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

Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas and a trip to the lake

Hola familia!

It was sweet skyping with you guys this week! All I have to say, is that was the fastest hour of my life haha! I hope all of you had a great Christmas! I know I did, and thanks for all of the packages! I think I have enough candy to last me until next Christmas!

Christmas was sweet on the mish! For Christmas Eve we went to the Central park in Huehue and sang in front of like 200 people! We looked amazing because everyone was matching. We had speakers, a keyboard, and a couple of people playing violins. One of the Elders even dressed up as santa and gave candy to the kids! But after we sang to them for a couple of hours, we went and passed around Books of Mormons! It was really fun to talk to the people and to share something with them around this time of the year, that could bring more light and peace into their lives!

After that, we went to Luis and Mahalys house to party! We ate tamales and we lit off a firework, that shot of 25 mortars, which was awesome. We had to be in our houses by 9:30, but at midnight, Elder Perry and I went up on our roof and watched everyone light off these huge fireworks. I could literally turn around in circles and see fireworks everywhere!

Then on Christmas we went and skyped and just hungout with members and visited some investigators. What was really neat is that this Sunday we brought a new investigator with us to church named Rolando. He was an evengelico. We ended up getting to church a little early, so we helped the bishop set up sacrament and we left Rolando alone. When we came back, he was on his knees praying in front of the pulpit. There were a lot people staring at him. But really he was just thanking God, for us and for bringing him to church. He has a baptismal date for the 18th of january, but we still have A LOT to teach him!!!

Then this P day we went to this laguna or lake way up in the mountains. It took about two and a half hours to get there, but it was so beautiful. A lot of missionaries were saying that even this could be the Waters of Mormon. There were a lot of great spots where I could imagine the Nephites baptizing! But also, there is this huge edge with a waterfall, and there is this tree that you can climb out on and look off of the edge....... I know dad would HATE that, but of course I went out on this tree and it was sweet, you could see about 300 feet down this edge! Dont worry I got pics for this!

But other than that, we have been working really hard this week. We have 3 baptismal goals with 3 investigators, so we are really hoping they will work out! Well, I hope all you guys have a great New Year this year! Les Amo.

Elder Corbett

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Christmas packages!

Elder Perry and Elder Corbett at the park

Elder Corbett and Elder Dalton singing on Christmas Eve

Elder Corbett with Santa

The Aggie missionaries, Elder Wright, Elder Corbett and Elder Dalton

The Lake

Elder Corbett at the lake

Sitting in a tree with Elder De Leon

Possibly the Waters of Mormon

A view from the top of the mountain

Monday, December 23, 2013

Ward Christmas party and tamales

Hola familia!

This week has been a busy and very long week! We definitely have been working hard, and we even went to Xela this week too. I would have to say that here, no matter what Christmas music is playing, or even if there is a Christmas tree, without the snow it does not feel like Christmas at all. But I like it, because I think it helps me to focus on the work more. We have had more success finding new investigators this week and we even put a couple fechas or bautismal dates with them for January!

We also had a ward Christmas party, which was pretty fun! It was set up by the primary and all the kids got sweet christmas presents. It was cool to see how happy they were, and then we had tamales! I honestly can't wait for more tamales for Christmas. Apparently that is what everyone makes. For Christmas eve this year we are planing as a zone to go to the central park and sing Christmas songs, and give out Book of Mormons. They did it last year and a lot of people came to it, and it was very successful. Then after that, we are invited to Luis and Mahaly's house for a fiesta!

For Christmas, I think we are going to try to visit some investigators and wish them a merry Christmas. Then after that, we will just go to every members house and make them give us more tamales!

Thats about all for this week. We have been working hard! I hope that you guys all have a great next week and a merry Christmas! Con amor.

Elder Corbett

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Presents for the children

Guatemalan sunset

Elder Corbett and Elder Perry eating mac and cheese

Missionary food - spaghetti, grilled cheese and french fries

Monday, December 16, 2013

A new companion and a priesthood blessing

Hola Familia!

This week has been a great week, I even had 2 p-days this week, one on Monday here in Huehue and the other in Xela the next day! After a lot of playing, we actually had a successful week, as we have been working hard to find new people, and to teach people.

First I will start off with the P-day in Xela. So, we had to be in Xela by 9:00 a.m. for changes, and so I got there,and said goodbye to my companion. Then I went with the other trainers to run around in Xela. Our first stop was at the temple, but we only got there after making a pit stop at Walmart! It felt soooooo good to be home.......haha! I learned one thing, it doesn't matter if you're in Guatemala or in the States, Walmart is the exact same!

Then we made it to the temple. After visiting the temple grounds, I would have to say that the Xela temple is one of the most beatiful temples. They have a lot of architecture and sculptures, that include the ancient Mayan symbols. Also, there was just a great peaceful feeling there, so that was great to go and see.

After that, we found Subway, and yes that is the same too! But after all that fun, it was time to go meet my new companion, and he is awesome! His name is Elder Perry and he is from Pleasent Grove, Utah. He does like BYU, but I think I can work with him haha! But no, he is very spiritual and dedicated to the work, so after this week, I have just noticed a difference and we have been more successful too. So, I am grateful to be companions with him.

Something pretty cool happened this week. As we have been knocking on doors and trying to find some people, we found a family that was in great need. They had come to Huehue for their daughter to have her baby, but they are stuck here, because the baby was in the hospital with Johnson´s disease. We gave them a blessing and what was a miracle, is that the next day, they asked us to come back. When we went back, the baby was there, and they said that overnight the baby got better. So, that definitely strengthened my testimony of the priesthood. With a little bit of faith, anyone can be healed, or blessed by the priesthood. We are now teaching this family, and I hope they can be baptized and take the gospel up into their village and share it with other people.

So that was my week! Pretty fun, we get to go to Xela tomorrow for a trainers meeting, so that means Wendy's tomorrow! I can't believe it's almost Christmas. Feliz Navidad y Ano Nuevo! Les amo!

Elder Corbett

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Elder Farley, Elder Corbett and Elder Dickson

Quetzaltenango Templo

Elder Corbett and Elder Vargas

Elder Perry, mi hijo amado

Monday, December 9, 2013

A trip to Xela and getting sick

Hola Familia!!!

This week was has been a very interesting week! Sunday I found out that I was going to be a trainer and that I needed to attend a training meeting in Xela on Tuesday! Also, this week was my first week getting sick, and I just have to say that it was great......not!

So we had a district meeting on Tuesday, before I left for Xela. I went with another missionary from my zone, who will be training. We didn't have time to eat lunch so we were just going to buy some snacks and stuff. But on the bus a delivery man was trying to sell pizza, called pizza real, which I have eaten before. I thought that it would be safe, and not thinking to much I ate it! haha

The meeting in Xela was good, and after I even had the opportunity to eat at Wendys! The part when things turn for the worse, is when we were headed back through the canyon to Huehue. I thought I was just car sick, but right when we got to the terminal, I threw up in a bag. I thought it would be only a one time thing, but when we got to the other elders house, where my companion was, I threw up again!!! I was super weak and couldn't walk or anything! And we couldn't stay the night at their house, and there weren't any buses running late at night, so I would have to walk home.........like 3 miles!!!

Before we left I said a quick prayer, just for the strength to get back to my house. When we walked outside, we saw our ward mission leader and his wife driving up the hill and they stopped and asked if we needed a ride and I was like, uhhh I'm dying yes please! I just thought it was super neat that Heavenly Father answered my prayer. I know that he always listens and answers our prayers, and usually he answers our prayers through the service or help of other people.

I ended up throwing up 9 times, and by that point I wanted to throw up one more time, just to say I threw up 10 times haha! Everyone here was really nice and tried helping me. I probably took like 5 different things, but the thing that really helped, was what Hermana Alejandra cooked up. It tasted disgusting, but I felt better after!

So tomorrow I will be headed to Xela to pick up my son (my new companion)! And this time when the guy is selling pizza, I wont even think about it haha! Maybe this time when I go to Wendys I won't throw up the food on the bus. I'm sure your week has been better than mine haha! Les Amo.

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Elder Corbett and Elder Zambrano with the bishop and his family

I also forgot to talk about December 7th, day of the devil. Everyone does fireworks, even big ones like mortars. So you already know that I was all over that. You also make a stuffed dummy devil and you burn it and throw fireworks at it.

Cuetes or firecrackers!

Elder Corbett with Yan Carlos who is leaving to serve in Colombia on December 18th

The family that did fireworks with Elder Corbett and Elder Zambrano

Monday, December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving Dinner in Guatemala

Hola familia!

This week has been a great week, and we even had a Thanksgiving dinner! The owner of Zumba´s, Enrique, invited all 3 zones of missionaries in Huehue over to his house for Thanksgiving. He has a really americanized house that even has carpet! But it was fun eating dinner with all the zones, and I even saw Elder Dickson and Elder Farley, so that was great talking to them!

This week has been super cold again, it got down to 50 and in Xela 40, so for here that is super cold. And I even rocked a sweater this week haha. When I didn´t wear a sweater, every person asked me tiene frio? (are you cold) and I always said NO, I'm from Utah and it could be worse........You could have snow right now haha! One lady mentioned me and how I liked the cold in her testimony this week, so I think that is pretty funny.

With the cold, It's been a lot easier to work this week. We can walk without melting in the sun! This week we put a baptismal date for the 21st of December with one of the members friends who is 35 years old and lived in the states! He has now attended church two weeks in a row so that's great! Other than that, we have been working hard to find new investigators, and I think it's so cool how powerful prayer is. For the first part of the week we hadn't had any success finding new investigators, but one night I just kneeled down and poured out my feelings and thoughts about finding new investigators, and the next day the very first house we contacted, the lady said pase adelante! Which means come in! So that was cool. I definitely know that this is the Lord´s work, and that he prepares people for the gospel. All we have to do as missionaries is talk with everyone and find these people!

I hope everyone has a great week! I cant belive it's already December! Les Amo!

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Elder Corbett and Elder Zambrano with President and Sister Bautista

Elder Corbett, Elder Dickson and Elder Farley

The Utah State Aggie Missionaries

Elder Corbett and Elder Zambrano eating milk soup

Milk Soup