Monday, April 21, 2014

'I am thirsty'

Hey everyone!
I survived my first week in a new area and being a trainer!! I love it and I love Poptun, the city is small, but our area is huge! This week was Semana Santa so lots of people were here from different places. On Saturday we left our house at 12 and there was literally nobody in the street, all of the pacas, tiendas, everything was closed. We were like, what the heck happened? haha We finally found someone and asked what was going on, no worries everyone was at the river! I love learning the different traditions that people have! Well, this week work wise was great! Hermana Hernandez is a little timid to start lessons, but once we get going she's a rockstar, we love working together! We put 4 fechas this week, they aren't until June, but hey 4 people with a baptism date I think is pretty good! We had a really cool experience yesterday, so we had a member lined up and everything and we were waiting at the church and her husband called and told us she couldn't leave with us. So we decided to walk to another members house who lives close to the investigators that we wanted to visit. She left with us and we knocked on the door and the Uncle said everyone went to the market. Hna Hernanadez asked me what where to next so I thought of visiting a menos activo family, as we were walking to their house we found the invistigators, they are 3 little girls, Kimberly, Lisani, and Lian. Kimberly was learning how to drive a motorcycle in the street.. she's 11. Yeah, the kids here are bosses! haha! So we taught them and put a fecha, they are SO excited and fought over who was going to say the closing prayer, so cute! When we were walking back to the house Hna stopped me and said, 'thank you so much for listening to the spirit, when I heard they weren't home I thought we should head back to the other part of our area and we would have missed a great opportunity' That made me feel so good! What happened... Oh yeah, we do language practice and she's working on the sentence, I am thirsty, she can't quite get the 'th' sound down so it sounds like shirsity, but with an accent! Easter came and went real quick, the people were a little hard hearted yesterday, we tried to give a few pamphlets away and nobody would take a pamphelet because it was another faith.. and we asked one guy his name and he said he didn't have one because he came from Jesus, we were way confused.. But I am doing great and I'm loving the new area! Make this a great week :) Siguen echandola ganas!
Love, Hermana Brems
                                                                                             Hotel/ranch for pday!! Yay for Poptun!!
 Decorating the streets with pretty designs like this!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Poptun Poptun!

Hello Everybody!
SO much has changed in the last 3 days.. Giuliana is a baptized and confirmed member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!! It was the most beautiful baptism I have ever been to. They don't have any baptism close for little kids so se borrowed a really pretty white skirt from one of the members and she used one of my white shirts. We asked her before who she wanted to speak and share their testimonies so we got everything lined up. She had a TON of family members come to her baptism and lots of ward members too! We took pictures and Latin Standard time, we started 45 minutes late.. but everything was beautiful. It was really funny, during the opening prayer her grandma kept saying amen and si es cierto! haha We had a few talks and testimonies, the 6 missionaries, hna De Leon and I included, that are in the rama sang, Cuando Me Bautice and then she got baptized.. twice! haha The first time, the hermano forgot to say amen.. so he did it again! Her grandma bought her the most beautiful white dress to put on after so we took pictures again, I made a cake for everyone that came. Sunday she was confirmed, we told her to wear the same little dress.. she looked like an angel and she said she feels so good and so happy! 
We usually find out changes Saturday night so we have a chance to say goodbye to everyone.. well changes weren't done so we waited until Sunday. I got a call from the Assistance to the President, they told me that my new are is Poptun, it's 2 hours away from my old area, and I am finishing the training of Hermana Hernandez! She has had 6 weeks in the field, and I'm finishing her last 6. She is the cutest little Nicaraguan, she is way shy and timid, but so sweet! The AP's called me because she had to go to the cap yesterday and sign her visa. The bus was leaving at 10 pm for the capital. This was at like 4:30, we were 30 minutes aways from our house and they said I had to be at the bus stations to go to Poptun at 5:30 with all of my bags packes.. Hna De Leon and I ran back to the house, we stopped and said goodbye to Giuliana, I cried.. ugh my little angel. We made miracles happen and got all of my stuff packed in 35 minutes and made it to the station on time. We arrieved in Poptun 2 hours later, got on the bus at 10, arrived in the cap at 6 and literally waited ALL day. I have never sat so much in my life. Our bus left from the cap to Poptun at 3, didn't leave until 4, there was a TON of traffic, so to make a long story short.. we got home at 1:30 this morning. We're ready to work hard and I'm excited to get to know a new area!
Happy Easter to everyone, I can't believe April is half over!! Time is flying.. Love you all!
Love, Hermana Brems
                                                              Making tortillas!              
                                                Giuliana's baptism

  It's not the best picture..but we slept on a bus, give us a break!! ha ha Hermana Hernandez :)

Monday, April 7, 2014


Wasn't conference just the best?! Ahhh.. I could go on and on for hours about it, but I'll only hit on some of the highlights... Elder Nelson's talk on faith, Elder Hales talk on Obedience.. I loved when he said that when people choose to disobey it's because they love Satan more than God.. I definitely want to use that in a few lessons with some choice investigators... hahaha! I loved Elder Scott's talk on being an example, I always love hearing from him because he always talks about his sweet wife Jeanine, I hope I can be a woman like her someday! Did anyone else feel like they were on a roller coaster ride when they listened to Elder Zwick's talk about communication? I definitely want to listen to a book on tape from him! haha What in the world were you thinking? yeah.. that was such a good one! But I think my favorite talk was Elder Uchtdorf's talk on Gratitude, how that is the cataylst to all of the attributes of Christ. It was perfectly timed too because Hermana De Leon and I did a workshop on that during zone meeting this passed week. Of course I loved the talk about how this life is like a 4 minute race in the olympics, so true! Ahh, Conference was the best and fastest 8 hours of my life, I totally received inspiration and revelation for myself, investigators, and family! 
This week was full of service, Friday morning we helped a less active member move... never help Guatemalans move. We were moving beds and as we were holding the bed she just kept piling more and more stuff, blankets, a toaster oven, celery, shoes, I learned my lesson, but she was way appreciative and went to conference the next day :) Saturday morning we helped build a stage at a school. We just dug the holes for the stage, and we got to use a pick so I was super excited! Even though I got a few gnarly blisters and the next day my whole body was way sore, it was worth it :) haha. 
Our dream/miracle investigator from last week turned into a creep. He kept calling us and sending us text messages, so we gave him as a reference to the ZL's. When he ended one of the messages 'in the name of Jesus Christ, amen' that was it for us.. nonetheless he was talking in vosotros and begging us to finish what we had started with him.. we had taught him 1 lesson haha. Well that's it from the week! I'm doing great and we're getting ready for changes, we'll find out Saturday night! Have a great week!
Love, Hermana Brems
                                                    Service Project!
                               Tikal - one of the largest Mayan cities from 200 to 900 AD