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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

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