"If you labor all your days and bring one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy" D&C 18:15

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I'm not the new guy anymore!

I'm not the new guy in the MTC anymore! We finally got some new missionaries here. Last Tuesday we finally got to leave the CCM. We took a way sweet bus through the ghetto city of Guatemala! Let me just say that the people in Guatemala are crazy drivers! They just pull out whenever they feel like it and then stop in the middle of the road whenever they feel like it! And of course the pedestrians don't have the right of way... like there was this group of school children crossing at a cross walk and our bus driver sped up and split the group of kids in half! I thought we hit at least one of them. We took our first stop at this map of Guatemala where this group of surveyers surveyed the land of guatemala 107 years ago and this map is 99 percent accurate. It was way cool. It showed the elevation and everything and I got to see where Quetzaltenango was and ya there are just mountains everywhere there haha! President Nicholieson also told us storys about how they are pretty sure the Book of Mormon stories played out in Guatemala! He said in a tiny village they found this stone in a field and it talks about the 7 groups, and in the Book of Mormon there are 7 tribes and then on the rock is the sign of Lehi! So that's pretty cool to find some hard evidence about the Book of Mormon! After that we made our trek to the old part of the city, and that really humbled me to see how old the buildings were and how the people were living. We finally made it to the markets to barter, and lets just say, I'm a pro at that stuff! I got a bag, a wallet, two pens, and the most colorful hand made blanket for like 150 quetz. Ya I'm a pro! It was sweet. The market had 3 floors and the top floor had all the souvineers and then the 2nd was like a food market and there were stands full of raw meat it was awesome! We asked one of the guys if we could take a picture with the meat and he made us come inside his stand to take the picture! It was so funny! Then after that we finished off the day with some Wendys. I can just say that I've never tasted anything so good in my life! A baconator with large fries and a large coke... oh my gosh I want more! After that we went to the temple and the temple is always amazing!

Can I just say that I have the coolest district ever... haha at the little stand a couple weeks ago we bought these cool ties... like the coolest ties ever and we called them our district tie. We were gonna wear them for foto de groupa but they caught us and made us change so we all wore blue ties... We wont give up though. Next time we will be more clever about it. Also did I mention I'm the best barter? Oh ya I did. Well every Friday night we have tie trading night. I went to the stand and bought this 2 dollar tie that was shiny and pink and yellow. When the new missionaries got here I told them about tie night and I told them about how I might trade the starburst tie that night. I got them really excited for this tie. That night they all kept making offers and I kept declining them until the end so I could decide what tie I wanted. But this one elder said I have more ties in my room if you want to check them out. So we went into his room and he had all these way nice ties, so I traded my tie for his tie. His tie was a 40 dollar tie and mine was a 2 dollar tie. I WIN!!!

Because of the new missionaries we have to walk all the way to the capilla every day! but I like it because every time we go we get to walk through the temple grounds and I love it! It was crazy on saturday the temple was packed! There were people who traveled days just to come to the temple! It made me feel so blessed to live in Utah where there is pretty much a temple in every city!

Also I found my favorite scripture It's Alma 29:9. I love it, and thats why I am serving a mission! Also in the package I would like starbursts and more tide to go. That stuff is amazing! And because people are crazy drivers in Guatemala, I dont need my license haha! Well I love you guys! Im glad everyone is doing well in Logan!

Elder Corbett

Elder Corbett and Elder Dickson at the market

Elder Corbett and Elder Dickson in front of the large map of Guatemala

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