Sunday, January 10, 2016

week 18

Hey! I'm glad to hear everything is going pretty well! The vast majority of this week has been a little rough but also very spiritual which is awesome. I have been pretty sick since last Tuesday. I got really sick because this lady fed us poch (basically hardened dough...its not very good haha) that was bad on New Year's Eve. So I just kind of spent New Year's day sick and sleeping. I don't think I ever really got rid of the parasites last time, hopefully I can get it figured out. Last time I had to do two different types of pills, I think it changes for whatever type of parasites you have. I am just glad we can still work! Every time it was time to go out and work, I pretty much automatically received the strength I needed! It was sweet! It"s like the symptoms were still there, but they didn't bother me as much. Next week Elder Quiroz and I are going to Coban for parasite tests, along with Elder Reed. I just hate going to Coban, it is the worst. I would rather just eat in El Estor because they have better food here than Coban. Also cities stress me out, too many people!
Another awesome thing that happened, we got one of our investigators named Nester and his mukuy to come to church, and this morning we got all of their paperwork to get them married! We are pretty excited about that. I don't think we have had a member come out with us, or give us a reference, my entire time in Sepamak. Dad asked how the callings work in the Branch, and I'm not really sure how it works to be honest. We teach the youth and another guy teaches primary. All the adults combine. I haven't seen any manuals; normally my companion comes up with the lessons. Most of the time we only have two hours of church. We had our first correlation meeting since I have been in Sepamak yesterday. It was...interesting to say in the least. It was supposed to start at 2, but started at 4. One person would talk for a really long time, then another would tell the person that their idea would never work, and then they would go off. That just kind of happened until Quiroz and I had to leave haha.
Oh yeah! We didn't get transferred! We just found out yesterday; it will be ok. My companion is pretty controlling but I can deal with that. Everything has to be his way or its wrong - how I cook, how I study,where we go and what we do. He is just the type of guy who has to have his way. Like we walked up the mountain to go get investigators for church and we were close to someone named Romona, and I said we should go bring her too. He said no, and I said we should at least try, and he said he didn't want to walk that far and she probably wouldn't come anyways and started walking again. But it is better than it sounds. I'm just glad I am kind of a laid back guy haha or we would bump heads a lot. He only has this change and another one left, so I might kill him. (Editor's note - missionaries say they "killed" someone if they are the last missionary they serve with.) But he also has a lot of time in Sepamak, so I don't know. Elder Gonsolez (my old District Leader in Santo Domingo) is my DL again. I'm really hyped about that!

Dad also asked about our weather - I am never sure what I am going to get haha, it might be really rainy or really hot. It changes daily.
I have been studying in the end of Second Nephi and beginning of Jacob. I like Second Nephi 31 because a missionary can pretty much teach all of lesson three with that chapter alone haha.
I've stopped studying in Spanish. I just do English and Kekchi now. My Zone Leader said I should just focus on Kekchi because that is the language of the people I am teaching, I thought that sounded pretty smart. It is coming along. I just have no confidence in myself so I never try talking. I need to talk more, but Quiroz knows it really well... and really loves to talk, haha.
My spiritual thought this week comes from 1st Corinthians 10:13 "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." I am pretty sure I have already sent something like this, but it was a real faith builder this week. As me and my companion were struggling, we knew that the Lord will help us bear our burdens.
Ninaw naq li iglees re jesukristo a´an tzaqal yaal. (I know the Church of Jesus Christ is true)
Ut lix hu laj mormon a´an li raatin re dios (I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God)
Ninnaw laj josesmith kiril li qachoxahil yuwa ut li jesukristo ut li dios kixboq laj josesmith jo´profeet
(I know that Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and God called him to be a Prophet)
ninnaw wan jun profeet sa li ruchichoh anjwan (I know there is a Prophet on earth today)
ninnaw li jesukristo a´an li qakolonel (I know Jesus is our Savior)

I love all of you.

Love, Elder Toolson

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