Monday, June 27, 2016

Keep Sharing The Gospel - Week 35

This week was really cool. You know that program we have, Nunca Voy Solo? (I'm Never Alone) We´ve been applying it here with the members. Since this area has been closed for over a year, and we had no area book to begin with, we´re basically starting from scratch. But this week we´ve started seeing fruits from the lists of the members. They are starting to refer us to the old investigators and showing us where they live. I don´t think we´ll be baptizing this change but we´re preparing a ton for July. 

I had a really cool experience. We went to find where Aylin (a recent convert) lived. well... she´s technically not a recent convert because she got baptized at 8 but only her great grandma is a member. Anyway, we had a lesson with her and her great grandparents and she left suddenly during the lesson (she´s a bit energetic) and came back and whispered something in my companions ear. When we ended she told me we needed to go somewhere. She took us up the street to her friends house. It was so cute! She was being a missionary. She introduced us to her friends and we asked if their parents were home. We had a lesson with them that was really good but their grandpa is super religious and at the end started asking super hard questions. She started getting scared because she had never tried sharing the gospel before and the guy was being a bit rude. We told her it was OK: It's ok to be scared or nervous. Not everyone is ready to receive the gospel. We told her to not get discouraged and keep on sharing with her friends and their families. Hopefully she wont and will continue sharing the gospel. She makes a great missionary.

Now to answer your questions:

1.  Where is La Económica?

Somos parte de la zona milagro todavía. Técnicamente la aldea se llama Carranza o Lo de Carranza. Esta al otro lado del barranco de milagro hacia el norte.

English: We are still part of the zone Milagro. Technically the neighborhood is called Carranza. It's on the other side of the ravine towards the north.

2. Have you seen any zompopos de mayo? (When we were little we used to catch these and see who could collect the most. Some people fry them and eat them with salt and lemon.)

No, no los he visto. Supuestamente mi líder de distrito encontró algunos y los miembros les hicieron comer los sin freírlos... bleh

English: No, I haven't seen them. Supposedly my district leader found some and the members made him eat them without frying them first.

Until Next Time,

Elder Mattiaccio

Monday, June 20, 2016

Multi-Zone Conference - Week 34

Hello everyone,

This week was awesome. On thursday we had our multi zone conference in Utatlan. I had in my charge a special musical number. I asked some of the missionaries in the zone to sing with me. We sang a compilation of Al Mundo Ve a Predicar and Oíd Naciones. They told me I needed to organize it the thursday before. But because of the zone conference we wouldn't have a district meeting where we would all be together to practice it. So I told them via text what we would be doing but when we arrived nobody practiced. I had to find a room with a piano so we could practice it really quickly. It was thrown together last minute but when we went up to sing in front of the other zones it all went smoothly. We received many comments about it and how it brought the spirit into the meeting.

 I also went on divisions with the district leader Elder Slade, well... actually with Elder Noack, his companion. I went to their area. It's kinda weird. They live outside of their area and outside of the ZONE. I don't know how they got permission for that, but yup. It started to rain toward the end and I didn't have my coat. Only my umbrella and it was raining super hard. We went to a lesson and the lady there felt bad and gave us coats. They weren't super waterproof but it helped a little bit. We ended up arriving home late because one of the roads was completely flooded so we had to find a way around. 

Love you all. Sorry for the short letter.

Elder Mattiaccio

Monday, June 13, 2016

Raining Cats and Dogs - Week 33

This week it has been raining more than it was in Milagro. I'm not kidding, and maybe it is worse here because the streets aren't paved or irrigated. So when it rains, because everything is downhill, the road turns into a river. My shoes got filled with water on more than one occasion. I finally pulled out the trench coat uncle Sam gave me. Even still, from my knees down I got soaked. Surprisingly I don't get cold though, many times, when it isn't raining too hard, we just get wet. Because we don't have time to go all the way back to the house to get our rain gear. I've started carrying my umbrella with me instead of water so I could pull it out if... WHEN it starts raining. 

Also, just yesterday we were contacting a new area and going through a side road when a female pitbull ran up to my companion and attacked him. I was on the opposite side of the street and saw the dog go back to it's house. I then was walking further along and it came at me. I had to pull out my umbrella and hit it in the head so it wouldn't bite me. Even still it took three good whacks before it left me alone. We decided to turn back, defeated by a stray demon hound. I realized she was just defending her young but we weren't even near her. We're going to look if there is another way around so we can contact the rest of the street. 

Our family, the family of Xiomara, Geronimo, Alejandro (8), and Angel (7), are progressing; Slowly, but progressing. We always know when people like us when they say hi in the street. Others ignore us or just wave. But they say hi and cross the street to talk with us. We gave them a Book of Mormon and left them with 3 Nephi, Chapter 11 to read. They are catholics and were commenting that they have been since forever. We're praying that they take the invitation to read and pray about the Book of Mormon seriously and receive an answer to their prayers.

Love you all.


Speaking of dogs, we noticed Frankie has a funny quirk...every week when we check his dropbox there is at least one picture of a dog. Here's a few of them:

Monday, June 6, 2016

New Area - Week 32

Hello everybody (in the voice of Dr. Nick from the Simpsons)

LOVE my new area! It is so awesome! The members here are great!! They were all so excited to receive missionaries again. (This area has been closed since last February). We would walk down the street and people would cross the street when they saw us and ask us if we were here to stay. It felt so good to be welcomed by so many people. The ward here is pretty big but not many go. There are some gang territories and if you live in one area you can't go to the other. The church is pretty much in the middle so some people are afraid to go to church. They never bother us and because of where we live we are semi exempt. There are two areas in our area. There is a gated residential area and the people there are fairly well off... then the other area where the people live paycheck to paycheck and work anytime they get an offer. We mostly work in the lower part since the guards don't like us knocking doors in the residential. 

Friday we were knocking doors when we were passing by a lot with a half built house. My companion contacted the next house and while he was talking, I looked back and saw a path that led to a house behind the construction site. After he finished I told him to come with me. We knocked the door and a woman came out. Her name is Xiomara. Her husband wasn't home so we asked her to pull out some stools. She said she and her children were catholic and they like it there but they listened. We asked when we could come back when her husband would be there. She said sunday but she didn't think he would accept the visit. We came back sunday and she wasn't there, but her husband was. He accepted us and to our surprise was super receptive. She walked in as we were finishing and was surprised to see us and her husband talking about the gospel. She came out after we had finished and thanked us. She said she definitely didn't think we would be accepted because earlier in the day some other brethren came and he told them to leave. So she was super happy. Also, she asked one of her children to say the closing prayer and he prayed that we would keep coming. (I LOVE CHILDREN! They are so honest and only speak the truth. I almost cried during his prayer.)

Keep praying for us and our area. We are starting to see the miracles. The work of the Lord CANNOT be stopped. 

Con mucho amor y cariño,

Elder Mattiaccio


I asked Frankie if people had a hard time saying his name and this is what he said:

The people don't really have a problem saying my name. Some say "bantioch" (Thank you in Q'eqchi' - Mayan language) and I respond because it sound like my name.

 Las personas, realmente, no tienen ningún problema en decir mi nombre. Algunos dicen "bantioch" (gracias en Q´eqchi´) y yo respondo a esto porque es cerca.

Here's some pictures of his new apartment

Picture of the cake he made for his birthday.