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Monday, August 29, 2016

The Gardener - Week 44

Buenas,

This week has been great. I forgot to mention that both me and my companion got to stay here. We have been working with the Guerra family . They are super pilas. They are the only investigators we meet with 3 TIMES A WEEK! They always read the assigned scriptures and the pamphlets, have questions about church, have gone to church the last 2 weeks, ask about activities they can go to... They are truly golden investigators. They have basically integrated themselves into the ward already. Now to find the next ones. We have a few other investigators, but we've been realizing they are all in one sector of our area. In the other we can't go very often and only until 6:30. We are hoping to start working a lot with the members so they can take us to people who want to hear us. Contacting is always hit and miss. Maybe 1/10 let us in and 1/10 of those continue investigating and so on and so on with going to church and keeping other commitments. But when they are references they are always a little better. They have an Amulek (a member friend) and have more desire.

We visited a family this week and they all weren´t there. So the grandma took us outside and introduced us to her garden. Literally. All the flowers have names. She speaks to them and tells them to grow. It was the most spiritual experience ever! She loved each of the flowers. It reminded me of the story of a Canadian military officer that was in the Liahona (Ensign). He was a gardener and cut down a bush and saw a tear roll down the cut branches. As if the bush was saying "why would you cut me down? I was so big and beautiful. How could you do this to me!?" But the bush wasn´t bearing fruit or flowers, and the gardener replied "I´m the gardener. I know what I want you to be." That's like us and our Heavenly Father. Sometimes we have trials and we wonder "why me". We need to remember He knows who we can become and we may just need a little pruning to help us get there.



Then we had the most balanced dinner of my entire mission.... Up until the rest arrived and brought us brownies.....

Our recent convert broke his foot a few days ago. He hadn´t been coming to church very often because he would always go to play soccer. He went once and sprained his ankle. Now he broke his foot. So we basically told him it was a sign he needs to go to church. He lives next door so we talk with them basically on a daily basis. So were on good terms and he understood we were joking but serious. And this week he came to church and participated a ton. He´s super pilas, he just needed a divine push. (pun intended)

Love you all! TTYL

Elder Mattiaccio
Venezuela, Zona Nimajuyu, Guatemala Sur




Monday, August 22, 2016

Keeping the Ball Rolling - Week 43

We worked hard this last week to make sure Ruben and Josué could get baptized and not neglect our other investigators. We had lessons with Josue every night because he was a bit on the fence and was worried for his interview. So every night we reviewed the lessons and calmed his nerves. We really saw the fruits of our labors. Ruben and Josué were both baptized without a hitch! We couldn´t pass by their houses and we were worried that they wouldn´t be there when we got to the chapel but they were. A slap in our face for doubting but good none the less.








We invited president and he actually came. It was kind of embarrassing because he arrived on time and the members still weren't there. Most of them didn´t arrive until halfway through the baptism. Josué asked me to baptize him and Ruben asked that I be there just in case the bishop couldn´t lift him. It was super easy though. We filled the font in the morning so that the water would hopefully warm up a little bit but it was ice cold when we got in. I felt bad but I was in the water for the most time.

Before the baptism, when we went to fill the font, I was cleaning it because it hadn´t been used in a long time. When I bent down to clean a mark *RRRRRIP*. I broke my pants. That's the first time that has happened. I had to go home and change pants and send them to a seamstress. I also sent my shirts to get trimmed down.


We also brought our investigator family the Guerra Family. They were super excited to come and see. They also came Sunday to church. They are super pilas. They are for sure our next baptisms. Josué and Ruben were confirmed on Sunday too. We´re going to try to keep the ball rolling so that the members get more active in the work. 

This Sunday, two teens brought their non member girlfriends who we are going to start teaching, Martha and Maria de los Angeles. Keep them in your prayers.

The Guerra Family all came to church and were really excited. They are our next baptisms besides Ian. 

This week is Changes. And Elder Mattiaccio is.......





STAYING IN VENEZUELA! Exciting to stay in the area and spread the word a little bit longer. 

Until Next Time,

Elder Matiaccio
Venezuela, Zona Nimajuyu, Guatemala Sur

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Frankie must of had issues uploading pictures. Hopefully next week we'll be able to see the baptism pictures.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Lots of Good Stuff - Week 42

Last week after writing, we used the water balloons you guys sent for my birthday. It was raining too so we all got soaked. We had soo much fun though! Thanks.

Immediately after, we had a Family Home Evening with a family and the boyfriend of the daughter, who is not a member. We taught about the 4 pilars of the True Church. Prophets, Apostles, Authority, and Revelation. It was really good. He has gone to church for almost 4 months now. We´re hoping to baptize him in our ward even though he lives in another wards boundaries. The reason being that he has come here with his girlfriend for those 4 months and has been fellowshipped here. The other challenge is that his mom (also not a member) wants him to get to know the church more before he gets baptized. We´re hoping to have a meeting with her to discuss that and hopefully resolve her issues.




This week we´ve been prepping Josué and Ruben for their baptisms. We´ve taught them everything and they are good to go. Just need to get in the water! Their baptism is this saturday. Please pray that everything goes smoothly in their interviews and baptism!


This week we went to the temple too. It is always so cool to be able to attend a session. I asked for a lot of help with our investigators.

When we got back we had an appointment with a contact. He´s super pilas. He´s an older man with older children who still live with him. He came to the stake conference yesterday and heard our mission president and a Seventy speak. It was really good and he´s super excited. We have an appointment with him tomorrow and he said he wants to have all his family in the next visit. They accepted a baptismal date for the 17th of September





Lots of good stuff (to say the least)

Love you

#LoveMoreJudgeLess

Elder Mattiaccio
Venezuela, Zona Nimajuyu, Guatemala Sur

Monday, August 8, 2016

Meet The Mormons - Week 41

This week has been pretty cool. We had an mission activity in the chapel. We watched Meet the Mormons. The members here hadn´t seen it and it was a great opportunity to introduce new investigators to the chapel without having to go to "church". We had it all planned out and everything.... Then, the day of, we sent our ward mission leader to get the projector from the stake center and it wasn´t there. Another ward had taken it without asking. So we decided to use the TV the ward has. But... that is locked inside of the secretaries office. And who has the keys to the secretary´s office? Not the secretary, only the bishop. So we called the bishop and he was out of town and Sammy, his son, wasn´t home either. But since I'm his nephew-in-law he trusts me and told me to call his other son, Renato, who has keys to let us in. Renato was kind enough to bring them to the church so we could organize everything else. We finally found the projector but then the computer we used didn´t read disks, nor did the internet work. So we ended up having to have a sister who lived nearby run and grab her DVD player and bring it to the church. And because the projector doesn´t have AV inputs we ended up using the TV anyway. I know that all sounds really negative but really the activity turned out really good. The members brought a few people and they all enjoyed it. We even had homemade popcorn (not in the microwave). Just so you all know how much stress and planning goes into organizing an activity but we didn't give up ;D

Also, another night during the week we went over to the bishop´s house to check up on their list and Nunca Voy Solo. When Sammy opened the door he seemed agitated. Turns out his mom was missing. She left at 2:00pm and hadn´t arrived (it was around 7:30pm). She had forgotten her phone and the bishop wasn´t answering his phone. We sat down in the front room as Sammy frantically called everywhere she could possibly be. We said a prayer with him so he could be calm and that they could arrive home safely. Then, when the bishop arrived it stirred the pot even more since he had dropped her off without her phone. I tried to calm them down because it was raining really hard and the traffic was super bad. It got to the point where Sammy was going to go out and look for her. I told him he shouldn´t go out so agitated and suggested a blessing. We gave him a blessing of peace and to know where to find his mom. As I was finishing, the doorbell rang. They went and answered and, lo and behold, she was at the door. She had been stuck on the bus for 3 hours in the traffic and didn´t have her phone. After they were reunited we left them to their hugs (there was no way we were going to stay and ask for references after what happened). I felt so good after that (because I was worried too). We didn´t even have planned to go there. WE were just passing by and felt that we should knock.

Josué and Ruben both came to church and are practically dry members (just need to get wet in the font). They participate in class and even during priesthood. All that's left is their baptismal interviews and the water (and spirit). Pray that they keep going strong and get baptized on the 20th.

Lots of love and "may the [Spirit] be with you"

#GetDunked #TheHolySpiritGuides #MeetTheMormons

Monday, August 1, 2016

It's Time to Harvest - Week 40

Hola,

This week was pretty cool! First We had our first divisions with our district leader. I went to his area with his companion Elder Aviles and he came to my area. We had a pretty cool day.



We had a really awesome lesson with one of their investigator families. We taught them about the Book of Mormon and they asked us a lot of questions. Really good, insightful questions. They had read the introduction before hand so we were mainly talking about that. Then, out of the blue, the sister asked us about coffee and why we cant drink it. We briefly explained the Word of Wisdom and she told us something super interesting. Since she met them 3 weeks ago, she hasn´t drank a cup of coffee. She didn´t know why. We testified to her that that was the spirit helping her prepare for her baptism.

After the lesson she gave us some taquitos and something called revolcado. It was a type of salsa that had who knows what kind of meat in it. We didn't ask hoping to keep our sanity but it was really good. 

We finished divisions and had divisions with the assistants. Well one of them. Elder Williams. He was one of my Zone Leaders in Jutiapa. It was really cool to see him again. He showed us that even though our house was clean, it could still be cleaner and better invite the spirit. Little things that help maintain the spirit.

Josué also accepted a baptismal date for the 20th. He´s pretty much good to go. Just needs to receive all the lessons and an interview. We had a lesson in the chapel and he seems really excited. He also came to 2 activities this week. A quinceañera and a mission activity put on by our zone leaders.



We also finished painting the room we started last week. This time we invited the entire district hoping that the extra hands would make the difference. 



Love you all

This weeks hashtags:
#ONETEAM
#ONEFAMILY
#ONEMISSION 
#ItsTimeToHarvest