Elder Daybell and his District. Max was recently called as the District Leader
I am here to report on my 3rd week in the CCM.
Tuesday: My day of culture shock. We actually went outside the CCM to the market which was awesome! And we got Wendy's which was a bendicione (blessing)At the market I bought a guatemala soccer jersey and some small knickknacks. The market was more colorful than anything I have ever imagined. One interesting thing about the guatemalans is they love Minions from despicable me! There are tons of small toys and shirts with the minions on them. I may have to buy one in the field. As we drove back from the market we passed the poorest spot in the city and it was just a hillside of shacks stacked on top of each other, I was filled with a lot of sadness when I saw that but I know that they may not have all the things of the world, but they do have the full love of God as does each and every one of us.
Wednesday: We hit the books hard and got 2 new roommates. One of our roommates is from Bolivia and the other from Salvador. They both have quite the backstory with one of them being a gangster in the drug cartel and the other inactive for 6 of the 3 years he was a member. They are an example to me of how anyone can change and God will always love you the same. One of them said (in spanish and I understood it by the way, the gift of tongues is real) That because of all Christ has done for him he sees his mission as his debt owed to Christ because of His Atonement. That roommate is 26 by the way. They are both great at helping us with our Language practice and just laugh if we don't understand.
Thursday: We had a great day of learning the language and working hard this day. We had our lesson with our investigador Gilda. She's tough because she never does what we commit her to do but the lesson went great!
Friday: We had a ton of success with our investigador Gabriel this day. He always said no to taking the book of Mormon or even praying the way we do, but we taught him about the plan of salvation and how he could live with his Mom again and he gratefully accepted and was eager to read this time and he almost said yes to baptism after thinking about it for 2 minutes!
Saturday and Sunday: Some of my favorite days so far because of the General conference. Conference was amazing and all the talks I felt I could apply to me. Funny how amazing these talks are filled with the spirit and you can apply to your life if you stay awake :) My favorite talk was Elder Hollands talk because I have seen a lot of poor here and am so excited to serve these people and give them all that I have, which the best thing being the complete gospel of Jesus Christ on this earth. Yo tengo un tesimonio que la iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos De Los Ultimos Dias contanas la cumplir del evangelio de Jesucristo y que todos personas pueden vivir con Dios y Cristo ultro ves.
Monday: We got right back to work but it was a little longer because we were all a little anxious to write our Families. I had a nice conversation in Spanish with a Latino named Elder Santos and it was crazy to see how much I could communicate with someone only 3 weeks after starting to learn the language. I know where he is from, his mission his plans after his mission and the fact that he has a girlfriend serving in the same country he will be serving in. I thought it was amazing that I could say so much and understand so much only 3 weeks in! Its funny hearing the Latinos try to copy our English but i'm sure that is how we sound speaking Spanish! haha.
I love you all and I miss you all too! But I know I have been called of a prophet of God to serve these people and I already love the Guatemalans so much and I haven't even been out of the CCM. I love you all and I testify that I know that God loves you all more than I possibly could.
Love, Elder Daybell