Tuesday, July 18, 2017

COME UNTO CHRIST, FUN TIMES, FAVORITE SINS, PRESIDENT CLUFF IS A GREAT GUY, CHANGES IN YOUR OWN LIFE

COME UNTO CHRIST
We have found some other people and we still need to find more so we will see what we can do to help more people come unto Christ. 

FUN TIMES
Ha, dang.  I feel like the ward has changed a lot.  Reminds me when I was the only youth for the sacrament, ha, ha, fun times. 

FAVORITE SINS
I am doing a 40 day purification.  How you do it is you do compromisos (committments) with God.  President Markham always told us to write down your "favorite sins" that and you try to stop them.  It's a little hard, but it really is helping me become a better person and more converted and have the Spirit. 

PRESIDENT CLUFF IS A GREAT GUY
We also had interviews with President Cluff.  That was fun to get to know him a little bit better.  He is a great guy and so is his family.  

CHANGES IN YOUR OWN LIFE
Our plans are to help everybody get to church and find some new people to teach and help all the converts get to church and stuff. The mission really is really hard, but always rewarding to see people changing their lives. It's also rewarding to feel little changes in your own life to become better, too.

Les Amo
Elder Sweat

Friday, July 14, 2017

July 11, 2017---SMILES ON THEIR FACES, KEEP HELPING THEM, FINDING NEW WAYS TO HELP


July 11, 2017



SMILES ON THEIR FACES
We were able to baptize the familia J.!!!  It was so great cuz Satan was trying so hard to not let them get married and baptized.  President and Hermana Cluff came to our baptism and it was super great. President Cluff challenged everyone that wasn't baptized that was were there to prepare to be baptized, haha.  Got to be direct to get success, haha. It was really a special experience and we could all feel the Spirit strongly there.  What I loved was seeing their smiles on their faces, haha.  It was so special.




KEEP HELPING THEM
We still have lots to do, though, which is hard, with missionary work.  Cuz you fight to help someone get baptized and afterwards when it happens you feel like so happy and want to rest but you can't, haha.  Got to keep helping them get more converted and find more people to help.


FINDING NEW WAYS TO HELP
We are doing great.  We are finding new ways to help our Zone become better.

Hope everything is great there.  Everyone looks healthy and fine, haha.

Les Amo
Elder Sweat

Thursday, July 6, 2017

July 4, 2017---GREAT BLESSING, ZONE LEADERS, HAPPINESS, FAMILY OF 7, SERVICE IS GREAT! CELEBRATE REPENTANCE

GREAT BLESSING 
"Did you meet your new Mission President, President Cluff?  I think he is from the Nauvoo Ward!  I hope that you will do everything to help him be successful and have a smooth transition from President Markham.  President & Sister Markham seemed so great.  I'm sure they are a great blessing in your life"  Yes, we met our new Mission President and his wife.  He (President Cluff) is definitely very different than President Markham.  Hermana Markham said we just have to keep moving on and working hard to baptize.  They definitely are.


ZONE LEADERS 
"How has your first week been with Elder Griffin?"  Great!  "Is he also a Zone Leader?"   Yes, we are both Zone Leaders.  


HAPPINESS 
We were able to baptize Hermana A. from the G. family.  Super special cuz her husband was able to baptize her and he has just finished a year of being a convert.  I was able to give her the Gift of the Holy Ghost, which was really special, too.  We were so happy for this experience and to see the happiness in the whole family.  The famlia J. are great and are scheduled for this fin de semana (weekend) so we will keep y'all informed and if you guys can keep praying for them and the familias G. and R. still, please.  


FAMILY OF 7 
We have found some cool people.  We prayed in the street cuz we have been struggling to find new people and Elder Griffin prayed that we could find a familia of 7!  Haha.  So we went out trying to follow, the best we could, the Spirit.  We contacted a guy going to his house and we built a puente (bridge) with him real fast and he told us they had 7 people in his family!!!  We put a cita (appointment) with him this week so we will see what happens.  Please pray for the familia L. and familia G. 

SERVICE IS GREAT! 
"I also helped a family move on Friday.  I could have used the Sweat boys' strength and hands, but I think I would have made you all proud.  People were surprised when I lifted up the piano and was basically holding it with one arm--little do they know that I've moved many pianos.  Anyway, I think I have a talent for helping people move.  One thing I notice is that I always feel better after I serve.  I need to do it more."  excerpt from a letter from Terrell, Elder Sweat's dad  just remember moving the piano to G's house, haha.  That was crazy.  I actually like to help move people, too, lifting hard stuff and whatnot.  Service is great!  It's one of the only ways we can bring the feelings we get in the mission into our lives, from a talk in one of the Liahonas.  


CELEBRATE REPENTANCE 
President Markham told us we should celebrate repentance!  I like that cuz we really do feel happier afterwards.  "To teach us all that we must do, Jesus Christ led the way by giving the perfect example that we must try to emulate. He pleads with us with arms outstretched to come, follow Him. And when we fail, which we all do, He reminds us, “For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent.”What a wonderful gift! Repentance is not a punishment; it is a privilege. It is a privilege that leads and guides us. No wonder the scriptures declare that we should teach nothing save repentance." -  Elder M. Joseph Brough, April, 2017 General Conference   
Les Amo un Monton
Elder Sweat

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

CHANGES, ANSWERS TO PRAYERS, KEEP PRAYING, NEW MISSION PRESIDENT THIS WEEK

June 27, 2017

New companion, Elder Griffin!


CHANGES
This week has been great and crazy.  So we had changes and so now my new companion is Elder Griffin. He is from Utah and has 8 months in the mission.  So it's a little weird to have someone with not a lot of time in the mission cuz there is always something different.  What I love is that he has a huge desire to work and baptize so that's super fun. 



ANSWERS TO PRAYERS
Familia Jurican went to church, all of them.  The husband Hermano Sergio went to church this week and liked it a lot. They accepted to get married and baptized the 9th of July!!!!  They are super pumped and it's super awesome to see the changes in people's countenances and in their eyes.  We also have a sister that is going to get baptized this Saturday that is from the familia Godinez that I asked that you guys to pray for.  So a lot of miracles here.  Elder Brown was a little bummed cuz he won't be here for their baptisms cuz we had been working with these families for a while now, but he's happy they are making this decision.  

KEEP PRAYING
We need to find some more people and keep working hard.  But if you guys can keep praying for the familia Godinez, Familia Jurican, ____ Roma, and that me and Elder Griffin can find families and future missionaries to teach.  

Hope y'all doing super well.

Les Amo
Elder Sweat

NEW MISSION PRESIDENT THIS WEEK
Photo with President Markham (outgoing Mission President) and Elder Brown, next to President Markham, (former companion).  



P.S.  President and Sister Markham are leaving for home this week so that's super crazy!!!  We love them so much and will miss them but we will be continuing with the work of the Lord with President and Sister Cluff.  So we will just keep going ham!!!

Guatemala Guatemala City Central Mission
Barbara S. and Casey B. Cluff
Casey Benjamin Cluff, 46, and Barbara Sue Hansen Cluff, four children, Nauvoo 1st Ward, Nauvoo Illinois Stake: Guatemala Guatemala City Central Mission, succeeding President Melvin G. Markham and Sister Susan Markham. Brother Cluff serves as a bishop and is a former ward Young Men, Sunday School, and elders quorum president and missionary in the Costa Rica San José Mission. Area temple facilities manager, Corporation of the Presiding Bishop. Born in Provo, Utah, to Benjamin Ferrell Cluff and Pamela Gay Hill Cluff.
Sister Cluff serves as a Primary pianist and is a former ward Young Women and Primary president, ward Relief Society and Primary presidency counselor, and missionary in the Japan Fukuoka Mission. Born in Denver, Colorado, to James Edward Hansen and Shauna Lee Anderson Hansen.---lds.org


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

RAIN, SUPER COOL, TOGETHER FOREVER, PHOTOS


RAIN
It's been raining a bunch here but it's not super cold, at least

SUPER COOL 
 It's going well.  We found a man that is super awesome.  He works on the busses here and told us, "You guys can tell me stuff, then I'll share it with others."  It's like a chain, hahaha.  Perfect missionary, haha.  He said he will go to church this week with his wife and kid.  His kid has been going to church with the Familia Jurican but we didn't know who were his parents until Elder Brown contacted a young family in the street, so that was super cool.

TOGETHER FOREVER 
 We also went to the sealing of a family the Elder Brown baptized.  Super special experience and def could feel the spirit.  Not going to lie.  My eyes watered a little cuz you just look at the family and realize that they now can be together forever and that has really strengthened my testimony on the chance we all have to do this ordination and be together forever with our families.

Hope everyone is great!!

Les Amo
Elder Sweat

PHOTOS
Some mission photos credits to Hermana VonDongan for her camera.







June 14, 2017---CHANGES, NO EXCUSES, STAY FOCUSED AND GO HARD, JOY IN SERVING, SEARCH FOR GOD

June 14, 2017

CHANGES
Me and Elder Brown are staying together  for another change for right now. 

NO EXCUSES
It's going well.  We were swamped with meetings and visiting with others missionaries in the zone so we weren't able to visit everyone as much as we wanted but we can't make excuses, just got to do it.  

STAY FOCUSED AND GO HARD
We have some people that can get baptized in these weeks that come so we just got to stay focused and go hard. Hermana Jurican is awesome and is basically a member just needs to get baptized and her son also. But they need to get married and Hermano Jurican works a ton and gets told a lot of false stuff about the church so we are trying to help him out, too, so he can receive an answer like the rest of his family.

JOY IN SERVING
I'm really loving the mission.  I had a dream that I was at home, 1st time.  I was hecka sad cuz it was August, but it's cuz they, ha, mixed up my papers so I went home a month early and I was like nooooo!!!  I felt hecka sad!   Hahaha, super weird, man.  I want to go home but I also want to stay here in Guatemala.  It's a super weird feeling, man, but I really find joy serving people and seeing them make changes in their lives to be more happy and blessed.  

SEARCH FOR GOD
When we search for God, he gives us more and more blessings but we also see more difficulties cuz Satan doesn't want us to be happy and blessed.  We just got to give him a good old 1-2 to the face, haha.

Les Amo
Elder Sweat

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

LITTLE BY LITTLE, CHANGES, I JUST HAVE TO DO MY PART, SUPER HAPPY

LITTLE BY LITTLE
This week has been pretty good.  We have been working and looking for new
people and helping the Zone out.  The familia Jurican are good.  Their kids have brought some friends to church, so little by little, I think we will get more investigators from them.

CHANGES
We have changes this next week so we will see what happens. 

I JUST HAVE TO DO MY PART
We had an apostle come and talk to us yesterday, Elder Dale G. Renlund.  It was a pretty cool experience.  What I loved, was that he gave an apostolic promise to us.  He gave a bunch, but what I loved is he said everything in our homes would be okay, miraculously.  So that really pumped me up to keep on going.  I really felt a lot of peace in my heart, cuz I can't even explain how much love I have for my family, AKA,  all you guys, ha.  I just have to do my part.

Les Amo
Elder Sweat


SUPER HAPPY
We are super happy here, hahaha.