Hermana Sarah Gunderson

Retalhuleu, Guatemala Mission, September 2015-March 2017


April 2016


hahaha im literally dying that you think that im roasting an animal to eat. it just makes me laugh. Im actually just burning dry corn to help them burn their fields before the rains start but you know. I would hesitate to eat a guinea pig. I dont like those things. And i already have really wierd eating habits from guatemala so i might as well add one to the list. I love the temple. We are going the day after my birthday to the Xela (pronounced Sheila) temple so thats really exciting. I miss lucy. Have i told you about the demon dog of our landlady? he attacks us everytime we walk outside to wash our clothes or hair in the pila. Hes a tiny litttle cocker spaniel but hes mean. The landy lady Hna Candy is super adorable and nice on the other hand. And she loves that dog so we cant really compain about how much we hate that dog to her.
This week was really busy and stressful and good. We started by trying to get permission to baptize denis. The dad signed the paper but then the morning of the baptism last week he told us no and that Denis couldnt get baptized anymore. We went tuesday and taught the dad and then we had to go back wednesday to get the actual permission. Finally we got it but it was a miracle. First of all I was on divisions with Hna Barnum the Hna leader and we took the elders to interview an investigator that was mas o menos with a baptism date and we wanted to help her. Well it turned out to be a complete fiasco and waste of time (The dad says “my daughter and i are not getting baptized again because thats a sin” there was a lot of pride involved that we did not see before) and we ended up getting down to the soledad right as the last camioneta goes back up to mazate. We get to the house AND THE DAD ISNT EVEN THERE. And he starts work again tomorrow and so its today or never for the permission. But we talked to denis and MIRACLE the dad comes back home. We talk to him and he gives permission. Finally. I was so relieved. Then we had to wait for a tuk tuk guy to come and get us because there was no other transport back to mazate.
We have the baptism saturday (not without problems of course) and Denis gets baptized. Unfortunately he did not get confirmed because they left to work in the morning on saturday even though we told them that he needed to be in church. But it turned out to be a small miracle because he will get confirmed next week. imageimageimageimageimageimageimageThat is something that i have learned these past two weeks: that the power of Satan is real. These two weeks we have been working hard, doing everything we can to help these people but then these uncontrollable things happen and things fall through. Missionary work is so hard but it is so worth it. There is nothing i would rather be doing here. Even when its hard its amazing. And the Lord is always there to lift us up and carry us. On sunday we were apparently looking stressed for the lack of a confirmation and some other things about our converts and our bishop comes up to us and says “why are you guys so worried? You saved a soul this weekend and you are great missionaries. They will be fine. Just keep doing what youre doing” have i mentioned how amazing my bishop is? And that was totally from Heavenly Father telling us that everything will be fine.
For some miracles, we finally contacted this joven that went to general conference and really liked it. He is going to come to church this week and is super posititve. Im really excited to teach him. We were also introduced to another joven that came to church on sunday and he acepted to be baptized on the 7 of may. WOO!
Fun things:
last week after the baptism of Paula and Glendy i left the house in my flip flops without knowing it. I didnt realize it until i stepped out of the tuk tuk. It was really funny.
We played this soccer game last week and dodgeball and i have been sore all week
we painted the house of a member this morning. it was really fun.

Hna Gunderson




Small miracles

This week was really busy and stressful with all of these new goals that the mission is putting. We also went everyday to the soledad to teach the Familia Pelicó (Paula, glendy, Dennis, and Maria). They are siblings that we have been teaching and that went to the conference and that want to get baptized. The soledad is super far away and so there isnt very regular transportation to and from. But we’ve known that we need to go every day with them to prepare them for baptism and there has always been a way to get back from the soledad. Small miracles and manifestations that God lives and protects us. They are doing really well. they really liked General conference and they want to get baptized.
We also have been teaching another Glendy who is pregnant and has another little girl. Glendy is amazing. She loved the Conference and she beleives that there is a living prophet and that the church is true. She reads everything that we leave her in the book of mormon. She wants to get baptized but she needs to ask permission from her husband. but she told us “im just going to convince him and he´ll get baptized with me” shes so cute. Her daughter is adorable too and is the most hyperactive little girl I’ve ever met. She always sees us and goes “mana mana” trying to say hermana. and then she looks through ALL of our stuff and plays with ALL of it.
This month we are focusing on getting better at finding new people to teach. so we have had to do a lot of contacting this week. ALOT. sometimes its was easy but on friday we literally contacted from after lunch until 7. HOURS OF CONTACTING: and we weren’t finding anyone. There was literally no one. We found one or two half postitive people but we were drained from contacting and drained from the unsuccess that we were having. Then at the last minute we go to this house and we find this family of gold. His name is Elder (im not joking thats his name. its really funny) and they were taught by the missionaries before. But he’s great.  He is very bold and brash and we are very bold and brash with him. This really was a testament to me that sometimes the Lord tests our faith before He gives us the big blessings. We were walking around tired and just wanted at least one more positive person. Just one more. We just wanted to see fruits from our hard work. And at the last hour, the Lord led us to this family.
Other fun things…EDUARDO PASSED THE SACRAMENT. I feel like such a proud mom haha. He is such a cool convert. I’m a little more worried about Janeth. Shes having a real big trial of faith right now and hasn’t come to church in two weeks. I dont know how to help her and it makes me so sad. I just want her to go to church and feel the spirit and stay active in the church. We are visiting her and i’m praying a lot for her. I know the Lord will help her and that she will come out of this stronger.
I love the Lord and I love this work!
Hermana Gunderson

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