Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Roosevelt - Week 56

Hello all,

First, I have a message for Abuelita: Te amo mucho! Espero que tengas un Feliz CumpleaƱos! Gracias por aceptar el evangelio para yo poder estar aquĆ­ sirviendo mi mission.

This week I started in my new area, Roosevelt. This ward was one of the first wards organized here in Guatemala. Originally it was called just "Ward 6" but now that there are a ton more members it got a name. The ward is a lot bigger than all my previous areas. In membership and size. I feel like our area is the size of my last ZONE! We have to go on bus to get to  some areas. We mostly work in the area closest to the church because the members live there mostly. But we´re trying to expand our horizons. The members are great! They even provide us with dinner every day.

I've been focusing on helping Elder Mori with his District Leader stuff. It helps me have more patience.

I had divisions my second day in the area and guess who is my zone leader? Elder Olson from my CCM District! Soo cool. He´s still the same goof ball I met in the CCM. We had such a great day.

Towards the end of the night we had more appointments than what we could handle and he had to choose. I told him to follow the spirit so we went to a FHE. Turns out, the family had invited all their extended family (who weren´t members). We had an awesome lesson about the Plan of Salvation and Elder Olson had an awesome activity having to do with an invisible string (eternity) and a knot in the middle (mortal life). We left and we didn´t see a bus coming. So we had to run to get home before 9.  Then, while he was doing zone leader stuff, I was going to cook dinner. But when I went to grab a dish from the sink I saw this HUGE SPIDER. I almost had a heart attack. I couldn´t enter the kitchen the rest of the night. 

We learned how to make something called torejas. Super yummy. 

Well, that's all the time for now, but enjoy some picture of my families from Venezuela.

Love you all.

Elder Mattiaccio
Roosevelt, Zona Mariscal, Guatemala Sur

Monday, November 14, 2016

A Baptism and Cambios - Week 55

This is my new area. Roosevelt Ward in the Mariscal Stake, Zona 11. Going more and more into the very heart of the city. I´ve heard that the ward is pretty awesome. They all help with the work and are super supportive. My new companion is going to be Elder Mori. He´s from Peru. He was the district leader here in Nimajuyu before I got here. That means that I'm gonna stay up late tonight packing and wake up early tomorrow to get on a taxi....

but in other news...

This week we had a real big highlight. We had a BAPTISM! I didn´t write about it last week cuz we weren´t sure he was going to be able to. Omar (tino) Guerra was baptized on Saturday. I had the opportunity to baptize him too. He kind of scared us on the day of his interview because he said he didn´t want to do it anymore. When we asked him why, the things he told us were just worries for when he was a member. So on the way to the interview in the chapel, he and I walked in front and I talked to him without his family there. He told me he was worried his family wouldn´t support him. But I was able to talk to him and calm him down. He went into the interview and came out excited. Elder Nelson did a good job to not freak him out in the interview. We tried to have it so that his dad would baptize him (since he had been ordained a priest) but Omar had picked me to baptize me way before and we couldn't change his mind. It all went well. He got baptized and then confirmed on Sunday

This week we had a challenge from president to have 22 lessons with members present and 5 Family Home Evenings with investigators in the houses of the members. We planned a ton on Monday to be able to meet that goal, but one by one our plans fell. Mostly because of the investigators not being home. We would call them days before to invite them but the day of there was no answer on the phone and not in their homes. We had planned a FHE with Adriana but she couldn´t leave her house because she was babysitting. But she´s still an awesome investigator. She eats up the lessons, reads the pamphlets, is further in the Book of Mormon than most members! Her only challenge is leaving her house to go to church. Her family always comes over and she has to host them. But we know she´s gonna get baptized. Just have wait for the Lord to work a miracle there. Keep her in your prayers.

Love you guys!

Until Next Week

Elder Mattiaccio

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Day of the Saints - Week 54

This week we had the Day of the Saints (their version of Halloween) that was celebrated on Nov 1. There is a traditional meal that everyone eats called "Fiambre". It's a salad of beets with about 14 different types of sausage and packed meats. Like really, I don´t even know what some of it was. There were like 4 types of cheese, boiled eggs, ham.... It sounds really gross but it was really good. I was on divisions in Nimajuyu with Elder Nelson. The member who gives them lunch had made them fiambre. Everywhere we went too they offered us fiambre. It was good. But once a day was quite enough. As you can see, it is a HUGE plate that they serve. When I got back, my companion said he hadn´t tried it. No one in our area offered it to him. Fiambre is notorious with missionaries because 80% don´t like it at all.

This week we went to church in suits since I had sent my sweaters to get fixed and we didn´t have long sleeve shirts because they were all being washed. We were trying on each other´s suits and he pulled out this beauty.

Really, really BLUE!

Ruben went out on visits with us a few times. He´s a really chill dude. 

We had fast Sunday as well this week. We fasted so we could find families and so that the members could continue working with Nunca Voy Solo. We know it's inspired by God and is the key to baptizing converts.

When I got home after church. This is how I ended my fast. Reminds me of mom. Yup. That's condensed milk. Really just grabbed whatever we had in the house.

We also had our first live house inspections. The new Senior Missionaries came and did it. He helped us put up our smoke detector since we hadn´t put it up since we got here (oops...)

Anywho, I made this picture of Jesus to remind me to always ask what he wants me to do and who he wants me to become.

Love you all. Missin´ you. But: Keep Calm, I´m on the Lord´s errand.

Elder Mattiaccio

Venezuela, Zona Nimajuyu, Guatemala Sur