Colton at Provo MTC

Colton at Provo MTC

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Lost my Funny???

How are you all doing?? I am pretty sure you are all doing great! It sounds like things went okay this week except for all the sicknesses. That kinda sucks but hey at least is is starting to warm up over there. Here I guess we are entering winter which means it is going to start raining every single day. Not again. I thought if I left from Coban it would not be like this but then I remember last year and it was the same here. But to tell you the truth, I feel like the people don´t really know what season we are in, they always tell me a different thing.
Well this week was a pretty amazing week. Once again it flew by and it feels like I was just writing you but I guess that is a good thing. We have been looking for a new apartment for the past 2 weeks well because it is a health hazard living where we are. But the story is pretty dang cool. So we have looked at 5 houses but the first 3 the leaders said no. I was a little frustrated so I hit one of them... and that is how Elder Underwood died. No I am kidding he is still here but my companion and I prayed to find out where we should go because we were getting a little frustrated and it was distracting the work and all. Well we found a house intentionally trying to find another house and we loved it. The owners live in Canada and the lady told us she was going to talk to him. I got a call from the owner and he told me he was a member and he really wants us to live there! It was honestly an answer to our prayers! Whoo! So now I am living in a two story house with a jacuzzi and an all you can eat chinese food restaurant downstairs! Ok lies but it is a nice house and we have our own pila!
Oh and the baptism went super well!! The only thing was I forgot to bring my other memory card so I cant show you it! But there is always next time. My compa baptized them both and he was pretty happy. It reminded me of my first baptism when I had to baptize him 4 times... haha oh I hope it is funny to you because it was to me. They were so happy to get baptized. The wife is about 65 years old but she keeps telling me that we are evangelicals but I have told her a million times that we are not. We are mormons. Haha but she is slowly understanding everything.
I am sorry if this letter was boring I feel like I am losing my funny. Tell me if I am still funny. Tell Connor to write me more so I can remember what it is like to be funny!! haha Oh and I hope you could find my house on Google! You are going to see my hood. Well I love you so much family!!! Keep it easy not sleezy!!
Elder Colton Llewelyn

Back on Track

My wonderful family! It was amazing to hear from you and how everything is going over there. The cruise sounded amazing and it made me really excited for my honeymoon... haha. Oh and it made me happy that you saw Eden... tell her hi from me because she doesn´t feel like writing anymore!
Well family... this week was amazing. It flew like literally flew. I feel like I had just written and now I am here again writing. I think it is because we are working like crazy people here. Here is the scoop on what is going down here in China town/ Santa Luisa.
We are now having to contact door to door for like 4 hours because we do not have any investigators. It is probably the coolest thing ever. We are just finding all these new people to teach and everything is super new to both of us. The members here are amazing and they have been helping us out a ton. We are having a baptism this saturday which is a miracle in itself! It is an older couple that have been receiving the missionaries for about a month now. They are amazing people and they want to be part of the church so bad. They understand really well except for the wife. It is a little hard teaching her because she can´t grasp everything but she knows she needs to get baptized! She has told me many times and it is amazing to see their faith. 
I am loving my area. It is completely different from Coban. I am walking on cement roads and everything is so much faster here. It kind of stresses me out because there is so much noise and I was not used to that. The ward is also a lot smaller. There are only about 100 active members and the area is a little bit harder. The people aren´t super receptive but the Lord has really blessed us. We now have 4 investigators that we had to find because the other elders left the area a little dead but it is amazing to see the difference. I feel like I have never worked so hard because we are trying to talk to everyone.   
I would also like to share an amazing experience that happened to Elder Kilts and I.
Well we had just gotten done with contacting for 3 hours and we were kind of getting tired but we decided to go a little more. We got to a house and there was a 23 year old guy that opened the door and we presented ourselves and he let us come in. We began to start the lesson and we started talking about Jesus Christ and how his atonement helps us forget what we have done and move forward. I felt prompted to invite him to be baptized and so I did. He said yes and that was the first time I have ever invited in the first lesson. It was amazing and I am super blessed to be here. I feel like I am starting this area back up but it is awesome to see the change in it since we started a week ago.
Well I love you family and I hope you have an amazing week!!
Love you, Elder Llewelyn

Grandpa Bill Passed Away

Dear Family!
Well I am first going to start this email off by say... I am so sorry! I was not able to write last week because there was absolutley no time to write. I had some problems with my companion and it didn´t give us time to write and this whole week I have felt so weird but I am hope that you feel a little bit of comfort from this email.
Well I am going to start off by saying that I love you all so much. And I am going to be honest. This has been one of the hardest weeks of the mission. Now I don´t want you all to think that it was a negative week I am still going positive but it was a hard one. I left from my beautiful land of Coban on Monday because well they told me I was training again. Haha well we got to the capital and then we went to meet all the new Elders on Tuesday. I got to spend the day with Elder LaPray and that was amazing. Wednesday in the morning they tell me I also have an interview and President told me that I was going to be district leader. Well I felt a whole lot of weight and I feel a whole lot of responsiblity but I am happy that God trusts me enough to do all of this.
I am now in the Molino zone in the zone 6 here in the Captial. My area is called Santa Luisa and I got here Wednesday with my companion and well... we had no idea where anything was, who anyone was, nothing. But we just started right off the bat. We walked out and started contacting like crazy. We found 2 new families to teach and it was pretty amazing. I absolutley love this area. The people here are amazing and it is a huge change. My companions name is Elder Kilts and he is from Ogden! He is pretty funny and we get along great. It is a little difficult because well he is new and is still learning the great language of EspaƱol but it is great. The craziest part is I am in the old area of Elder Paulsen!! It is a miracle and he got a little emotional when I told him and he told me he had prayed for this. I know I am supposed to be here and I am loving it. We have a family baptism in two weeks and I am really excited. They are old people and my comp invited them to be baptized yesterday!! Whoo!! I am telling you, my kids in the mission are great.
Well beside all of that I got a call from President Watts on Thursday telling me what had happened with Grandpa. At first I didn´t quite understand. It hadn´t hit me and I don´t think it will fully hit me until I get home but I woke up Friday morning and I said a prayer to my Heavenly Father and I asked him to tell Grandpa to help me through all of this. My grandfather was an amazing person. He had a smile that was just warm when you came up to him. I love my grandfather so much. I will miss the property trips with him. I will also miss setting up the christmas lights with him after the turkey from thanksgiving had just set in. I am having a hard time with all of it and how fast it all came but I received the package and there was a photo of my grandpa and it was exactly what I needed. He was exactly how I will always remember him.
I love you all and I am so happy here in Guatemala!!
Have a good week!
Love Elder Llewelyn