My name is Dietrich Sweat. I love to play football, listen to music, be with family and friends and workout. I have chosen to serve the Lord for 2 years as a Missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Guatemala Guatemala City Central Mission.
So a miracle happened. I received the package (a birthday package from home) the day of my birthday, cuz we had a multi-zone conference. Packages usually come a lot later, ha, so thanks for that! I don't feel any different, now that I am 19. I bought some little hostess cupcake things and a Powerade to celebrate my birthday, at like 10 that night, ha ha.
So a recent convert told us a story. She found out her unmarried daughter was going to have a baby, so she gave her spanking with a paddle. Then, her daughter's boyfriend came over and he was, like, begging the convert not to spank her daughter, but then the convert gave a spanking, with the paddle, to the boyfriend, too! Ha ha! Then the daughter and her boyfriend got married, like, within less then a couple of days, ha ha. Funny stories here, man.
FAMILY OF 5
We married and baptized a family of 5 this week and it was awesome! We were only missing one of the sons and then we will have baptized the whole family!!! I will send the photos.
It's funny. When we are most suffering is when the most blessings come, I think. So being sick and other stuff like that is almost, like, a blessing to me, ha ha, even though it stinks, ha ha. Love you all so much!!!!
Elder Sweat P.S. Can you give me quick updates on the rankings of the college football teams? Ha ha!
I know you were all wondering how we drink water...
This week was great and we are working hard. We are working with the barrio (town) to rent a bus to help bring people to church in one of our areas because the bus charges more on Sundays and this area doesn't have as much money. Right now, we have the blessing of a member who has a truck that we use to bring people. The only catch is that we have to bring a lot of people every Sunday and that's just our plan. We are going to focus a lot on this area and baptize people converted to this gospel.
Funny thing is we went to visit some investigators and the daughter, who was 6 years old, was washing her clothes on like a little flat thing with ridges. I just thought how blessed we are in our home to have washers and dryers that work and we have water everyday. Where as, here, some people won't have water for like 3 or 4 days.
I ALMOST ATE MY AGENDA
One night we were planning and unfortunately I kind of halfway dozed off as we were thinking and a thought of food came into my mind and I went to take a bite and like I almost ate my agenda when I came fully awake and realized what I was doing!!! Ha ha ha! Sometimes you really get burnt out in the mission from working hard, ha ha.
Love you all so much! Sounds like the familia is great!
So here's a cute little picture me and my companion in Antigua.
We had one baptism, but I don't have any batteries for my camera, so, no picture. But, we are planning on a lot more baptisms this Sunday. We are praying for a marriage and a family to be baptized.
CURB STOMPED THE BEE
I am learning every day. During a lesson, this bee tried attacking me and I finally smacked it away. Unfortunately, it went into the hair of the man we were teaching. He was trying to pull it out and he finally did and then, I just curb stomped the bee real quick.
GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS
Also, I lost 3 shirts and my LDM (Libro de Mormon) packed inside of a cool little case. But, I found the case like 2 days ago. Fortunately, a guy, at a tienda (store) by our house, gave it to me today and found my 3 shirts! Blessing! Ha ha. I was praying that I could get them back and I did. God answers prayers, even if they don't seem like things that are the most important.
So, yesterday we helped some people clean some ducks that had been butchered. So, that was fun. Shout out to Slaughter House (the band).
BACKPACKS Funny thing is we had a lesson with a family. During the lesson their little 3 year-old boy was crying and the family threatened that we, the missionaries, would take him with us in our backpacks, ha ha ha. IDK if that kid is going to have a great relation with the missionaries in the future, ha ha ha. JK.
HAULING IT! It has rained everyday this week! This area, where we are at, is like a 20 minute bus ride to our appointments. We tried catching the Ultimate Bus to our appointment, but he just shook his finger at us and drove off! So, we had to walk the whole thing. But, we did it in like 15 minutes! We were hauling it! Ha ha! We are working hard and we have a lot of people that are progressing.
SHORT AND SWEET So I ended up staying here in Jacarandas with Elder Solano for another change which I'm glad cuz this area is huge, ha. This week we saw a lot of miracles and blessings and we are working hard. I gave a talk the last week too, ha ha. We went to Antigua again. I got to see some buddies from the mission, ha.
We were walking and some drunk dude like tried to grab my arm or touch me and I totally foot-balled him, ha ha. I got skinny and was like, "Nope!" Ha ha. Got to love the lessons in football.