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Thursday, November 29, 2012

November 19, 2012

Where I slept last night
Well this week was fast. First off was good ole p-day... ha. We had interviews then we were rushed off to Serit Kiche. Elder Trejo and I ended up walking there in the rain and didn’t get there till like 8pm. That night I shared a tiny bed with Trejo.  From there Trejo and I went to Yxaal Li Hux. We did 3 day divisions and it was good. Tuesday we went out to Sepalau it was a fun walk out there and a place that I had only been to once.  We were able to find some news out there. 
Wednesday we went to the end of Yalijux, we spent all day walking. Trejo had never been to Yalijux and I showed him around to all the cool stuff.  We took a ton of pictures and we only had one lesson that day haha. 
Thursday we were back with our comps. That day my comp and I just worked a normal day in the Hux teaching N-rm-, J--n-, and S-l-, it was an ok day. Friday we went back to Sepalau and visited the people Trejo and I found and some of them seem pretty good. Oh yeah. on Thursday we had our movie night again and it was fun. There was a bunch of people there. 
Saturday was another normal day just working in the Hux. Wednesday and Saturday are market day and some one has been making french fries the last few market days and that’s been cool, something new to eat! Haha 
Elder Asdel and Elder Trejo in San Pransiic
Also its been super cold out here. You can see your breath in the day when the sun is out. Sunday was church. We only had S-l- and N-rm- in church. I thought we were going to have more but we didn’t… bummer. 
After church we headed down to San Pransiic and set up our beds in the church wooooo! After that we worked in San Pran. We found out that the branch there is worse than I thought and I knew it was bad. There is only about 19 people going to church and I’m pretty sure its like 2 families. But the good thing is we were able to visit people in San Pransiic that hadn’t been visited in like 3 years haha. Also we got a few references which is always good. So this week we will see what’s up with that! Well I’m out of time and I need to get up to Serit Kiche like always haha. But I have pics for you guys to hopefully make my email less boring. Also about the fireworks, I think they will have good ones here in Senahu but I’m not sure. I’ve been trying to figure that one out hahahha well love you all and have a good week!

Elder Trejo, S-l-, kids and Elder Asdel

Elder Asdel and LDS family in San Pransiic
Elder Asdel and a duck
Swinging good time
Duck soup
Dope Ride

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

November 12, 2012

 Woooo! Tell Grandpa happy birthday from Guatemala!! 
And I laughed out loud when I heard she got her braces off. Were her teeth super stained from the brackets? (*she is referring to a friend that recently just got her braces off after several years) 
Well I basically have no time, like always. Today was ´´p-day´´. First I got up at 4:30am to walk to San Francisco and try to catch a ride to Senahu. Very luckily we got one (normally there isn’t).
Then we had our interviews with Pres and then we had to drop off our laundry and now we are at internet and next on the schedule is head up to Serit Kiche... woooooooo. The good thing about having no time is that my comp was sick 2 days this week so there isn’t really much to write...

first off:

How did your interview with Pres Watts go? It was good, everybody except me talked about our crappy p-days and they all got shut down, I knew they would.

One of the pictures you sent last week looked like the inside of a booklet. What was that from? Its a child’s learning book in Kekchi I thought it was cool with Mayan page numbers and what not.

What are the pics with your last comp and the sunglasses from? You are in p-day clothes. It looks like you were having a good time. Yeah last week we actually got to put on p-day clothes, today no. It isn’t my old comp its Elder Salazar from Chile and Reyes from Mexico just chillin
Elder Asdel Elder Salazar and Elder Reyes

The pic of the ladies with the plastic bags... is that soda in the bags? It’s the soda in the bags haha

Well this week started with Monday, we walked/hitchhiked to Serit Kiche from there we went to teach. We had time for one lesson (that was the whole reason Pres Watts wants us to go up Monday)  That night I shared a bed with Trejo and my comp shared with Barton. Barton was sick so my comp got sick and when we got back to Yalijux the next day my comp was dead so we lost more time from that then we would have by doing things the old way when we had a normal p-day.
So from there two sick days. My comp was oooooh so sick. He was dying and needed medicine and we hiked to the call spot. He just about died and called the mission doctor and they got him the medicine sent. Well the next day he was fine and didn’t need the meds... haha whatever.
Thursday we had a movie night. The people loved it. We had more there than go to church on Sunday.
After that was Friday, and we had a member take us around and show us where the less actives live. Saturday we had a normal day. We went out to an area called San Jose to see why this one member stopped coming and it was cause he was sick, but we made him come Sunday which was good. Sunday was a waste haha. We had church, we had all the people from the triple weddings, well the non members (all the husbands went to go work in some place), but the non-members were there.
We also had a few people’s kids that live close to the church at church. So we are hoping to be able to get in with the parents thru that.
After church we had branch counsel, I think it was the first one ever in Yalijux. Most of the people there didn’t even know they had callings hahahahah but it went... well you could say.
Here comes the waste... well our plan was go to San Francisco and sleep there, but we had to get a paper signed for J--n-'s baptism, but her mom was busy and we had to wait... (the picture with me in line with Kekchi ladies is where she was) so we never made it to San Fran.

after that we had to walk to the call spot and wait for the zls to call us and we didn’t leave there till like 8 and got home at nine and went to sleep. Then woke up today at about 4:30. That’s all there is this week! Now for the pictures

food that I eat everyday, very spicy very yummy.

  somewhere cloudy

my tiny tortilla and J--n-’s giant tortilla I can’t make big ones like them
 movie night!

Well that’s all for the week.
Love you all, have a good week.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

November 5, 2012

So did J--n- get baptized this Saturday? Yes she did about 70 people showed up and it was a good baptism

How are things going with your new companion? Alright, things aren’t too bad with him, but my zone sucks. 

Any All Saints Day celebrations or Day of the Dead celebrations? For li kutan re kamik (day of the dead) everyone just ate alot and we got invited to eat with everyone

So you probably got to you use the new chapel this week! I bet the people are happy to have a new building especially such a nice one. Yeah its really weird but its nice and the people are happy

We had time change this weekend. I'm thinking you probably don't do that in Guatemala do you? Nope the time doesn’t change here

J--n-'s Baptism

This week was pretty good work wise. We put a fecha with G--d-l-p-, N-rm-, and S-l-. G--d-l-p- is for this month and N-rm- and S-l- are for next month. The thing with N-rm- and S-l- is that they need to get married before we can baptize them. So Sunday morning we had a little meeting with S-l-, H-ct-r, N-rm-, R-c-rd-, L--n-rd-, and his girlfriend (I forgot her name). But they are all not married and we are gunna do like a triple wedding with all of them in December. And then after N-rm- and S-l- can get baptized, all the others are already members. 
As you know this Saturday was J--n-’s baptism and everything went well. She didn’t want to get baptized in the river so we were going to go to Senahu. But I remembered there is a portable pila in the new church, so I was going to try to put it together. Everybody told me it's too hard and I wouldn’t be able to do it (other missionaries were saying that elders before couldn’t do it) but I told them I can... and of course I figured it, out super easy. So the pictures of the font you see I put together. About 70 people showed up, it was nice. After we served soda and something they call tacos that really aren’t tacos haha. 
That’s really all that happened this week. Lots of lessons with S-l-, N-rm-, J--n- and G--d-l-p-. 
This coming week we have planned to work in San Francisco, Tzalamila, San Antonio, and Yalijux so it will be nice to walk forever and enjoy walking. My comp gets tired fast and hates spicy food so he’s suffering a lil bit but its all good. I’m going to attach some pictures and head out. My p-days suck now cause I have to come down from Yalijux p-day and go back to Serit Quiche the same day since it's impossible to get back to Yalijux. So tonight I will be sleeping in Serit Kiches house and not Senahu...why idk...there’s no point...but I gotta get out and get off  and head out. 
This next coming Monday are interviews with Pres... So my next p-day I will only have time to do interviews then use internet and leave. Alot of stuff going on but what ever. Love you all and have a good week! I don’t have time to explain the pictures but I’m sure you can figure them out byeeeeeee

Yalijux chapel with the font Elder Asdel put together

Refreshments after the baptism
Getting refreshments ready
Yalijux members and Elder Asdel after J--n-'s baptism

Monday, November 5, 2012

October 29, 2012

Well well well as you know this week was changes. Which sucked. My comp went to a crappy area and was sad. I was sad he was leaving and basically everybody in the zone was bummed on their change. My new comp is Elder -sc-rc-- from Nicaragua. He has about 14 months in the mission. He likes to work really hard which is good and his kekchi is pretty good. He has been here in Polochic his whole mission. He wasn’t my first choice of comps but what can you do... but it will be fun. Not going to lie its pretty lame in Yalijux. I was so used to being with my last comp and it was super fun so now it just is kinda bleh but I'll get over it.   
On Tuesday M-rt-n-z and I went back up to Yalijux cause we didn’t want to wait for changes in Senahu and we just played with kids and had fun. We also played water balloons with the kids. Then when we did get back to Senahu (on time) the zone leader was mad at us... not zone leaders just zone leader but we didn’t care and just ignored him. Its not our fault there was no camion at 4:30 am and we had to walk ha. 
After that I got my new comp and we went up to Yalijux. This week I showed him the area and killed him a few times on long walks haha.   He doesn’t like spicy food, and he freaks out, its funny to watch. 
M-rt-n-z and I changed J--n-’s baptismal date to this coming weekend to make things a little easier. So my new comp and I taught her a few times this week and made sure she is ready... and she is! So we will be having a baptism this week. 
Well the dedication was this week. It was good a ton of people showed up. After church we walked down to San Francisco to sleep the night in the church there and then come to Senahu today. Which sucked! We slept in nasty hammocks in a dirt floor church without a door. 
Pres Watts wants us leaving Yalijux Monday morning instead of Sunday afternoon which I’m annoyed about cause its a pain and super tiring and now I don’t get any rest. And he also wants us going up to Serit Kiche Monday afternoon instead of staying in Senahu and in Serit Kiche I will be sleeping on the floor.  We will still not get back to Yalijux till the same time because there is only one truck up to Yalijux so we would still be hitching a ride on the same truck just from Serit Kiche not from Senahu... it makes no sense.  
My new comp wants to work hard and we should have alot of success.  I'm no longer part of Senahu district I’m now Yalijux district its just us and Serit Kiche. They opened up Senahu 2 and a few other areas in Polochic. That was all the rumors that were going around before changes and they happened. That’s about all I have for the week. And I have some new pictures! Enjoy

How are your investigators doing? Good J--n- had her baptismal interview this week and is getting baptized this Saturday

Where is Elder G-nn-ll serving? San Cristobal Verapaz

Where is Elder W-y serving? Flores Peten

Where did your companion go? to Panzos he was not happy at all

Do the Spr-dl-n's ever get transferred? Nope

Pictures are from the dedication, me swinging over Elder S-l-z-r from Chile, picture in the moonlight, the church I slept in last night, me standing on a cow, and my cereal haha

Dedication of Yalijux chapel

Elder Asdel at Yalijux chapel dedication

Elder Tarzan
Elder Asdel walking in the moonlight
Last nights lodging
surfing a bull
My cereal

Love you all have a good week!