1 Year Mark Today

Hey folks! How’s it going? I sure hope all is well.

Well after almost a year without seeing the temple I had the chance to go back…… and remind you I have not been to the temple in a year….. and it was all in Spanish. I am so grateful that I have got a year under my belt, that made things a lot easier. But what a blessing it was to return to the temple. I find a lot of comfort in the temple, I find peace, I find a little more faith, and I find more hope. It is amazing what sitting in the House of the Lord can do for you. I was sitting and looking up and on the ceiling was a lot of little mirors that made a sun. It was a beautiful. Sometimes we just need to look up to receive the hope or the faith or the guidance that we need. I love the temples.

Almost 1 year ago I got onto a plane for Guatemala. It is unreal. A lot has happened in one year. For those of you who are new, or those of you who forget I will give you a little low down on what has happened.
-Received the name devil in the CCM
-I ate monkey uterus (better believe we will never forgot that one)
-Hit up the most dangerous area in zona 18 for 6 weeks
-Then was kicked out of the cap to live in the hottest area for a few months (7 months)
-Learned a little bit of Spanish
-Forgot a little bit of English
-Spread the good word of God
-Learned how to cook like a Catracha
-Met Elder Cook
-Chatted with Elder Conman Earl
-Taught some lessons
-Got my gallbladder taken out
-Watched people change to enter the waters of baptism
-I personally changed
-Still am learning to be a better servant
-Finally got to return to the temple

That is just the short run down, clearly other things happened…. but nobody got time for that.

This week we had the goal to find 15 new investigators….. we only found 14. I have never been rejected so many times in my life. It used to really upset me, how could these people reject something that is so pure and so beautiful…… still it hurts when I get rejected, but maybe it is not their time and I know at least I am talking with everyone. I quite enjoy talking with everyone, it is fun and in Spanish…. who would have thought. Working here is a lot different than outside the cap, but I am learning, I am learning to work more with the members and depend on them and gain their confidence because that is where the work is.

But I am grateful to be a missionary. I am grateful for all of the things that have happened. I am grateful for the good and the bad, the hard and the easy, the outside the cap and the inside the cap. Honestly I do not have words to fully express my love for this great work other than it is worth it. Everything that has happened is more than worth it and I am so blessed to have 6 more months of this wonderful work. Well my dear friends I love you all and hope that you can find ways to help in the missionary work. There is nothing greater in this world than sharing the good news of the gospel. Blessings to you all!

Con amor
Hermana Edwards

ps Bishop Young if you are reading this I would like you to know I am listening to the Mormon channel and one of your songs just came on….. bien hecho patojo

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Week 51

Well Kids I already sent a letter but somewhere between here and the USA it got lost in space so here comes the 3 minute run down.

1. We got cellphones at our zone conference (yeah just like the missionaries in the states)
2. I love mariachi bands, I will now bring one to every family event
3. This week was family week and we found 3 families which is something that is very hard to do here in the capital

Now onto other things. There is a family here that I love a lot. They remind me a lot of my own family. The dad is taking online courses from BYU Idaho and needs a peer tutor and he has permission to use the missionaries. I got the chance to talk to him about what I am doing now and my goals for the future. I got to thinking and realized that my future as a missionary in Guatemala is coming to an end faster than I realize. It made me nervous, but I know that just as God has a purpose for me here, he has a purpose for me after. I got to thinking about what I have done in the past year, and it is a lot, I have seen people change, I have learned and am still learning a language, I have changed (I dont have my gallbladder anymore) I have eaten some pretty funky things, I have lived on the beach, I have gained more hope and more faith. I think that is the most important things. I have faith and with that my hope has increased. There is a quote by Elder Holland that has helped me a lot it is ”Trust God and believe in good things to come” It really is that easy. I trust God and through that I know good things come and are here. I love you all and challenge you to increase your hope. Have hope, have faith, and never ever give up!

Con Amor
Hermana Edwards

Feeling Great!!

After skyping with Alyssa yesterday, I can definitely say that she if feeling 100% better. She was quick witted, her testimony and love of the people was shining brightly. She was at the church skyping with us and many of the members would stop in to talk to her and say “hi” to us. It was so much fun to listen to her interact with them in Spanish and we found it very entertaining that she definitely speaks Spanish better than English at this point.

Date: Mon, 12 May 2014 16:56:41 -0600

Well sad thing firs,t I do not know what is up with my computer, but I can not post the pics from this last week…. rats…. we will just have to wait for next week.

But now onto the good stuff.

This past week was great. We were preparing a family for baptism. But of course as things go we hit a big bump in the road during interviews. Shoot. It ended up that two of the five people that we were going to baptize had to talk with our Mission President. It was hard for the two of them because they wanted to be baptized as a family. That same night the Mission President called the family and they were given permission to be baptized. It was a miracle. So on Saturday we had the grand opportunity to watch a family of 5 people enter the waters of baptism. I have never seen anything so special in my life. After the baptism, I asked how they felt and one of the ones that almost couldnt get baptized told me she felt free. And that is what the Atonement is. The atonement is liberation from our sins. We do not have to carry that burden. These two sweet people had been carrying a burden that was very heavy for a very long time and now they are free, because the Atonement works. It truly works and it truly heals. I am so grateful for that testimony building experience that that family gave to me. I would just like to use this opportunity to invite all of you to apply the Atonement better to your lives. If you are hurting or down trodden, it will lift you up and you will be free too.

Now onto other news. We all know the well anticipated mothers day call was yesterday…… I forgot to say Happy mothers day because I was just so dang excited to see my cute family. I was finally able to make contact with them after a suprise baptism that we were in charge of. And boy was I just as happy as a Guatemalan dog. I saw all of my cute family and my family got to see some of my Guate peeps. And they showed me that they are following in the Mothers Day tradition of using pinatas to celebrate. And this year was a special pinata. It was a monkey…. without a uterus (shout out to my first area and worst food I ever ate) but I hope it had its gallbladder….. but who knows. It really was special to talk to them, it is the last time that I get to talk to them before I go home…. that is if I don’t get operated on again….. It just shows how fast the time is going.

But this week was wonderful. I love moms, I love Guatemala, I love baptisms, I love the Atonement, I love being a missionary, I love that my dad still wears a Charlie Brown shirt and my comp tells me he dresses like a child….. I love a lot of things and there are a lot of things to love. Well know that i have just thrown out everything that I have in mind. I sure hope that you are all are doing well. Shout out to the moms out there…. good work ladies. I hope you all have a good week, do something nice for someone! Peace and Blessings!

Con amor
Hermana Edwards

Back to the Cap

Hermana Edwards is doing great and settling in nicely to her new area. She told me not to worry because she is not in Zone 18 (her favorite thug area) and she believes she is in Zone 11 which is to the north of Guatemala City. She is excited to start working there and loves her new companion from El Salvador and her new apartment.

Thank you to all for your love, support and prayers for her over the last few weeks as she has been mending from the dengue fever and gall bladder surgery.

Date: Mon, 5 May 2014 13:33:47 -0600
Subject: back to the cap

Well folks we meet again.

First off I would like to proudly report that I am currently not sweating….. that is the first time in 7 months…. now you are probably asking why….. it is because I had changes…….

My heart hurts, but my new area is great. Let me tell you a little about where I am. I am in the capital so that is neat. I am in a ward….. again first time in 7 months-…. that has 200 people. My obispo is active, we have paved roads, the road have names, people have cars and couches, there are no wild cows and horses roaming in the streets, nor is there snakes. Wow I am almost in the United States…. casi….. Oh yeah and we have a Walmart! Yippee!

Well I have only had a few days here in this area but it is great. It is harder to get into houses because the people just don’t want to open their doors. I have had more people reject me in the past few days then I had in all of my time in Puerto Barrios. So their are definitely pluses and well not pluses here. But the members here are one of a kind. In my ward we have some of the first members of Guatemala. Isn’t that nuts, I have the great opportunity to know the first pioneers of Guatemala. I am so fortunate, these people have a strong pure love for the gospel.

Honestly I do not have much to say about this week….. this next week I am sure there will be more. But I do want to share a thought that came to mind while I was studying this past week. I was reading about the atonement. I love the atonement. The atonement truly was the perfect sacrifice, because it was not just a sacrifice for a little bit of time but it was an eternal sacrifice. What a blessing. And it is through this sacrifice that we can do hard things. Yeah that is all I got.

I hope you are all doing well. Keep hoping on, keep keeping on. Pray every day. ANd do goood things! I love you all, have a good week and a wonderful mothers day!

Con amor,
Hermana Edwards