Monday, February 24, 2014

I've Made the Wall of Death

This week has been perdy sick! In fact, it has been rad. The Verde had 75 people in church. Plus we have a really positive guy who is progressing towards baptism so we are pretty pumped for that. I know I shouldn't think in numbers but at the same time it is a bit of a numbers game here. The more that are baptized, the more that are saved. Simple as that, right?

Today, for Pday we watched a movie. It was a newish Disney movie called Frozen. Holy freak that movie was awesome. Like really good. I quite enjoyed it. The music was really good. There is this part when the princess lets her hair out. That was cool. All the elders freaked. If we do well, we get to watch Turbo next week which also looks good. 

I am very happy. I am now on the "Wall of Death" in the office meaning that I am now on the countdown list of those that are ending their missions. It hasn't made my baggy at all. The weird thing that is making me baggy is I really miss shoveling that driveway. 

To be a PMG missionary, you have to get a good score on the test. I didn't really study for it. I just kept doing what I was doing - trying to help people get their salvation and that's how I got on there. Also, the story of the "high five" is ... It is against the rules to high five but I have never been the most formal dude ever so that has been hard for me. I have been trying exceptionally hard, especially with the Hermanas. But Hermana Krueger is just so cool that I gave her a high five. Then Hermana Ruiz, Pres's wife, chewed me out. Haha it is alright. Totally worth it!

I am glad you enjoyed the plate. The whole mission has gone nuts cuz of the plate. So, I am a trendsetter. Haha 

Have fun with all your missionary mommas, mom! That is about all. No pics because my memory card got corrupted. Sorry.

Con amor,
Elder Grant

This picture was sent by Hermana Minnick to her family . I had to keep it to show Collin when he comes home. Here he is looking over the Las Palmas zone (aka The Relief Society) before changes last week.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A Plate, Sleight, and a Baptism

From Robin: Collin sent home a gift with a mission buddy. We finally were able to get to Provo to pick it up. I am so glad that we were able to get together. We LOVE the plate, carved by a member in his Ward, and will cherish it forever. But, I LOVED meeting Elder Loyd Sleight. I couldn't hug him tight enough knowing that he is the closest thing to Collin that I have seen in 20 months. He is so cute! No wonder Collin liked him so much.

Collin's letter:

So, GOOD, GOOD, GOOD news this week. We had a baptism!!! In your face, Satan!!!! I FREAKING HATE SATAN! The baptism was a huge fiasco at first, but, we got her done. At 9:30, my companion and I started our way down to La Verde, on bikes, and right when we got there we found that the pila wasn't full at all which is terrible because it takes like six hours to fill. In fact, the water pump of the church was busted completely by some stupid kids. So, then we had to get pulled by a pickup, fill another, and finally complete the baptism. And then our Branch President brought us food! That is also, and always, super awesome. I hope my companion sends me pictures of the baptism because I never carry my camera around.

My card reader, that I just bought, doesn't work. que crap!!!

Today I am quite sunburned because we played ultimate frisbee for a ton of time. I love that game. It is so much fun. Sorry to hear about the car. I hope all works out well with the insurance because that would stink if it didn't. I also hope you love the plate and enjoyed your Sleight experience. He is a funny kid.

The first picture is the baptism; the second is the husband of that first family I baptized back in Malacatan; and the third is Batman helping me mark scriptures. Petty cool, right! 

Well, love ya all. Bye!

Con amor,
Elder Grant

Thursday, February 13, 2014

I Came. I Saw. I Conquered!

Dang straight! This week we put a baptismal date in La Verde! TAKE THAT STUPID CURSE AND DANG EVANGELICALS!!! Yes! We are gonna have the first baptism in a year!!! Wahoo! I will not leave this area without baptizing. So ya, I'm so happy.

Today was also fun. We played soccer and ultimate frisbee. P-Day is really the only day that I can relieve stress and this Zone can give me a lot of it. So I'm happy and I'm not stressed today. I love playing sports. It helps a ton to stay unstressed.

So this, on our adventures, we have been running all over on a couple bikes that my comp  and I took from some members. Bikes are SICK!!!! Definitely better than just going on feet. I was thinking about the Temple. I really love Rexburg's temple but I LOVE the temple in Quetzaltenango. In fact, I love this country. I hope that someday the family can learn to love it as much as I do. It is incredible! The people are amazing and the music and well all of it. I just love it here so much. I really don't want my mission to end.

I also bought a sick pair of Jordans today for super cheap. That's cool. But in all reality I'm happy and bikes just rock. Hahaha

Con amor,
Elder Grant

Thursday, February 6, 2014

It's Looking Better

So this week has been better for the Zone. The Zone had three baptisms but I hope we don't fall into the trap of feeling like all the work is done and there is nothing more to do. That is definitely not the case. We need to continue to work hard! 

Today has been a fun day but very tiring and I'm exhausted. I don't have much to write because I wrote a big report to Presidente.

Things are going fine in La Verde. In fact, I'm happy. We are still holding at 70 as the attendance. The goal at the end of the year is 100 and I think we can get it! 

I hope all of you are well. I am well because today I found a pair of nice Jordan's for cheap - like 15 bucks. So I bought them. Hahaha. Woot! I love the Pacas!!!

Con amor,
Elder Grant

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Not Much Going On

Well, this has been the most sluggish month of my mission so far. Our zone is really struggling, too. We feel that we will need to put more pressure on the zone so that's what we are going to do. 

I got a package from my VERY BEST FRIEND KY TRUPP. It contained some very sick corte pants. Imagine like MC Hammer pants but made of Guatemalan corte. That was an awesome surprise.

I had interview with Presidente. That's always fun. Also we watched 17 Miracles. Holy cow that is an incredible movie! It definitely built my testimony. I can't imagine what those people did and just how much God calls on us to do. I don't feel I could have endured a journey like that. Wow the faith of those saints is inspiring. 

That's about it. Not much too much in the Verde went down, this Saturday we are leaving with all the priesthood to invite people to church. 

I am happy but a little tired today. I wish I could write more but my brain is just too tired out. Love you all tons!

Con amor,
Elder Grant