Tuesday, August 30, 2011

"One Year Older and Wiser Too (well in mission terms)"


Mother, I hope that all is well and that you are enjoying your busy life as a mother who is striving to teach her children what they need to do to gain salvation as the Mothers of the 2000 stripling warriors did. Mother I do not doubt because you taught me what I need to do and I promise you that I am doing all I can to obtain those blessings promised by the Lord in 2 Nephi 31:19-21. I love you and I know that the Lord loves you too. :)

So this week was an interesting week and a very successful week too. Starting with Monday, my companion and I had a decent day with nothing out of the norm. We had our district meeting in the morning and when we got back to the house we had to study because we have to follow a very strict program of studying and we can't afford to miss a day (unless the mission president tells us other wise). Tuesday was P-day and we spent the majority of the day in the house cleaning (because it had probably been 6 months since the elders had cleaned) and resting for a bit. We also went to Antigua about 15 min away and bought groceries. Wednesday was a completely normal day as far as the schedule goes, we didn't have any meetings and we were able to work the full day. We woke up at 630 and I exercised while my companion Elder Carrillo kinda just wnadered around the house sleep walking because he hasn't gotten used to the missionary life yet. Everyday he is exhausted and waking up is a chore for him. He reminds me of Kort. :) We studied personally from 8-9am and then as a companionship from 9-11am. This week in our studies we had to focus on lesson 1 from Preach My Gospel because they aren't teaching the lessons in the MTC or CCM rather they are teaching a program called Simplified Study which focuses more on following the Spirit. From 11am-12pm we study the language and he helps me with my spanish while I help him with his english. After that we leave the house and proselyte for an hour and then we eat lunch. From 2pm-9pm we are out working, looking for people to teach, giving service and knocking doors. 5pm is the best hour to contact and we usually always knock doors from 5-6. The best hours to have lessons is form 5-9pm and so we dont eat dinner until we get home. That is a normal day of a missionary here in Guatemala. Thursday we had a meeting with the Mission President and all the new missionaries in the mission office and we had to leave our house at 630 to be there by 9am. The meeting was great and it called me to repentance in a lot of things that I need to do better. We got home at 530pm and got to work helping our investigators prepare for baptism. Friday I was on companion exchanges with the District Leader so that he could do the baptismal interviews for our investigators. Saturday is a great working day and we went out working but had very little success. This week will be a lot better. Sunday we had 3 baptisms and completed 2 families. There is nothing sweeter than helping the children of God enter into the waters of baptism especially after many missionaries have passed thru the home of these people to help them and they still hadn't taken the step. I am so blessed to be in Ciudad Vieja working for the Lord reaping the harvest. There is NOTHING better!! :)


Elder Turner

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