Tuesday, July 21, 2015

July 21, 2015


Soo this week was crazy!!! First off, there are changes! I am leaving Patulul! Who knows where! I'm excited for this change tho!

We had some more baptisms this week! Completed a family! It was so awesome! The family Hernandez is officially numbered as some of God's people! I love them so much! The mom is pregnant and the Dad, Alex, asked Elder Martinez and I the other day for our first names and was really persistent. We were like, "We can't tell you!" and he was like, "I want to name my kid after you guys if he is a boy! Now what are your names!?!" haha I love him so much!

He was such a miracle. We were contacting houses and were teaching his mother-in-law, who was a complete goat (wouldn't accept the message). At the end of the lesson Alex came out and we were like, "Can we pray with you?"

He was like, "Yeah, why not." We invited him and his daughter to church after the prayer, and they actually came! That's a miracle in itself! We taught him the next week and found out he had a real problem with drinking and smoking, so we taught him the Word of Wisdom and the day we taught him that was the day he stopped smoking and drinking. He is such a stud! He was so prepared! I love him and his family! They were such a miracle!

So right before the baptism of Alex, a big storm came and blew down their house. So that was a big trial for him. We asked him what he would like to do, because Sundays are his only day off from work. He told us "Baptize me this Sunday." haha so we did!

This last week as service Elder Martinez and I went deep into the Guatemalan Jungle with a member (mountain man) to find trees to cut down to use for Alex's house. We hiked in the jungle for maybe an hour and found the trees to use. Hardest hike I've ever done, so that was hard in itself. Then we cut down these trees and put them on our backs and walked straight up the side of a mountain to get them where they need to be. It was like football camp times 10. I was the tallest one there (obviously, Guatemalans are soo short!) and the strongest, so I did all the heavy lifting. It was soooo intense! I did it all in my white shirt and slacks. It was the hardest workout I've ever done! haha It was so much fun tho!

So now the Family Hernandez have a house and whenever we go over there they call it "The house that the missionaries built." I love service! Then this Sunday we baptized Maria Fernanda and Odra! They have another daughter but she is 7. Such a blessing to have found this family and to see the change in them!


Elder Buhrley

July 14, 2015

Sooooo.. HEY! Sorry I didn't write last week it was a bit crazy!

We baptized! Alex Hernandez got baptized! He is such a stud! The rest of the family was going to get baptized but they drank coffee.... SO DUMB! There was a day here were there was a lot of wind and there house completely collapsed. And the only thing that they had to drink was coffee.. But Alex (dad) denied the coffee and was baptized! We are going to rebuild their house this week so that will be fun!

The mission is going great! Congrats to my boy Matthew Caleb Criddle for completing a year!!!!!!! SO CRAZY!

I really don't have much to say. We just work like dogs. My companion and I are dying. I fall asleep during planning and lessons all the time. We have been waking up at 5 to get some more work done during the day and we both hit the wall the other day. Ha, so we are going to wake up at 6 for this week. I also ran a hole through one of my shoes. But I love it! It's like football at times when we are running up a mountain and we are sweating our guts out to make it to an appointment on time.

A lot of our investigators are progressing but not as fast as we would have hoped. It's really hard to get people to church. It gets frustrating at times but we are working our hardest and I know the lord is helping us.

So... We have changes here in a week. That should be interesting.

I'm learning a lot about patience. Just remember that God requires patience to test your validity. He wants you to be valiant in all times. He will push you to the edge so that you can be strengthened. So be patient and long suffering.

Endure it well. Love you all!!!

Elder Buhrley

Friday, July 10, 2015

July 6, 2015

Hey family! 

This week has been a little crazy! I love hearing about you guys! I really don't feel like I have any time in the mission but then I think about it and it's moving along pretty well. I don't really know what to tell you guys! We are enduring here in Patulul. It's all good. My Spanish is getting better and better so that's good. I can talk to anyone, it feels good.

Dad, the only shoes that have really worked are the Eccos. I broke the Doc Martins in the first few weeks and my brown Rockports are injured deeply. My feet hurt after wearing them. I had to take them to get them fixed last week. But everything is good! I can buy shoes down here so don't worry about it! The insoles are such a blessing! Thank you!

We went to Antigua yesterday for p-day. It's a really old city here in Guatemala, used to be the capital, and it was way cool. It's a big tourist spot. I saw a lot of white people and I was literally in aww. It was crazy! GRINGOS!!! haha 
I really don't have a lot to say. I am working so hard and am trying my best for the lord and he is blessing. We have a baptism this Sunday. A family of 4! They are awesome. It will be something to remember! I Love you guys so much. 

Read the Book of Mormon everyday. Don't do it just to do it. Read a little and really meditate the words. It will invite the Spirit into your day and change your day for the better. I promise you that. You don't have to read 15 pages, just read and meditate, and then pray. Pray until you feel the spirit. Prayer is not some routine thing we d;, it's really something more. Pray with all you have, until you feel it. President Markham "Stay on your knees and offer it all up to God until you feel the Spirit." 

Love you guys, Prayer changes everything!

Elder Buhrley