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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Week #71-Jason Pierre Paul

Subject line explanation: Jason Pierre Paul is an NFL player for the New York Giants who blew his finger off while playing with fireworks in July of 2015. In Guatemala, they celebrate Christmas with fireworks.

´´Blast this Christmas music, it´s joyful and triumphant.´´ If anyone can name that movie I will give them nothing. But Christmas was great this year! I seriously can´t believe it was my last Christmas (like the song) with my people! I seriously love all of the great Guatemalan people, even though they give me disgusting tamales that literally taste like mushy death. I did miss the snow but I ate some things called granizadas (shaved ice) and those kind of remind me of snow when they are getting made. 
     Well I am still so happy about the C family and a little bit sad at the same time! So like I told you when we were fasting so that they received an answer to their prayers, they got an answer to their prayers! It is like fasting actually works! Like that time when I fasted that the Steelers would beat the Ravens back at home and then they did win (still not sure if that´s a sin yet)! It´s more reliable than going blacks on the roulette table. Anyways we asked them that now that they had gotten their answer to their prayers if they would finally get baptized and they said no! What the hecken Keller? But it is good stuff! Hopefully they get baptized soon. It just goes to show you that it doesn´t matter if God came down from Heaven and said that the Church was true on 60 Minutes (I love 60 Minutes), I don´t think it would change a lot of people´s minds. 
     We found L which was awesome! She lives in like freaking Vietnam! She lives so far away from the city but she is pretty cool! Her husband is the guy who is a narco  (a narcotics dealer) and then the other gangsters killed him in September! Well she said that she wants to go to Church with us because some member of the Church told her that when the young lads with white shirts and ties passed by her house that she needed to listen to them and go to church with them! Brilliant! Anyways she couldn´t come to Church yesterday because Christmas morning everyone is more wasted than left over salad and there is no transportation.. 
      I really love this place though! I am going to miss the weird traditions. Jesus was born and he lives! And he is still guiding his Church!  Also thank everyone for all of the gifts that I received!  I´ll try to email all of them today! But I hope you enjoyed Christmas! I´m sure you did because the Steelers are the AFC North Champs!!! As Titan said once ´´Whoo hooo!!! Party time!!!!´´ So I saw the Steelers highlights today in McDonalds! they even had an interview with  Coach Tomlin in English! But Tomlin had a shirt on that said Hold Down. I want that shirt. Was that freakin Eric Weddle that got served by Brown? Oh my goodness, Weddle got served!!
     Love all of you!!! Thanks for everything!!! Happy new year! But love you! Have a good week! Lets hope the Steelers beat the Browns! haha, just kidding. Nobody cares.
Our family picture


Bryson Being "Fancy"

Guatemalan Roman Candles-there are 80 shots in one!

Firecracker blew the metal off his ring

Wooden Manger scene that a ward member sent Bryson
 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Week #70-Sports Clips

I miss that place so much. I was literally going to die from the heat last night when I was trying to sleep and I remembered that at Sports Clips in the summer they would put the cold towels on our face. I dreamed about that.
     We had a really fun, hard working week. We found 23 new investigators this week but somehow only one went to church! I honestly don´t know what is happening! We are working so hard and finding so many people and we have no baptisms! But it´s okay we are going to see some good stuff happen! I hope! 
     Funny story. I went to Champerico on exchanges with a newer missionary named Elder Pedersen. He is pretty cool.  But we found a 78 year old guy who has a 7 year old great grandson and he also has a son who is 5 YEARS OLD!!!! I don´t know if that is comprehendable to you, but it is not that surprising here. I almost crapped me pants when I heard it though. The kids GREAT UNCLE is younger than him! That is like one of grandma´s brothers being younger than me. 
     Okay also there are two MVP´s (other than Kevin Durrant´s mom) Elder Lee.  He is the secretary in the office and he managed to recover my Halloween package and the package that I got from the Cochran´s from the depths of the Guatemalan Mail Service. And the other MVP is Hermana Normand who came all the way down from San Marcos carrying the packages that José had brought from Utah. Also I think she was sick when she did it so bonus points in Heaven for them. 
      The Calderon said that they would keep on praying for to be baptized this week which would be really cool! They went up to Xelá yesterday and they said that they were going to pass by the temple and walk around it! Tuesday we are going to go with them to see if they received an answer! Please pray for them because they need the Christmas miracle! 
      Yeimi was progressing really well and we had some great spiritual lessons with her and she said that she was going to church and we went all the way out to Nam (like Vietnam) to pick her up in the morning and she was dead asleep and would not wake up. So she didn´t go to church. 
     Anyways I got all of the packages you sent me! Thank everyone that sent me stuff! Tell the Brown family thank you so much! Also the Cochran´s and the awesome young woman that made a tie for me and everything! Also the whole Ward! I loved the picture thing that they sent me it is so cool! 
I totally opened you package and put the decorations up and took a bunch of pictures I will send you all of the pictures! I was so pumped! My companion was so happy when he saw that you sent him stuff! He felt bad because his parents didn´t send me anything! His dad has a landscaping company too! We always talk about sprinkler systems and stuff like that! So what the heck? Did the Steelers kicker make 6 field goals!? He was probably like the MVP of the game! 
I will Skype at 4 o´clock!!!! my companion wants to skype for a while ha ha! He has a brother that is serving in the mission in Coban Guatemala and they left at the same time and they want to try to talk to each other too.
     I got permission from Elder Stiener to watch the Ravens´ Steelers game with you Sunday haha! He was just joking, but that would be nice!!!!
     Love you!!!!!  
Getting ready to drink raw eggs with lime juice and salt so investigators kids will like them, haha!

Shaving Guatemalan style

With Elder Johnson and Elder Tagg

With kids from Champerico

Drinking a mini bottle of tobasco

Holding a Christmas card with pictures of all the ward members


His Steelers Christmas decorations




Cover the Earth!! (with the Book of Mormon), ha!

Members made turtle stew
Elder Johnson, Elder Tagg, Bryson, Elder Zavala

1/2 the mission getting gifts from a friend of President and Sister Goodman. Bryson is on the back row, towards the middle, wearing a suit.
 
 
 

Monday, December 12, 2016

Week #69-Stanley Yelnats

We played soccer today and it was so hot out that it reminded me of the movie Holes. So I hope that explains the caption. Anyways I got your package which is good! I can`t wait to open the stuff! I have no idea where Josè is but I`ll figure it out! 
     We had an alright week. The familia Calderon went to church again this week but they will not accept a date to be baptized!!!! We are doing everything we can to get them baptized but I really hope they do it this year! Their daughters don`t really like us which is kind of weird because most young Guatemalan girls will do anything to be around gringos but they are really shy when they`re around us! So we talked with them and we asked them what we could do so that they talked to us and they made us drink raw eggs! Classic! They also put lime juice and salt in the cup which was a zingy surprise. It worked though! My companion threw up but I chugged it like a man. I have a video and pictures! But I left my camera so sorry! 
    We always wave to everyone when we are in the street and to all the people that pass by on their motorcycles because not a lot of people have cars here! So we waved to a guy and he waved at us and then ate dirt!!! I felt so bad!!!! He hit the back of a tuc tuc and went flying!! And nobody wears helmets here! I seriously thought that he was dead! But there were some police there so they got the ambulance there fast. I hope he didn`t die. 
      But we found some pretty cool people! People love the little cards that we give them that have the christmas theme for this year! I always pull them out and make it look like I`m gong to do a magic trick but we just end up talking to them and they get disappointed. I think I am going to stop doing that! 
So, I am always sick. I realized I will be that way until I go home haha! my poor companion as well haha! 
     Le`Veon Bell made the McDonalds cut today! I saw that he nearly got 300 yards yesterday! That must`ve been fun! I guess we'll have to root for Tom Brady this week so they beat the Ravens!
     Love you!!!! 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Week #68-Break someone's clavical!!!

Ha ha that is the greatest quote of all time. Kicking and Screaming is literally the best movie ever. Except for The Restoration! That show literally makes Elder Zavala cry every time.  
    We had a good week! It was kind of hard. The Calderon Family is so close to accepting a fecha (date)!! We literally try to get them to accept every day and they never do it! But I feel like they will this week. I´d be way happy. I seriously love that family. They have their visas to go to the US and Feliciano said that when I am back home that he wants to visit the house! But they are great people. They are so close! We have literally taught them everything! 
      We are teaching a guy named Walberto and he is like 25 and he literally does nothing all day. He is so funny but he smokes, and drinks and everything but we comes to church with us which is good. He has this tiny little dog who is so cute and he just walks around with his dog everywhere. But he was talking about some dog movie that he watched and I guess the dog´s owner dies and the dog gets really sad but he was really moved by the movie. He is a funny dude. 
      But really nothing really big happened this week. We are trying really hard to get some people with a date! But this week I feel like we are on the edge of a breakthrough! 
I saw the Steelers highlight today! I was so happy! I saw James Harrison going to town! He got a safety right? Mom the highlights for the Steelers game were so dope! Who do they play next week?
    I sent you a package! I don´t know when it will get to you. It is kind of ghetto and I threw in a bunch of stuff! 
I learned how to tie a new knot for my ties!
    Anyways love you! Write me! 
Bryson told me he would tell me when he gets home how he got this dog-it must be a sad story

New soccer jerseys that the zone got

Converts

Elder Retana-Bryson in the background

Little kids who always ask for money (notice the second kid from the left......naughty)

Cute little Guatemala boy


New knot he learned to tie

Reu

Teaching kids how to tromp (play with a top)