Greetings from guatemala city.
-so sometimes the new people have to go to guatemala city to sign some papers if they didn't do it in the CCM... we got a call from the office elders 2 nights ago letting us know that we had to go. Last night we got on a bus at 10 and got here this morning at 6! Longest night ever. bright side: THERE IS A TACO BELL HERE!!!! We conviced the hermano who came to pick us up to take us there and we paid for his meal so he'd take us.
-i haven't had a voice since i got here. not quite sure what's going on but i sound pretty ridiculous
We are finding some really cool people here in San Benito! I am always so amazed by these people. In coban i was always taken back by the immense faith of humble, poor people who believe so much in miracles from a God they have never seen. Here in Peten it's different because it is a more modernized place. Here I am also taken back by the faith of the people but now it is because they are willing to humble themselves and trust in God more than themselves or their money.
We have a new recent convert that just moved into our area. he is 20 and has an interesting story. he lives alone, he just completed a year in the church, and before he was set on serving a mission until some things happened and he lost himself. We were able to get to know him this week and it was really special. he has seen the difference in his life from when he was active and how he is now. After talking with him for a while I asked him if he was still praying. he answered that he hadn't prayed for months. He doesn't have words and doesn't feel worthy to pray. We helped him feel like he could offer a prayer to end the lesson. He was hesitant but offered the prayer. It was beautiful to hear one of Heavenly Father's sons talk to Him again after a long time waiting, not knowing what to say. After the prayer he just sat there with his head down and cried. he thanked us and told us that he would do his best to figure things out, get help from his leaders, and come back to church. We helped him get a job with the young single adult leader in the branch on saturday so we hope that things will start heading uphill for Elvis :)
We had another lesson with Sylvia. she is the BEST. She is truly seeking guidance and answers from God and wants to forgive Him for taking her son away from her. We were teaching her about the Plan of Salvation and that her family will always be hers. We talked about God's plan for her and the things she has to do in this life to be able to have her family forever. As we were telling her to pray and ask God if what we were teaching is true she stopped us and said "I believe you. I know what you are saying is true. These are the answers I have been searching for for so long and I have never found peace until now. I believe you." Legit, I just wish you could all just sit in on our lessons with her. The Spirit is so strong, she is so prepared, and experiences like these are life changing for our investigators and for us. It reminds me of the scripture in dyc 50: