Monday, January 20, 2014

Tiewa and the Chicken


This week has been pretty eventful :) We had our baptism of little Merlyn :) She turned 9 this last Saturday. She has a lot of family from Coban, so I was able to see familiar faces! Like Diana :) She is getting ready to leave for a mission in March to Nicaragua :) She is such a strong example to me of enduring faith. She doesn’t have the support of her dad in serving a mission, but she wants to serve. She is just so amazing!  Thank you so much for the fotos!!!! :D  The other sisters here in Salama also had a baptism for a young man named Rojelio, and that was awesome! He really has a deep love for this gospel and just wants to keep learning and learning. 


This week something also happened that I never ever thought would happen to me.... I got attacked by a chicken! haha. We were visiting a less active, and she gave us some fresco and bread. We were sitting outside in her yard, and I turned around to grab a piece of bread. And then I felt something on my arm and I heard flapping. There was a chicken trying to balance on my arm pecking at my bread! hahaha. I wish I could have gotten a picture, it was hilarious! I didn’t get scratched or anything, but was a crazy chicken! I’ve learned I need to protect my bread from now on


I was thinking about being in Guatemala yesterday, I was one divisions with a member, and as we were chatting, it hit me. I’m talking Spanish in Guatemala! I am learning and growing out here that is for sure. 


Wow, my time is really flying! We also received a ref this week, and we see a lot of potential in her. Her name is Marilyn. She is the aunt of a recent convert (Marielos). She definitely needs a testimony of the Plan of Salvation in her life.  Will you please pray for Marilyn and her family and Rodeldi and her baby Fernanda.  Please pray for the health of her baby.


This week we also have cambios (transfers). I will be staying here in Salama, and Hna Brandaris is going to Poptun, Peten (her first area). She has been here in Salama for about 6 months, and she hopes to come back here for her last change (she only has 2 changes left). 


All of my companions have been great! I love them all so much! :)  Hermana Mandi Empey (CCM) Hna Castaneda :) Hnas Sol and Blackmer (in the Capt) Hna Allen and Hna Price (Coban) and Hna Brandaris.  It is so good to hear about Sister Boushley’s homecoming! :) It sounds like she was just beaming!


Thank you for sending this me this picture of Tata!!! :D   I can see it. We both have the same squint. haha


And felicidades  a (congratulations to) Kayla for BYU I :) I know BYU is coming up soon!!! :) I’m praying for you Sis!!! :) And I know that once the letter comes, you will feel so much relief! :) Hang in there!!!! :) And Joci, wow!!! I want to see some pics of you playing basketball! :) I know you have a great coach :) I love to hear how you are going and trying new things. Always keep trying new things, and you will have so many incredible adventures in life :)  


I am praying for you all always! I am glad to hear that you got to go to the temple. I love the goal that you have to have us all there together in the Celestial room with our spouses too. That is the ultimate goal, to be an eternal family! :) I love you all SO MUCH!!!! And your letters and emails always give me the extra boost for the following week :) This life truly is full of blessing :)


Love you!!!!! I have to go now!!!! 


  1. Hi my name is Laura North and my son is in the Cobán Mission also. We have a Facebook page for moms of the Guatemala mission and I was wondering if you (assuming it is mom updating blog) were interested in joining. It is great to get together and talk about our kids and the highs and lows of missions. If you are interested you can add me on Facebook Laura Dinoff North or shoot me an e-mail at Hope to hear from you! You have a beautiful daughter, it has been fun looking around her blog. My sons blog is

  2. Hi- I appreciate your time spent serving a mission in Guatemala! I am with the Liahona Children's Foundation, and we serve 22 stakes in Guatemala. ( This Summer we are hosting "Nutritours" in Guatemala for people to come participate in our child nutrition screenings and other meaningful service, and do a little sight-seeing. We would love to tell you more about our organization and have you help us spread the word to anyone you know that might be interested in supporting our work in Guatemala. Feel free to contact me if you have more questions jessicawilkinson @ liahonachildren (dot) org. Thank you for your service!