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Friday, April 17, 2015

Letter #31

 On preparation day there is not a whole lot to do here. We just bought our water and we cleaned the house in the morning.  Soooooo....I hope that the zone leaders put something together so that we a can have a fun p-day.

The area here is a lot hotter so I have been super tired lately.  I am just trying to drink a lot water and stay in the shaded parts of the street when I can.

Hey I am writing my buddy Bickmore as well right now haha.  It's so weird that he is over in California.  It's probably good for me to be farther away. But he will be able to visit his converts which is really cool.  
dusty road :)
 It's weird to think that in a year this will all feel more like a dream than in feels like a dream right now.  I feel like these two weeks being here have just flown by.  I don't even remember all the stuff we have been doing.  I'm trying to get the names down of everyone still.  We are finding tons of people to teach.  This is the last area that doesn't have a chapel for its members.  The branch had an astistencia (attendance) of 31 this week and I am hoping that we can really put some permanent changes in the area.  I feel kind of like a fish out of water right now just because I have been meeting so many people in the past couple of days.  Also with opening a new area and new companion it has been weird. Super cool though!

We eat lunch everyday with a member.  She makes some really good food.  The only problem is the mountain that we have to hike up every day so that we can get to lunch takes some effort.  It is a huge incline!  It is going to be super hard to do during the rainy season.... hahah! 

So my comp and I are the the branch counselors.  We work as the secretaries as well.  We work on the tithing every week and we are going to be helping all of the auxiliaries of the church as well.  We will make sure visits are done as well as getting everyone on board with doing the missionary work too.  
  
My companion, Elder Aguirre is working hard and is doing a lot of good things for the rama.  Its good to see someone who works like this guy.  He is everybody's friend but he also works very hard.  He is from the capital of Guate.  He is different from the other latinos in that he has pisto haha.
  
This town is suuuuper Catholic but we are hoping to find somebody that would really be okay with going swimming in the pila bautismal.

It's true that the people here are just as happy even though they have less!  

Love you Dad and Mom! 

Elder Miles


Letter #30

April 6, 2015

Elder Miles at the Quetzaltenango Temple
 What does aldea mean?  It means that I am out of the city and at times in the middle of nowhere.  It's usually towns of 50 people or less and lots of walking in the mountains.  I am in an aldea of Huehuetenango.  The people just say Huehue.  I am in the town of Malacatancito or more commonly known as Malacas.  Its super awesome!  

This week was Semana Santa and there are so many Catholics in the town that they did a huge reenactment of the capture and crucifixion of the Savior over the days of Thursday to Sunday.  There were people dressed up like Roman guards walking around in the night looking for Jesus!  Other then some interesting events the people here in Malacas are super nice. This town is a little more friendly than Xela and more educated than Chirijox.  The house we live in is the best one that I have had.  

The rama (branch) has an attendance of like 20 or 30 people.  The church here is a house.  We are going to pushing and hoping to get a chapel built out here.  We are opening the area again after a long time of not having any missionaries.  The rama seems super excited to work with us right now.  They see the need for missionaries and I received more references form this rama in the last 4 days than I received in Xela in the course of 3 weeks.  The members are tight too.  I am going to be eating lunch with one of the members everyday and we have a lady who is going to wash our clothes. (we pay for all of that but.. ehh).  Malacas is kind of one of the bigger towns and the rest are super far out.  We are going to be walking 3 hrs to get to some of our visits.  It should be really cool.  There is sadly no Kiche here.  I know far more Kiche than the people here :(  I was ready to get learning Kiche again... but oh well.  The people have also been super receptive.  Just about every person that we have talked to has been good with putting a return visit or letting us teach them right there.  It's warmer climate here so I am just betting that thats the difference.  We are more up by mexico.

My comp is my first comp form Guatemala.  He is form the capital.  My fifth comp in my third area.  The dude is pretty chill and he is really good with the people. He is kinda flech because he just got taken down as zone leader to be with me opening this area. (by the way I lost my wallet on the bus ride down so that was cool.  Just 100 quetz.  I didnt lose anything serious)  But he has been a cool cat.  His name is Elder Aguirre. He is 21 and he has 21 monthes.  That's to say that I will most likely be killing him here (sending him home) in Malacas.  Good stuff.  First my trainer and now this guy.  We have been getting along well and I am just trying to learn all that I can from him.

Just bought a wallet.  Its super fake brand but it seems like pretty good quality for being a fake and its way cheaper than what the real stuff is.  I just want to find a fake Rolex before I get back to the states though.

So the week passed by fast and the work is progressing.  I just kinda wish I could be teaching my converts in my last area.

Dad, Thats so great that you have made time to go around fixing so much stuf fin the house that we have broken!  I probably wont be able to pay you so I hope God does.

Dad & Mom, Love you

Jay love you.  

Jen love you

Jon love you

Love, Elder Miles