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!
everyone!I`m doing super good! All is well. I`ve made it to another pday and we had a
baptism on Saturday and wow everything is good!
The baptism was
originally planned for this coming Saturday but we decided that she was ready
and we moved the baptism and had it this last week. It was kind of crazy but it
was super good. The other people in this
picture are her Mom, Sister and cousin! I always look so out of place :)
pretty... Interesting... It`s a whole different holiday out here in because the
Catholics celebrate super differently. They have like these huge parade floats
that they carry around honoring Jesus but it`s with like big like "red
carpet" kind of things that the people lay out on the streets. They call
it processions in Spanish.EVERYONE in
the whole country has the weekend off... just the most important jobs have to
work.There was this huge gathering in
front of the Catholic Church where they all sang and everything.Easter Dinner... We ate some noodles in
Spaghetti sauce with some hard-boiled eggs and tamales.
the new area! It`s like pretty flat which is nice and there are tons of people
that give us food and everything as well as tons of potential for new
investigators.This is a humble area
which allows them to be open to receiving our message.We are still getting a few references from members
so that helps.It`s decently big and a
nice area actually.I like it anyway!
and I get along super well. I am honestly
hoping to finish the mission with this guy. He is from El Salvador and he`s 24
years old. He almost graduated from the university but decided to go on a
mission before finishing. He is the
youngest of 3 brothers.
You saw me
on Facebook?That’s funny!Yes!We
had a multi zone conference on Thursday and it was AWESOME!I learned about following promptings of the
spirit and usually he`ll whisper something to us and we`ll think about it and
then more and more thoughts come but they`re usually from Satan trying to
convince us not to do it. For example as missionaries when the spirit tells us
hey knock that door and we think about it but then have thoughts of like nah we
don`t have time or nah we`ve already knocked that door or no these people don`t
want anything and those thoughts come from Satan and we have to listen and act
on the first prompting.
I write from
the internet café but we are going to leave right now to help with a service
project.We are helping a family move
some stuff, then after that we`re going to go back and clean the house and then
maybe after we`ll go play ping pong with some members in the church! I love
ping pong.I’m a little advanced for
them there but we have some fun hahaha.The back spin gets them every time :)
Here I am pretending
to cook… with cereal… in my Easter apron.
news of the week is that our little trio got split up and I got shipped off to
Canalitos, Zona 24, with Elder Doñas.It`s
like right here next to Lomas but it`s like way up the mountain.Elder Doñas is the trio companion from El
Salvador.He has 6 months out here in
the mission. We are dedicated to his area now and Elder Goodwin stayed back in
Lomas and got a new companion from Chile. Elder Goodwin is a great kid! He had me laughing all the time. We`re in the
same district though so we get to see each other pretty frequently and we
always talk about how we wanted to finish the transfer together.
It was super
crazy and it all happened so fast but here we are getting some work done here
in Canalitos.It’s nice to be dedicated
to one area because we`re not running everywhere anymore.And we have a good time together so honestly
I`m super happy.
apartment is actually super nice.They
had someone come in and do a deep clean like a couple days ago so it`s spotless
and now we just have to keep it that way.This one has like 4 couches in it!
and I get along really well so far so that`s super good. We`re teaching a
couple of families and then a couple of other youth and always looking for more
people of course. We left our golden family in Lomas with Elder Goodwin.They had an appointment with them this last
Saturday and they extended a baptismal date and the family accepted!! It`s just
a matter of time for them!!
experience of the week... probably transfers honestly because in the beginning
I was super upset and didn`t wanna go. I wanted to finish the transfer with
Elder Goodwin and I tried to convince President to let me stay but then he
talked to me for a second and told me that he had received a strong spiritual
impression that I needed to be with Elder Doñas to help him and be a good
companion to him. He asked me to at least give it a try and now that I`m here
with him I feel like President was right on.
This could very
possibly be my last area... But then again I thought the same thing about Lomas
so I have no idea.My new area has lots
of dirt and back roads. There is only one street that goes through this place
and the rest are like dirt back roads.It’s
kind of green and kind of desert like.I
don’t know how to explain it in English.We are in a smaller ward... like 85 people come on average!
Usually the members are pretty good here to help us out actually. Yesterday we
had lunch and dinner with members and usually we have like at least lunch or
dinner every day here so that`s super nice. As for laundry there`s someone here that helps
us with that too.
find the cream of tartar at Walmart.We ended
up kind of giving up...and that`s a good thing because we wouldn`t be able to
cook it anymore anyway.
what I`ve seen, this area is pretty safe! I`ve heard that in the night time we
have to be a little careful but that`s how it is everywhere here in Guatemala
to go clean the house a little bit then sleep and maybe go play some games with
family a little later. Speaking of which... we should probably get outta here.
Hey! How is
everyone?I`m doing pretty good! Just getting
used to the new companion that we have with us but doing good. We are in a trio
right now. Our new companion is from El Salvador. He was in the neighboring area but his
companion got sent to another area so he joined us and it has been insane.We are working in both areas right now so
we`re always traveling so much and running here and there.It’s so exhausting and sometimes we have to
sleep in his house because we don`t have time to make it back to ours and it`s
just so hard. There is so much work!
The trio is temporary
but I think we will stay together until transfers on May 2nd... We`ll see.We have investigators in both areas so we go
back and forth like every single day. We`re exhausted.It’s too far to walk so we take a bus. It`s
like a 30 minute bus ride and then we walk all day in his area or in ours.It`s the craziest experience! I haven`t done
anything like it in my whole mission.
We do have 3
beds in both apartments..... now.I sleep so good at night!Sometime we tease our new companion and speak
in English and pretend we`re talking about him and he`s all like shut up you two
We watched General
Conference in the stake center with the other missionaries but all of the
members from our ward watched it in their houses.That was different for me. We didn`t bring
any new investigators with us because we are starting from zero and now working
in 2 areas we don`t even have time to look for new ones!! Our converts got to watch the conference in
their houses too.I love General
Conference.I did like the talk specifically
saying to listen to the missionaries! Elder
Bednar had an awesome talk about missionaries too!
Goodwin and I both got the picture of our Moms meeting for lunch.We were laughing and enjoying the moment
together here haha!
My haircut turned
out ugly again…maybe not as ugly but ugly.
cooking but we`re not hand washing anymore. We found somebody to help us haha! I
just eat sandwiches every single day. Sometimes
we go and eat like tacos or like pizza or other super fun things so I`m good.
syrup is not to be found in Guatemala.We haven’t tried the make your own recipe yet because we don`t know what
cream of tartar is.We are going to Walmart
today so I’ll check there. We got permission
to go because I’m out of razors.We can
stock up on snacks and goods while we’re there.
feeling... pretty good! Super tired and
with a little bit of pressure but super good!We are just on a crazy fun adventure doing the Lord`s work and working
like crazy! We found a new family yesterday that we`re going to baptize.
They`re references from another family and it`s going to be awesome. They
agreed to come to church with us right off the bat so that`s a good sign. They
haven’t said anything, I just feel it! We had a great lesson with them and when
we walked out of the lesson we all said the same thing. Wow! That family is
going to get baptized!
Hey I think
we`re getting ready to head though. This whole jumping between houses is pretty
crazy and now 2 houses to clean as well. No good :)
I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Elder Goodwin's mom for lunch. We could have chatted for hours about our missionaries! They are great boys doing a great work. We are on opposite ends of the spectrum. She is still adjusting to her missionary being gone and I'm counting the weeks until mine returns.
We had three
baptisms this week and it was so awesome AND there was a member of one of the quorums
of the seventy there too AND I got a picture with him! It was a crazy weekend
in the best way.
The tall guy
that you see in the picture is Angel.He
came to live with his family here in Lomas del Norte and he was so interested
in the gospel and we just started teaching him and he like came prepared
because we taught him for like 2 weeks and he was ready to be baptized. It was
so awesome. The other taller guy is
Pablo and he´s Angel´s cousin. He´s the
one that baptized Angel so that´s why he´s dressed all in white.Can you guess which one I baptized?Yep!The little guy tucked under my arm.His name is Gabriel.I love
taking part in miracles! The mission is so awesome!It has been so fun to be a part of so many
I´m going to
get a haircut today… I was so devastated by that last haircut, I haven´t cut my
hair since January 2nd. I´m super hesitant today but oh well hahaha!
been able to make chex mix because we can´t find white corn syrup. We have
everything else. We´ve looked everywhere but there is no white corn syrup in
Guatemala.A member is going to look at a place called
Pricesmart which is basically Costco to see if they can find it there.I’m
not giving up.No worries though…
right now is super hot in the afternoon and pretty chilly in the night. It´s
nice. I like it.
gotta run... We´re going to make our grocery run and go get a haircut and then
we´re going to go hangout with a missionary that´s leaving on Wednesday for his
mission and then later we´re going to go play games with Jose Rodrigo and his
is everyone?I’m doing good!! We just
had a baptism and I have pictures!This is
my new companion, Elder Goodwin, and Max who was baptized this week in Lomas
del Norte.My new companion is super
good.We get along really well.
apartment is the best apartment I´ve ever had in the mission.I have to get pictures! We have like a couch
in our house, hot water, a full on kitchen with a stove and everything.It´s fantastic!I told Elder Goodwin... Yikes! You got really
spoiled in the beginning of your mission. You have got quite the surprise
coming in the future of your mission hahaha!
was not affected by transfers this week.I will definitely be finishing my mission in this area... I´m alright
with it though. It´s a good area and the members are super great. I will stay
with Elder Goodwin one more transfer and then get a new companion to finish the
need to run...We are heading over to Metronorte today. All is well in Guatemala.
My lesson on Sunday is about
relying on the Savior’s grace to become a better teacher.I asked him if he had any experiences where
he felt words had been put in his mouth at just the moment he needed them and
this was his response:
At the beginning of the mission it happened ALL the time. I would be thinking
and thinking and thinking of what I was going to say and how I was going to
respond and then when it was my turn I would start talking and I would say
things that I hadn´t even thought of or planned on saying and when I would
finish I would be like what just happened?! I have to rely on the Lord ALWAYS
though in every situation....
Today I have
time to answer all of your questions.I`m
doing good though so don`t worry about me. This last week was absolutely NUTS.Right now I`m in the area called Lomas Del
Norte... in Zona 17. It`s a really small area and it`s like only residencial
neighbors. It`s super different than anything I`ve ever had. I`ve never worked in residencial areas before
but the members are super great. It will just take some getting used to. My new
companion is Elder Goodwin. He`s from
like the Ogden area and went to school at Freemont. He`s super awesome!
residencial not a word in English?Oh,
no!I don`t even know!It’s like gated communities where you can`t
knock on doors and everything.Ohhhhh
ya... Hahaha I forgot English. So sorry about that!It’s a nicer area. Most of the people have like way nice houses
here and it`s like the first time in 2 years that I`ve seen people with iphones.
My cough is
doing good. It`s still there a little bit but not as bad just a little
annoying.I took the antibiotic that I
had for bronchitis too. I think it helped a ton! I was so sick of the cough! I couldn`t take it anymore.
This area is
like neighbors with Zona 18 where I was just like a week ago. I could probably
walk to my old area. I have to come back to Guatemala after the mission. I love
this place and these people so much!
Hey but the
bad news is that I`m gonna have to take off. We have a zone activity planned
and we`re going to sixth avenue... I`ll send you guys pictures next week!
Well I don`t really have time to write because today has been super hectic and we have been going here and there and everywhere. I don`t have anything really crazy to report. I might be seeing some crazy things coming up here in the next couple of days or weeks. I`ll definitely keep you updated. They`ve swapped me to a different area where I`ll be working with Elder Nawahine and Elder Murphy. We`ll see how that goes. I`m super sad to leave my area right now but I know that all will be well and that the Lord has a plan. I am so super grateful for the people that I`ve gotten to meet in that area and hope to go back to visit them. I may have to come back to Guatemala when my mission is complete. Life is just so super crazy and I can`t believe that we`re already starting March. It`s honestly so crazy!
I took lots of pictures so you could enjoy the fishing trip too. It wasn't quite the fishing trip we were hoping for but it was pretty fun. They fish a little different here. He just used a net and threw it in the water.
This green square pond is their idea of a swimming pool.... they invited us but unfortunately we can't.
I don't know how to explain what the fish tasted like but it seemed to stick in my throat and I didn't like it.... the fish is called Tilapia or something like that.
I STILL have this horrible cough. I've been trying to drink lots of orange juice and other concoctions that the members are giving to me. Nothing seems to be working! I am able to sleep though, really well actually. Once I get all in bed and ready I don't seem to cough.... only during the day while I'm running around.
Hey we had stake conference this week and guess who came??? Elder Ochoa! He is a member of our Area Presidency. He talked to us on Saturday and on Sunday and the first day everyone kind of talked to the families and having like family councils and how important those things are for the family to solve problems and make big decisions. Then on Sunday everyone talked about how we need to be examples to everyone not only just the investigators and nonmembers but the members as well. It was a great conference! All the elders were there from the zone and it was lots of fun. It was super great. We were able to bring investigators too and everyone seemed to be spiritually uplifted.
Yes! It’s hot here right now...the weather is usually like 80 degrees always. Some days it rains though and gets pretty cold. The weather is kind of all over the place right now...
Hey, but we gotta jet! I guess we're gonna go clean the house and everything before we head off to a family home evening.