Elder Cooper Tyler Hanson serving in the Guatemala City Central Mission
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Welcome to SIPACATE!
November 20, 2012 Alright here we go!!! My first area is in the zone Santa lucia and my first area is called Sipacate. It's about as close to the coast as you can get. It's so freaking hot and I'm literally dying out here. It's really hard and frustrating this first week. It's really hard to understand anything besides the gospel. I am happy to be out in the field but it's so hard and discouraging sometimes. I'm trying to stay really really positive out here.
One of the things that is really hard is that there is nowhere in my area to send letters or packages and i'm hardly going to ever get any mail. I'm going to be with my first companion for 14 weeks. Luckily he is a freaking STUD!! Elder Diaz from Honduras and doesn't speak a lick of english. I know i'm supposed to be with him because i already love him to death.
One thing that i have to let you all know is that it is a mission rule that i can't email anyone but family. So you're going to need to get the address of Natalie and forward her these all the her. Unedited please haha. That's been hard for me to take but i know i will be blessed by being obedient. Please write me and i will respond when i can. I will try and send pictures from time to time.
Our area is about a 10 minute car ride from the coast and is took us 4 hours in bus to get there the first day. There literally is nothing in this place but it's all good. We teach about 5 or 6 lessons a day. But don't have a lot of success with progressing investigators. I had my first baptism this sunday and that was an awesome expierence. It was a lady named Maribel Carrera. She is going to be a great member no doubt. We have only a tiny branch in this area of maybe 30 members. But i promise it will grow!!!
Our house isn't the greatest thing in the world but it is better than the mud huts that we normally teach in. It's so DANG HOT HERE. Now i really know hat melt your face off hot means. Haha but when i get to work and am working hard, i don't really notice. Yesterday i challenged my first investigator in the field to baptism! What an amazing feeling!!
I am trying to be exactly obedient and always follow the rules. There are some that i don't agree with but i know that i will be blessed for living them. Exact obedience brings forth miracles!!!!
I tried to send the package for Christmas when we were in the city but the lady saw that i was white and told me is costed 435 quets per poud hahahaha no way lady!! So that will come when i can get it sent out. Maybe next week when we get to go to the Capital.
It's hard but I'm hanging in there. I'm really learning the real way to pray. I love you guys so much and i just want you to know that. Let the kids know that i'm praying for them always and tell them to be good and obedient. Thank you so much for all the support and all the prayers for me. I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!