Elder T and I started out strong this week with our lessons and contacting and we had some very rewarding experiences as a result. While contacting early in the afternoon we started up a conversation with a few strangers on the bus. Our conversations went very well and everyone seemed to know about missionaries in some form or another. One catholic lady reported that her daughter was Mormon but had not attended church in a while. She gave us directions on where to find her daughter and seemed excited at the thought of us reactivating her and her husband. Another conversation I had on the bus was with a less active member who lives in our area. I introduced myself as Elder Perez but either due to my accent or the noise of traffic she mistakenly heard Otto Perez. In response I jokingly said, yes I am indeed the president of Guatemala. The bus had a good laugh.
We have begun teaching a woman who is very interested in the church. She was referred to us by a member of the ward. This member has accompanied us to every lesson and the woman is making a lot of progress due to the support of her friend. It is amazing what others can do and I am very grateful for the interest in the gospel these two friends share.
One last fun experience has yet again been with some of the children we teach. Two less active children we have been working with have shown quiet some interest in my funny accent or perhaps my lack of vocabulary. At any rate, to keep these kids engaged I have attempted to be intriguing in the way I teach. This has resulted in the kids laughing at me, which I have been able to use to my advantage. I played along for some time until one of them turns to me and says, “You know something, you’re really funny.” It was a very unexpected yet kind compliment, especially seeing as how communication is always a struggle for me. And so yet another good week goes by here in Zacapa.
Love you all,
Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quiriguá
Ceiba TreeSome species of Ceiba trees can grow up to 230 ft tall.
|Elder Perez standing by a Ceiba tree|
|We Love our Missionary|
Stela E is the largest stone shaft carved by the Mayan civilization in Mesoamerica. It was erected on 22 January, 771 AD.
|North face of Stela E depicting Quiriguá’s ruler King K'ak' Tiliw Chan Yopaat wearing a huge head dress and holding a "Maya maize god" scepter in his right hand.|
Elder Perez & Elder P from Provo in front of Stela E. It is over 34 ft. tall and weighs over 66 ton.
|Getting ready to pose..|
Don't look Mom! he says...
He is going to give me a heart attack!
"I felt like old Samuel the Lamanite. Ironically, I read Helaman chapter 16 for personal scripture study this morning before the trip."
|Missionaries of the Zacapa and Puerto Barrios Zones|
|"What a thick Jungle, and oh so green!"|
|Elder V and Elder Perez|