Monday, January 26, 2015

'Shake It Off'

Taylor Swift couldn't have said it better right? Just shake it off.. haha This week was just one big trial and lesson with the members. I have learned so many valuable lessons about reliability, love, and helping others. I know the kind of person/member I want to be when I am not a missionary! I'm so thankful for the trials that Heavenly Father is putting in front of me and that I can learn them here and while I'm young! Woohoo :) And it was super bad but we were finishing a lesson and Hna Portillo was praying and all of a sudden the son Shake It Off came on... I might have started dancing in my seat a little bit hahaha just kidding :) 
We had suprise divisions this week, the sister trainers came knocking on our door and said suprise! It went really well though and the hermana said it was refreshing to go on divisions with us because we work hard and talk to lots of people and teach really well :) So good to hear. She also told us that we shouldn't ever get discouraged because we are literally in one of the hardest missions. She said not to compare ourselves to other missionaries in other missions because we're lucky as a mission to get 10 baptisms and that's like a month average for some missionaries! haha So that was also nice to hear!
Jorge and Victoria's dad signed their baptism papers wooohooo!!! Now they just have to pass their interview and they'll be baptized as members of the church :) They are going to be such wonderful example to their family, their mom is a super less active and is so excited for them and wants to go to church, but is going to wait until the building is done with construction here in Salama. Only 1 more month!
Well that was this week! I hope you all have a wonderful week and know how much I love you :) I'm learning more and more everyday about how amazing the Atonement of Jesus Christ is and how important this work is. Remember every member is a missionary forever and ever :) 
Love, Hermana Brems
Oh and congratulations Elder Del Toro on being the Assistant to the President :) I'm so proud of you and thankful for your example!
Making the donuts! sorry, only one pic today!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Another One Done!

Yoohoo hello family :)
Nothing too exciting happened this week, we didn't get chased by drunk guys, we didn't have a record number of investigators in church... it was just another week! We taught lots of lessons, met some nice people and met some not so nice people who just wanted to argue, church to church. haha There's an old man that lives down the street for us and he is always super duper nice, so we went to see if we could teach him and his wife, let's just say, we only eneded up giving him a pamphlet and getting the heck off of his patio! He tried to kiss us and told us not to worry that he keeps his beard and mouth very clean... and called me is Novia (girlfriend) Brems and said that he is my novio (boyfriend) Roberto. 
Jorge and Victoria are improving immensely! Jorge is remembering the things we are teaching him and is acting so much better in church. The kids started school so that will also help with his attitude, he won't have so much time to get into trouble! haha Well that's really all from me, sorry it's so short! Have a great week :) Love you!
Love, Hermana Brems
                                                     Hermana Portillo and I on the bus
                                                Jorge with 5 puppies
                                                     After church
                            After church, after my talk, we were goofing around!
                                   From today, we had a zone BBQ!
                                               Just out for a stroll!!!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Yoohoo hello family¡
The keyboard I'm using doesn't work perfectly, so sorry the exclamation points are upside down, but I am in Guatemala so it's fitting¡ and I can't do smiley faces... poodoo. But how is everyone doing? We had a great week this week, yesterday was bomb, we had 8 investigators in church¡¡¡¡¡¡ Ahhhhh We were both on cloud nine... we literally went home and had a dance party to MoTab¡ haha We had interviews as well this week, everything we super well, I have gained such a love for president and hermana Curtiss, the are wonderful people are truly love and care about all of us missionaries. We had a zone meeting as well and we played Simon Says.. they likened it to our life here and the life Jesus led. We are here to follow His example and we should do it like we are playing Simon Says, it was kinda fun and totally caught my attention¡ We met a guy named Ferdy this week, he is a reference from a recent convert and is super duper smart and wants to be baptized because he can see a change in his friend and wants the same kind of change¡ We're working with him, we know he'll get baptized sometime, hopefully soon¡ Jorge and Victoria are doing well, they are behaving better especially in church. The first couple of times I had to take a big dose of patience because they just didn't understand some things... but now they are doing much better and are making friends¡ Esvin is also progressing, he loves reading, the only thing he needs to get better at is praying. Ya can't know what to do without praying, duh¡ haha but he is preparing to be baptized the first week in February. That was pretty much the week in a letter... until next week¡¡ Make it a good one¡ Sure love you all.
love, Hermana Brems
                       Our little followers to church! 4 investigators and Rebeca, our recent convert!
                                                  Family Home Evening
                                                                  Dog dogs everywhere...
                                                                  2015 Gear!
                                                         A little horse play!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Straight to the Point

Welcome to the new year family and friends!!
Hermana Portillo and I had a pretty quiet New Years Eve, we did buy cider and make smores! and a very quiet new years day.. nobody was home and if they were they were drunk... I would say nobody was in the street, but I'll rephrase it, nobody hung over was in the street. It was nuts. A family invited us over New Years Eve to eat Paches, their tamales, but made from potato instead of corn, they were pretty good, they kinda taste the same as the regualar tamales from here! Then on New Years we got invited over for beans..Nice.. haha! So this week was kinda exciting, one of our investigators stabbed one of our members on new years day (they're brother in laws), they were doing things they should have been doing and look at the consequences.. but everything is okay, yes we were brave enough to visit the investigator and we read some versus from Alma 5, here in the mish we like to call it Alma Cincho because it's very blunt! He said he needs to change and this is the year he's going to! Fingers crossed... but he still kinda scares us. We had District Meeting and President and Hermana Curtiss surprised us with their presence! We were talking about goals and how we can improve the areas/mission. I had a few comments and I guess president called the ZL's and my district leader later and told them that they should really listen to my ideas and we as a mission should put them into pratice. The leaders gave me props so that was kinda fun!! The investigators are doing well, Jorge is straightening up and his parents told us that they are seeing big changes in his life and Victoria is so excited to be baptized! Well that's about it for me! Have a wonderful week :) Sure love you all!
Love, Hermana Brems 
                                                       New Years Eve!
                                             After church on the bus…so tired!!!!
                                             Repping our colleges!!!
                                                   From today!
                                              Hiking in Salama!!!