Happy Monday from BELIZE!!! What a week...I hope I can get it all in :)
I went to the dentist and got cleared to return to Belize on Thursday, then on Wednesday a wire broke and was poking me, so I got that fixed on Thursday and headed back to Belize on Friday. I actually had changes and I am now serving in Orange Walk (same zone- Corozal...just an hour and a half drive) My new companion is Sister Magoffin from Elk Ridge, Utah. She has been on the mission for 6 months and we are both new to this area. She actually just got here from El Sal.
My last few days were something special.... Here are some bullets to share a little bit why!
*A cat jumped on my backpack and decided to mark its territory. I now have a backpack with cat pee on it. Don't fret! I washed it multiple times and the smell is masked by the smell of sweat. :)
*I fell on a rusted barbed-wire fence that was just out in the middle of the sidewalk! I'm telling you guys...on El Salvador sidewalks, it is always something to dodge! Dog poo, Barbed-wire fences, etc.
*I met the parents of Bessy Nelson, Familia Ticas. I went to school and cheered with Amanda (Bessy's daughter) It was a fun connection!
*I got to return to Belize! I also got a first class flight for the whole 45 minutes! President Hintze told me to take full advantage of it!
*I live with Sister Magoffin, Poche and Rodriguez. I have previously lived with all of them except my comp! We have a lot of fun together!
*Orange Walk is super dusty! Dust + Sweat = beautiful brown Belizean missionaries! I always wanted to be darker!!
Here in Orange Walk, we have been sweating our faces off (no joke!) It is so hot and I can hardly stand it. I know that Heavenly Father has prepared people here that are worth sweating for! On my very 1st day here we met a 21 year old named Jamil Copious. He goes by Copious. He has spent 4 years of his life in prison and he is ready to make changes in his life. Last night he accepted a baptismal date for the 19th of April!
The branch here in Orange Walk is pretty strong. We have 500 members and about 50 are active so we have a lot of work to do! We have a lot of members that are ready to help us move the work along! One of those less actives is a Montalvan daughter- Perlita! I am excited to work with her. I met her a few times in Santa Elena and it will be great to get to know her! I am excited for the work ahead of us and I am looking forward to meeting new people here in Orange Walk.
In President Hintze's recent multi-zone, he taught each of us making time to do our personal study is like our investigators taking time to meet with the missionaries. As we do our personal study, we are the Lord's investigator. We have the opportunity to learn from the Lord himself through the spirit and it is a mistake on our part if we give up that precious appointment. Personal study is something that I have really fallen in love with on my mission. I have learned that if we set apart time, we will be able to study and learn all about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Not only will we learn doctrine, but we will learn how to apply the Gospel into our own lives and how to better ourselves each day.
Thank you all for your love and support! Thank you for your prayers and strength you all give me! I am so thankful for the support system I have and I know I can rely on 24/7. I love you all so much!!
Kip and Jeff met Lionel (the Corozal investigator!) Thanks for trying to call me! I am sad I missed y'all!!
Happy Birthday, Tamzyn!
Happy Birthday, Janzyn!
Happy Birthday, Lane!
Happy Birthday, Kaylee!