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Monday, November 21, 2011

My Last Sunday...

My last Sunday was really great! We had a district meeting, so we were all down in Senahú. It was really cool because we got to hear Elder Holland speak Spanish. I didn't know that he spoke Spanish? Did you? The talks were really good for the Guatemalans. They were all about going to the temple, not spending more money than you earn, and the importance of the family. Really nice and simple.

I guess I should say something about the entirety of my mission... which is really not possible.

I'm extremely grateful that I went on a mission. This has been nothing less than a life changing experience. It has been the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. Right now I feel like every emotion that I have ever experienced during my mission is hitting me all at the same time... so more than anything, I think I'm feeling confused, jaja. I'm really excited to see the family and my friends, and I am also sad to leave the people that have been my family for the last two years. I'll miss lots of things, but I am also looking forward to what's to come in my life. I know this is the true church. I have seen the hand of God played into my life more than ever during my mission. I'm thankful for all the prayers that have been answered unusually fast when I was thinking all was lost. I'm so happy I have been able to see how the gospel of Christ blesses families. These are all very real things. I'm grateful for my mission presidents,President Torres and President Watts. They put me where I needed to be and with the people I needed to be with. I love the Q'eqchi' people and the chance that I had to be with them for so much time. I'll miss living in the most beautiful part of the world with some of the coolest people I've met.

I'm so excited to see everyone, and how much taller everyone has grown.

I'll see you in two days.


usan naq ink'a' tat'ane'q li solso' ch'iich' chiruuch inxikik jajaja wi ta tinkamq tqil qib' wi'chik

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tom Cruise is trapped IN DA CLOSET!

This week was super great. I got permission to go to my old areas on two separate divisions so I could chaq'rab'ink wib', despedirme, say goodbye. It was cool. I went to Teleman with Elder Escelante, and was able to visit most all of my converts. Then I was able to do a division in the Tinta, and in the morning we caught a truck up to Actela Santo Domingo. I said goodbye to Hermana Rosalina and her family. It was super good for me. I'm really happy most of the people that I baptized still remember the things that my companions and I have taught them. I think there is a really good chance that 3 of the couples that I baptized will go to the temple. I talked to each of them about it, and they still know that they need to go. Um... other than that, it is really hard to find people to teach in my area because of big meetings or work etc...etc.. There are never men at home. It's terrible. We did find one guy who seems like he's been waiting for us, but he wasn't home yesterday when we went to pick him up. This week we have district conference so I only have 4 more days to be in my area. Please do me the favor of inviting everyone that I may have missed. Especially Peter and Laura (even though they might not be able to come). Thank you for registering me for my classes.. PRICIATE-IT. I can't wait for the snow! Have a super terrific WEEK!

Monday, November 7, 2011

I will be sad to leave...

Yeah, I did have a cavity, but it's fixed now.

Um.. well I ended up spending all week pretty much in the capital because my companion had to see a dermatologist. He has some crazy white spots on his face. Not much is going on in my area because we only were there for the afternoon on Saturday and then on Sunday, there was the election, so in Yalijux... 7 children showed up, and in San Francisco... 0. That was a really great week. I love my area though. I will be sad to leave it. My comp is doing a lot better with Q'eqchi'. It's cool to see his progress. Yesterday we sang again on the radio.. hey way are you in a movie but on T.V. MOKO NANTAW TA LI RU I don't really know what else to tell you. I think I might have found an opportunity to come back to Guatemala sooner than I think, and work for short periods of time with people... I don't really know though, but más de eso...

Yeah, Nikki congratulations!...I'm pretty sure I've met Justin Lake before, but I'm not sure.

I still got two weeks, Mom... but I can't wait to see you at the airport as well.

Have a great week !

Love, Aaron

Monday, October 31, 2011

We fly high, ain't no lie ballin'

This week has been hard. We set a baptismal date with the dad of this family (the rest of the family are members), but he is leaving to go work until January. (Otherwise we would have baptized him this week, so I won't be able to see that.) Our investigators in San Francisco didn't show up to church yesterday, so that is sad. My comp and I did, however, get on the radio (I can't remember if I already told you). We talked about the churches around the mountains, and invited everyone to church on Sunday. We did a service project, and built a path to the church in San Francisco and fixed up the landslide damaged wall. My comp is cool! He's crazy and fun. He is always singing, and freaking out the Q'eqchi's. He's learning Q'eqchi' really fast. Happy BIRTHDAY, Dad. May all of your wildest dreams come true. hahah Hey, what is everyone doing for Halloween? Everyone is being boring today, so we aren't doing much. I'm going to the cap tomorrow to see if I have a cavity... 'cause I think I might haha. Have a great week!
Love, Aaron

Monday, October 24, 2011

Ya know what the Midwest is? Young and restless...

Dear Family, Hey, this week was super awesome! I'm really tired though because the church has hired the truck that we usually take down into town. They are re-constructing the church in Se' Rit K'iche,' so we had to walk from 5 am to 9 am before we finally found a truck to take us into town. It's good though. This week we went to San Fransisco to church and it went really well (other than starting 45 minutes late), but it was cool. We couldn't get up to our area until Friday so we had little time to work, but luckily we have the branch president and the counselors working really well. We just buy them Pepsi each week if they go and visit the families that we assign them to. It works really well. Well that's great I get to talk in Sacrament Meeting as soon as I get home. (Aaron's mission report will be November 27th at 10:50 a.m. The church is located at 102 East 1400 South in Bountiful, Utah.) Um... as far as college goes, I really just want to have good teachers. So maybe Ben could look some people up on or something. I will do well if I have good teachers. Um, yeah, I don't want any more than 13 credit hours though. You should see if there is some Q'eqchi' thing I could do at the U. That would be sick. I haven't taken any of those classes, so don't worry. Um.. that's crazy I got my flight plans haha. If you could invite the Parsons that would be great and Cody's family. I would like Elder Jordan Smith's Mom to be there,... I've pretty much already invited all my former companions and most of my friends...oh if you could get a hold of da Pineae boyz (Joel, Morgan, Amilcar Jose Zelaya, Scott Wolff, the Golds etc...) Adam could probably do that for you. Ben's friends are invited as well (like Curtis, Big-Z, etc.. etc...)

Have a great week! IT IS FREEZING UP HERE RIGHT NOW!!!

Love, Aaron

Monday, October 17, 2011

Maybe I was the ocean, and you were the sandy beach; and every minute I was fallin' up at your feet

Hey Mom, I e-mailed the registration office and I forwarded the e-mail that I sent them to you. Right now I'm in Coban, so it wasn't a problem to scan my license. Um, here are some pictures of my life. We have zone conference tomorrow and my companion and I took a little short cut to get here. It was... pretty, pretty good. hahaha. I'm really tired, but that's because my comp and I have done some serious walking this week. We have been working in branch called San Fransisco. All the members live really far away. 3 months ago there was a really big land slide so we went to all the members and invited them to come help us dig it out. Even a really less active guy showed up to help us. It was really cool to see, but there are a lot of problems there. We did a family home evening with a really nice couple there, and we cooked them pancakes (which they had never tried in their whole life). We had them sit down, and we washed the dishes. It was fun. Sorry, I don't really know what else to tell you... tomorrow I will have been away from home for 23 months... wow..So hopefully that e-mail works out. Let me know if they don't e-mail you back or something, but thanks for helping me with that. Have a great week!
Love, Aaron

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Utah is getting ready for me...

Sorry I didn’t write you last week… I was in a car accident… nobody was hurt, and now I need a new car. Just kidding. Thank you for telling me about that. Well, if it’s even possible, you could get the Audi fixed and that could be the family car. I wouldn’t even mind. In the mean time, Grandpa is lookin’ fly in the Audi tt. We didn’t have changes btw. We are staying together. I’m excited to stay in my area even though right now we are dealing with some serious problems…with people not fulfilling their responsibilities etc. etc.. Anyways, General Conference was awesome! I watched it on a 32’’ flat screen TV in English, so I was happy. Right now it’s raining a lot everyday and it's insanely muddy. Pictures: This is a waterfall that I really want to baptize in!! And the other picture is me walking… a lot. Anyways, I’m happy to hear that it has snowed! That’s good news. Utah is getting ready for me. Anyways, do you have any other questions, or is there anything that you want me to get for people… like Guatemala stuff? I don’t really know what you want me to bring home for everyone, so just let me know so I can get it. Oh, sorry I didn’t write you last week. The internet was insanely slow, and then my letter got deleted, so sorry.
Love, Aaron