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Guatemala Guatemala City Central Mission
Apartado 921-A Zona 9
01009 Guatemala City
Guatemala
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Guatemala Guatemala City Central Mission
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Salt Lake City UT 84130-0150


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November 24, 2015

Hey everyone

This week we had changes and my new companion is Elder Larsen from Logan, Utah. He has 21 months in the mission so I think I may be his last companion and I also think and hope that I will be in this area for a very long time because of it! He is awesome and we have actually had many cool miracles here already. 

We got up on Saturday and I got a call that every missionary wants to receive. A man called and told me his girlfriend had attended church 4 times and was ready to be baptized, he even told me the day she wanted the interview and the baptism. We called her and she was awesome, so ready, she was even going to institute and learning there, she has a testimony but she lives in the area of the sister missionaries who we share a ward with. So we passed on the reference but it was quite the miracle and shows that sometimes the people come to you when they are ready. 

We got up on Sunday and went to pick up our investigator Zoyla Mecler and she came out with a big bag. We had planned her baptism for the 29th of this month because she had only attended 1 time and drank coffee Tuesday and the rule is she has to wait 10 days to be baptized. She told us that in the bag were her clothes for the baptism and we said are you sure. She told us she had already told all her family and they were going to be there and that if it didn't happen today it would never happen. So we called Presidente Markham and he gave us the OK and we made it clear to he that she needed to stop drinking coffee and she said never again will she touch it. So after a lot of running around to say the least she was baptized with all the family in attendance. It was an amazing miracle and the whole family thanked us after because they are all members! 

I am thankful to be a missionary. One thing I know is the spirit is in this work and i would do nothing on my own without it's guide. I hope you all have a happy thanksgivin, I will as well because we have a member here that said, Elders this week is thanksgiving and i know you eat turkey this day. I will make you turkey this Thursday. Miracles haha Love you all, 
Elder Daybell





November 17, 2015

Hey Everyone, 

This week was great as we went Wednesday to the temple. We did an endowment session and then after the temple president asked us to help for 30 minutes with Sealings. I got to be a witness at the sealing sessions for the dead. That was really cool and my first experience of a sealing. After we went as a zone to a place to eat where they make huge sandwiches and if you finish all of it, you don't pay. We only had 1 Elder in the zone finish his entire Sandwich and he is the skinniest in the zone. It was a fun Pday. 

As the subject says this week we have changes, they still have not told us but we are certain that Elder Aza is leaving and I am staying. We have the secretaries in our zone and they know the changes about 2 weeks before the changes, they have been messing with us about the changes. They can't tell us, but they certainly like to play around with our minds. 

This week we had Hermana Zoyla Mecler attend church with us. She is awesome and has many desires to be baptized after an accident that happened about a year ago. She is going to be baptized this Sunday. She is very sarcastic and has a good sense of humor. She reminds me a lot about one of the cars from the movie Cars because she has the same voice as the Old car that sells bumper stickers, it has been great to help her along this path. 

We also had many other miracles but as it says in the book of Mormon there is not enough space to write "even the hundredth part" of all that has happened! I know this church is true and I love this gospel. Have a great week! Love,
Elder Daybell

November 10, 2015

Hey Everyone, 
This has been a great week and the best part... We helped a family prepare to be eternal! They are now in the path where they need to be to become and eternal family. And even before their baptism they had been talking about going to the temple in a year to be married for all eternity! Wilmer and Yesenia were married this last Saturday and baptized like 30 minutes after their marriage. Many members attended and even brought more decoration because as the lady who did the marriage put it " The Elders have no creativity". But it was nice to have the help of members who brought balloons and a cake that was so delicious! 

We were so happy with the progress of Wilmer and Yesenia that we realized something after the baptism: We need to find more investigators. Right now we are in the process of finding and it is tough. We are working with Juanita still but she can't seem to give up coffee. We are working with that, but we will see what happens as we look for news in this week. 

Tomorrow we are going to the temple for Pday. I have not gone for almost a year. The last time I went was the 30th of December 2014. It is such a blessing to be in an area so close to the temple. Sorry there isn't much time but I know that this church is true. Simple as that. I love you all and hope you have a great week. 

Love, 
Elder Daybell




Tuesday, November 3, 2015

November 3, 2015

Hey Everyone, 

This week has been crazy and full of good and well not so good news. But that is mission work. 

We had an investigator who was going to be baptized this Sunday but she drank coffee and so we had to push back her baptismal date. It is always hard to push back a date but it is necessary sometimes so that people can repent. 

This Saturday we have a wedding to go to and after we are going to baptize the family! Wilmer and Yesenia Garcia have put the date for their wedding and baptism and I am so excited. They are a great couple and have a huge love for the gospel. And now, after a lot of time to get things sorted out they are able to get married and baptized! These are the moments we always live for in the mission. All the rejections and contacts and lessons are all taught and done with the objective to bring a soul to God's church. 

Recently they showed a video here about the atonement and missionary work. It really helped me to understand that yeah the mission is tough but what Christ did was harder. Jeffrey R. Holland said (As far as it is translated correctly from my mind) "I am convinced that missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience". I know that my savior died for me and atoned for every single one of us and that I have grown closer to my God through this experience. I love you all and hope you have a great month of thanksgiving for all that we have been given. 
Love, 
Elder Daybell 




October 27, 2015



Hey Everyone, 

October is coming to an end, that is so crazy. I cannot believe how the months fly by! But we are working hard and loving life as missionaries. We have had many wonderful experiences and I have learned a lot in this week with all the splits we had. Every week we have to have 3 and I have learned that it is pretty tiring but it is lots of fun, I have also learned that a week goes by a lot faster than before! 

This week we had interviews with President Markham and it was awesome. He talked about making the atonement personal in our lives. He also tried to focus us a lot on our responsibilities as missionaries in bringing people to Christ and having them make the atonement more personal in their lives as well. 

We have had a lot of success in our area and this week we are going to baptize Juanita. She is a former investigator that we started visiting and she has gone to church 2 times now. She is a little strange and says lots of things that don't make sense (for examle one time she told us about her little tree that was dying and so she inserted a little bit of her blood into the tree and it survived) but the gospel is for everyone and we are so excited for her! We are also working with a family, Wilmer and Yesenia (Jesenia) Garcia. They are going to be baptized in this month of November, we just have little complications with them but we are closer than ever with this family. 

Sunday we had a huge miracle, a full rack of ribs for each one of us! It was so delicious! How I miss good barbecue, but I am also loving the tortillas. 

This was a great week and I look forward to this week that is going to be full of miracles and wonderful experiences, I am happy to be a missionary and there is no place that I would rather be right now! I know the church is true and I know the atonement is for each and every one of us to apply personally everyday! Have a great week everyone! 

Love, 
Elder Daybell









New Zone Leader

Dear family of Elder Max Turner Daybell,

It is with appreciation that I inform you that Elder Daybell, has been called to serve as a Zone Leader in the Guatemala, Guatemala City Central Mission.  This comes as a result of revelation from the Lord. He has demonstrated diligence, hard work, faith, love and has obtained the respect of the rest of the missionaries.

As a Zone Leader, I will work closely with him to motivate and influence the rest of the missionaries in his zone. At the same time, Elder Daybell will be expected to lead and exemplify every aspect of missionary work.

I appreciate having Elder Daybell as a servant of God here in the mission field. I truly know that he is a special son of God.

Yours faithfully,Melvin G. MarkhamMission President

October 20, 2015

Hey Everyone, 

Changes happened and I now find myself in the area of Prados 1. My companion is Elder Aza from Peru, and he was my district leader for 1 change in Tiquisate before I became district leader. And now we are Zone leaders together here in The zone Villa Hermosa. It's a cool area and is in the capital area of the mission, it is actually the closest zone to the capital in this mission. I am learning a lot about being a zone leader but today is when the real actions begins. As zone leaders we have to have splits 3 times during the week with the Elders in our zone and today we are beginning with all the splits for this change and I am heading to another area today and who knows what else will happen during this week. 

It was hard to leave my last area because I made so many friends in such a short time but thanks to today's technology I will still have communication with them. I even got an email from 1 of them today. This new area is great and we have so many investigators that are progressing and so much area. This area is huge. The members are also very nice and help a lot with the food, and they make great food. One Sister here asked me what kind of food I liked and when I told her ribs she said that she would make us ribs this upcoming Sunday! Wahoo what a miracle! 

Today I got to know the zone and it is full of great missionaries who are ready to see miracles and help lots of people come unto Christ. I am excited to be in the service of my God and I know that this service comes by serving our fellow man. I am excited to be a zone leader in order to serve and love the missionaries in this zone. My first duty as a Zone leader was look for a house for some hermanas that are opening an area here in this zone. it is hard to do house hunting here in Guatemala I am glad for how easy the process is there in the states. I still don't know much about this area or have had much experience here but little by little I will see the miracles and let you all know as we go along! 

Love you all, 
Elder Daybell 





October 13, 2015

Hey everyone, 

This was a crazy week and well to finish it off my companion and I were super surprised to find out that I will be leaving this area. I was only here for 1 change or 6 weeks and now I will be heading out and he will be staying again. It's odd because it does not happen much but there isn't really anything we can do just accept it and work hard wherever the Lord calls us. 

But this week was awesome as we worked so hard to have a wedding and a baptism for Josue Hernandez and his wife Eliana. Everything went great and they are so excited to go to the temple in 1 year. We have already made the goal with them and put a picture of the temple in their house and they are so excited. It was a great baptismal service and the spirit was strong. We had 2 investigators in attendance as well and I know it helped them feel that all was right. I had the privilege of performing the ordinance and was very grateful to be a part of this big step for this family. 

Moving all will be hard, it always is but I know that I have done what the Lord wanted me to do in this short time here. Now I will go and look for miracles in another area and let you all know where that is next week! It will definitely be hard to leave my companion, he is awesome and we have gotten along very well and this is why we were able to see miracles. I will let you all know where I am at next week! I love you,
Elder Daybell








October 6, 2015

Hey Everyone, 

This Conference Sunday was amazing and I learned so much. I loved the ponderize message and have even begun to apply it and have learned so much. The best part about this weekend for me was the miracle baptism we had right before the Sunday morning session. Jessica Matias got baptized and many of her friends that are members attended and her twin sister. It was a great spiritually filled baptism. 

September was a tough month for us, but that meant it was a good month of learning and now we are seeing miracles as we have put that learning into practice. This Saturday we are getting a couple married and then the husband will be baptized Sunday! And then in a year they will go to the temple and be sealed for eternity. We Baptize Families! His name is Josue Hernandez. We also have a young man who went to conference who is planning on being baptized the 18th of this month as well as our investigator Francisco Giron who was in the hospital this week but was able to receive permission to attend a session of General Conference. It has been a great start and I am so excited to help all these people whom I love so much in their spiritual progress. 

As for the conference I learned about ponderizing. But one of my favorite talks was by Larry G. Lawrence about What Lack I yet. One thing I have learned in the mission is that I am here to make changes to my life and always being better and better as a disciple of Christ. I took that challenge and have now made the goal to always ask that question in order to become what my Heavenly Father wants to be. Something my mission president always says is " The mission doesn't change anybody, the atonement changes everybody" The mission hasn't changed me, it has just helped me to understand the atonement of our Redeemer. 

I just want to share a thought from the scripture I am ponderizing which is 1 Nephi 1:1 I love how it says seeing many afflictions and because of his afflicions he was favored in the eyes of God. God gave many afflictions to Nephi to prove his discipleship and Nephi came through and this was why he was highly favored of the Lord. We too have many afflicions given to us and now we just need to decide if we want to be highly favored of the Lord and an instrument in his hands or not. I hope you all choose to be as well! I love you all, 
Elder Daybell





September 29, 2015

Hey everyone. 

This month went by really fast but now I believe that they all do. it was tough but recently we have had such a great miracle. We have a reference from a guy who always visits with us that we are teaching, her name is Jessica Matias. She was attending another church for a long time and attended 1 time with us but didn't like it so much. We committed her to attend 1 more time and to see what she thought and from there she could determine what she wanted to do. She went. And after she said she felt a happiness that was indescribable, something that she had never felt before. immediately after she went and attended her church and she asked God to help her feel the same there to know if it was true. She said she never felt even close to that feeling and that now she knows the church is true and that the Book of Mormon is true and that she needs to be baptized. We are now in the process of planning her baptism maybe for this Sunday. She said something really cool that I liked, she had this feeling and she just wanted even to know about this feeling as well. I know that feeling exists in the true church of Christ and it is indescribable. 

As for the Man we found who has family in Utah, due to continued medical complications he could not attend church, but the cool thing was is that his family from Utah called the bishop and talked with him. They are supporting him and helping us to know we should keep visiting him and not give up on him. It was really cool to hear about this call and how much we as members know the importance of the family and it doesn't matter where we are, we can always support each other. 

I am so excited for this conference and cannot wait to hear about the new apostles and all the changes! I hope that everyone has a wonderful week! I love you! 
Elder Daybell



Wednesday, September 23, 2015

September 22, 2015

Hey Everyone! 

This week has been great and I just wanted to tell you about some of the many miracles we have had, Because we have certainly had a week full of miracles. 

We recently found a man and when we contacted him at is door we asked if he had hear about the Book of Mormon and if he would like to learn more. His reply was " I like 3rd Nephi when Christ comes to the Americas" That obviously shocked us and we asked him if he was a member and he said no but he has family that lives in Woodscross and Bountiful Utah that are members and talk to him. Well he has been progressing a ton and working hard to live the commandments in preparation for his baptism this Sunday. We taught him about the Word of Wisdom and he told us about how he has been addicted to tobacco since he was 13, he is now 46 but he said he wanted to give it up and so we gave him a blessing to help him receive some divine help as well. He said that during the blessing he felt like a warm fire like feeling in his neck as I gave him the blessing and for a week he has not smoked, since the blessing he has not smoked. As for the Law of Chastity he called us yesterday and told us he talked to his girlfriend ( who he has been living with for 10 years) and this Saturday he will be getting married to her! I am so happy we found this guy because the Lord really did prepare him to hear this message. 

Yesterday, we had planned a family home evening with a member family and a family that is investigating the church, but it was raining and the investigators didn't want to walk outside in the rain with the baby. So we said a little prayer that the rain would stop and then sang a hymn and it immediately stopped raining after the hymn even though it had been raining for about 4 hours straight. It was a little miracles but it helps show me that God is watching out for us always and will always help us if our intentions are worthy of his help.

I love the mission and know that I am converted to this gospel now. But I have also learned I need to become converted to the missionary work! I know this church is true and I know we have a God of miracles because I have seen them and I hope to continue seeing many more as I live this Gospel. I love you all and hope you have an amazing week. 
 Love,
Elder Daybell


Leaving La Noria


Birthday Gifts from the Family! 


The Tiny Chapel in La Noria. 


September 15, 2015

Happy Independence Day everyone! For those of you who did not know today is the day of independence for Guatemala and everyone is celebrating today, it may be a hard day to find lessons and people to teach but we will work hard! 

This has been a tough week with all that has been going on! This last Sunday not many people attended church, including members because of all the parades that they had to participate in! But we did have one family come to church and we are working hard with them so they can get married and be baptized. They have seen the gospel change their lives as they said that if the missionaries had not visited them they would still not be together. Now we just need to get them married and help them have an eternal perspective so that they can go to the temple in a year!

Yesterday I went somewhere that I haven't been for about a year and I was so happy... we went to Walmart! There is a Walmart here and a mall next to it and I had a tiny bit of culture shock in Walmart as I am not used to a store so big! But it was great and I even bought some snacks that I haven't had in forever like Jellybeans. it was great! 

Today we had a great district meeting and learned a lot about real intent. We learned to always pray with real intent and the importance of doing so. Because if we go to a lesson and say a pray that doesn't make it to heaven, how do we expect our investigators to do the same in order to receive an answer from the spirit! So always say prayers that you know have made it to heaven, as President Hinckley said " Talk to God" Not just talk and not listen. If there is one thing I have learned it is might prayer, which is mentioned 7 times in the Book of Mormon by the way. look for it! 

I know God answers prayers and that when we talk to him with real intent we will know what to do in everyday and every moment! Love you all,
Happy Independence Day! 
Elder Daybell

September 8, 2015

This week has been a little crazy. We got up nice and early (3 A.M.) on my birthday to go to the changes and it was quite the day! I got a package that made my day better so that was good! As for saying goodbye to everyone in La Noria that was hard but I got an email from my good friend President Perdido so at least I can still keep up with all that is going on there. My new area is called Linda Vista, or beautiful sight in english. It is really cool because it is on the highest hill in the city of Guatemala and you can see just about the whole city! It is a ward so it is huge compared to my last area. I am still getting used to it and for me it is pretty chilly in the capital! 

We have had some great experiences though, me and my new companion, Elder Casillas from Mexico. He told me when I got there that we changed areas with the Sisters in our district for problems that they had had and well it is like we are opening an area because we both have never been there before. It has been a great challenge and we have actually found some great investigators and if we work really hard we could have 2 baptisms this week. It will take faith to see these miracles but I know we can do it. We have been working a lot with the members here. a lot of the young men are willing to visit with us and the Bishop and our Ward Mission Leader help us so much that from the first day I have been excited to be here, it's different but I am so excited to see what miracles we can see here. 

I don't have a ton to say because well, I am still getting used to everything and little by little I will be able to tell you all more about what is happening here! I love you all! Sorry there are no pictures, my camera is at the house. Whoops! 

Love,
Elder Daybell

September 1, 2015

Hey everyone,
I don't have much time today but thanks to all for the birthday wishes! Tomorrow is my birthday and it will be on the road because tomorrow I have changes. I will be leaving La Noria and moving on. It will be a little tough but all will be well!
We have continued working hard and have some great investigators here that are progressing and I am leaving them with my companion so I know that they are in good hands. This week we also changed houses. We Moved! It wasn't that bad because I have gotten used to that over my life. A scorpion was there to welcome us to the new house, which was normal to me. It is the 3rd one I have seen and killed but it was new for my companion and he was scared and not used to it so I hope all goes well for him with my leaving. haha It is going to be hard leaving, my companion was awesome and we did some good work but now it is time to do what the Lord wants us to do!
I love you all and hope you have an amazing week. I know this church is true and I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God and is the most correct book in this world that will bring us closer to God.
Love,
Elder Daybell



Thursday, August 27, 2015

August 25, 2015

Hey Everyone,
This has been a good week and yesterday was a great way to spend a P-day! Bowling! In our area we had a retention of 100% with our 22 converts so we got to go bowling with the Markhams and I also learned some things. Next week are the changes and I will be leaving my area, I will also be training again. I have a feeling I may be opening an area which would be cool but I don't know for sure.. it just sounded that way!
We have been working hard and saw a lot of investigators at church this week, including a family of a man who is reactivating and his wife who is an investigator. We also are helping a family who is active get their child registered in the country. He is 9 years old but can't be baptized because according to the country he doesn't exist. Only in La Noria. We are working hard and I want to do all I can to leave these people with strong testimonies so that this area keeps progressing like I have seen. When I got here we had an attendance of 34 people consistently, but with a lot of work and help of the spirit we have consistently had above 60 people attending this last 6 weeks with 67 this last Sunday! It has been pretty amazing this progress.
Fun Fact that I just found out. La Noria means the waterwheel. Which is weird because there is not a water wheel here now, there was but now no..
We also found another tarantula but this time we took some pictures with him and named him Golam. wahoo for our house.
I want you all to know that I know God lives and that his son Jesus Christ lives as well and they both love us so much. God blesses us if we are obedient and the best blessing I have seen is helping someone to see the light of Christ and the truthfulness of the Gospel. Have a great week! 
Love,
Elder Daybell


Bowling!


Their new "pet"

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

August 18, 2015

Hey Everyone,
This has been an amazing week full of some great experiences as well as miracles!
First of all we had the baptism of Erick Rodriguez this week who is 12 years old. He is the son of a man who has been inactive for 20 years and he finally gave permission to his son to be baptized and attend church. The father still does not attend church but he came to the baptism with his whole family and we know that Eric's example will help him renew that testimony again. Erick also brought his older brother to church on Sunday and we have begun teaching him as well and he has accepted baptism on the 30th of this month, probably my last Sunday in this area.
We have also been working hard to strengthen the testimonies of some families that are becoming active again in the church. Yesterday we had a family home evening with a family that Elder Rojas and I helped to activate, with a lot of help from our Heavenly Father of Course, and they brought 2 investigators to the Family home evening. This Family, the Yanes Family, has been progressing a ton and if you remember I had the privilege of baptizing their son Elisandro. I love them a ton and was so happy to see them in the temple preparation class to become an eternal family! They plan on going the beginning of 2016 to become sealed as a family!
Yesterday we had a Pday with President Markham and Hermana Markham. We played some fun games and also ate some really good food! President Markham also gave us many words of wisdom in order to help us with the work as well as planning for after the mission. It was a lot of fun. Also last night my companion had his first experience last night with this house, we had another tarantula in the house! It was bigger than the last one, even though the Photos don't do it justice. It was bigger than my palm to give you all an idea. We killed it but didn't sleep well with that thought in our minds.
Well I hope you all have an amazing week and do something to help the missionaries in your wards or stakes. We really do love it and you don't know how many lives you could change as you work with them! I love you all! 





Erick's Baptism


P-day with the Mission President!



Tarantula Visitor in their apartment!  



Tuesday, August 11, 2015

August 11, 2015

Hey Everyone! 

This has been a week of a lot of learning that is for sure! We were a little sad as our baptism fell through and the guy who had been progressing so fast, has now began ignoring us and not coming to church. It is just sad because of all the many spiritual experiences we have had with him and all the times he has said he felt for himself that the church is true. But it helped me come to the realization of that there really is an enemy and he is doing all he can to tear us down and he will if we let him. But if we don't let him he has no power over us at all. 

We have had some great success with a young man named Erick as he has been coming to church due to his cousins! He even payed tithing on Sunday and wants to keep going to church and eventually receive the priesthood. Today we are going to talk to his dad and see if he will give him permission to be baptized this week and I know all will be well! 

In Elders Quorum we are teaching all the Elders the blessings and ordinances of the priesthood because none of them knew very well how to do it. Sadly even the President of the Quorum but there is some progress now as everyone is learning. This Sunday we will teach them how to baptize and hopefully see the uncle of Erick baptize as well! 

Yesterday we went to Santiago or what they say are the waters of Mormon. It was cool to go and look at the market and we ended up taking a picture with a lady at her little store so you can see how they all dress in Santiago. It is so cool to see the culture and get to explore around Guatemala a little more! 

I hope you all have a great week! 
Love,
Elder Daybell 


Elder Daybell and Elder Halverson


Baptism of Oleida


Chicken Feet soup!


Elder Daybell and  a Guatemala lady from Santiago. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

August 4, 2015

Hey people! 

Wow! We are in August already and it has been a great start to the month! Last month we worked hard and this month we started off great with the baptism of the daughter of America. She got baptized and really made some big changes in her life to get to this point! My companion baptized her and it was a great baptismal service overall! 

We have recently been working a lot with a man named Juan Carlos and he has been progressing a ton and this Sunday he is going to be baptized! He picked the date and everything so we have been preparing for this day for a long time and I am certainly excited! I have watched this guy make some huge changes and have had some great spiritual experiences right alongside him. And as President Markham tells us, the benefits of obeying with exactness in the mission will help us find eternal friends, I consider him an eternal friend along with all of the people who we have baptized. 

We also have had some great mission work from some kids here in this ward as they have invited their family to church. One of my converts from this ward brought her cousin to church and he loved it and ended up taking a for the strength of youth and duty to god book from the young mens and we will now be working with him and his family! I love the miracles I have seen here through just a small invitation like that. Our mission President has always told us " People will go where they are invited, and stay where they are appreciated".

Yesterday with my companion we went and bought hammocks to relax in at night before bed and read! I will get pictures but we are seriously becoming part of this area because everyone here has a hammock! We also are looking forward to going to the Waters of Mormon this next Monday with our zone! I hope that you all have an amazing week!
Love,
Elder Daybell 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28, 2015

Hey Everyone!

Can you believe it?! July is ending isn't that crazy! Here comes August and I just have a great feeling this is going to be a month of miracles. But as you all know there were changes and these changes were pretty crazy for me. I am still in La Noria and President Markham informed me that I was going to train again... but my companion never went to the MTC. So I got paired up with someone that entered the mission field with me. His name is Elder Halverson and we have the exact same amount of time in the mission, he was on the airplane with me when I left and we will share being senior companions. But I am still district leader, the only difference is we share the cellphone every other day and at night I need to call the elders in the district.

It is fun being with a gringo and I have learned how bad my English is now, but don't worry I am working on it! We have also worked hard to clean the house and work well with our branch mission leader. We have seen a ton of progress and have 2 miracles for this Sunday! Juan Carlos and Oleida Gomez are going to be baptized. Oleida is the daughter of America that got baptized abut a week and a half ago and she made some pretty big changes to get to this point. Juan Carlos as well has made some huge decisions, the biggest is finding a place to stay the night other than with his family so that he can be baptized. His wife won't get married with him, and he wants more than anything to follow Christ so he we be sleeping in another house and night and be with his kids in the afternoon, until his wife makes the same decision to follow Christ and marry him and get baptized! There are miracles and the faith of this man is incredible! 

Yesterday we cleaned our house and sprayed some bug repellent that should keep away the scorpions and tarantulas, but as for the snakes... who knows what we will do! I hope you all have a great week and work hard to help this wonderful work go about! This truly is the time to harvest and see miracles. I love you all,
Elder Daybell 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

July 21, 2015

Hey Everyone!

This week was a great week as we had a lot of great success as our last week together as companions. That's right there are changes and my companion is leaving this area and I will be receiving a new companion tomorrow! This will be my 4th change in this area and so I will end with almost 6 months in 1 area! And I love this area, I feel like it's my house now and the members are more like my family than just friends! But I am happy to stay here as we have a baptism the 2nd of August of a man that has been showing his faith in many ways. 

This man is Juan Carlos and he is a huge example of faith. He has felt the spirit and even fasted with us to help him with what he is going through. He has been with his girlfriend for 10 years and have had many problems. He loves the church and goes with his children to church without his wife because she doesn't want religion. He asked her this last week to marry him and she said no, even after  10 years of being with him, so he showed his faith and left her in order to progress in the church and be baptized! He is a great example to his kids and they are praying with him and reading scriptures at night. I can't say I have seen faith like that for a long time. I am so happy to be a part of this miracle and have my faith increase as I watch his example of faith. 

This past Sunday we also had the baptism of America and her daughter! America has been visiting missionaries for a year and finally made some decisions to be baptized this last Sunday! It was a wonderful day and a great way to end the change with my companion! 

Last Tuesday we found another critter in our house. A big, hairy legged Tarantula. I don't know what to think... Snakes, scorpions, tarantulas and sometimes we have to chase bats out of the house. 6 more weeks, I hope I can make it ;) 
Love you all,
Elder Daybell 


Baptism of America


Their friend they found. 

July 14, 2015

Hey Everyone,
   
This week was another week of working hard and seeing miracles! 

This week we had the baptism of Elisandro Yanes or Chando. I had the privilege of baptizing him and I will never forget when we were waiting for the bus to go back to La Noria he was talking to me and thanked me for being the one to baptize him. It was sweet and may seem cheesy, but it was some powerful words to me from the mouth of a 9 year old. 

We have another miracle waiting for us with a lady we challenged for this weekend who said she wanted to be baptized and finally things are looking up and she seems to be ready for this week. This is the last week of the change and I have a sad feeling that I will be leaving this area so I hope we can finish this week baptizing in an area that I have come to love. I have seen so many miracles here and this would be a huge miralce because she has been receiving the missionaries for 1 year now! Her name is America. 

We spent Pday as a district and took some pictures in our clothes from Guatemala and made T shirts with those pictures! It was a fun Pday and I love my district, we have been working super hard and we were happy to see that today in the Presidents letter to all the mission he mentioned our district for the effort we are putting forth to have a high percentage of the retention and baptize every week! 

Last night we had a crazy experience, for those who remember the scorpion that was in our house, one of his friends showed up last night. I was leaving a door in our house when I hear something fall. I looked to my side and there he was, a good sized snake that dropped right next to me. But we were able to kill it with just about no problems, it was just really tramatic because it tried to fight back, but no one got hurt... besides the snake. Mom... don't freak out, this is what makes memories :) 

I hope you all have a great week and know that I have a strong testimony that this is God's true church and that we can all see miracles in our lives, we just need to leave our comfort zone and do a little more, because we are more. I love you all
Love,
Elder Daybell


Baptism


His District


The snake he killed


Their T-shirts

Thursday, July 9, 2015

July 7, 2015

Hey Everyone,

This week was absolutely crazy and wonderful! We had 2 baptisms and some other shocking miracles in this week that were amazing. One of the baptisms we had is the daughter (Joselyn) of a less active that we have helped to reactivate and it was a great event this past SundayOn Friday we have planned a baptism for a young man named Amilcar who is a little nervous and shy. We went to visit him Friday morning before the baptism to be certain of everything ( He told us he was going to say yes or no that day and if yes we would have the baptism at 1) but he wasn't there. We spent a good hour looking for him and couldn't find him. We went and had lessons and ate lunch and then we had the feeeling to look for him again. We found him and talked about baptism and he was trying to change it for another day again for the 3rd time and so we asked why he didn't want to be baptized and he paused for a minute and said What if we go now? So in 5 minutes we got on a bus called the zone leaders they filled the font and had the interview and like that we had a miracle on Friday. So far my companion and I have seen that if we work hard to obey with exactness we will be able to baptize every week and see many miracles just as our mission president has promised. We have another baptism this Sunday of a boy from a family that is also returning to activity in the church and we have a positive investigator for the 19th as well. We have really seen the blessings of obeying with exactness. 

Also we have been working with an inactive man and his family that aren't members and he finally came to church this Sunday. He was a reference from a different branch because his records are not in the system here. He came and we have been visiting him and after 7 years of inactivity is making the big step, the name they gave us was Angel de Leon. He asked us a strange question before he left He said "The guy who gave you my reference, did he tell you my whole name?" We said Angel of course and then he showed us his I.D. His real first name is Abinadi from the Book of Mormon. It was pretty cool to find that out but more importantly that he is progressing in this Gospel.

For Pday we went to Antigua and it was quite an adventure as always. We ate at pizza hut and had ice cream and that was the highlight of the trip for me, I have not eaten pizza in forever! It was a good trip and a good time to relax with my district! 

I love you all and hope you have a great week. Love,
Elder Daybell


Max with a Guatemalan girl in Traditional Guatemalan clothes 


Joselyn's baptism




Amilcar's Baptism


Elder Daybell and his companion being funny. 


Max and his district in Antigua.