Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Week 37 - Chiantla es lo mejor!


Hola familia! Les amo!

This zone is really different from my last zone. I love this zone.. but, I was in love with my last one. We were all homies in my last zone.. best friends. In this zone we dont do anything! It is sad! There are some ruins here in huehue that I want to go see... but, they dont want to go because they have been there a lot! jaja so we will see what happens! There are 14 elders and only 4 sisters and the elders tend to leave us out... oh well. This morning we had to go to the center of huehue to get flu shots. My arm hurts so bad!

On Tuesday we went to our zone meeting.. It was Elder Mus´s birthday and they had a pinata that looked like a missionary! It was so fun! Hermana Fabian had to give a role play in front of everyone on the spot. It was SO much fun! After everyone was like WOW! The hermanas in Chiantla are bien pilas! We were supposed to go meet with the Familia Bran at 4 but we got a message that said Hey hermanas, we wont be home because we are in huehue.. We didnt have the number saved... but, we assumed it was them because they had told us that he had an interview for a job in huehue.. so we responded Good luck in your interview.. you will be great! and The relief society wanted to go meet with them too.. so we called the president and told her that they werent going to be home. Then we went in the night and came to find out that the message wasnt from them! I guess bad things had been happening to them all day! They didnt have the money to go to his interview.. so they didnt go. Then his brother called him and told him that they were theifs and a bunch of other stuff... then he was really really sick! I thought he was going to die in front of our eyes! And we could not find out who sent us this message! Satan was working really hard! But, I told them to read one chapter in the Book of Mormon and that God would take away the pain for the night.. They did! And it worked! I love the spirit!

On Wednesday night we were walking to an appointment with a member.. and he was in the street with my comp and I was just up on the side walk walking.. and I was looking at them.. and I ran into a pole! It hurt so bad. Luckily just us three were there. But, my comp could not stop laughing haha I hit that pole so hard! Then we went with Hermano Rene.. and it was really spiritual with this hermano that we brought. Working with members is the best! Try to go out with the missionaries.. at least one day per week! It helps SO much! We have been working with the members a lot lately! We had 15 lessons with member this week and only 4 others! Then we went to go buy a cake and we entered this cake store and the woman started crying! She said that she was praying for us to find her. She said that she is a member of the church.. she showed us her CTR ring and said that she is sad because right now she cant go to church because her job makes her work sundays.. So, we have been visiting her a lot this week and looking for a new job for her. The member that was with us gave her a blessing and we werew accidently an hour late getting home! My first time that late in my mission!

Then on Thursday The Bran familia had their entrevistas for baptism. They all passed! It was so good! Our district leader Elder Herrera gave the intervierws. He is so cool. Then at night we were talking about the Christmas inciativa that the church is doing to the members.. and A return missionary told my companion that I am bien pilas. It made me feel really good! haha
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Then on Friday in the night we were waiting to catch a bus to go home.. and none of them were stopping.. but, finally one stopped without us even signaling to it! But, when we entered we realized we were the ONLY people in the bus with these 4 men in charge of the bus. I was scared.. but, then they started blasting Party Rock Anthem haha They were all dancing and they were so funny. Then when we asked how much it was.. He said 1 quet.. and we thought it was super weird because the smaller buses usually cost more.. then my comp said sorry but I dont have change. She only had a 10 and then they said well then it is nothing and we got off haha it was so funny! and weird! Then we got off the bus and all of the light in Chiantla went out! I could hardly even seee my hand in front of my face! So, we went to a members house close by and had a mini family home evening with them. They made me sing in english for them haha it was fun.

On Saturday I taught my first english class! Only 2 people came... but, we still had a good time! Then we had to go to huehue to give some stuff to our Zone leaders. It was a fun adventure! Then we went to the Chapel to set up the stuff for the baptism! It was so beautiful! My comp and I sang and Elder Chavez played the piano for us. It was great! But, during the baptism.. People were fighting out side in the street! One person was SCREAMING ¨MATARLO! MATARLO!¨Which means Kill him! Kill him! and they were saying a bunch opf really bad words! It was scary.. but, luckilky in the baptism there was an offduty cop and he went outside to take care of it. Then we had a lesson with Rene and he told us that he had a dream about the Book of Mormon! He said he knows that it is true and that the church is true.. but, that he is afraid to get baptized because he is afraid of making mistakes after his baptism. I am pretty sure he will be baptized.. We told him that this is the reason we have the Atonement and the Sacrament. We are hoping this Saturday he will be baptized. 
Hermana Bullough's area is very hilly!!

Then Yesterday the familia Bran was confirmed. Rene came to church! Then we went with Nebia.. We were all bearing our testimonies... and I started to cry and told her that I feel so Stupid every single day because spanish is really hard and people look at me like I dont know anything. But, that I am here because I know this is true and that this is the only way to our salvation. She was crying and told us she wants to be baptized but nmot without her husband.. and he doesnt want anything to do with us.. Then we went to visit with Jose.. He has 16 years. He told us he wants to be baptized on the 22nd of this month! His birthday! Then we went to the Christmas devotional and I was so BAGGY. I miss you guys so much! The Taburnacle choir was perfect.

I am so excited to talk to you guys in a few weeks!

I know that this Church is the true church. I know that Jesus Christ lives. and that He loves us so much that He was willing to die for us.. and He did. Remember that this Christmas.. He is the gift.

I love you guys!
Hermana Natalie Paige Bullough

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Week 36 - Amando Chiantla!

Hola mi familia! Que tal como estan? Les extrano, Y Les amo!

Well, This week was CRAZY!

On Tuesday we left our house at 6 in the morning with all of my suitcases! Hermana Caren was so nice! She gave us a ride! I love her! We both cried! All of the missionaries that had changes met up at the terminal! It was so much fun to see a bunch of the missionaries that I know and love! Hermana Mcgill was there with all of her suitcases getting ready to go home. She wrote me a really nice letter to tell me bye! She also wrote me today! I hope you guys get to meet her someday, she is the best, I miss her. I waited FOREVER in the terminal! I was the last missionary in the terminal. I was alone waiting with my zone leaders.. jaja. But then finally my companion got there! Her name is Hermana Fabian and she is from Guate. Our bus ride was 2 and a half hours! Then an additional 30 mintues in another bus! I had so much anxiety with my suitcases! I am definitely going to de junk before my next change! haha It was a big struggle! My area is called Chiantla (Chantla) and it is in Huehuetenango (waywaytenango). I love it SO much here! It is so beautiful! Everything is Mountain. I am literally climbing mountains every single day. Up down up down... But, I LOVE IT! We will be baptizing a family of three this Saturday. I guess this family had been coming to church every Sunday but they lived outside of the area so the sisters couldn't teach them. So, I have been teaching them all of the lessons with my companion Hermana Fabian. I am so excited for them. They are the Familia Bran.

Wednesday morning we had our Zone meeting. There are 18 of us! 14 elders and 4 sisters. 9 companionships. They are CRAZY. I miss La Zona Esperanza so much. I was there for almost half of my mission and we were all homies. When I got there they were all talking slang and in Tu and being obnoxious. But, then we started and an Elder Stood up to give the Mission Manual thought. His name is Elder Amaya. He is SO cool haha He said We are going to read in this page, The Language.. It talks about how as representatives of Jesus Christ we are held to a higher standard with our language. He called on every single one of the people talking in this manner to read haha He macheted all of them.

Thursday I felt really good! I feel like I am finally starting to figure out how to be a missionary. jaja I had heard of an idea before called Plan Mand Ms or Missionaries and Members. So, we made a sheet of paper to give to all of the members to help us in this obra misional. They need to fast and pray about one of their friends to fellowship and introduce to the church.. I will explain more about this later on in my letter. We have been meeting with the Familia Bran everyday and we filled out their baptism registros already! This is the most smooth baptism I have had! They are truly SO prepared by the Lord. Then we had a Noche de Hermanamiento and we had talked to a family earlier in the day and had invited them.. and Hermana Fabian said that the Dad never listened to them before... but, for some reason this day he listened to us and they came to the Noche de hermanamiento! Then after we talked to the Bishop and I asked him for a list of all of the members and we talked about our plans for the ward and everything! I feel like I am really starting off on the right foot here!

On Friday I decided that I am going to start teaching classes of English on Saturdays! Everyone is so excited! Then we went and taught a Jehovah Witness. He just wanted to fight with us. The spirit was not their and I was so frustrated! Did you know that The Johovahs witnesses were started by a mormon? Then we taught Rene! He has been meeting with missionaries for almost 5 years! His wife is a member.. but, this lesson was SO good! My companion shared scriptures and I shared experiences and then I asked him if he knows that the church is true.. and he said he doesnt.. So I asked him if he thinks it is good and he said yes.. SO, I said we have a baptism on the 13th of December. I know that you can know this is true by this date. If you know it is true will you be baptized? and he said yes. So, we put plans.. we told him that he needs to pray, read, and do everything that he can to know in these weeks. I said if by this date you still dont know and you feel like you did everything possible.. then he can live his life buit, if he doesnt know and he didnt do everything possible to know then he will be sad and he will know that he didnt do his best. We went there last night and they have been reading in the scriptures everyday since that day! Wow!

Saturday morning we contacted a family with 10 kids! There dad died a few years ago! We taught them a tiny bit about the Plan of Salvation, and then played UNO. We are going to return on Tuesday with a bunch of the youth from the ward because out of these ten kids 7 of them are the age of YM YW! I had an idea to teach the Plan of Salvation! We are going to play that game where we attatch balloons to the ankles of all of them and they need to stop on the other peoples balloons and the last man standing wins! But, we are going to put pieces of the Plan of Salvation in every balloon and then we will teach it that way. Pray for us.. I am really nervous and I want this family to realize the importance of this!

Sunday was great! I love our ward! We share an area with Elders..but, they live really far away and only come once a month! SO, they came yesterday. I directed the hymns and gave a talk. I talked about the Obra Misional and how the members and the missionaries need to work together! I presented Plan MandMs I told them that every time they bring someone to church that we will give them a packet of MandMs. They all seemed excited! We also put a calendar on the ward bullitin board for them to sign up to teach with us. I also talked about how the clases of English would be a good idea to bring there friends. I read in James a scripture that talks about how it is a sin when we know what to do and dont do it. I told them that they know they need to help us so they need to do it. We had 5 investigators in Sacrament meeting! Then we had a lesson with Nibia and her family. We brought a long Wilmer. He is a young man in our ward... He is SO cool. He will be a great missionary! His testimony is so strong and he is good at intereacting with people.

Today was boring. haha I miss my home zone! I feel homesick from them. We just went to lunch with our Hermana zone leaders! I am reunited with Hermana Call, so that is great!!!

Anyway, everything is so great. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is so true. I know that God has a plan for us and that this is His plan. He loves us, He walks beside us. I love you guys!

Con Amor,

Hermana Natalie Paige Bullough