Beautiful Guatemala

Beautiful Guatemala
Me with a random field worker. I love the knife!

Monday, December 3, 2012

My Last Letter

OK hey everyone!!!

Wow this is it guys! Agh! It still hasn’t hit me, but this will be my last email....We ended up having a great week here to finish things off! Here’s what happened:

Baptism of Yuri!!!!!! We were really really blessed to finish off with one last baptism of a partial family, Yury Monzón. I think I’ve talked a bit about them before, but we have been working with them for about a month and a half and we had had lots of challenges with them, but finally this week all the work paid off. Yuri is a young mom, her husband is a member but has been inactive since he was a kid, and we are reactivating them, and they have two kids who might be the worst behaved kids I’ve ever seen in my life ha-ha. They actually have a lot of problems within their family, as usual, but Yuri has been really brave to take the step to be baptized. I know that she did it because she really wants a better family and has realized that this is the way to do it. My comp is going to have to keep working a lot with them to help them, but I really can see them as ward and stake leaders someday and I’m really excited to keep in touch with them. :)

Besides the baptism we have been working hard, and there are a few people who are going to be ready to be baptized here soon. Sunday was testimony meeting of course, and I knew I had to share my testimony. I prayed all morning that I wouldn’t make a complete fool of myself crying too much ha-ha because I can get a little out of control saying goodbyes...and luckily I kept it together. It’s hard to explain how I feel. Honestly I’m so tired. I would love to keep going, keep serving and learning and seeing miracles...but I’m out of gas. And so it’s really bitter sweet. I’m really excited to see my family on Thursday afternoon!! But I’m really sad to stop being a misionera. But it hasn’t hit me so much yet. Agh and I’m really nervous! I’m going to have culture shock coming back to America because it’s so different here and I’ve gotten so used to it. Oh my goodness I should just stop. 

I just want to end with my testimony. I know that the church it true and that it is directed by Jesus Christ himself. I still don’t understand a lot of things, but I just know that the only way to be happy is by obeying Gods commandments, repenting daily, trying to be humble, and trying to make changes. I love the church and the gospel. It’s perfect. I know that Christ lives and is our Savior and loves us and wants the best for us. I know that through him we can change and be cleansed of our sins. I have loved sharing this with these people, and I hope that my Heavenly Father is happy with what I’ve done here with all His help. It has been the greatest honor being a representative of the church and of Jesus Christ here in Misión Guatemala Retalhuleu. I will always treasure this and always remember it. 

Thanks to everyone for your support, prayers, emails, everything! It has meant the world to me. Im excited to talk to y’all in real life soon!!!

Con mucho amor, 
Hna. Gilland