Elder Colton West

Elder Colton West


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Week 3: "Parangaricutirimicuaropsicologia!"

Hola from the CCM!  

Week 3 is well underway and things have been interesting here.  
We now have somewhere around 110 missionaries in total here.  
I still don't know where they put most of them, because the 
second floor dormitory hall doesn't look that big.  But apparently
it is.  We all managed to escape the rumored room changes, thank
goodness.  So I'm still roomed with 5 other Nortes (North Americans).

Since I know you're all wondering what in the world the title of this 
email means, I'll go ahead and tell you.  According to one of the 
Latino Elders, "parangaricutirimicuaropsicologia" is the Spanish 
equivalent of "supercalifragelisticexpialidocious."  I'm pretty sure
that it translates into something in English, because it ends in
-psicologia (psychology), but I have no idea what it would be.

We didn't get to go to the mercado this week.  But we did get to do
something better.  We went street contacting for a little while on
Saturday evening!  For those of you who don't know what that means, it
means that we left the CCM and talked with people out on the streets
of Guatemala City.  And by streets, I mean one side of the block that
the CCM is on.  It's maybe a third of a mile long.  But in half an
hour my district (12 missionaries in total) managed to give 11 Books
of Mormon to potential investigators, with a challenge to read the
book and pray about it.  Not too bad for a bunch of kids (and me) who
have only been in the country for three weeks and barely speak the
local language.

Our instructors really pulled out the stops with our training
"investigators."  These "investigators" are just the instructors
acting like a person that they baptized on their missions.  Our first
"investgator," Jaime, was the perfect investigator.  Always interested
in the lessons, always kept his commitments, wanted to get baptized
ASAP, etc.  Our new "investigators," "Gabriel" and "Veronica," are
something else entirely.  They are both more difficult to connect
with, and have struggles that we have to help them overcome before
they are willing to believe in the gospel.  But I'm glad that the
instructors are being hard on us in this way.  I, and the others here
with me, are going to be dealing with difficult investigators for our
entire mission.  This lets us figure out how to deal with certain
things in a more controlled environment, one where we can make
mistakes without there being lasting consequences.

Scripture for the week: Mosiah 3:19..."For the natural man is an enemy
to God, and has been from the Fall of Adam, and will be forever and
ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit; and
putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the Atonement
of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble,
patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord
seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his
father."  If I had to pick one scripture to teach the Gospel of Jesus
Christ with, I would probably pick that one. (Note: I apologize if the
grammar of that scripture is incorrect.  I'm quoting from memory.)

That's all for this week!  I can't wait to read everyone's emails next week!

Keep on being awesome!

Elder Colton West
El Salvador, San Salvador East Mission

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