Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Week 50: Our District Attended the Temple Today!

Skyping with Elder Perez on Christmas day 
was the favorite Christmas present for each of us in the Perez Family!!!
Sorry about not writing on Monday. They didn't give us a heads up. We didn't find out until Monday that our day to email was changing this week to Wednesday. Our zone went to the temple today. It was great! The week we go to the temple our p-day and day to email always changes to whatever day we end up going to the temple.

So I hear that Josh is officially off of the RM market. That makes me the oldest Perez Bachelor! My word, I feel as if I will be keeping that up for the next 3 yrs after the mission... But anyway, it was great talking with you all. Did you like the recordings I sent you all? I can explain anything that doesn't make since if you want.

I already have bought a 2016 calendar since I will be in Guatemala for all of 2016. I even have new years goals written down and with the Lord's help I will realize those goals.

Elder Perez
The temple nativity they had was cool!
We went to eat at Applebees 
after the temple session.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Week 49: Twas the Week Before Christmas

As far as Skyping on Christmas I am asking around. What we are thinking of doing is having a member or two lend us a computer or apple device. We'll see if they are the charitable type, lol. But we will be talking with you all from the stake center. Hopefully we will work out the area number so that I can call and give you a heads up, if not maybe you could be waiting on your Skype account, or sis's, or dad'like all day the 25 (patience is a virtue).

We haven't been back to the educated man's home yet. We should stop by next Saturday. They haven't let us back in their house due to the anti-Mormon stuff they read. Before they dropped us we did get a chance to respond to their concerns about the anti-Mormon stuff. It was mostly the husband who doesn't want his family listening to us. They used that reason to justify their searching out anti-Mormon stuff.

Well lets see, this week we got invited over by Zone 9 to eat a Guatemalan hot dog which is like the best thing on earth! Sorry, I didn't take a pic, it was huge and I was hungry. They call them "shucos" which literally means "dirty" in Guatemala. Then we had a ward Christmas party and our investigator came and hung out with us.
Guatemalan Hot Dogs, 
Que Ricos!!!
We both got sick by the end of the week after a hard week of work. We ended up teaching a ton of new people and a few families. We will see if they keep the follow up appointment. Teasing my companion about being sick was pretty fun for me, then the following day I got sick too so the jokes on me. I've been sick longer.

Our next door neighbor woke us up early one morning with a ton of fire-works going off outside of our front door. He's a jokester that one. So that's about my week, though I am feeling a lot better I still have an upset stomach from time to time.

Please have the family listen to the recordings I made you all before we talk Christmas because I tell you all a lot about the mission and you all can have questions ready for me to answer!! Hope you all are enjoying your holiday.

Give love to the family for me!!
Elder Perez
Ward Christmas Party With A Ton of Cake!
Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree...
1st Gift Exchange!
Elder C. picked my name for our gift exchange and 
gave me the stocking sock I am wearing in the photo and candy barsA sister missionary picked his name and gave him a flute.
2nd Gift Exchange!
Elder LR from Chile picked my name and gave me 
the tie I wore for our Skype call Christmas Day.

A Friendly Game of Christmas Chess

 What will his next move be?
Elder Perez and a Young Man in the Ward
Guatemalan Fruit Cake
Guatemalan Fruit Cake with Punch!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Week 48: We Were Surprised While Knocking Doors ...

We have been in a lot of meetings lately for the mission and in the ward. That's taken a lot of time away from teaching, but we have brought several investigators to many of these activities. We had a stake Christmas party and watched the church broadcast too, which was awesome by the way. 

We actually arrived late to this activity due to a chance lesson we had with an investigator. Everything had fallen through that day, and we were in the neighborhood of a potential investigator. We knocked on his door. A man opened the door, greeted us, and invited us to eat lunch with him and his family. We were surprised because that does not happen often. We had a great time, he really is an intellectual so the conversation was great. We were able to challenge his family to pray to know what path to take in life. His sons are our age so their dad encouraged them to find God for themselves.

The weeks work went by a little fast for us due to all the ward activities and the multi-zone meeting we had. But we still found success with some of our progressing investigators. One family in particular who had been attending church with us for the last two weeks got a little scared after reading anti-Mormon literature on the web. They were about to give us the Book of Mormon back when our accompanying member bore strong testimony to the family and we explained some of the doctrine that had concerned them. They didn't make it to church this week though, but we are not giving up on them.

Answers to your questions:
  • Lets see, good things... We watched Frozen as a mission Friday, it was the Mission President's gift so that was really cool. It was in Spanish of course, but I really enjoyed it! Everyone freaked out when there was a kissing scene which made me laugh. 
  • The weather is still sunny as ever and on occasion pretty hot, but now at night and every morning it is surprisingly cold!
  • My companion and I still get along great!
  • Sorry mom, the Walmart here doesn't accept moneygrams, only a local bank does. Don't worry about it though, all my clothes are really clean and will last throughout the next year.
  • As far as Grandma & Grandpa Perez's money they gave me for Christmas, please deposit it in my checking account so that way I won't be broke when I get home, lol. Thanks grandma & grandpa!!
  • Don't worry about sending white shirts. The local tiendas (stores) sell used clothes for dirt cheap, including short sleeve white shirts.
Thank you for your encouragement to be obedient mom, always a good thing to do.

I love you all,
Elder Perez

Monday, December 7, 2015

Week 47: The Christmas Broadcast was Awesome

I kind of knew that Lexie would have a boy. Call it a missionary sense if you will. How very exciting!!! I bet they are overjoyed to have a third addition to their family. I can't wait to meet the little guy!
So, how is Lex recovering? You said that Michael, Lexie and kids are going to Idaho, does that mean they won't be at y'all's house for Christmas? Aww, well I guess you all can listen to the ipod recordings I sent you before they leave. That way all of you will have be up to speed on my last few months in the mission field so we can spend our time on the phone talking about current events.

Well lets see, fun story... For the Christmas broadcast we had a lot of less actives come. We also had a potential investigator and her kids surprise us by coming to the church nearly two hours before the broadcast. I was blown away because we invited them to come but since we had never taught them the chances of them actually coming were so very slim. I loved listening to the choir sing, especially since all of our music has been banned and all my fun Christmas songs are not allowed (that’s why I sent you my iPod with the recordings of me talking to all of you.)

Love you all!!
Elder Perez

Elder H. and Elder Perez with an investigator.