I'm going back to Esperanza with Elder Martinez
like right now!!!
That was it...short and
sweet! A special thanks to all who have followed Elder Lott through this
precious mission experience. He will be reporting his mission in the
Woods Cross 11th Ward (1335 West 1500 South, Woods Cross) on Sunday,
June 18th (Father’s Day). Our Sacrament Meeting starts at 1:00
There is only one more pday after this and then I get home. Can
you even believe that??? I'm pretty anxious!
My interview with President Crapo was super awesome. He talked
to me about the flight plan and what's going to happen this last week. We
talked about dating and marriage of course and we also talked about like 7 tips
that will keep me on track always so it was really neat!
Getting to the mission office was an adventure cause neither of
us really knew how to get there but luckily we made it. We had to take
like 4 buses to get there and cross through like 5 zones but we made it.
President Crapo will soon be released and goes home on the 30th of June,
I think. He didn’t invite us to lunch but I invited my companion to Wendy's and
we ate like kings.
I think I'm gonna go back to Esperanza with Elder Martinez and
maybe make a quick stop by Las Ilusiones to say goodbye to David and Janet
because it's right next to it. It will be fun to go back with Elder
Martinez because everyone loved us a ton so it will be fun to go back
Monday is going to be crazy busy! We have to go the sixth
avenue to buy souvenirs and then head out to Esperanza and we will be running
the whole day but I will still try to write you. My companion is going to
have to write so we'll have to make some time in there.
I haven't started emptying my suitcases yet but I definitely
need to do that....
YESSSSSS this Tuesday we have the conference with Elder Renlund
and we are PUMPED!! We have to wake up tomorrow super early but it's so worth
it. The conference is back in Zona 9 in the chapel in Montufer.... that
really doesn't mean anything to you guys but that's where we're headed. At
least we know part of the way because that’s where the mission offices are in
Zona 9.... I'm not sure where Montufer is but we'll make it. We have to
get up at 4:30 to make it to our stake center at 6:30 and head out from there
with the other missionaries!
Guess what! We had a baptism this last Saturday!! By
surprise!!! Her name is Adric and she's 16. She was a reference
from the members and it was awesome! In like two weeks we went through
ALL the lessons. She was super ready to receive the gospel! It was
It’s been a good week with the interview with president and the
baptism as the big highlights
Well, we’re off! We're going shopping and my companion is
going to cut his hair and then off to play soccer! I'm so excited to see
everyone and will be there before you know it!
I just got a
copy of my travel itinerary.I’m
honestly super excited. I can´t believe
how close it is. It’s so crazy!I have my final interview with president this
Thursday! I´m not sure if they send a taxi but if not we
go by bus. The mission office is in Zona
9.It’s at 12... I´m hoping he´ll give
me lunch haha!
My companion is enjoying
doing all of these fun end-of-mission things with me. It´s pretty fun for him, I think! I wish I
could have been with a missionary that was finishing his mission because there
are lots of fun things to do at the end like going to the sexta and central
market and I think they take us to the zoo before going home.Sexta is sixth in Spanish and it´s the sixth
avenue where there´s a whole street of just stores to buy fun things.AND, I get to go to one of my areas to say
good-bye.I get to pick the area but I
can´t go outside of the capital back to Zacapa because it´s too far away.I just don´t know where I want to go...I want
to go back to all of my areas and say goodbye to EVERYONE.
I spend the
last day of the mission in the Assistant´s house with all the missionaries that
are finishing the mission and then the assistants take us to the airport in the
morning!I´ll be with Elder Vasquez for
my last day in the mission... Crazy huh?
This week has
been pretty normal... Running around visiting all our investigators and helping
the members! We helped a cute little
old lady weed her garden.We helped put
a roof on a house and we helped one of our converts paint her house…tons of
visited our baptismal dates that we have for these next couple of
months and went to church and everything! We saw the couple that is working on getting
married.They´re super excited for their
wedding.They just need to save up a
little money and make some invitations so I probably won´t get to see them get
married…the next missionaries will be able to enjoy the wedding and the baptism :)
going to clean the house and do some grocery shopping and then play some soccer
if we still have time haha!
is going super well!! We had our baptism this last Saturday!! There were tons of members there to support
her and her family came and I got to baptize her and it was really neat. I was surprised that she asked me to baptize
her too because she has a friend here in the ward that could have baptized her
but it was awesome. I don't really have
any good pictures but I did snag a couple and I'll get those to you guys
probably next week cause I don't have my camera....
love watching the gospel change lives.She
was going through a hard time too and said the gospel has really blessed her
life and now her and her sister are like helping each other and encouraging each
other and its super awesome!
work is going super well. We invited 4 people to be baptized this last week. 2
in June and 2 in July... the two in July have to get married so we pushed the
date back a little for them but we're having tons of success in our area and
President Crapo told us that our area is an example for the whole mission.
spiritual experience.... well the family that we invited to be baptized on
Saturday was a pretty spiritual experience. They have been going to church for
a while but they're not married so they haven't been baptized so we share a
little story from the Book of Mormon that talks about goals and helped them set
goals and now they're going to get married in June and baptized in July. Also
one of the families that Elder Goodwin and I were working with in Lomas del
Norte got baptized on Saturday after a long journey and lots of hard work and
effort... that was super special... I didn't get to go because we had a baptism
but Elder Goodwin got to go and baptize the Mom I believe... super special!
Renlund is the Apostle coming for the multi-mission conference on June 6th.I’m super excited! It will be such a great
experience! When Elder Rasband came, it
was the greatest and this will be with like 3 other missions!
weather has been crazy.You think it’s
finally summer there are we are entering the rainy season right now... it gets
a little chilly in the night but I think it will probably be just about the
perfect transition as far as heat goes hahaha!
don’t have my travel information but President Crapo sent my goals sheet last
week.I just started working on it
today... so weird to be working on this...
week was pretty good!! It went by like SUPER quick. We had lots to do so it
flew by.We have been working and helping
our investigators and looking for new investigators and all that fun stuff!
had stake conference yesterday and President Crapo came! It was a super good conference! We had to wake
up at 5 in the morning to make it by bus to the stake center by 8 but it was a
great conference. We heard from President and Sister Crapo and then from the
Second counselor in the temple presidency here in Guatemala and it was super
awesome. They gave great talks. President Crapo talked about getting rid of bad
habits and why it´s important and Sister Crapo talked about choosing to be
happy through whatever circumstance. The gentleman from the temple presidency
spoke about the temple and the importance of making the temple a part of our
lives and why it will help us.There
were lots of good talks.
Day is on Wednesday here in Guatemala so I can call any day this week.We are going to borrow a tablet from one of
the members and go to the chapel I think so you guys choose the day and the
hour and I´ll be there!!My companion is
going to talk to his Mom tomorrow so I guess I´ll see how he does it and then
I´ll just do the same thing hahaha.
We were kind of able to talk with Elder Lott today (Saturday) for
our Mother’s Day call.They often get
invitations for dinner while at church on Sunday so it’s hard for him to
schedule time, get equipment and call on Sunday.He was a little pixelated and sometimes
blurry and always difficult to hear but it was him and we were happy to have a
face to face conversation--truly a
Mother’s Day treasure! We are counting the days to his return but he is really
trying to stay focused.He is happy and
healthy and looking forward to a baptism next Saturday.He loves Guatemala and has mixed emotions
about his mission coming to an end.
He will be reporting his mission in the Woods Cross 11th
Ward (1335 West 1500 South, Woods Cross) on Sunday, June 18th
(Father’s Day).Our Sacrament Meeting
starts at 1:00 p.m.
I GET TO STAY WITH MY COMPANION!!!!! YESSSSS!!!!!
I was so happy!! We´re going to have an awesome last
transfer.So, needless to say, I´m doing
mighty fine. I feel good and I’m happy
and our area is doing good and everything is just going super good. I
really think we´ll have an awesome last transfer.I didn’t get the packet for my return.Supposedly it comes like 3
weeks from the end. I’m pretty sure that all comes through email and I think
that will come within the next couple weeks but I´ll keep you guys posted for
progress... just a little while ago we baptized a girl and now we are teaching
her sister. It was super cool because we invited her to her sister’s baptism
and then she felt the Spirit and she´s super interested now so she´s
progressing super quick!!
are 2 sister missionaries in our zone, one companionship! Most of the sister
missionaries are serving outside of the capital though for the danger that
there is here inside the capital.
you wanna know why I haven’t sent any pictures lately? Because ALL of my
pictures... I´m talking EVERY SINGLE ONE of my pictures got deleted on my
memory card.It was the worst day of my
life but luckily I found a member that had a card recovery program and he was able
to recover the pictures.Such a
blessing!Here are some pictures of our temple
trip like not last thursday but the thursday before.
(I'm pretty sure this is his companion...Elder Doñas)
Remember Elder Figueroa! We were serving in the same zone but he had transfers.
He's going to Zona La Laguna tomorrow!
This other gringo is Elder Wilde. He's from Sandy.
session was in Spanishhhhh!I only speak
Spanishhhhhh!I can´t speak English!I can only write in English! Hahaha (I’m starting to question his ability to
write in English! I hope we don’t need a
translator when he returns :)
will only get to go to the temple one more time with President and the other missionaries
that are going home.I LOVE the TEMPLE!
but I probably gotta head...we´re going to go do some grocery shopping and
then to play soccer.
is everyone?I'm doing great! My week
has been good! Nothing too crazy, a pretty normal week with lots of work! We have
been focusing more on recent converts and less actives right now and in
strengthening their testimonies so they can be firm in the gospel.By doing so we usually find family members or
friends there in their houses that are interested in the gospel which is super
like home teaching but home teaching here isn`t a big thing. They`re trying to
get the members to do it and encourage them and everything but it`s kind of
hard to get the members to go out and do visits.Let’s just say I have a new appreciation for
home teaching!You really don`t even
have to do very much. More than anything it`s just the sacrifice in time.
mission is doing a 40 day fast.We have
done these before and it`s a pretty cool experience. You should try it!What we do is we have a fast for certain
things we would like to change or improve on and then we focus on those things
for the next 40 days to try to improve or get rid of bad habits or anything
like that! For example, if a missionary
struggles with bad words, he`ll focus on that for 40 days! I’m fasting to
improve my ability to respond to promptings the first time and not wait for the
companion and I are doing great! I`m really hoping and praying I get to stay
with him my last transfer.Next Sunday
we`ll have the transfer assignments.We
are six days away from finding out about transfers.Then April is over and we start May.This will be my last transfer.I
can`t even believe it!
bought a quadruple in Spanish. It is so cool!I only read in Spanish now.I just
read in English when I read letters. I don’t have to study Spanish anymore. It
just comes naturally. I feel like I’ve worked hard though to get my Spanish to
where it`s at and I’m proud of what I`ve been able to learn. I will probably
have a little bit of an accent honestly but we`ll see.I think you’ll all still be able to
understand me.I’ll definitely be able
to help Riley with his Spanish class hahaha!I’m pretty sure I can still speak English.There may be a few Spanish words mixed in
heart doesn`t know where it`s at. It`s so excited to see you guys and finally
be reunited but it also doesn`t want to leave behind everything that it has
come to absolutely love here.I think I’ll
just have to come back to Guatemala soon!
hey, I gotta jet.I love you guys more
than you can imagine. We have plans today to go to Walmart and Metronorte to
eat lunch. It should be pretty fun I guess! I think we`ll meet up with a couple
of missionaries over there like Elder Goodwin and stuff so that`s cool!