Well This week went by really fast! Seems like yesterday that we emailed
last! Well this week I got super sick from the food down here and one
day I couldn't even leave the house. I may or may not have thrown up in
the street but that's just because I'm working hard haha. We got to go
to Temple this week and do a session in Spanish and I didn't understand
anything. We cleaned up most the house but mostly just live in harmony
with all the other creatures.. There were other missionaries in our area
but they all left and just put us in so we have to get to know
everybody. We are just in the Ponderosa ward and our area is probably
like half of a square mile. Still haven't gotten the packages you sent me. Sorry my
email isn't very long this week. Nothing really happened cause I was
sick. Dad would love it here because everyone here has a big loud
muffler a fake plastic hood scoop and a billion stickers and they are
all crap cars. But its ok cause they all have big spoilers which make
them so much cooler! ;) Mom you would love it too because we get chased
by dogs all the time. There are stray dogs everywhere and they are
called chuchos. We had to burn a bunch of clothes and we set off the
fire alarm in our house. Oh and one last thing; one of the guys here is Elder Naillon and he coached Triden in wrestling! He's from Caldwell!
of the pictures is of a street. The other is of my companion talking to
a lady with a white cloth on her head (they think the clothes make them
receive revelation). And the last one is in the park.
So I'm doing amazing here in the mission! My
Companion (or my dad:) His named Elder Gonzalez and he is from Utah and has
some amazing Spanish! Couldn't ask for a better First companion!
also like to congratulate Preston on leaving for his mission
First of all I'll start off by talking about my house! Its
really big and pink! That's about the only good thing about it haha. When
we got there, there was rotting food on the ground, trashed clothes,
dirty dishes, Birds in our ceiling, a family of cockroaches that live in
the drain of our shower, spiders everywhere. The Latinos put the used
toilet paper next to the toilet, and birds constantly fly in our house.
OH and we also found a dead lizard in our fridge! We're living the life!
Dad and Chase would love it here!
Papusas are the most popular thing
here and they are amazing! Me and my companion both got papusas and
drinks for $1.40 and $5 is a lot of money to carry around here.
brand new missionaries here and so we don't really know anyone, but this
area is supposed to be blessed and a humble area. But there are certain
places that we can't go after six cause people would probably kill us but
its ok cause we have the Lord on our side! There is this crazy lady
that we have to walk by all the time to get to the bishop's house and if
we talk to her she will swear at us and throw rocks at us. I tell people I'm from Chalatenango because that's where the white Latinos are from. My name now is pronounced Es-Steal-es because that's how it sounds in
Spanish. We give out candy to all the kids so it makes up for my crappy
Spanish! Its super weird here because on guy we taught, as we said the
prayer, he prayed too with is arm at the square yelling things at us..
But all in all I love this place and I know we are doing the right
Hey I haven’t been able to read any of the emails but I only have 15 min to say that I'm here in my mission and I'm alive! We just got to the temple and met the prez and the other missionaries! Its really cool here and the temple is amazing! The community is really cool! I'ts kind of run down but its amazing! I think that we are staying in the prez´s house tonight and getting our new companions tomorrow. It was really hard to say goodbye to my companion but I know he's going to be awesome! We only got like 2 hours of sleep so I cant wait to get to sleep!
Well I'll email more next Monday I think! Thanks for all the support!
Finally nice to get an email from you
guys! ;) Well this week wasn't that crazy but we got to go to the
market! Before we left one of the guys came in and told me that my
mission was changed to Panama... but then after thirty min of
freaking out he came in and told me that he was just kidding. We
to downtown to go to a market where they just had lots of trinkets
and stuff so nothing that would of been really useful. But it was
cool! It was all underground and there were like 4 stories! People
were always trying to get us to look at their stuff but little did
they know we had no idea what they were talking about. After that
went to Wendy's and it was probably the greatest thing ever
after eating rice and beans for 4 weeks it kinda gets old. After I
ordered all my food I realized that when I got it I didn’t get
anything that I asked for.. they must of misunderstood me or
something. After Wendy's we went to a Catholic church and it was
pretty crazy! but also really depressing. We went to the plaza
and talked to people and handed out Book of Mormons. Me and my
companion talked to 3 people. The first was not very interested.
second people we talked to already had a Book of Mormon so we just
shared a message with them and after having no luck we talked to a
really old guy that may or may not have been crazy.. But either
we were able to give away a BoM! We thought our Spanish was really
good until we got out there and realized that is actually really
and can't understand anyone.. But I'm so ready to get out in the
field and start changing peoples lives for the better! Sorry my
emails aren’t very long. It's hard to have anything to say when we
do the same thing every day. Next week will be better! One
interesting thing I saw on the way to the market was some guys
a light post but they didn’t have anything to put the ladder on.
they just had like 10 people holding the ladder on the bottom and
some poor guy at the top wobbling back and forth..
Here is Jake's email this week. So awesome to hear from him
each week but he caught us by surprise by writing us a day
early. There is a new picture attached. Just some
explanations: Nortes apparently means Northerners. MTC Devo is
a devotional talk given by Elder Bednar. Prez. Cox is his MTC
President. The talk Jake referred to by Elder Holland is titled
Safety for the Soul. It is also a Mormon Message titled
"Testimony of The Book of Mormon" by Jeffrey R. Holland. It is
an awesome little video.
Hey, So we got to write a day early because tomorrow we
are going to be running around the town of Guatemala! I'll
get to that in a bit. So first of all I'll start with were I
ripped my pants last week... Kinda like in Spongebob but it
was down the side below my pocket. I really hope they can
last me two years. We had to have a sewing class taught by
the Hermanas, and me... cause apparently I'm the only other
one that knows how to sew stuff. And I'm not sure what kind
of weird traditions they have down here because lately
everyone has been setting off fireworks. Like at 5 in the
morning... I think it might just be some kind of sick joke..
haha but when I first woke up to it the first time I could
of sworn they were just gunshots. I was so tired I didn't
even care at first, but after 20 min of it I had to go check
it out and that's when I realized they were just fireworks.
We had our first fast Sunday here and it was the longest
Sunday ever. Don't get me wrong it was so amazing but there
is only so much Personal study you can do.. One Spiritual
experience that I thought was cool was that us Nortes were
watching a MTC Devo by Bednar and we got about halfway
through and it stopped working. We tried everything to get
it to work. We even had the computer wiz come over and help
us and he said it was just to scratched and we were going to
have to watch it in Spanish. But that wasn't stopping Elder
Magalei! He got up and told us we were going to have a
prayer and if we had faith that it was going to work. So we
all got on our knees and said a prayer and when we put it
back in it played perfectly! "The church is true" - Elder
Stiles. We are two weeks away from being in the field and I
know I'm going to miss my zone so much! We already making
our reunion! Tomorrow we get to go to Wendy's and I'm pretty
sure were going to buy the whole store out. After that we
get to go to the market with the 2 weekers and buy stuff and
hand out Book of Mormons! We just had a talk by Prez. Cox
and every time he talks it just makes us want to get out
there and do stuff! I can't explain how pumped I am! We are
now the big boys on top! Its so funny when the new guys have
to have us translate for them and they don't know how to
talk. Our Spanish is pretty good as long as we can
understand them. We can talk the gospel really well. One
thing I would like you to look up is the talk by Elder
Holland. I think its called the Testimony of the Book of
Mormon. So powerful and I know it's true. There is
absolutely no way that those men could find the faith they
had in that book if they didn't KNOW it was true. I'll have
more for you next week!
Love, Elder Stiles
Oh and also I finally got my mail. Only 20
days for me to get dear elder! I also want to let the
young women know I got their package and it was the
greatest surprise ever because I was so hungry and that
candy was amazing! Also make sure to tell Montana that I
do know who she is haha. At first I thought the whole
package was from her and I was like what the heck, my bros
friend sends me a package but my family doesn't?! haha but
it was amazing! Letters are the best to get!