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

Monday, October 28, 2013

Working hard both spiritually and physically

Hola familia!

This has been a fast and crazy week! We have been working hard, both spiritually and physically! and the physically was very hard! On Wednesday we went and did service, we helped cut grass, but it is definitely not as fun with dull machetes! But we did, and then after that we stopped and helped a guy dig a trench like a sprinkler trench with a pick axe. After, when I finally finished with that, when I didnt have much energy left, we went and cut another persons grass, haha. I thought I would only leave with blisters, but then the next day I was super sick with the fever and chills. I think it was heat exhaustion! haha Oh well at least I got to play with machetes!

Also, we have been working really hard to find new investigators, since we have baptized all of them! So this week our goal was to find 8 new investigators, which was a really high goal, but by the end of the week, we found 11 new investigators. So now our goal is to teach and then hopefully baptize them!

We also did divisions with some of the future missionaries in the ward. It was fun to go around and teach them. I wish I could have done that before the mish! But it was cool, I got a baptism date with Daniella for the 16 of November, so we really have got to work hard with her, and get her to come to church. Daniella is 14 years old but she is really nice and she said that she knows what we are teaching is true, so that's cool.

Also, today we had an awesome p day with the zone. We went to this place called the Canopy, and its like a resort, really nice with pools and everything. While I was there, It didnt even seen like I was in guatemala. But they have these huge zip lines and you are like 50 to 60 feet in the air, it was fun!!

Sounds like everyone has had a good week, too bad for the Honda, I still think you should save it for me when I get back and I can enter it in a derby or something!!!.......Or you could just store it at the farm! Thanks! Les amo!

Tortilla Total 267!!!

Digging a trench

mi cara esta sucio de trabajando

tortillas de eriena con hermana loira


The zone at the Canopy zip lining

Sunday, October 27, 2013

It is getting hot here!

Hola familia!!

It has been another fast week! And oh my gosh it is getting hot here! It's sooooo hard to work in the mornings and afternoon, because it gets so hot and we get so tired, but we do it haha! My favorite time to go out and work is at night time when people are actually home and it is cool outside!

This week we have been working really hard on finding new investigators, because we baptized all our other investigators. We have talked to a lot of people. I actually really like street contacting, and I try to find a way to talk to everyone in the street if I have time. It's nice because all the people here want to talk to Americans. But anyways, first I just talk about Guatemala and then casually bring up the church, and everytime after I'm done they always say I can come to their house and visit them! This week we now have 6 more new investigators who we have visited after talking to them on the street! So that has been very exciting.

It's crazy how fast October is going by! I now only have 3 more weeks left with my trainer and then who knows what's gonna happen. I'm pretty sure that I get my same area. I think I will be in my area until January! I'm hopin for a gringo companion but who knows haha! It will be good! It sounds like everyone has had a great week and have a great week this week! Les amo!

Tortilla Count 232

One of Elder Corbett's Guatemalan Moms, Marleny


A young boy gathering sticks for a fire

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

¡Que loco!

¡Hola mi familia!

Well this week went by sooooooo fast. I can't belive we are almost halfway through October! Que loco! Well me and my companion dunked another investigator, which equals out to be 4 baptisms in 4 weeks! Haha, but we ran out of investigators, so this week we need to work really hard on finding them.

I feel like my spanish is improving, and I even taught some english last week! It went well, and afterwards everyone tried teaching me spanish haha! My spanish is actually pretty good. I can now almost understand everything. My only problem is speaking perfectly, but I'm working on it!

I can't believe I missed the 1st walking dead episode this year. But I have decided that if that same thing happened here in Guatemala, that I would be just fine, because my neighbors have this huge gated concrete compound and I would just go live with them. They have chickens and everything! Haha, I took a picture of their house!

I went on divisions this week with one of the zone leaders, Elder Jerez. I was actually in his area, which is more in the city. It was great, because I learned a lot from him about how to teach, and how to be an obediant missionary.

It hasn't rained very much this week, but it sure has been hot and humid. Maybe when I come back, I won't hate the snow so much! During the nights, because we are in the mountains, which is close to the same altitude as Utah, it gets pretty cold and it feels so good!

Well I got my package today! I can't wait to open it. Everytime I get a package it is like Christmas! Well you guys have a great week! I went hard on those tortillas this week! Les amo!

Tortilla Count 201!

Elder Corbett

Deivis on his baptism day

Deivis with his family

After a game of futbol

A tamale that is served on special occasions

The gated compound

Monday, October 7, 2013

3 Months!

Hola Familia!

Well I had another baptism! So that makes 3 in the past 3 weeks, and we have 2 next weekend hahaha! It's great! Elder Zambrano told me that this is the most baptisms he's ever had in such a short amount of time, so that made me feel good about my work. It's so hot here now, and I miss the rain. I think I would even take some Cache Valley weather over this, oh well. Also, today I met my abuelo in the mish, and he was so cool! This week I will have been out 3 months! I can't believe how fast it is going by. I love my area and the members are awesome! We get fed so much, but I am still loosing weight haha. Probably from all that walking.

If you haven't noticed in my pictures, there are seriously more dogs than people here, and sometimes they join in packs and are mean! I've gotten to be really good at aiming with rocks. Haha, almost all of the dogs here are scared of me now!

Well after these next 3 baptisms, we won't have any more investigators. So I have been trying hard to just talk with everyone. It's great because I can practice my spanish, and share the gospel! But it's just cool how the Lord places people in your path who are ready for the gospel. All we have to do is act on it and work hard. But anyways, I was talking to this lady while we were waiting for a bus, and she was nice. I have the best casual way to bring up the gospel, because some people think us missionaries are weird. But anyways, she told me where she lived and I told her we would come visit her. The next day we went out looking for her house and couldn't find it. I was sad because she was really nice, but then the day after that we were walking and we heard a voice yelling ELDERS and we look back and it was her!! She told us that her brother died yesterday and that she knows we can help her. That definitely strengthened my testimony of the work of the Lord! Hopefully, as we share the gospel with her she can find peace. We have an appointment with her tomorrow!

General Conference was amazing! And us gringos got to watch all of it, but priesthood session in english! I really liked President Eryings talk Sunday morning, about the lady whose grandson was in jail and that she got a feeling that God put her with him because he knew that she would love him no matter what. That definitely made me think of those I have been in contact with. I also really liked President Monson's talk about the guy who couldn't see and hear, but the best talk was that guy from Africa!! He had the coolest accent and everything! haha

I can't believe that had to happen to chuckie, I received a lot of trash talking today from the BYU fans, haha, oh well! I'm glad all is well!!! Les amo!!!

Tortilla Total 177

Elder Corbett and Elder Zambrano with Sharon

Three Generations:Elder Corbett,Elder Zambrano,and Elder Luttmer

A fire up on the roof

The crew at Zumbas

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A week without rain

hola familia!

Que onda? This week went by so fast. We had another baptism! It was great. His name is Jose Luis and he has been an investigator for over 2 years now but we finally got him to commit to baptism! I think that the gospel is really going to help him out in his life. Holy cow, this week there wasn't any rain and it got really hot! At first I hated the rain, but now I miss it!

I can't believe that it's almost October and that I almost have 3 months in the mish. The time flies by! This next week will be general conference. I am excited to listen to the prophet and apostles! To watch it, we have to go to the church, and of course it's in spanish. So I might just fall asleep listening to the monotone voices of the translators, instead of the power in the voices like Jeffery R. Holland haha!

Because we had a baptism, my trainer said we got to celebrate. We went to the market and bought potatoes, rice, and fresh chicken. We then went back to our house and cooked it! Although I thought I might get sick from the chicken, I couldn't help but eat it. It smelled so good as it was being fried, and all it needed to be better, would have been some orange chicken sauce. You will have to send me the recipe mom! Also I made a great smoothie for breakfast. At lunch once a week, this one lady piles us up with food and she literally gives us a huge basket of fruit and expects us to eat it haha. We wait for her to leave the room and we put all of the fruit in our backpacks, and the next day I make smoothies with it! But seriously you guys have to try this, frozen bananas, strawberrys, milk, and a ton of peanut butter! It was so good!

Well it sounds like most of you guys had a great week! I can't wait to hear about how the Aggies beat BYU! Les amo!!!

Tortilla Total 146

Elder Corbett

Jose Luis on his baptism day

Breaking up concrete for Alejandra

Elder Corbett and Elder Zambrano in their "dining" room