December 29, 2014

Man, Its Monday again. Crazy.

This past week was a weird one. Monday thru Thursday were pretty much workless days and we got very little done… just a ton of meals while all my investigators were getting drunk.

We had plans to baptize on Sunday, but the investigator got hammered and now doesn’t want to talk to us anymore. I assume she doesn’t get baptized while I am here which is kind of frustrating.

Everyone got drunk. Even this 11 year old kid that went to church with us last week. We found him drunk on Christmas. What the heck?

Today I’m pretty pumped because we’re going to Tazumal. It’s a Mayan ruins that is in the boundaries of the mission. It’s usually closed on Mondays, but it’s open today and so the entire mission has been invited to visit. Should be pretty sweet there.

I had some really cool missionary experiences yesterday. President Cordon once said that the payment of a missionary is to see a changed person. Well, yesterday was one of those days. Yesterday morning waiting for investigators to show up to church, an inactive member in a white shirt comes close. He had gotten drunk with the sealed-husband of the Relief Society President on Christmas eve, and was now coming to church for the first time in 25 years since he was baptized. He had married his wife who was baptized right after about 2 months ago, but hadn’t ever gone to church with her. This time he was alone. He comes close enough to where we recognize each other. He salutes me and walks through the church gates. I go up to him and give him a little hug and pat on the back and we walk towards the door of the church together. He takes a pause before passing through the door and begins to softly cry. It was a really cool experience for me. I haven’t visited him a lot, but i could feel the love that our Savior has for him. We often hear the story about the Lost Sheep that the Savior looks for, even though the other 99 are present, but I was one of the rare people who was able to see this Lost Sheep be found and find his way back onto the path.

I know the church is true, and for that, many people attack us as missionaries and as members. The Catholic and Evangelical churches in Pushtan have teamed up against us saying that every church is good except for the Mormon Church. Sometimes we don’t understand why we need to do certain things, but we do them because we know it is the right thing to do. Every organization, ordinance, and belief in the church is there for a reason. We need to take advantage of all the blessings and opportunities the Lord has presented us as members of His church, because if we don’t, we become one of the Lost Sheep like in the story.

I’m excited to be able to serve the people here in this area 1 more week and then help find more Lost Sheep in my next area.

Elder Slack

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December 22, 2014

Hey! It’s Christmas this week! Whoo! That means you get to see my beautiful face. Fun fact. I have to shave every other day now.

This is gonna be a quick little letter.
Last week I ate a weird looking pumpkin, chicken feet, and some more rice. They eat tons of rice here.
On Thursday we had a cool little activity in the park and sang hymns for the people and it was pretty cool. we snagged 49 references but none of them were for my area. I visit in these little almost inhabited places called cantones.
We were finally able to get a little more out of this slump by bringing 6 people to church. 5 of them were news and 3 of them went to the primary. Hahah. Who cares, it counts.
This morning we were able to go to some waterfalls!! im not going to send a ton of pics today because i don’t have a lot more time, but it was quite a hike. i was really tired and regretted going in jeans. We got some really cool pictures though. I will send a couple.
Tomorrow is our Christmas activity for the mission. who knows what we’re going to do.
My comp had to leave with another missionary last week early in the morning to go drop off some stuff in a different city. He wakes me up at 430 and asks if he can turn on the the lights. Haha nooo! Are you serious?
I heard another cool song by some singer named Sam Smith. No idea who it is, but it was really good. I like his music.
Jehovah’s Witness doesn’t celebrate Christmas.
That’s pretty much it, I’m trying to hurry up and finish quick, but we’ll talk on Thursday!
Elder Slack

December 15, 2014

Hey!

I’ve gotta start out with a lesson we had last Monday night. So this inactive lady we have been visiting is crazy. Her daughter is married and sealed to the 2nd counselor in the bishopric, but she doesn’t understand anything about.. well, anything. She claims that God understands her living situations which permits her to work Sunday and break the commandment of the Day of Rest. She says God knows her heart and that allows her to do what she wants without consequence. Well, one thing lead to another and we began talking about her family. She then says one of the weirdest things i have heard in my 16 months here on the mission… she says yeah, the thing is that my mother-in-law is also my daughter. Haha, wait, what? She begins talking about the reincarnation. ”No one has told me it is true, but I know it is. My mother-in-law was dying and my daughter started crying and began breathing heavily… like this (hyperventilate) …. and that’s when the spirit of my mother-in-law entered my daughter. And do you know why? Because when we repent, God gives us a second chance at life because he is merciful. God is loving. My mother-in-law repented and now has another chance at life.. as my daughter.”

This week was pretty crazy. I was on divisions practically all week. On Wednesday I went to know the investigators of my zone leaders and then on Thursday I went to get to know the investigators of another companionship in the district. Friday we went to Santa Ana for a multi zone and then Saturday I went back to the area of the zone leaders to work.

I feel like it was a pretty good week, but really tiring.

We didnt end up having a baptism this past weekend like we had planned because Marta Elisabeth ended up having to help a member prepare a lunch and wasnt able to go to church. She’s all interviewed and set to go for this Sunday.

We weren’t able to put any dates either which is kind of frustrating, but we’ll have some more soon. Yesterday we had a few people committed that didnt go to church, one because her husband who went missing as of about 2 months ago, was visited by the police who are still looking for his body. She and her daughter should have baptism dates on Sunday.

I feel like we have left that little slump we were in, now it’s just a matter of getting more and more people into church.

All is good here and it still feels nothing like Christmas haha. Last year’s Christmas seemed more.. Christmasy. I’ve bought a few gifts, a tree, candy, lights, etc and it still doesnt feel like it. Kind of weird I’ll be calling home again next week, seems like i just did it a couple months ago.

Enjoying the mission, just trying to save souls.

Elder Slack