Women of the Ward

Can you tell which one is the white girl?  Not by the color of their skin!

The Baptism of Ana Banana

My Toothbrush, oops!

Monday, March 10, 2014

March 10, 2014

aye!! Wow.. the carnival is officially over!! POR FIN!! (FINALLY!) 

On Tuesday the elders made us go home at like 4 for the rest of the day!! That was really annoying cause we wanted to work, but it made for a nice afternoon on the roof:) (pic 1)

Good news, ANA IS GETTING BAPTIZED THIS SATURDAY!!! We are sooo excited, and she is too. Pray for her, cause i know satan is gonna work his butt off to get her to change her mind!

The other night, we left with a member to go contact a reference who happened to be his realitive. It was about 6:30pm, and she lived right next to where all the crazy parades were. We entered into the "street" thing behind her house, and found her because she was locked out, and no one would answer the door because it was raining so hard they couldnt hear her. We could hardly hear her when we were talking. When it rains really hard, the power usually goes out (dont worry, i always have a flashlight). So, the power went out for a little bit, in all the houses and in the street were without light, then when it came back on, this tall super drunk guy came stumbling into the street with blood dripping down his face. He said he ran into something when the power went out, which i believe because he reaked of alcohol.. im paranoid, so i look at hna Gertrudis like, lets book it. Then he started speaking to me in bad english telling me to kiss him and stuff, so i took off running, and hna gertrudis too, slowly behind me, and the member was like.. umm.. ok i guess we are leaving. 
We walked super fast to the house of the memeber, where we called our Tuk Tuk friend Hans

We got Hans as a tuk tuk referral from members in our ward (tuk tuks are like taxis.. kind of). We actually never met Hans, only his 18 year old son (we cant ever remeber his name, so we just call him Hans too), so almost every night, we call "Hans" to come get us and take us to our house. But this night we called Hans, and the real Hans, the dad came. I saw him and he didnt look like a dad.. he looked like he was in his 30´s. sp i asummed he was coming to kidnap us, but we went with him anyway. He turned out to be the real Hans, and was only 32.. We asked about his son and he was like yeah.. me and my wife were only 14. But he wasnt trashy, he was dresed up nice because he had just come from work, and had nice hair. He remineded me f twislight, cause Edward was young, and his "dad" was young too, and they were a good looking family. 

I really like the people here, but they are 100% honest, which means they tell me if my face is greasy, if my hair looks bad in a bun (i stopped wearing my hair in a bun after two different people took it down and restyled my hair in the same week), if my face is fat, etc. BUT, they also tell me how beautiful my eyes are!! I like this part. They tell me my eyes are green (everyone in the states thinks they´re brown, they are hazel), and they LOVE the color of my hair! (in the states  my hair i such a boring color and i am dying to color it!)

needless to say, the compliments and straight forward comments balance each other out,

Also, I LOVE MY COMP!! She is sooooooo funny! The best part about her is that shes sarcastic. FINALLY SOMEONE WHO IS SARCASTIC!! So she understands me too when i am sarcastic. Hna Nielsen and hna Escoto never understood haha. She is also the latina version of Teresa Jack. (mom, doesnt she look just like her!)

Monday, March 3, 2014

March 3, 2014

Wow what a week!  But what a great pday!!! I found out my very best friend had her beautiful baby Lillian!! (Aubrey when the heck did we grow up?), my family is going on a two week hawaiian cruise (you could have left that out, thanks guys!), mom went to the primere of a movie I was blessed to work on right before the mish, life seems good in the states! 
As for life here in Mazatenango, Guatemala, things are seriously insane. They have this huge week long "carnival" that is happening right now. Its not like your regular carnival, its nuts. I honestly dont know what goes on because we are being imprisioned in our houses for the next few days, and after im done writing we have to go back to our house for the rest of the day because its "dangerous" because everyone is super drunk. 

But anyway, the misson is great because you always get to see a ton of miracles! You´re always on the verge of tears either because people are rude, wont accept your message, because you see people change for the better, and of course when miracles happen. 

Our miracle this week is Ana:
We met Ana a few weeks ago and began teaching her. She wasnt ever that positive, and was never super excited to see us. She has a pretty rough home life, her dad died a while ago and her mom is dying of diabetis right now. Her siblings arent great examples, shes pretty poor, and all of the above. We had been teaching her the regular lessons that we teach to people we first meet, but she wasnt that interested. FINALLY we were inspired to change the lessons and talk more about her rather than the gospel. We asked her about her goals in life, and she literally didnt have any. That was really sad. We shared with her goals we had for our lives, and asked her again. She still didnt have any. We asked her what kinds of things she liked to do, and she finally opened up a little bit. She loves kids and would like to work with them (she is really good with her cute nephews), and she also likes to draw. We helped her set goals, then asked her if she was happy. She thought for a minute, then shrugged and said yes. We asked her again and she said yes. Then we explained to her what she could have in life. I learn sooo much about Christ and the blessings of the gospel when I teach people. When I meet people like Ana, I realized how lucky I was to grow up with such a strong foundation in my life. We told her how her future family can be, the things she can learn in young womens, and that she can have friends with good morals! She seemed really interested and agreed to go to Young Womens the next day. She promises to do things a lot, and many times decides not to, so when we went to pick her up Wednesday night, I was more than suprised that she was ready to go. The Young Women did an AMAZING JOB of welcoming her, and the next day when I talked to the YW President, she said that Ana was going to their temple trip on Saturday! We visited Ana again on Friday, and she was so different. She was smiling, and excited to show us pictures she had taken with the girls at YW. Her face was different too, not only that she was smiling, but she had a spark in her eyes! (i know that sounds so clique, but its the truth!) there was something different about her and I know that spirit was working in her. She told us that she was going to the temple the next morning too and couldnt wait. The next day was saturday, and at about 6:3o we passed by the church to use the bathroom. The elders had a baptism so we peaked in the room and saw Ana with one of the YW at the baptism! We decided to stay for the baptism and talked to Ana after. She LOVED the temple (she could only be outside, but she loved it!) She showed us a bunch of pictures she took infront of it, and the flowers, and pictures with sister missonaries that serve at the temple once a week. She liked the baptism too. Ana is way different than she was a week ago. I know the influence of the spirit, young women in the ward, and the temple are all helping her realize her potential in life, and I am so excited to be part of her experience! 

We had lunch with a lady named Hna. Iris on Wednesday, shes a memeber of our ward. She sells food in the street, so we ate with her there. She told us her husband isnt a member and wants nothing to do with the missionaries. She said she had tried several times to invite them over to talk with her husband, but he is always really rude to them and walks away. This made me a little afraid to talk to her husband if I ever met him, but at the same time, I was totally up for the challenge of teaching him. We were sitting there chatting, when all the sudden her husband walked up. He cheerfully said hello and we introduced ourselves and started talking to him, he was really happy to meet us! We asked if we could come by Monday night for a family home evening and we said yes!! 
What..After he left, we were a little confused, and so was his wife. Tonight we are going to their house, pray for us!

Other miracles, a family we have been teaching came to church on Sunday:)
I love my zone

A missionary couple visited our ward and brought peanut butter for me and elder keller (cause we are white haha). I LOVE PEANUT BUTTER MORE THAN EVER HERE!

Clean puppies are a gift from God.  Finally one I could Kiss!

I feel like Kim Kardashian, and everyone else id Chloe and Courtney.
This is the typical Guatemalan attire.

This is typical for the height difference.

My Hair is getting wavy, Look!

The mission is great. Id rather be dying of heat here then on the TWO WEEK CRUISE! thanks guys.

oh  yeah i have a foot fungis.. GROSS 

Love, hna Terry