Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Oh haaaay familia.
We went to the temple this morning. It’s so SMALL but it’s beautiful. And Guatemala is beautiful. I’m so happy I’m here and we have so much fun and work hard and laugh about EVERYTHING.
Our investigador is getting baptized on the 5th of April. He was so prepared. He told us in our fist meeting that his parents got divorced when he was little. He told himself when that happened that he would never do another good thing for God. He lives with his mother now because it’s very uncommon for people here to move out of their parents’ houses until they are married. He was just so unhappy in life. We’ve taught him up through the Plan of Salvation—commandments tonight, wish us luck—and he went to church on Sunday with Hermano Hernandez and a devotional with us last night (Elder Amado) and loved BOTH. I feel so badly we can’t teach him in full Spanish. He speaks English better than we expected, but it would be easier for him to really understand EVERYTHING in Spanish. He’s still set to be baptized on the 5 of April and I am so excited for him.
I wish you could see everything I get to see & experience here!! Each one of us has our hard times here, feeling nostalgic or discouraged, or whatever, but we (for the most part) are all so happy. No day is “bad.” But you definitely push yourself. Hermano Hernandez is such a spiritual giant. I have learned so much from him.
I’m not sure what else to write about because there is literally so much. I feel like such a happy person. En serio. It’s just easy to be happy. Maybe because if you’re not happy it means you’re thinking about yourself and not your investigator and then you won’t have the spirit and won’t know what your investigator needs and IT’S AWFUL. Haha, so we do our best to just be positive! But for the most part it just comes really easily. 🙂 I love all of you with all of my heart.
I know a mission is hard because you push yourself and you really realize your limitations (I should say weaknesses) but I know that if I am with the Lord in this experience then he will be with me. It’s okay to be sad sometimes out here but IT’S ALSO OKAY AND 100% POSSIBLE TO LAUGH EVERY DAY. The mission is actually one of the funnest things I have ever done (I say it like I’ve been out here a year, hahaha). I know that it will be one of the most rewarding experiences in terms of my own joy as well as others. I tell you all this just in case any of my words can give you hope. I love you so much. I know you are capable of such greatness.
I don’t want to end this letter, but I love you all and I really mean that. Protect your testimonies and your spirits.
A message I want to leave with you girls: Elder Amado spoke to us last night about our appearances. He said something along the lines of this: If you knew the beauty that is in Heaven, you would pay more attention to how you comb your hair and the way you pair your clothes. You would dress in a way that never attracts the attention of any man to anything but your eyes. The world needs to know that there are angels on the earth.
Don’t you just love that?! Seriously though—live worthy of a man like Joseph Smith. Haha, new goal of mine. You can have FUN and be righteous and obedient. Life is meant to be ENJOYED, not just ENDURED. Remember, obedience brings blessings, but exact obedience brings miracles.
hermana marcheschi ❤
P.S.—look for Elder Amado Sat. morning in Conference!!! He is so awesome. I shook his hand! Actually, he came up to me to shake mine, haha. He is great.
P.P.S.—Elder & Kelly Cragun from Pasadena, CA (now Virginia) say hello to you and Gma and Gpa & Gma!! She was thrilled to hear you two had gotten married. 🙂 Kelly was sad to hear grandpa had passed.
P.P.P.S.—I can get packages here!! But if you want, you can just send them to the mission home.