After 4 hours we finally made it to Quetzaltenango! The mission home is in the middle of the city, but it is really nice! President and Sister Bautista are even nicer! We got there and they gave us each our own box of pizza from Pizza Hut, that was great! Then we had interviews to see where we were going! After that our new companions came! My companion is Elder Zambrano, he is from Equador and is the district leader! He is cool. Elder Dickson and Elder Godderidge are with norte companions! The city I'm in is Huehuetenango and the area is called Las Rosas.
After that, we took a nice chicken bus through a canyon for 2 and a half hours and that kind of sucked! But I am starting to get used to them since we take them a lot. It reminds me a lot of the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland with all the crazy bumps and quick turns! . . . and I take back what I said about drivers in Guatemala City being crazy, the drivers here are terrible! It's hard to walk because there aren't side walks and you have to walk in the street and dodge cars, haha . . . . oh well. Anyways, we got to our house and it is big for a house around here, it has 2 bedrooms, a main room, and a kitchen. It's really dirty so I'm going to have to take your advice and clean it! There is another house behind us and they are the people who we are renting from and they are way nice!
Huehuetenango is crazy, and it's crazy because I'm the only white person here and the rest are Guatemalans. So everyone just stares at me! All the girls call me guapo so I'm fine with that haha, jk! There are mountains and hills everywhere! The houses are so small here. It's so humbling to see how the people live here. Most of the houses have 1 room full of beds and a kitchen and a bathroom! These houses are usually made out of concrete, but some are made out of wood and other stuff. In our house to take a shower, they have this heating stick and you go and put it in a bucket of water for a while and thats how we shower! It's bad! If you want to flush the toilet you have to put a bucket of water in it!!!
One of our investigators lives on top of the mountain in a little shack with her kids. Her name is Oralli. They were the first people I taught and we even helped them take out trees and plant them by their home. I love doing service here. She already wants to be baptized which is great! Our other investigator is named Jose Luis. He is awesome and he wants to be baptized too. His wife is in Mexico, and he wants to wait for her and be baptized together!
The food here is sooooo good! For lunch one of the members always feeds us! It's usually rice and beans with tortillas, which I love! So, I'm fine with that. One of the members even has a tortillaria and we went there, they just kept feeding us tortillas! They even tried teaching me how to make them and it was hard. Lots of missionaries like to keep track of something while they are on their mission. My companion is keeping track of the steps he takes, well I'm going to keep track of how many tortillas I eat! After the first week, I'm at 23! Haha, I know I'm awesome!
Yesterday was my first Sunday and there are 135 people in the ward and only 85 who came, so we have a lot of work to do! They made me get up and talk for 5 minutes and it wasn't bad either!
The animals here are crazy! There are dogs everywhere, and they are awesome. Some people, I swear even have wolves for pets and they just chill on top of their house! One time we were walking through this field and I saw this huge orange snake that had the same body as a rattler, and you know me I wanted to check it out. I started following it, and my companion started running and yelling muerte! muerte! So, I am guessing it is probably a poisonus snake or something. But anyways, it stopped and we stared at each other for a minute and then we each departed on our way. It was awesome! There are also a lot of horses and cows that just walk the street. It's great! I want to buy dog treats and give them to all the dogs I pass! Maybe I will do that!
The only thing that is bad here, besides all the trash everywhere, is that no one but me can speak english and the rest of the people, including my companion, only speak spanish. It's really difficult for me, because I want to understand and speak it, but I just need to be patient and wait and realize that this is only my first week. But other than that I love it here! It was definitely a huge change switching from the ccm to here in a third world country, but it's great, and the best part is that I know I am serving the Lord. I just need to work hard and devote all my time to the Lord!!! And everything will be ok!!! Well I love you guys! It looks like everyone is doing well. It sounds like my rams are scoring more than just a field goal so that's good! Also, I can't wait to here about my Aggies!!! Adios!!!