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Monday, December 1, 2014

Letter #17


FOUR MONTHS

I have a new companion and he is another Latino.  His name is Elder Pinchi.  He is 26 years old.  He is from Peru.  He has 20 months in the mission.  The kid is pretty awesome.  I love working with the dude.  He doesn't leave the house as fast as I want him too but for the most part he follows the rules and knows how to work smart.  It's way cool that I get to have two Latino companions right off the bat so that I can learn how to speak Spanish.  Especially since my whole area is probably the most dominate dialect speaking area in all of the mission. Pinchi told me that the kiche really is what makes the area one of the hardest.  And of course the religion as well I guess, haha.  I love the challenge and the people though.  We are going to just continue to help the people not to be afraid of us and being punished by their pastors while we walk the beat of Chirijox.  This area is also one of the biggest areas in the mission.  We have Chirijox, xolcaja, pacaman, xolxajil, patzite, Antigue, and Ixtawacon(Alaska or santa Catarina.  That is a ton of towns to cover haha.  We walk a ton and I feel like i'm in good shape.  
Mom asked me on a scale of 1-5 what my Spanish is like. I think it is about a 3.5. I speak it fluently and I am comfortable with lessons and normal conversations but I can see that I talk like a 14 year old boy and not really a servant of God yet. I am learning but what I have learned came with prayer and faith.  I really don't have the processing power to hit fluency of a language in about 3 months of living with the people that only speak kiche. 

The investigators listen really well due to the spirit when we teach.  It is always in their eyes as we testify.  Eh, the people are being prepared but I am still looking for some of those chosen ones who seek out the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Not the people who just want to feel the spirit and do nothing about it.  
Yes, I will be having a merry christmas in Chirijox.  I'm bracing for a very different holiday season to be perfectly honest.  Christmas here is more like new year and 4 of july mixed.  Also it is soooo cold out here.  It is a good thing that I have that jacket and fleece.  I really do get so cold up in Alaska. For Christmas I will look for some stuff to buy myself and my companion so that we can have somewhat of a Merry Christmas.  I still have 600 quetz from my 1700 quet monthly payment to live here.  I will probably buy a lot of good fruit and maybe a cake or something.  A few Christmas' away from home isn't that huge of a deal in the big perspective.

Time is actually feeling like it is moving now.  Week to week to week to month to month.  I gotta enjoy things while I have them.


Love

Elder Miles

Monday, November 17, 2014

Letter #16

Nov.  17, 2014



Time seems to just slip through my fingers these days.  I didn’t have much time at home and I don’t have much time out here.  It is just weird how things are always changing.  Even if the changes are big or small things are never the same.  Times get better and can get worse but never the same.

AH yes!  The Christmas package!  I am waiting for a big local fair that is going to land on a p-day in our area so that I can find some cool stuff to buy for you guys.  Probably just small stuff but who knows what I will find.

I love you mom and your testimony inspires!  I will just keep pushing on in the work and see where being righteous takes me.  The rest won’t matter all too much! I really do miss you!  I just can’t wait until home feels like a happy memory instead of a wanting memory.  Have any tips?

I’m pretty stoked to see who I have for my next companion.  I just hope that the next kid is really into doing the work as well.  I would love to see a baptism and someone who wants to be baptized would be cool too.  We got really close with one of them and turned out that she wasn’t married to her spouse.  That Quiche language barrier will really bite you in the butt if you don’t have the members to translate everything!  They like to go off on their own things and sometimes it is just not good at all.  Also it makes it impossible to know the needs of the investigators.  When I get my new companion I will begin taking classes in Quiche. There are plenty of members who are willing to teach us.  I could have anywhere from 6 more months here to only 7 more weeks here in this area.

That I have been really planning on what to do in this area.  Reactivation is really what I feel like this area needs more than anything. 

Oh my gosh I love our pets, haha.  I just hope that none of them die within the next 20ish months.

That is awesome that mom is getting me a care package!  I love letters ahha.  I actually keep them in my suitcase so that I don’t think about you guys too much.

Love you all!


Josh

Letter #15

November 10, 2014

Thanks for letting me know that the first area isn’t supposed to be so easy.  I really don’t love not being able to express everything that I can.  I was just starting to really get into that with English. The thing is that I will inherit my area soon wiht my companion going home.  SO it doesn’t matter if my Spanish is bad now.  Hopefully the people will get to know me as my Spanish improves in this huge area.

I will keep trying with my comp.  There is just such a strong cultural difference between him and me haha.  He cleans fast, and we stress and laugh about different things.  It's ALL part of the experience!

I love your advice Dad.  I really do appreciate every word that you send to me!  I am happy out here right now.  I am starting to really see the blue skies of the field.  I just hope that the are comparable blue to the skies I had back with you, Mom, jenna, jonny.  I have such a hope in Christ right now.  I am starting to get back in to my old rely on him and not yourself ways.  I am starting to really make friends and change lives.  The other day I consoled a recent widow.  I have seen the wisdom that God has far beyond my own.  I was able to tell her that her spouse is at peace.  And that I knew things about her situation that no 18 year old kid would know.  I love my experiences out here.  I just love that I get to have this time because I was born to goodly parents.
 
Love You!!!!

ELder MIles








Letter #14

October 27, 2014

It has been hard to be away from home but little by little it is easier to just think about you guys and not be sad.  Hopefully soon it will only be fond memories haha.  Thank you so much for all of those email addresses.

I really do love you mom!  Just just hope that you know that if that bell our front is still up and is making noise that it is probably me haha.  Just telling you that I am thinking about you and that I am just fine.

Although my area should be very humble, religion is the only thing keeping it from being so.  Even though we teach as simply as possible, the people just don’t get it.  We have so many people that receive us that we don’t have time in the day to get to all of them.  But they also never complete commitments haha.  I will be working on that as well as my Spanish.  The language is moving along and I think that I am doing just fine for how long I’ve been out.  I just rely on the Lord and do what I can.  No matter how little it is.
Elder Mar my companion

Hope you have a great Halloween!!

Love,

Elder Josh


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Letter #13

Hey the power keeps going off due to some rain! haha I'm just going to send this fast so that you know in case it does.  I am writing another one with love so that you might get a big one.

Thank you for your prayers!!  There are times that I feel like I’m not in my body saying what I am saying.  I like to think that is just all of my blessings just coming into one moment.  Just yesterday I did better on my own than I ever have.  Elder Mar and I usually do splits and it is super stressful for me sometimes.  But we have a lot of work to get done.  I went up to an aldea named patzite with just a member at my side.  All of the appointments fell through so I was left to just figure out what to do with this member for 4 hours.   I did so well that it hard to say that it was not just a blessing from God.  There are times when I cannot see any miracles out here.  This was not one of those days.  I found twelve people in total who want to receive us.  There are possibly more because they all have families.  I preached in the street with a family.  I know that they felt the spirit.  I know this because at first they just thought I was some kid that knew little Spanish.  I spoke more fluently than I ever had before.  I started the quick lesson with a question.  Where did we come from before this life?  I then used jeramias 1:5 to impress bring the people to know that I am serious.  That I know where we came from and that I know that he has a plan for each of us.  They then gave me their number and said that I could come back or call them at anytime.  

I’m seeing this as less of the work of baptism and more as the work of salvation.  There are not many who I think could really be baptized straight on the spot unless it was meant to be.  That is okay with me right now.  I’m here to do the work that I am assigned to do.  Not the work that I want to do.  That doesn’t mean that I try hard to get these people into the font. 


That is so weird hearing about how we will soon have 3 Miles family missionaries out at the same time.  Michael Josh is going to love it!  This is an experience that I think everyone should have.  Say congratz to Heather for me.

Jenna is going to a dance!!!  How crazy!!  What is his name?  What is the dude like?  Do I need to come back to teach him a lesson?  Is he a good guy?  What is his email?  haha.  I’m sure Jenna will be smart.  She always is.

Holy vacation!!  That sounds so nice. For p day we went to a vista of the Waters of Mormon.  That was cool.  I’ll send pics if I can.

Our pets are the best.  Every animal here is dirty and mangie.  It is bien sucky.  I hate not being able to able to pet anything here.  You can’t really lay down with the pets here.

For a Christmas package... nic. no se. haha.  I always have things in mind.  Some of the good deoderant from the states.  It is pricey stuff down here for being in guate.  They only sell half sticks and its like 35 quets ahha.  Breaking the bank.  Maybe just some money to live it up a little down here.  Idk I’ll think about it all.

I’m going to send this real fast on account of the power outages.