Week 26 – More from Guatemala and a third of the way done!!

Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 10:53:15 -0600
From: alyssae@myldsmail.net

Oh my dear friends another week with bad electricity and problems with water is done. Oh how the time flies!

Well this week was so good let me tell you. We were told on Sunday that our mission President and his wife were going to be coming out here last Sunday night and that we had to prepare for them to come. This was big news people, I do not think that you understand, our President never comes out to Puerto Barrios because it is the farthest area out of the capital that you can get in my misison. My comp and I were put in charge of finding a restuarant. So we went out searching and found this beautiful restaurant on the ocean and the people that own it were so kind. They told us that we usually would have to pay up front but there was something different about us and they trusted us. Honestly I think it is the name tag, it can get us whatever we want and the fact that I am white…. that helps a lot too.

Our Zone Conference was sooooo good. I love to learn from my President I know that he is an inspired man. We started off by just having a conference for the sisters and we learned about safety and things like that. And then everyone joined together and it was so good. There is a lot of power when a group of missionaries are together.

So I do not know if you all remember my BFF Hermana Arjelia, well she works at a Pet shop and she sells animals. She has been doing really well lately selling animals, so I decided that I wanted to help her sell animals. So when I am in the streets of Guatemala I look for animals that I can bring her to sale. Well my little business venture with her has turned into a really great way of contacting people in the streets. One night I found a pregnant cat and I thought that it would be awesome to give Hermana Arjelia because she could have like 8 cats to sale….. What a deal! Well I get this cat to start following me and this woman says, “You found my cat, thank you.” I was pretty bummed but then I decided to talk with her. I talked to her about churchy things and then she took her cat and that was that. Another night I found another pregnant cat and the same thing happened. I keep telling Hermana Arjelia that I will bring her a cat and she doesn’t beleive me…. she thinks I am joking….. one day I will prevail!

Well this week I will be celebrating 6 months in Guate, that is right – you guys have been missing me for 6 months…. I can hardly beleive it. But do not be too sad because you can celebrate Thanksgiving and eat tons of good food and I will be eating corn tortillas, eggs, and beans…. which I feel like that is more like what the Native Americans were eating so really, I think I am the more authentic of the group. But I do hope that you eat sooo much yummy food and are so thankful for all that you have. I definitely am grateful for this opportunity to serve a mission. At times it is rough, at times I eat monkey uterus and other times I get chased by dogs and other times bit by a rat….. but I have seen miracles. I love it here. I love my Guates a whole lot. And I love you guys too (duh). I hope that you all have a wonderful week! And remember to be thankful!

Con Amor
Hermana Edwards

Week 25 from Guate

Hello all you good people out there!!!!!!

Well we have completed another good week in beautiful Guate! This week was nuts, I really beleive that before anything good happens a huge storm has to hit. This past week we had a wedding and a baptism, so the whole week was preparing for that. Last Tuesday we went and visited this couple and they told us that they could not go through with it because the mom of the girl, who is a member, living illegally in the United States wants to be at the wedding….. now stop right there…. are you kdding me. I seriously sat in that little house and almost started to cry…. okay I did cry let us be honest here. I was so upset. They asked us what they should do and I do not think that I have ever been so direct with anyone in my life. I told them that they are very aware of the commandments of God and the commandments that they are breaking. They have 2 choices that they can make and it is entirely up to them. And then my comp piped in and told them if they make the wrong decision they are going to the infierno…..so….. That was a rough night. We went home that night and prayed and pleaded that these kids would make the right decision. The next morning we get a call from them and they decided that they wanted to go through with it all. And I am really gratefulbecause we bought a cake and how awful would that be to not have a use for that cake.

But in reality I am so thankful for these kids. The sweet girl who got baptized is so sweet and so tender. After she changed into her baptism clothes she told me that she feels like an angel. I was so excited to see that girl get dumped in the water….. I cried again…. clearly. But what an experience. This whole mission thing is just an emotional wreck.

But as for other news the life of the Sister missionaries in Puerto Barrios has been a hot mess! It seems like we have been hit with problem after problem but this last week tops it all. One of the sisters got really bad gripe which is a cold. The mission nurse told her that she had to go to the doctor because she was nervous because they have an investigator with teburculosis (yeah that still exists). So that trio of sisters went to the hospital were one of them was admitted in because they were afraid she had teberculosis. So if one sister gets admitted they are all admitted. Well they finally got word that they can leave yesterday so they were brought the bill and it was 6,000 quetzales and they had to pay it all or they could not leave. These sweet sisters are 6 hours out of the capital and our sweet mission President cannot do anything….. but good thing our branch president came and saved the day. Welcome to Guatemala everybody… where you can get held hostage in a hospital….. oh and remember that this is all happening in Spanish

This week has been quite an adventure. I have spent some good time in the streets talking to people. We are having a rough time finding new investigators so I decided that I would talk to every one. What a blessing it was. Sometimes I look like such a fool though because I get impresisons to talk with certain people after I have walked past them, or have crossed the street, or after they have past me, so I end up turning around or running after them. But it works. There was this one woman that I had the impression to run after. I started talking to her and was about to give her a Restoration pamphlet when I decided the Plan of Salvation would be better. Well little did I know that her son was killed just a week ago. I know that we all have a purpose and sometimes it is just there to comfort people. WHat a blessing it is to be a missionary. I know that I would not be able to do this without the help of our Heavenly Father.

Well that is all the news for this week. Oh and there were kittens born during one of my lessons…. I think that sums it up! I hope all is well wherever you may be. I love you all!

Week 24 from Puerto Barrios

Hermana Edwards is doing great and on a side note from her today I found out that the rat and bird from last weeks letter were pets of one of the members in her ward. She said that both of the bites are healing well. Now we just have to worry about her new neighbors and not the critters that she comes across.

Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:35:44 -0600

Well at last we meet again at the start of another week in Puerto Barrios. This past week has been exhausting but so good. So I guess we shall start at the very beginning, thats a very good place to start.

This week we have focused a lot on service. It all started Tuesday. We were running late to a lesson so we had to take a taxi, now I do not want to say taxi and have everyone thinking that I am living the high life, because it is about as good as a taxi in Guate can get. And the sweet man that drove us would not let us pay because he did not want to take money from servants of God…. now if everyone coul,d have this mindset my life would be set. It was so very kind of him. The next day we were running home because it was 9 and we had to be in our house, but I saw this sweet old woman that we talked to last week starting to walk home. I could not have this little abuelita walk home, so I ran across the street and told her I was going to get her a taxi. She was so thankful, so we waited and waited for a taxi and one finally came. I asked the man how much it would be and he said 10 quetzals…. Are you kidding me…. rip off just because I am white. Now this sweet little abuela is so sassy and said she did not want to go with him so we waited for another one and one finally came. I talked to the man and told him what we needed and he said he could bring her home. When I tried to pay him he would not let me because he said if I wanted to serve he could serve too. I am so grateful for such wonderful people that really care about others, what a blessing that is.

Remember how I live in a hotel, well we have been getting more and more neighbors. This place is hoppin. But we are getting a lot of 20 year old men moving in. It is kind of weird, but a few days ago I went out to wash my dishes in the pila (a pila is like a dishwasher…. but you use your hands) and I was about to go back inside and this guy stopped me and started to talk to me. I told him good night and then he asked me if I was busy and I said I had to make dinner. He then told me he was going to the bar across the street if I wanted to go…… First time I have ever been invited to a bar. I felt pretty hard core but then I decided…. better not.

Also this week we have been preparing for a baptism. The baptism is this Friday and it as been so much work but thats okay no one said baptisms were easy. With this baptism we have to have a wedding, I guess there is this thing called the Law of Chastity so we need to have a wedding first. And that is right folks I have now planned my first Guatemalan wedding. I think I am prepared to plan my own now but its fine. Nonetheless I am really excited for this baptism this week and excited that I do not have changes. I get to spend Christmas on the beach! Holler back!!!!

This week literally has kicked my trash, I have never been so tired but it is worth it. I love the work. I love Puerto Barrios, I have had 6 weeks here but it is crazy the different things you can learn depending on your area, My first area I learned words like gangs, gun, and shootings, and this area I have learned words like hammock, beach and relax. I love the obra misional and what an honor it is to finally be a missionary. There are some very special people here that mean a whole lot to me. I am grateful for all of you that read this, and I am sorry for my awful grammar… but I figure it is okay because I have been living in Guate for a few months. I hope all is happy in your lives! Thank you for the support and love! I love you all. Peace and Blessings!

Con Amor
Hermana Edwards

Rat Bite……. Oh no! Week 23

Hola good people of the world. Another week down here in the boondocks of Guatemala.

Well first things first. I am such a numbskull and I forgot to say HAPPY NEVADA DAY to all of you Nevadans and non-Nevadans, I am the worst Nevadan in the world and I apologize for that but home means Nevada to me. So please forgive me for my lack of Nevada Pride.

Now on to the business of the week. Well of you cute kids probably in some way or another celebrated Halloween this past week. Pues (so) here in Guatemala we do not really celebrate that, but on November 1 we do celebrate Dia de los Muertos. Yeah that is right we celebrate the dead. And being a Guatemalan now you had better to believe that I joined in the festivities. SO we headed out to the cemetary and it was crazy…. like literally crazy. The streets were packed, just people everywhere. In the cemetery people were selling food and treats and painting the tombs and sitting on top of their dead ancestors and eating lunch. My favorite part is how they leave food for their dead to eat that night once everybody leaves. I have got some pretty good ideas of what I am going to when all my family is dead. I am just going to leave plates of jello and casserole everywhere. I mean I do not want to sound morbid but your grave sites are going to look awesome so do not even fret.

Well this past week we had interviews with the President and his wife. So, we had to travel about 2 hours out of Puerto barrios to meet them. Interviews were good, Sister Watts just talked about how cute my mom is and I was like I know, she birthed me. And then President told me that I was a blessing in the mission and I said I know that is what I have been trying to tell everyone here. All in all they were so good and it just gave me the motivation to work a little harder. And with that motivation we went out the next morning and knocked on doors, but in Spanish the word for knock is actually translates to touch so we touched doors for hours. And we got rejected so many times I am talking like 98 percent but it was worth it because we have a new investigator. This man his name is Alan. We only found him because I wanted to help this little lady get to church. I do not know how appropriate it was for a Mormon misisonary to walk a lady to a Catholic church but when I did this man got out of his car and came over and started to talk to me. He asked me who I was and what was my purpose. Later he said he wanted to learn more and that we can eat for free at his restaurant…. I would call that a deal my friends.

This week really has been so good. Little weird things have happend like – I got bit by a rat and a bird on the same finger and the other Hermanas that I work with here have to go get tested for Tuberculosis but that is okay…. I think. We got to watch the broadcast last night. If any of you are not aware LDV of USU sang in the broadcast. I saw so many of my friends and felt a little homesick, but then I told myself to get over it because I have got some time to serve. But it was amazing because I was able to bring an investigator and a menos activo that does not want anything to do with the church to listen to the words of the leaders of the church. I was just so impressed that I could be watching this in an area that most of the time we do not have power or paved roads at the same time as my family and friends. The Church must be true.

As always I am so grateful to be here. What a blessing it is. This place and this mission is changing me, my heart is a little softer and my skin is a little blacker. Thank you for your support and I hope that you are all doing well. I love you all more than I love biting rats and birds! Have a good week yall!

Con Amor