"Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah."

Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 2:8

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Planting Corn, Interviews and Zone Conference

Hello wonderful family of mine!

How is everyone doing this week? Sounds like you guys are already starting to see the crazy Kansas weather and it's warming up there. It's warming up here as well actually, and we had a storm up in Yalijux too this past week actually. It wasn't really all that big, but it was big for what I've seen here.

This past week has been a good week. First and foremost, it was an actual FULL complete week of work! So I was really happy about that. I went back up to Yalijux on Tuesday with my ZL, Elder Fernandez on divisions there. We got there and worked Tuesday evening.  We decided to try working until 8 and see if we couldn't find appointments. That was good because we found out that even though a lot of people normally start to sleep at 7, we could still find people like members, recient converts, and less actives to have appointments with. That will be good in the long run because when we used to go out earlier, I didn't study Q'eqchi' much because we just usually planned for the next day and then went to bed. And also the men are always home later in the day, so it's a better time to find families to teach. Then on Wednesday we went up to San Antonio Las Puertas to teach a few families. When we got to the member's house that lives there, Hermano Juaquin, we found about 20 men all eating caldo (Q'eqchi' soup) at his house. We found out that they were all planting corn for Hermano Juaquin and there were a lot of members there as well. So we decided since no one was going to be home since they were all there, that we would go and provide service to help them plant corn. In light of the fact that we were way up in the mountains, we planted corn WAY up in the mountains on pretty much just a really steep hillside. I thought they were crazy when I saw them doing it, but it wasn't actually too bad once you were up there and doing it too. So we got a little Guat bag full of corn and a big stick and started planting corn. It was pretty fun and the guys were all really funny there.

After that I worked on Thursday with Elder Fernanez as well. We visited our biggest possibilities a couple of times each throughout the week and weren't able to make too much progress with them. We have one family, Vicente and Magdelena, who are pretty much our best shot for a baptism at this point. We talked to them about baptism and they said that they wanted to be baptized but that they didn't feel like they were prepared, or that they didn't know all of the commandments yet. After talking to them a couple of times we explained to them about how baptism doesn't mean knowing everything, it means as we come to know things and know what the Lord wants, we promise with baptism that we will do it. We normally baptize children in the church at age 8, so I told him about that and about how it's a promise to the Lord to learn His commandments and then to live them and that it's a lifelong thing. Then he left to go work for a week and a half so that kind of stinks. We're hoping to try and get a baptismal date with him this week. (Oh, and he's our biggest possibility because they don't go to any church right now.) Other than that we don't really have too many other possibilities. On Friday we ended the division and spent the day getting back to Yalijux. Nothing too exciting happened over the weekend.

Yesterday we had interviews for all of the elders of Polochik and Senahu. My interview was good. Short and simple, but good. But we didn't have time to use internet yesterday because of that, so sorry for the delay, but here is your email haha. Then today we had our zone conference all day and it was a great conference. I learned a lot about a lot of things haha. I don't have a lot of time to write about everything but it was really spiritually uplifting. President talked about how we are going to close areas that are weaker and focus in the strong parts of the mission. Pretty much President Torres is getting everything ready for the new president in a change and a half. So there's talk going around about what areas they are going to close and what areas will be opened. Some people think that Yalijux might get closed for a while and that they are going to open another area in Tucuru. I guess there's a chance that I could go back to Tucuru if they open a new area there, but who knows. There's always a ton of speculation about these types of things. But for sure the next change will bring pretty big changes here. We'll see what happens. Other than that, not too much else has been going on. I got a letter today from Elder Thomas in the Philipines and it sounds like he's doing really well so that's good.

Mom- Haha I don't know why you think that Q'eqchi' people don't like music, but you should know that that'ts pretty much every Q'eqchi's favorite thing is music. EVERYBODY listens to music here. And almost all of it especially in Yalijux is religious music (evangelic music to be exact). A lot of times people only want us to come over to sing hymns haha. And every Friday night all of our members get together to sing 15 or so hymns. So people love music here. But you would probably die here since they change a lot of the rhythms/ notes of hymns here haha. It drives me crazy sometimes too. That's crazy about the storm. Thanks for sending my bday package :) You're the best mom! Love you.

Dad- hahaha I laughed so hard when I was reading your email and all of the sudden I just started reading the lyrics to a Black Eyed Peas song haha. I'm glad that you weren't serious in putting that in your email haha. It's true though that the world is going downhill, and fast. Today, President Torres talked about in Alma 17:3 where it talks about how Ammon and his brothers had the spirit of prophecy and revelation and he talked about how as missionaries we are prophets for our areas and we can have the spirit of prophecy. He said that every family needs to have a prophet for a father and a prophetess for a mother or the family will fall. I thought that was cool and a good insight. The temple will unlock the spirit to be with you guys more and in the area more in general. There, you and mom can recieve the spirit of prophecy and revelation to be "prophets" for our family. Love you Dad!

Jack- congrats on breaking Red Bridge ward's horrible bball record! haha I'm proud that you picked up the slack where I didn't do too well and scored some points for the team (take that Olathe First! haha just kidding.) You're awesome. Love you bud!

Kinzie- congrats on getting a 1 in Freshman Chamber Singers! That's awesome. You didn't do a solo or anything? I know you're more of a pop singer haha but you can sing whatever you want I'm sure. Keep working hard in school and give it all you've got! Love you, you freak!

Alright well, my time is up. Thanks for the emails and for all of your prayers and support in my behalf. Love you all tons and I hope you have a great week this week!

Love you all!
Elder Norton

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