Meanwhile down in Guatemala – June 7, 2016

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Here are a bunch of photos. As you can see, I haven´t done much of anything.

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Just reading and watching my replacement work.

But President finished the changes yesterday. As it is, I´m going to the Zona _____with Elder ___. He trained Elder ___, so it should be fun with him. And it´ll be the fastest six weeks ever.

I´m convincing Elder W to come to college in Logan too. He´d enter in like Spring semester of 2018, but that´d be cool, huh?

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But yeah. Finishing out the transfer right now. Enjoying being in the office a few days more. Hanging out with Elder R and Elder G. It´s pretty fun being in a big house that you don´t have to pay for with a bunch of friends.

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Next change I´ll probably just follow Elder ___ around the area, try to teach well, and focus on calling people in the zone and bugging them until they baptize the people they´re teaching.

I love you.

Elder Schafer

Reed Finished His Mission Today! – June 1, 2016

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Reed  finished! Is that not the craziest thing ever?

Well lots of stuff has been happening. For pday on Saturday, we went to Tecpan (the photos of the restaurant and Elder G & W), which is a little town near Chimaltenango (that helps a lot, right?).

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In Tecpan there´s an all you can eat buffet of typical food for Q40.

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Then we had a baptism on Sunday. Which was nice.

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This has been a good month. Right now, starting the next, I feel that we´ve found a number of people to teach. We have some references from members and part families. So looking over our success of the last month I think that we need to:

1. Focus on the people the Lord has given us, and help these people who have come to church be baptized first.
2. Using those successes, use the trust of the members have them lead us to more people like these which they have helped us find.
3. Continue retaining the people we have baptized (The last ten people who have been baptized in this area come to church every week. The converts from earlier are more más o menos, but ours we can help be fellowshiped well by the good members).

That way we keep finding part families and helping people who will have a role and friends in the church.

The mission got it´s goal of 200 baptisms. We got 201. That´s the first time since November of 2014. So we ate really well on Sunday night at dinner with the Markhams. Ribs. With BBQ sauce. That was cool. To feel like you´re on the winning team. We had some good people get baptized last month.

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I love going to church and seeing all of the people that I´ve taught there. A and O went to the temple and did baptisms for the dead. And they enjoyed it. They make me feel good about my time here. The families

We should have another baptism this Sunday. A member reference. A 17 year old, whose uncle is a bishop in another stake. So we´ll hope that happens and goes well.

I´m looking forward to next transfer, it should be good. I will be going out of the office. One last transfer to work really hard and have lots of baptisms. But I´m also looking forward to finishing up. It´ll be so strange just to be done. But I know that it´ll be a fun and interesting new part of life for all of us.

Hasta luego,
Love,

Elder Schafer

(No subject) – May 25, 2016

Well last week was prettty awesome. We had a baptism, and a good pday, and I have a bunch of photos for you.

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Here are photos of when we went to Applebees.

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And when the relief society president made me a cake.

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And when our investigator invited us with a member family to a lunch when she inaugurated an events center.

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We did lots of cool stuff.

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And President invited us all to dinner this coming Sunday to celebrate my birthday (and everyone elses that´s not right now).

Love
Elder Schafer

A Slow Week – May 19, 2016

This has been a pretty slow week. The church for about the last month has been sending us emails that they were going to revamp the whole church finance system, which means that the finance functions of the missionary online stuff were all down all week. So I finished the Bible. And I´ve been reading the Book of Mormon in Spanish so that I can finish it.

The new change is kind of strange, because there´s not much for me to do. But I just try to write and study.

I´m kind of the designated driver all the time, because my replacement turned 21 and doesn´t have his new license, and the only other Elder who can drive with a valid license, doesn´t feel comfortable driving here. So I get to speed around Guate.

Sorry there´s not much. We should have a baptism on Sunday. Of the daughter of a convert.

Love,
Elder Schafer

The day after changes – May 11, 2016

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These are always terrible weeks. Yesterday went pretty well actually. It was just a really long day. We got up at about 4am and headed over to changes. The assistants went to the CCM for the new missionaries.

Then we told everyone who their new companions are and sent them on their merry way. That went pretty smooth. And then we headed over to President´s house. Then the bus we contracted got a 500 quet parking ticket. Yuck. We paid that. Not sure where I´m going to allocate that expenditure in the accounting. Because it was a vehicle expense, but not our vehicle. Who knows?

But yes. I also have a new companion.

Here are some photos of the wedding and baptism on Saturday. That was really nice. We´ll see how we do in the next few weeks. One of our converts has two of her daughters here for the few weeks, and they want to get baptized. And we´ve left the familia M for awhile, and supposedly they´re missing us. Maybe they´ll progress more now that we´ve dropped them for a little while.

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Also yesterday, something pretty cool happened. There´s one less-active family with a daughter whose ten. We´d visited them before, but they never started going to church. But yesterday we just went by, and a car pulled up with the aunt of this little girl and her husband, who are active in another ward. And the husband of the aunt was my ward mission leader in my first area. So I asked if he´d help us get the family to go to church.

So… yeah. Normal. Love you all! Hope you have a great week!

Elder Schafer

May – May 3, 2016

Well, it´s a nice laid back week. Something weird happened with the bank and the rent didn´t deposit yesterday, but it seems to have gone in for today, so the world can rest easy.

We´ll have changes next week, and I´m supposed to get the new financial secretary. But there won´t be too much to do until the end of the month. But he can read the 71 page financial secretary manual.

We had P´s baptism on Sunday. Now we´re pretty much out of investigators.

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But we´ll make it. On the bright side; last week Elder R and I called V and E, our converts from, Escuintla. They´re doing well, and V is picking up new converts in a town farther out and taking them to church every week in the back of his pickup. And they´re working toward the goal of getting sealed in July. And if they can go in that month, Elder R and I will be able to go with them.

Here are a few photos of Antigua from a few weeks ago.

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And this is a pumpkin that´s in the freezer in our house, that no one has felt like throwing out since Halloween.

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The next few days will be zone conferences. So we´ll see where I go. Today I´m just in the office with Elder R.

I also wanted to shared a scripture that I did like in Jeremiah 41:3, 6. About obeying the voice of the Lord. Because it directs us sometimes to do things that aren´t the easiest, but he does tell us what we need to do in life. (Even though the people didn´t listen to what the Lord told them in this story at all).

Love you! Talk to you soon!

Elder Schafer