Are you allowed to go into the city and check it out? Dad there is no such thing as Checking it out in this mission hahahaha We work so hard all the time and never have free time. On P day we go to shop in the city and then go back to work!! Do all the office elders belong to your zone? Yeah they are all in our zone. We have a lot of contact with the AP's and that is good. Where does President Brough live? He lives in zona 9 and that's where the office is. It's in the south mission. Who are your DL's and zonie's? My district leader is a freaking stud. I've got a story later about him. Elder Grigg from Idaho and Elder Santos from Honduras are my Zone leaders Both studs. How many months does Castro have? He has 3 months. FRESH MEAT LOL How much teaching are you doing? We went HARRRRRDDDDDD this week and had 70 lessons hahaha. I will work to see miracles. It's the only way. Who are your investigators? Right now we have Milton, Iris, Ericka and nancy, Andrea and Karen, Elias. And I think that's about it for right now Are you getting to know the cap a little bit? No not really but it's awesome that I found peanut butter... Do you have warm water? NOPE and It's FREEEEEZING cold here compared to the coast. How is your meal situation? GREAT! I love eggs and tortillas and our cocinera is amazing. Do you live with other elders? Nope Do you live in your area or bus to it? We live right in it.
1. Describe your apartment. Maybe even send some pics.... It's super small but is way nicer that the one that I had in Sipa Flow.
2. Describe your companion. A pic would be nice
3. Do you have a cook? How is she? SHE IS AMAZING. The food is so good
4. Do you have a maid? Like a maid to wash the clothes? yeah. It's the lady that cooks too!
This week was CRAZYYYYY!!!!!! I've just been super determined to work really hard and leave the rest up the the Lord. I'm just trying to do all I can do and leave the rest in the Lord's hands. If I do that, I'll continue to see miracles here.
We had a baptism this week again and that was awesome yet again. I am amazed by the fact that the feelings in a baptism never change. You always feel just straight amazing. This kids name is Erick and he is the biggest stud ever. He's 12 years old and just always goes super hard. His Spirit is amazing and he always is happy and when we found him, he was just ready to hear this gospel. Now we are working with the whole family! One side note that I wanted to add for my boi Ben Haacke, Our convert that was baptized this last week, came to church representing a tall T of my boi Biggie Smalls....hahahaha Only in Guatemala.
I'm really trying to learn to follow the Spirit. It's something that I really have never gotten used to doind and it's something that as a missionary, we need to learn how to do. That's something that I really am going to focus on this week and the next little bit.
I love this area even though I just kill myself every day working here and literally running up and down huge hills all day. There are so many strong members here that love to help up and it is just so nice to be able to actually have a good support system.
My companion is doing good. At least he likes to work hard. We are really working well together right now and I'm super thankful for him and his good attitude.
It's crazy to think that the kids are almost out of school and are going into summer break already. I feel like the time is going by so dang fast! It's nice but at the same time it's weird to think about. Soon enough I'll have a year in the mission and then I'll be home. I don't really like to think about it haha.
My district leader is named Elder Hansen haha and he's from Idaho and has a little more than a year in the mission and is a total stud. We were in church (there are 4 companionships in the ward of missionaries) and he took my plaque and saw that on the back I had the Gabe stickers. He asked me what they were for and I told him about all of it. He then told me that he lost his sister like 7 years ago and his older brother about 10 years ago. It's weird when we find someone that has been through what we've been though because they actually understand what's going on for us. He just looked at me and smiled and told me ''We know where they are dude.'' It's cool how our Heavenly Father puts these people in our paths in the life.
I'm happy to be here and even though I'm a little bit cold and a little bit sick, I'm loving it. Keep praying for my investigators! We need some miracles! Super blessed to be here in this country serving my Lord. I love you all so much! Have a great week! LOLOLOL :/
Well this week was CRAZY!!!!! Hahaha I am just realizing how super blessed I am to be in this new area. It's going to be really awesome to be able to serve here and we're looking at having a ton of success. We have a lot of help from the members and we're in a huge ward and it was so cool to go to church this sunday and see actual families going to church together and to see people that actually have amazing testimonies of this gospel. The only this that is going to be hard to get adjusted to is walking in this area. In sipa, everything was super flat and here everything is hilly. The whole city is on a hill. My legs are absolutely thrashed.
I got the package that you guys sent me that had the razors and all that stuff and the jacket in it. LOVE IT. Boom ready to kill it out here in the cold and always strapped ready to go hard. I'm lovin the frooties too. That really hit the spot. Maybe next time you could hit me up with more lolol. I need contact solution because I'm running out. Send me some when you can. I should get packages a little quicker being where I am.
Sad news today, I found out that Elder Brand, My comp in the MTC, went home about 3 months ago or something. I just barely heard about it and that made me so dang sad.
Speaking of companions, my new comp is named Elder Castro from Peru and it's really nice now because he actually wants to work and is ready to be a missionary. He is fresh and newer so it is cool to be able to work with someeone that actually wants to work haha. He's super interesting but it is nice to be with him and I know we're going to have success.
To answer your question about the excercise mom, I normally just go hard with some hard stretches and then I move on to a hard P90X ab workout, then I go to the arms and just kill it there. It is super awesome to just be able to work out with pure body weight and not have weights to lift.
I'm having a good time and have been doing a lot better since that letter that I sent back in April. Lovin life and can't really complain about walking into an area to a baptism that I hardly had to do anything to have. We baptized a jovensito that is 17 years old and is super pilas! First baptism in about 2 and a half months and super grateful. I love you all and I am so thankful for the support always. LOVE
Love, Elder HAnson
P.S. I'm in a city in the capital in Zona 10 named El Carmen in the Zone Villa Hermosa.....!!!!!!!!! :/ :)
Mom I wrote you a letter and I wrote Jarom a letter too and just stuck it in there with yours. Make sure it gets to him! Maybe after he leaves hahah. And If you guys could, sene me cody sorenson's email! I'd love to talk to him!
Well here's the big news..... I'm out of Sipacate tomorrow!!! I'ts gonna be super weird to leave this place haha. It feels like I'm leaving home again and I have no idea what to expect!! I'm a little bit nervous because I have no idea what the heck is going to happen but I know that The Lord has a plan for be and I know that He knows where I need to be. I'm excited for this new challenge and to be able to meet new people. I have really grown to love everyone in Sipa and it has been really amazing to be there for a good amount of time.
This week was so dang solid!! I hadn't seen my convert Gloria for a while and that was killing me because she left and had to go to the city for a while and I didn't know if I was going to see her before I left or not and so I was a little sad. Her daughter (another convert of mine) called her to see if she was going to come down to see me before I left and she said she was going to try to get down here to see me but it wasn't for sure. I had splits on tuesday and had to go to another area with another missionary for a day and that was solid and fun. So I got back to the area and didn't know what was going down that next day, my companion told me that we didn't really have anything to do so we were going to see what we could figure out. Then the other members told me that Gloria wasn't going to be able to make it before I had to go and that made me really sad haha. So my companion took me to the house where Gloria lived and we went to visit there family and see how they were and I was like okay whatever haha. So we walked into the house and there Gloria was sitting there in her hammock and I just was so happy haha. I just immediatly filled up with the Spirit because that's just how it is when I see her. It was an awesome surprise to see her haha. That was one of the better things that happened this week!! LOVED IT!!!!
Then we capped off a solid week with the call to my mom!!! The calls in the mission are weird because you talk about hardly anything for a little while and then hang up and you think about it after and it doesn't even feel like it happened. I'm just happy that I don't get homesick haha.
I don't really have much to write right now but this coming wee should be interesting with the change and all that stuff. I love you all and am so thankful for all the prayers that are going out on my behalf.
COOP LION IS IN THE HOUSE! Hahahah It's because when Snoop Dogg came out with his regae album he changed his name to Snoop Lion for some stupid reason haha and then the guys at work just always called me Coop Lion. I miss those guys! All studs.
1. Will you give me a day in your life? I'll answer that a little bit later.
2. Can you Skype with us on Mother's day? No, it's a rule in our mission that we can't do that. I don't know why but we just can't. Another reason is within 3 hours, I don't know where we could find one hahahah.
Every day is almost the same! I wake up at 6 28. I'ts a rule that if we wake up at 6 30 or later, we already sinned at we have to call President Brough to tell him what's up. Then I take my daily 6 30 trip to the bathroom and at about 6 40 I start my exercise for a half hour. After that, we get ready for the day and we eat and shower (90% of the time with cold bucket water hahaha) and then we get ready to study at 8. If we start even one minute later than than 8, we have to call President. We have one hour of personal study and then at 9 we havve comp study. After we study the language for an hour. At 11 we leave for 2 hours to visit and look for lessons to teach and contact people and then we go to eat lunch at 1 with the lady that cooks (tries to cook) for us. After that we leave and visit until 9. We enter the house at 9 and the latest that we can get into the house in 9 30 and if we come in any later than 9 30, we have to call President. We then have a half hour of planning to plan for the day coming up and then I eat some bread with my Choco Panda, write in my journal, Shower and get ready for bed! At about 10 29 lights out and I'm there praying! That's a day of a missionary in the Guatemala City Central Mission. Si no esta trabajando asi, es puro chambon! Esta mision es una mision real hombre!!!! hajahaha But yeah it's good. We have Standards that we have to complete every single day. We have to talk to at least 35 people and try to share a little message and get their address to be able to visit them. I've heard of other missions that have standards of contacts but up to like 20 and no more. We have to have at least 4 lessons every day. When we go in busses, we stand up in the front and present ourselves and then we go and talk to everyone in the bus to see if they want us to visit them! That's pretty much it baby!!!!
This week has been a little frustrating because LITERALLY EVERYONE that we had, dropped us. We have literally nothing going for us right now. The members are going crazy too haha fighting with each other and all that stuff. I'm a little bit sad to be leaving here with it like that. I've been frustrated because I haven't been baptizing, but I have been working so dang hard. Like ridiculously hard every single day and I am not seeing any baptisms or anything close. I opened my scriptures this weeek and read the best scripture ever in Alma 8 15. Go read it! I am realizing that my success doesn't depend on how many baptisms that I am, But it depends on how I work and how I keep the commandments of the mission. I know that I will be blessed. How many baptisms did Abinadi have? 0! But what he did was so amazing that we still talk about it today and Alma went on to do a lot of amazing things because of Abinadi's testimony. I'm happy to be here reaping the fruits of the seed that Abinadi planted 2100 years ago in this area of the world. I love the be My Lord's servant and be out here learning so much about myself and everything else!
I love you guys so much!! I'm so thankful for everything that you do for me and you are always in my prayers. So stoked to talk to my mama on Mama's day. Love my Mama.