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

Monday, February 23, 2015

A new companion and working hard

Hola Familia!

The start of this week was pretty sad as I helped Elder Navarro pack his bags and say goodbye to everyone. Especially after we have been together for four-and-a-half months! But I dropped him off at the terminal on Tuesday and picked up my new companion, Elder Mendoza.

Elder Mendoza is from Ecuador and has been on his mission for one year. I will be training him as a zone leader and yes, I will be in San Juan another change, which means that when I leave that I will have been here for seven-and-a-half months! It is pretty funny, because the assistants have already promised me that for sure the next transfer, that I will have changes.

This week Elder Mendoza and I have been working really hard. We have been focusing on having more members come with us to the lessons and inviting every person to be baptized on the first lesson. So this week we invited 13 people to be baptized, and every single one said yes.

Other than that, all has been good this week.......until today, when I received my departure plan that I had to fill out so they can buy my plane tickets. I'm not going to lie, it made me a little trunky haha! The Church is true and I'm so grateful for the opportunity to serve the Lord and for the opportunity to give all my time and effort to Him!

Elder Corbett

Tortilla Total 1843

Elder Corbett with his new companion, Elder Mendoza

Monday, February 16, 2015

What a great week with a baptism and a trip to HueHue

Hola Familia!

This has been a great last week with Elder Navarro!

So this week we have been preparing Dani for his baptism. We even bought him a cake! But Saturday morning, President Smith called me and told me that he needed a huge favor from me. He told me he that he had decided to close Ical, (Elder Andy's area who was in a trio with us) and that he wanted me to go all the way there with Elder Andy to help him clean the house and bring the rest of his luggage to Xela. He told me that he would send another missionary(Elder Andy's future companion) to come work in San Juan with Elder Navarro for the day.

So I went to Dani's baptism and it was amazing and very spiritual. Then Elder Andy and I got started on the 5 hour trip to Ical. I will admit, that I was excited to see Ical and it would mean that I would be passing through HueHue! We got to HueHue about 3:30 and the first thing I did was buy a frutada! It's a special drink that is only made in HueHue. We then got on a bus that goes to La Mesilla which borders Mexico.

The biggest miracle about this trip was while I was standing in the bus, because it was so full for 2 hours, I looked back and saw my Guatemalan Grandma, Hermana Alejandra. She was with her grandson, Fernando, from my very first area in the mission! It was sooooo cool to get to talk and catch up with her. She said that all is well in Las Rosas and to tell all you guys hi!

We got to Ical around 5 and hurried and cleaned the house. We were going to try and make it back to Xela, but we had to stay the night in HueHue! I was totally fine with that. Little did I know, that I was going to spend the night in the house of Elder McMoil, from my group. It was great talking to him! We then woke up at 5 in the morning and we made it back to San Juan at 8:50 to hurry and get ready for church. Elder Andy left with his new companion and now Elder Navarro goes home tomorrow! What a great week with a baptism and a trip to HueHue.

Tortilla Total 1816

Dani's baptism

Baptism day

A picture with the zone

Leadership conference

Elder Corbett and Elder Navarro with a tuc tuc

Hanging out with Elder Farley

New suits

Monday, February 9, 2015

This has been a great week of progress for our investigators

Hola Familia!

This has been a great week of progress for our investigators!

On Tuesday, we had another leadership meeting in Xela! President Smith talked a lot about the importance of working with the ward council and learning to work with the ward mission leader. It was something that the missionaries haven't been doing so well, so it was good to learn more about it and then teach our zone in the zone meeting we had Wednesday.

We finished teaching everything to Dani and planned his baptism for this Saturday at 10:00 a.m.! We also invited Hector, Roxana, and our other investigators to the baptism so they can feel the spirit and see how it's done. I think that having them there, and witnessing a baptism will really help them with their own choice to be baptized.

This week we also celebrated Elder Navarros birthday! He turned 21, which also means that he is almost finished with his mission. This will be my last week with Elder Navarro, but we will have the blessing to baptize the last weekend of his mission! I’m grateful for the opportunity I have had to be on a mission. I feel like I’ve matured a lot, received a testimony, and gained a huge knowledge about the gospel. It will be fun to talk about the gospel when I get home. The church is true!

Elder Corbett

Tortilla Total: 1798

Celebrating Elder Navarro's birthday

Eating mangos with Hector

Chopping wood

Monday, February 2, 2015

If we have faith like Ammon, He will prepare the people to hear and accept His gospel

Hola Familia!

This week has gone by fast and now everyone keeps telling me that I have less than 20 weeks left in the mission.... wow that is crazy! I hope that these 20 weeks go by super slow!

As I mentioned in my last post, my companion and I are focusing on teaching and finding families. This week we found 2 more complete families to teach! This adds up to 5 complete families that we are teaching. Just imagine if one decides to get baptized!

Elder Navarro and I have been busy preparing Dani for his baptism on the 14th, and all is going well. Also Roxana, Jenny´s sister, told us that she wants to be baptized. So we are now trying to help her find a new job so she doesn't have to work on Sundays.

I think that something great is in store for Hector. As we visited him this week he told us that his daughter, who is 9 years old, had a talk with his wife. She asked, "Mommy why do you get mad at Daddy when he goes to church with the Mormons? When he goes to church he is happier and nicer, and Daddy never gets mad at you when you go to your church in Xela." It took the words of the daughter, for the mom, Chewy, to realize what she had done. She told Hector that he could choose whichever church he wanted to attend and that she would try to support him. For me, that was a miracle. We are now back on the path to preparing Hector for his baptism. I would like to thank you for all your prayers for Hector. The church is true! This is the Lord's work and His glory and if we have faith like Ammon, He will prepare the people to hear and accept His gospel.

Elder Corbett

Tortilla Total 1776

Elder Corbett with the children and the Giantes

Elder Corbett and Elder Navarro with Alvaro and his family

Helping Hermana Flori and her family build a room-sized house out of wood and tin

Elder Navarro working on one of the walls

Hermana Flori cooked us some pepian