Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas Gifts - Week 9

¡Buenas Todos!

I hope everyone had a good Christmas, because I sure did! I want to say thank you to Brother James. He and his family sent me money to buy presents for the members and investigators. For our p-day last week we went and bought toys for a few of our member families, recent converts, and a few investigator families. We also made a sort of Christmas Card for all of the member families. It was such a pleasure to go around to all of them during "Noche Buena" and give all the kids their presents. They were all so grateful. We returned Christmas day and all the kids were so grateful for their presents. I've included pictures of a few of the families. 

Then, as our Christmas gift, we had 4 baptisms the next day! Morris (16) and Diego (10), then Elsa (11) and Maria Antonia (8). Even though they are all little (except for Morris) it was still a pleasure to be able to see them baptized. I had the opportunity to baptize Maria Antonia and Elsa and the Branch President Ruano baptized Morris and Diego. My first baptisms!! It is good to see the fruits of our labors here in Mita. Only Diego and Morris were confirmed because the Elsa and Maria Antonia arrived late. They are the ones who live 3 km out of town. And because they don't have a car they have to walk and hope someone offers them a ride. Its a big sacrifice for them to come to church but they make it every Sunday. I used to dread the walk out to their house because it was so far, but now it doesn't even phase me and I'm glad to do it. Their family lives in humble circumstances but the are solid members in the church. All of them converts. 

I hope you all had a good Christmas and I wish you a happy new year.

Elder Mattiaccio
Asunciòn Mita, Zona Jutiapa, Guatemala Sur

Monday, December 21, 2015

MERRY CHRISTMAS, and FELIZ NAVIDAD from Guatemala - Week 8

Hey, MERRY CHRISTMAS, and FELIZ NAVIDAD from Guatemala!!

This week has gone by in a flash. We had a Multi-zone conference on Wednesday (which I heard you guys got some pictures from?) IT was pretty cool. Pres. and Hna Caffaro had some presentations about Christmas and the mission, then we ate an awesome Christmas dinner, catered by the CCM. That food was especially delicious since our zone started a fast the day before and it ended just before the lunch. Then we watched a movie! It was an old Disney movie called "iron will" (Voluntad de Hierro). The day before I went on divisions (splits) with the Zone leaders. I went with Elder Borda in Jutiapa and Elder Gee came to Mita. Then, Thursday I went on divisions again so our District leader Elder Samayoa could come do a baptismal interview for one of our investigators, Morris. Both were great experiences working with different people. 

This week we have been working hard to make sure our 4 investigators with baptismal dates are ready. They are Morris and Diego (brothers), Elsa and Marie Antonia (Sisters). Well... Marie Antonia doesn't count for us since she is 8 but her sister is 11 and hadn't gotten baptized. Morris is a teenager of 16 and Diego is 10. His mom is a member but he never got baptized. We meet with them every other day to make sure they're still on track to be baptized. The two girls live 3 km out of town so we have to take a lot of time to go out and teach them but we have to since they're going to be baptized this Saturday. (AHHH my 1st baptisms!!!) 

We also found out of a small community further out. Its called Trapiche Vargas. It's 10 km from Mita. Man that's a walk. It takes almost an hour and a half to get there. We've only gone a few times but the people there are very receptive. Also, we've never walked the entire way. We were fasting on Saturday and I knew it was going to be hard walking all that way without water. But we had barely started walking when the branch president pulled up and gave us a ride to the sisters house. Then we walked the rest of the way to Trapiche had a few lessons and left because we didn't want to walk back in the dark since it is dangerous being outside the city. We had only walked about a km when a young man picked us up and drove us all the way back to Mita. He talked with us and seemed like he would be receptive to hear our message. We got his info and where he lives (here addresses are non existent) and are going to try to swing by when he's not working.

I got my first haircut today. Sorry I don't have a picture but next week. :) Still working on getting pictures. this computer is being uncooperative. So next week. 

Goodbye and I hope you all have a Merry Christmas.

Elder Mattiaccio
Asunciòn Mita, Jutiapa, Guatemala Sur

Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas Zone Conference 2015

Note from President Caffaro:

We had our Christmas Multi Zone Conferences this past week. Elder Mattiaccio is doing well.  A few blisters on his feet, but oh well the life of a missionary. 
Merry Christmas.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Out In The Field - Week 7

Hello everyone,

I'm out in the field }. Ahh! My area is called Mita 1. It's in Asunción Mita, Jutiapa, Guatemala. It covers from Mita all the way to the Salvadorian border at San Cristobal. Its pretty hot here (27 C) but you get used to it. It doesn´t even feel like it anymore. We have only a few progressing investigators and some less actives that we visit frequently but we´re constantly on the search for new investigators. I got my first companion and trainer. His name is Elder Belmar and he´s from Chile. hes a pretty cool guy and he likes taking pictures. This week we helped one of the less actives set up their Christmas tree. They had like 10 boxes of lights so it took quite a while. But i´ve included a picture of the finished product. Ahh! sorry this is super short. I'm so terrible at doing this. I love you guys! Everything is going well. First week down! Until next week. (again, sorry for the short letter)

Elder Mattiaccio

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

*El Jalapeño - Week 6


We received Elder Mattiaccio today. He made it!!  He is very ready to serve and appears to be ready to give it his all. You should be very proud of him. I thought I would personally send you the pics of him, with his MTC district, with us and with his new companion. He will be serving in Zone Jalapa. His area will be Asuncion Mita.  His companion is Elder Belmar from Chile. I hope all is well with you and the family. 

All the best!  E.J. (Presidente y Hermana Caffaro) 

His companion - Elder Belmar 

His CCM district

The Welcoming Committee

*The people of Jalapa are actually called Jalapanecos

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Thanksgiving at The Mormon Jail - Week 5

Hola and Happy (late) Thanksgiving!

This week we got to watch the Thanksgiving Day devotional from the Provo MTC live! Elder Nelson was the speaker for that. It was such a great devotional and a little unorthodox (I think, but what do I know) I say that because he had his family perform some special musical numbers. But I thought it was cool. Got to hear a little more music. We also watched the Thanksgiving Mormon Message. As usual, it made me cry and feel the spirit so much. We also watched a portrayal of Christ's coming to the Americas without any words spoken. It was cool that the message still got across and broke the barriers of language to deliver such a spirit of thanksgiving. We didn't get to eat our thanksgiving meal on thanksgiving day though, because President and Hermana Cox were out of town for a mission/mtc president conference in Costa Rica (lucky). But he got back the next day and we had our lunch on friday. When he got back late thanksgiving night, he came by all the rooms and we were all glad to see him. We stopped him when he got to our room and he talked to us for 10 minutes about his trip and all the missionary experiences he had. He´s such a fountain of the spirit. We all missed him for our sunday devotionals. He always gets us ¨fired up¨ about missionary work. I almost wish he was my mission president. 

This week, all the elders staying in Guatemala had to go down to the immigration center to apply for our 2 year visas. It was awesome. We kinda feel cooped up in here sometimes. With the high walls and fences, cameras, and armed guards outside the gates, it sometimes feels like a prison. That's actually what some of the people call it. the ¨Mormon Jail¨. but we got to take a 15 minute ride to the city and got to see everything. It took a really long time(3 hours), all just to sign a paper and take a picture, but we were all glad to be out. 

Until next week.

Elder Mattiaccio