George Washington

We are in Xela writing this week because Momos has no power! That is why we are writing so early. So we are recharging phones and showering and buying food here today in Xela. here is a pic of me writing you gys a letter in candlelight! =) It should be there next week. It was fun! I felt like George Washington.

We are in Xela writing this week because Momos has no power! That is why we are writing so early. So we are recharging phones and showering and buying food here today in Xela. here is a pic of me writing you gys a letter in candlelight! =) It should be there next week. It was fun! I felt like George Washington.

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Sabbath lessons

Elder SnowAn  inactive man we met this week invited us to pizza on Saturday which was nice. His problem is that he can’t come to church because he is a commercialist (I think that’s correct in English) and works Sunday. A really nice guy, he knows the church is true, but dug himself too deep in the hole. I have learned a lot about the importance of keeping the Sabbath Day, and the blessings it brings. It is sad to learn that through the bad example of another, but at least I was able to receive that knowledge. The church is true. Even though the people are not perfect, the church is. It is such a blessing to be able to go to church in order to renew our covenants. That is why we go. Sometimes we don’t realize that blessing every week, but it truly is a blessing. May we all continue strong and active, so the Lord will bless us forever!

Here I am an the Riscos. Apparently they are world famous. Until now I haven't  had the time to take a picture here.

Here I am an the Riscos. Apparently they are world famous. Until now I haven’t had the time to take a picture here.

Here is a pic of Momos at night. Just a tiny little village really.

Here is a pic of Momos at night. Just a tiny little village really.

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My new companion

His name is Elder Glass! A gringo! Another gringo! I met him in Huehue over a year ago! A great guy. Really energetic, and animated. he has 17 months in the mission. He is from North Carolina, and has a huge family. He is a good missionary. Surprised that he is a zone leader now, but i am showing him the ropes etc, and he is doing a good job. Here we are in an aldea called Santa Isabel right after a visit. Here he is with an Orange. haha!

His name is Elder Glass! A gringo! Another gringo! I met him in Huehue over a year ago! A great guy. Really energetic, and animated. he has 17 months in the mission. He is from North Carolina, and has a huge family. He is a good missionary. Surprised that he is a zone leader now, but i am showing him the ropes etc, and he is doing a good job.
Here we are in an aldea called Santa Isabel right after a visit. Here he is with an Orange. haha!

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Running…For Exercise?!!

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I’ve mentioned this before, but Albanians in my community find it SO strange that I run around outside and get really tired for fun. People–my neighbors, the shop owners I frequent, my students, small children whom I’ve never met before–get pretty worked up about my exercise routines. “I saw you running yesterday! WHY WERE YOU RUNNING?” “You’re going to run?! But it just rained, there are puddles everywhere!” “Where are you going? I have a car, I can take you, you don’t need to run.”

Exercise is widely embraced in America because we’re all a) fat and b) taught to admire athleticism. But in Albania, if you are fat, you either stay that way or adopt what I call the “Albanian Woman Diet” which is coffee, cigarettes, coffee, coffee, and no dinner. That really does not sound appealing to me, so to help myself stay fit–and sane–coupled with the…

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Changes coming

Here I am with Elder Hendrickson, Obourn, and McGrath. Easily some of my best buddies in the mission. Obourn and Hendrickson are zoneleaders in a place called Totonicapán. They brought matching ties to the last Zone Leader Meeting, as well as McGrath and I. It was ultra cute. =)

Here I am with Elder Hendrickson, Obourn, and McGrath. Easily some of my best buddies in the mission. Obourn and Hendrickson are zoneleaders in a place called Totonicapán. They brought matching ties to the last Zone Leader Meeting, as well as McGrath and I. It was ultra cute. =)

Changes are tomorrow, so we as a zone ate Chinese food together! It was a lot of fun.

Changes are tomorrow, so we as a zone ate Chinese food together! It was a lot of fun.

Fun story about this old woman. She was baptized 45 years ago. Barely speaks Spanish. Is endowed, and sealed to her family, attends every Sunday, her son died a few years ago, and her recompense was Q70,000. She paid Q7,000 for her tithing of course, and when she handed it to the bishop at that time, he told her that it would be better for her to keep it since she is now widowed, and without children, and that it would help her live. She then responded, ''Don't rob me of my blessings from God.'' And gave him the money. I have never met a more faithful woman here. She is 80 something years old, and this week I recorded her testimony in Ki'ché, and took this picture. Just a little cultural snidbit of Momos.

Fun story about this old woman. She was baptized 45 years ago. Barely speaks Spanish. Is endowed, and sealed to her family, attends every Sunday, her son died a few years ago, and her recompense was Q70,000. She paid Q7,000 for her tithing of course, and when she handed it to the bishop at that time, he told her that it would be better for her to keep it since she is now widowed, and without children, and that it would help her live. She then responded, ”Don’t rob me of my blessings from God.” And gave him the money. I have never met a more faithful woman here. She is 80 something years old, and this week I recorded her testimony in Ki’ché, and took this picture. Just a little cultural snidbit of Momos.

I think I just found out who my companion is going to be. Until I know for sure, I’ll tell you next week =)

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A Day in the Life of A Peace Corps Volunteer

A Day in the Life of A Peace Corps Volunteer.

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I’m from Momos Central

Elder SnowOkay…despite the fact that they told us not to take pictures of Elder Cook, many other missionaries did anyway. I did not, I didn’t think it was appropriate, so that is why I have no photos of him. I’ll get some other ones next week just so you believe that we saw him.. =) BUT!!!

He came to Xela first to speak with the whole mission first. While there we took a group photo.

Here we are... all of us who arrived in Guatemala together! All of us have been leaders in the mission, and most of us are zone leaders... it was pretty amazing to be all together again.

Here we are… all of us who arrived in Guatemala together! All of us have been leaders in the mission, and most of us are zone leaders… it was pretty amazing to be all together again.

I’ll send you a letter specifying what Elder Cook talked about, but he did leave some amazing blessings upon us.

Here is the chapel on Sunday when he came to Momos. FULL! Over 1,000 people came from all over the place. It was awesome.

Here is the chapel on Sunday when he came to Momos. FULL! Over 1,000 people came from all over the place. It was awesome.

Elder Cook mentioned the story of Jesus walking amongst the heavy multitude of people, and noticing that virtue had left him because of the sick woman who touched his cloak. She was healed after 12 years of sickness. The most amazing part was seeing Elder Cook come down from the pulpit after the closing prayer, and hearing the music in the background, and the flock of people who came from the whole congregation to at least touch him before he left. People had so much faith in him, and loved him so much, that they did everything possible to at least touch him. Amazing.

During this whole shindig, my tall long gringo body caught his attention and he asked where I was from. I told him Momos central completely forgetting that I was not a missionary 2 years ago, then he asked, where are you really from? I said Vegas. He then told me, you are doing a great job Elder. Keep it up. Amazing… he took that time, despite 1,000 people trying to shake his hand and get his attention, to talk to me and say that I was doing great.

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