Wednesday, July 30, 2014

7/29/2014 Guatemala CCM - Off Campus Housing


Well this past week has gone by very fast. That is one thing that you will notice in the CCM is that the first week feels like a month and the rest go by fast.

My Spanish is picking up quite well. I can actually talk with the Latino missionaries somewhat and carry a conversation.

So my district is the first district ever in the CCM to live off of the CCM premises. We live in the temple apartments. These apartments are right next to the temple, so yeah it has the best view ever. The only downside is that there are a lot of cockroaches, spiders, and there is only one washer and dryer. But besides that it is a fantastic place and is definitely worth staying in. We have our own huge backyard, TV, parlor with ton of couches, and we get to leave the CCM every day. Which is a huge plus.

My district is already taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity of leaving the CCM every day and walking a block to our apartment. How are they? Well when we travel between places we see and talk to quite a few people that are just on the street. And one day two of the elders wanted to talk to this one guy and try to give him a Book of Mormon. And twenty minutes later they placed a Book of Mormon and got his contact information. It was really exciting!! All of our hours and hours of studying Spanish are really paying off. Vi una columna de luz, más brillante que el sol, directamente arribe de mi cabze; y esta luz gradualmente descendió hasta descansar sobré mi...Al reposar sobre mí la luz, vi en el aire arriba de mí a dos persones, cuyo filgor y gloria no admiten descripción. Uno de ellos me habló, llamándome pr mi nombre y dijo, señalando al otro: éste es mi Hijo amado: "Escúchalo!"

So now our district goal is to always leave a little bit earlier when we go to walk to the CCM earlier so we can have time, if the opportunity and Spirit directs us, to talk to someone about the Gospel and its wonderful message.

Also with living in the temple apartments, funny stories are created. So there is this metal door that is always locked and a door bell right outside of it. No one would push the button, but Elder Gibbons one night pushed the button, I may or may have not have had played a part in it. The next thing we know a giant blaring alarm is going off! Apparently that room is some kind of safe/panic room. The alarm only lasted for about a couple minutes and we had to explain that it was just a false alarm, as the guards are rushing in. So now we know that is not a door bell but and button for the alarm. Elder Gibbons was quite embarrassed.

But all is good here and I like to remember this scripture when I am feeling down- Alma 26:27.

-Elder Keller

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