Mom that is so true and I feel like Im learning the same thing over and over again....to not let the little things bother me and do as Chad told me--love and serve my companion. Im definitely slacking in that department. I actually really like the food. Its good. We eat an insane amount of carbs--and not much fruit or vegetables, so we all have more pounds cause of that. I actually saw the smileys and talked with them yesterday at an incredible Stake conference that was actually a broadcast from Salt lake to all of Guatemala, and elder Fallabella, Scott, Sister Wixom, and president Eyring spoke to us. I can already tell the Smileys are so awesome! We might be able to have dinner with them one day! Well this was a week of sickness and spirituality. It finally hit me. I had the flu on Friday and threw up 12 times. I was so miserable in all honestly and so tired but couldnt sleep and it was the longest day ever starting at 4 am until 11 pm. But I had the Lord with me and was praying a lot, and the Lord helped me to realize that number one, I am very weak, and quite frankly a wimp with sickness. SOOOOOOOO many people suffer a million times more than me. And He is always trying to teach us. We just need to be teachable. And Saturday I was still pretty dead but it wasnt too hard of a day. And on Sunday I had my first run in while in the field with diarrhea. If you didnt want to know that Im sorry. The water, we just buy giant bottled jugs and use that. Almost everyone does. My typical day. Wake up at 6 30 and maybe do some exercise but there really isnt much time and my comp says I wake him up if I get up early to do exercises so I stopped doing that. We take incredible hot showers which I am so thankful for because it is actually pretty cold here sometimes. In the morning especially. Then we have breakfast at 7 30 with our comedor sister garcia. She makes the best food and we eat breakfast and lunch with her at 8-9 we have personal
study, 9-10 comp study, 10-11 additional study and 11-12 language study, but we dont usually have time to study the language because we have appointments or my comp wants to go contacting somewhere. He really doesnt like language study. At 1 we have lunch, and from 2--9 or 9 30 we are out teachin and preachin. I have so much to learn mom its crazy! But you have taught me well and I am so thankful for such an incredible momma! And dad taught me a lesson long ago to be the first to apologize, and that might have saved a successful companionship for me. I might send you a copy of a page I wrote in my journal. Im sorry if i dont write as much as youd like Im pretty overwhelmed every time I email because there is just so little time to reply to all, but I really do love you all!
Love Elder McFadyen
Monday, November 25, 2013
Hey momma so happy to hear about Devin and Ash! Welcome back to the West! Such adventures. Im very healthy and happy overall. My health was much worse in the CCM believe it or not. The only thing I dont like is being hungry all the time not because there isnt food, but theres no time to eat enough! I have lost some weight but nothing to fret about. The work is hard. Really hard. We are working very hard and pushing ourselves but sometimes...urg. This last week had its ups and downs. Lets start with the downs. On Saturday we had 11 appointments. Appointments all day long. And literally all 11 fell. We didnt teach anyone. We were just going from place to place and other unplanned places and nothing worked out. And we saw one teenager who were working with ( were teaching his whole family, only his mom is a member) with a cigarette tucked behind his ear and his friends all smoking. I just hope he didnt smoke it. His cousin got wasted that same night, and so they were mostly all tired and only the mother, inactive member her daughter and niece came to church. That was actually a positive thing. Church was really good, we had the primary program and I met more members of the ward and we got invited to have Thankssgiving dinner with a white couple in the ward. The husband works in the US embassy. On Sunday afternoon I have never been so tired in my life. We walked so much, so far, so fast, up and down the mountains again with little success of encountering the people we were supposed to teach. And all of our investigators require much patience. Either because they have some problems, or can only meet once a week because they work so much. Thats one of the hardest things here is that the people (the men mostly--who need to be there) work sooooo much. But a few of the many positives is that the Chocojay family is doing well (their son was baptized 2 weeks ago). They are interested in family history and frankly i am a lot more now too. And Jose Luis and Federico are excited to be missionaries. Jose Luis is amazing. He is 18, works like a horse everyday and isnt able to attend church so he cant be baptized, but he wants to be. And he shares what we teach with his friends and coworkers. And one of our current investigators literally chased us down on his bike so that wed teach him after we talked with his hard hearted uncle. The youth are very receptive. Love you so much mom! Ive been thinking about what an amazing mother and father I have and you should know Im so proud to be your son! Love you lots!
Monday, November 11, 2013
Dear Family, Im sending these old pics of my time in the ccm. I can only send 4 at a time so youre going to get many pics. We´re teaching a family who is very rich compared to everyone else, and I think they¨ll get baptized. They have mormon family, friends, and their son has already read to 2 nephi, and they made all the picture frames for every single picture in the temple. Our investigator got baptized this past weekend. Love Ryan Here are a few of the pics he sent us today
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
My dear mother. Things are wonderful here. Its hard. Real hard. Especially fasting twice in a week. But we have our first baptism this Saturday and are finding more people to teach. It is difficult to get people to listen to the message of the Restoration with their hearts, and really all we can do is our best to help them feel the Spirit, and many people have hardened their hearts because theyve all been taught opposite of a lot of teachings like the apostacy all their lives *and everyone really does go to church when they say they got to church*. I am trying to learn more pateince and love for my companion. And also how to still be me. Ryan McFadyen as a friend reminded me. It is surprisingly difficult to do because in reality this is the most serious work on the planet. Bringing souls unto salvation. And yet its the happiest and so im learning. My companion is very serious most of the time, and Im guessing im a trial for him, and I dont understand so many things, but in the end hes a really good trainer. I think the lack of communication is what is hard. And Im not good at being humorous in Spanish yet. Sorry if i didnt respond to anyone by the way, i dont have much more time and had a lot to read, which im grateful for. I love getting ashleys pictures, and if other people have something cool to share, a picture really is worth a thousand words. I really appreciate all the emails though. I like to hear about your lives than to write about mine but im not totally selfish and illl write you a little. So Sunday was a really good day. The bus broke for a little bit on the way up the mountain to church in the next town and we were late as always. Hopefully next Sunday we can break the trend. And even though we only have our one investigator come to church, like 6 inactives came! And in testimony meeting the people were so eager to bear their testimonies, and there wasnt time for everyone who wanted to to bear theirs. I love the ward. There arent many people who have time to help us teach, but those who can are very supportive. But thats one of the hardest things, is that we rarely have members teaching with us because so few members live in our area, so few (as in like 1% of the members) have cars, and those that do live around us work til late at night. But I really do think we will have more success as we work harder. My teacher in the CCM was very influential to me and she challenged us to become consecrated missionaries. If anyone has advice different than what Elder Tad R McCallister said in his talk about that, id love to hear how i can improve.On Sunday also I could see the volcan de agua super well (normally its covered by clouds) but i forgot my camera to show you all the pics. One of these days im going to show you many pictures. Some of them are killer. Even with my camera. Oh, I will write the Masons a later! I loved theirs! Thanks! And thanks grandma too! Sometimes \i feel overwhelmed with how uch there is to do like reply to people but I dont have time and so i Dont know what to say. One day there was ultra frequent lightning and the sky was lit up for so long. it was so sweet. i love the storms here. i loooooove the weather. its not hot. its perfect. i love you mom!