Visit to Orphanage and Recorder Musicians

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Feliz Navidad!

Well here we are again on this beautiful CHristmas week.

This week has been such a blessing seriously. It definitely has not felt like Christmas in the states but we have gotten to do some pretty cool things.

First off the tamale festivities are on a roll. I love tamales and I hope that you all take yourselves to Cafe Rio and buy one of those and have a little piece of Guatemalan Navidad. I guarantee you they will not be as good but take one for the team, in the name of Christmas spirit.

Also last week we had a zone conference….. but we are kind of the orphans of the mission so they put us with another zone…. but that is okay. We got to travel to another place in Guate. We were up at 3 in the morning to get on a bus and take a 5 hour bus ride through a flood. It was fun nonetheless and I just talked with my homies on the bus. This zone conference was pretty special, we first went to an old folks home and hung out with them. I thought old people were fun in the states….. they are definitely better in Spanish. After that we had a lovely lunch and watched that new movie about planes by Disney. We had a short meeting and then we got CHristmas presents and part of the Christmas present came from some of my sweet family. I was not expecting it and when I read the little note that said who it was from I just cried. A lot of these misioneros are not going to get anything from their families for Christmas so to have some one thinking about them is really just special.

The rest of the week was normal but we did have our CHristmas activity on Saturday. There was 130 people there. That is crazy considering it is so difficult to get 80 people in the church on Sunday. It was so much fun. The other gringa and I played a duet on recorders….. yeah I am learning to play the recorder….. it was pretty impressive. The next day in church was fun too. Our President of our rama spoke and in the middle of his talk he had everyone stand up and give each other hugs. That went on for a good 5 minutes. When he wanted to finish his talk he could not because no one wanted to sit down again. Only in Guate my friends…. only in GUate.

Now my favorite part of the week happened today just hours ago. We had the opportunity to go to an orphanage and bring presents for the sweet kids that are there. We were waiting in front of the main part of this orphanage and this little girl walked straight up to me and just hugged me and did not saya word, she just hugged me. And from her it grew to more and more little girls that were hugging me and twirling and dancing with me. But that first one melted my heart. We gave all the kids their presents and we played with them. After an hour or so we had to get going because it was time for them to have lunch. I stood up after having these little kids tackle me and this one little girl looked at me and asked me not to go because she did not want to lose a friend….. you know I got teary eyed… puh-lease. I went in to get my things and the little girl climbed on my back and said I am leaving with you and I wanted to take her so bad and bring her to my house and teach her English and then take her to the states with me….. but my mom told me a could not….. It really was such a sweet experience. I love those sweet children and they were so grateful for the gifts. I know some of you reading this sent some of the gifts and I want to thank you, thank you so much, it means a lot to this gringa and those sweet children.

Honestly this Christmas has been a lot different, it has been so blazing hot for one thing and has been in Spanish, but I am so grateful for this experience. Honestly you can learn a lot about the true spirit of CHristmas when you are living with people that have nothing. I have never been surrounded by such wonderful people. I am grateful for them, I am grateful to be a missionary and to give just a little bit of what I have for my Savior that gave me everything. I hope that you all have had such a wonderful Christmas season and I know that this week will be even more wonderful when you all are with your families. What a blessing that is. I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas or in other words Feliz Navidad. I love you all so much and hope that you can all remember the life of our sweet Savior at this time! FELIZ NAVIDAD and happy tamale eating!

Con Amor

Week 29 – primary program and other fun things

Hello everybody!!!!

Well another adventurous week is done. Man that one flew by….. how nuts. But it was such a good week let me tell you a little bit of what happened.

First off last week started off great when we went to the ruins again and played futbol Americano (that is soccer Americanized) at the cite of the ruins. Now if you start a week off like that it cannot be bad right?

Well this week there was transfers and I did not get moved because I am going to finish off my comp right now next Febrero so we were not expecting anything. But our Zone did get another set of Sisters and they stayed at our house for a few days. Now when I say house I mean the smallest apartment ever. 4 girls in one apartment hot mess but so much fun. Anyways we sent them off to their area on Saturday. But it was fun having some more Sisters for a little bit.

Also this past weekend I got to do some missionary work solo…. well kind of. My comp hit her knee on something some day during this past week and she thinks she is dying so I told her on Saturday that if she didn’t want to work I would leave her with a member and I would find some one else. So I did…. ain’t nobody goin’ to tell me what to do! So Saturday and Sunday I found other comps and went out and spoke Spanish.

But my favorite day this past week (and usually every week) was Sunday. We had the Primary Program and guess who got to fulfil their life long dream of being the primary program conductor…. thats right this kid right here did so in Spanish. It honestly was one of the sweetest programs that I ever saw, I loved it. They sang so loud and with all of their heart and they all had their parts memorized. I love these children so much, there is something so special about children, I guess that is why we are asked to become like them. They are so innocent and pure and I love them! And do not fret I will send a picture.

Well honestly this week was not too eventful just more fireworks and tamales. But tomorrow we do get to do a service project at an old folks home and I love old people so I am thrilled! But we have to leave at 4 in the morning….. that part I am not so thrilled….. but it is like 2 p days in a row, so I am thrilled for that too! Anyways, I am so grateful for the opportunity to be here. I am grateful for the opportunity to celebrate Christmas in such a humble country and to share the sweet message of our Savior at this time. I love you all dearly and hope that you have a blessed week.

Con AMor
Hermana Edwards

Week 27 in Puerto Barrios

HOLA MUNDO!!!

No se precupen estoy acqui ahora! HOLLER!!!

First off a big shot out to my baby girl Makenzie Noel….. she doesnt really write me…. but I still love her….. But anyways FELIZ CUMPLEANOS!!!!

Well with the Christmas season in full throttle these days we had a weird transfers conference…. I do not know if that makes sense or not….. but anyways this change was only 4 weeks instead of 6. So we got the call last night and me and my comp are together for another 8 weeks now and at the end of this 8 weeks I will be “killing her” as they say because she will be finishing up her misión. But I feel like that is fine because mind you good people I am now living illegally here in Guate…. Thats right I am ilegal…. never thought that day would come, but it has. Now with this adrenaline of being illegal I did my first criminal act. Escuchame.

So we have got two sets of keys, my comp has the keys for our house and I have the keys for the house of the other sisters. Well just a couple of days ago my comp and I left the house and as soon as the door shut she said “a la gran” meaning AHHHH SHOOOOOOOT! And I said did you forget your bug spray. No….. she forgot the keys. Well I feel like in most apartments the land lady will have keys, so we went to talk to her and she said there is one key for every house….. but you can break in through the window. And I said , lets do it! So we went back upstairs and we depaneled our window and I climbed through the window like a bandit in the day. But it makes me kind of nervous that if I can break into my house being as White as I aml….. a pro bandit here can probably do it a lot easier…… but I am not scared…….

Other happenings from this week included Devil DAY……. WAHHOOOO! It honestly was kind of bizarre, everyone had these devil piñatas that had Fireworks in them and were setting them on fire. We just hung out in the chapel because it just sounded like something that we should not be walking in the streets during. Well it definitely sounded like everyone was having just a dandy good time, but whatever I enjoyed my time in the capilla.

Well this week I was thinking a lot on the transfers that could have potentially happened. I was praying and praying that I could just receive the help that I am in need of. It just seemed like things were not working out the way that I thought they could…. and then I went to the Christmas Devotional last night. It was so beautiful to see Temple Square and to hear the lovely music, but I am so grateful for the talk that Russel M. Nelson gave. He talked about finding inner peace through Christ. I have always read that He is the Prince of Peace but never did I realize that peace is also our own inner peace. What a comforting message when I needed it so badly. I know that when we study about Christ and when we seek to be more like Him that inner peace comes poco a poco and that He wants to help us gain that peace and that it is only through Him that we can receive it. I am so grateful for this time of year. It is definitely a little bit different spending it down here in Guatemala, but bring on the Fireworks and the tamales, Hermana Edwards is here!

I sincerely hope that we can all spend this time if year thinking on the right things, focusing on the beautiful feeling that it brings. I love you all and I love Christmas and I love Guatemala!

Con Amor
Hermana Edwards

Thanksgiving and Roller Derbies

Date: Mon, 2 Dec 2013

Well here we are again my fellow readers!!!!!

Well I sure hope that you all just had a wonderful Thanksgiving, mine was definitely Guatified for sure. Out here in the boondocks of Guatemala there are 3 Hermana missionaries from the States that decided that they were going to celebrate a classic American holiday, so we did what we could living in the beautiful country of Guatemala. We made a banana pie, we made an Apple crisp, and we made Shephards pie, I think that sounds pretty American to me….. do not fret I will send a picture. But really it was good I am so grateful that we had a piece of the States and we even prayed in English. MERICA

But something is changing here in Puerto Barrios. I do not know if you all remember how a couple of weeks ago I was saying how hot it was…… now it is not so hot….. I feel cold…. I actually have to wear a sweater…. and a scarf….. and not because they are cute….. but because I am cold. I was rather concerned about how cold it was getting so I decided to see how cold it actually is here. Wait for it….. it is 78 degrees…. that is not cold!!!! I do not know what I am going to do when I have to return to Logan Utah next December….. The Church is True.

Anyways, other news of the week. I caught a kitten, celebrated 6 months in the mission, pet a duck, and there was a rollerderby competition here. Yeah I guess they do that here. Pretty neat I guess.

I guess here comes the spiritual stuff. This week it just so happens that I got to teach a lot about temples and the blessings of the temple. It is kind of hard to teach these people because some of them really do have the desire to go, but the temple is 6 hours away on bus and the bus to get there is about 90 quetzales one way and these people do not have the means to go. It breaks my heart because I just want to throw them all over my back and carry them to the temple….. I think that might work….. just maybe. But in reality I am so grateful that I have always lived close enough to the temple and have been able to go. What a blessing that truly is. But what I have een telling these sweet people is that they just need to be worthy, if they can just carry their temple recommend with them they can receive those blessings. It has been a little sad that I now have not been to the temple in 5 months but it is okay because I am on the Lords errand. Anyways, thats my thought for the day.

Well I hope you all have a wonderful week. We have made it to December, isn’t that nuts. Now do not miss too much by this time next year I will be back in the states driving you all nuts again! I love you all and do good things!

Con Amor
Hermana Edwards