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.




Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May 25, 2017---CHALLENGES, DOPE FOOTBALL PLAYS, SELF EVALUATION, PUMP YOU UP

May 25, 2017

CHALLENGES
This week was a little bit slower.  We had some desafios (challenges) but, like you know, that is how life is.  We just have to learn to enjoy the moments, all of them. 

DOPE FOOTBALL PLAYS
Elder Brown and I have been teaching our Zone football, so that has been pretty fun to see them (the Zone) also progress in that, too.  We taught them some dope plays that should be put on ESPN...but it's all good haha.

SELF EVALUATION
We are going to find more people that we can help and just go ham. Something that I have done at veces (times) is I do like a self evaluation of how I'm doing with my testimony, as a missionary, etc.  Sometimes it's not to fun cuz the Spirit will def correct us on what we need to change and we don't always like to hear it, but we need to be humble and accept it. 

PUMP YOU UP
Elder Brown is a super "pump you up" dude so we will always get it going.  He also helps you be able to believe in yourself that you can reach your goals and dreams.  I invite everyone to try and put more goals in their lives and just go for them.  There is always something to learn everyday.  Something to get better at, too, but we can only do it if we become humble and follow Jesus Christ. 

Les Amo
Elder Sweat

Thursday, May 25, 2017

May 21, 2017---CHANGES & HOW THE WORK IS GOING

CHANGES
It's now the start of a new change and I'm going to stay with Elder Brown for the next 3 weeks, at least, haha.  Time is passing by so fast, haha.  So much to do in so little time.  

HOW THE WORK IS GOING
The investigators are doing great.  They all went to church except for the husband in the familia Jurican.  But he said this next week he will go.   We are super pumped with them and familia Arias cuz we have been working with them for a while so it's great to finally see them progressing.  We were able to see some people that have been inactive up to 18 years go to church this last week so that was super awesome to see them there.

Les Amo
Elder Sweat

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 16, 2017---PRAY, NUMBERS, CHANGES

May 16, 2017

PRAY
Yes we do we have a couple of super awesome families we are teaching.  If you guys could pray for them that they can open their hearts to the gospel that would be awesome.

NUMBERS
It feels great to see the zone baptizing and to know their converts by name and be buddies with them and stuff.  That's one thing we like is that we know all of the new converts fairly well that are getting baptized so they feel more like people, not numbers, right?   "Numbers don't go to the temple, people do."  

CHANGES
We have changes this next week so I will write you on Wednesday, mas probable (most likely).

Les Amo
Elder Sweat

1.  Zona Villa Nueva 
 

2.  Xuac Xic!!


3.  Conferencia de Zonas...la capital!!!


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May 9, 2017---NO FEAR, FOLLOW THE SPIRIT, SEE YOU ON SUNDAY

NO FEAR
This week was super great. We are starting to find a bunch of miracles by following something that Elder Rasband talked about. He talked about following your first impression. We are also talking to a lot more people. Que dice Pres Markham... "no hay miedo en este mision!" haha. (President Markham says, "There is no fear in this mission!")

FOLLOW THE SPIRIT
We had a great experience this week.  We were walking but then both of us stopped at the same little street and I was like dude I feel like we should go in there and Elder Brown said the same thing. So we went in and contacted the 1st people in the street and we set up a cita (appointment) to pass by her house. We went yesterday in the night cuz we felt like we should and we had a great lesson. Got to open your mouth and be diligent and follow the spirit siempre!!!(always)

SEE YOU ON SUNDAY
Hope y'all are doing great.  Nos vemos en Domingo!!!!!! (See you on Sunday) 

Les Amo
Elder Sweat

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 2, 2017---100%, A LITTLE DUO, I LOVE THE MISSION

May 2, 2017

100%
It's great here.  We are looking for more people right now and are starting to find some cool people that are pretty close to the church so that's a plus, ha. Something super awesome is that 82% of the missionaries in the mission baptized so there is a lot of work going on.  The goal is to have 100% of the missionaries baptize new converts so we are trying to find the ways how we can do that.  We are learning to put our trust in God by continuing to work diligently and being smart about it, too.  We are following the impressions of the Spirit.

Les Amo
Elder Sweat

A LITTLE DUO
P.S.  Fun experience:  So here in our mission we contact people on the buses we get on. We usually will get in front and yell to everybody presenting ourselves and contact the people on the bus one by one to see when we can pass by.  But my companion, Elder Brown, had a great idea.  We decided to sing a hymn on the bus in front of everyone!  Hahaha!  Our hearts were pounding but we got in the middle after presenting ourselves and we started to sing El Alba Ya Rompe (The Day Dawn is Breaking), haha.  Pretty cool and nerve wracking but we were super pumped after we did it, haha.  A little duo.  

I LOVE THE MISSION
The mission is great and I'm glad I'm here learning so many things. Amo la mision. Amo el Salvador porque el me da la fuerza a seguir adelante y seguir trabajando a encontrar mas almas a traer a el.  (I love the mission. I love Salvador because it gives me the strength to go ahead and keep working to find more souls to bring him.)


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April 25, 2017---AWESOME, CLASSIC, BOOK-SMARTS, FROSTED FLAKES, ADVENTURE, SURPRISE

April 25, 2017
Bautimso de Hermanita Amanda!



AWESOME
Aw they baptism was awesome. The whole family came for the baptism of Hermanita Amanda.  It was a great service and there was a lot of people there so we really enjoyed it.  It was also awesome cuz Elder Brown and I were able to baptize together, haha.  We were so pumped and are going to keep working and looking for more people to help. 

CLASSIC
Classic foto haha when were put as companions at changes, haha.


BOOK-SMARTS
I feel like some people maybe know more then I do in the scriptures but I feel like it's not all book-smarts, the gospel that is.  We have to have a testimony or what is the point and we have to understand what the scriptures say cuz lots of times the scriptures are misinterpreted, but that's why we got to ask God. 

FROSTED FLAKES
Frosted Flakes, they'reeeeee grrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaattttt for champions, hahaha JK. 



ADVENTURE
We have been running all over the place trying to help the Zone out so that's always an adventure, haha. I'm learning lots of stuff everyday. Love you all.

Les Amo
Elder Sweat


SURPRISE
The paparazzi took a surprise foto and we weren't ready, hahaha.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April 16, 2017---GYM BUDDY, HOLY WEEK, "YES! WE STILL BELIEVE"

April 16, 2017


GYM BUDDY
It's (Villa Nueva) a lot different then Patzicia. There is almost no typico (typical) clothing like corte (cut) here so I'm trying to get used to that, haha.  Being companions with Elder Brown is great.  We always keep ourselves pumped and stuff and that's great.  And I now have a gym buddy.

We have a sister that is going to get baptized this week.

HOLY WEEK
Well I totally forgot it was Easter.  They do Semana Santa (Holy Week) here but I didn't even think about Easter, haha.  I guess I was lost in the work, hahaha, JK, JK.



"YES!  WE STILL BELIEVE"
Something that happened was that we had a sister that we taught once that the next time we came she had like a talk prepared for us to try and disprove everything we taught and believed.  It was funny and comforting when she asked us at the and if we still believed and without stuttering Elder Brown and I both said, "Yes."  Her face was like, IDK, a look of surprise and awe cuz she wanted to convince us with a bunch of scriptures and stuff.  But when she was talking I just held onto my feelings and experiences I've had through the gospel.  I'm very grateful for these experiences and for the gospel. We have to keep a strong testimony and strengthen it always.

#trickstertuesday
Les Amo
Elder Sweat

April 12, 2017---NEW COMPANION:ELDER BROWN, NEW AREA:VILLA NUEVA, NEW PHOTO:GREAT FRIENDS

April 12, 2017



NEW COMPANION---ELDER BROWN
Yeah, this week was pretty good.  I'm super excited cuz I'm now companions with Elder Brown.  He was the 1st person I talked to in the airport on the way to Guatemala.  It's a blast and we have a bunch of goals and stuff and are going to work hard to find miracles.



NEW AREA---VILLA NUEVA
So I'm now in Villa Nueva somewhat close to my 1st area but a different zone. I 'm in the capital.   I'm now in a place that is pretty warm so that is a nice change but now I'm sick because of the change of climate, haha, a little bit of a cold but it's a blessing.  

Les Amo
Elder Sweat


NEW PHOTO: GREAT FRIENDS


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

APRIL 4, 2017---NOT READY, A BETTER HOMBRE, TIME IS RUNNING, HAIRCUT BY COMPANION, I KNOW MY MUSCLE WILL GROW AGAIN, LAKE ATITLAN

April 4, 2017




NOT READY
He (our investigator we have been teaching) is doing well and still doesn't feel ready to get baptized, but poco poco. 




A BETTER HOMBRE
Well one thing that I'm really learning is the atonement to apply it more in my life. It's easy to get down on yourself when there is not a lot of progress in the moment but it's like you said, "builds character."  I'm really learning about things that I need to change to be a better missionary and hombre (man). 





TIME IS RUNNING
The conference was great and I learned a lot, got answers to my questions, and received lots of revelation. General Conference always passes by faster and faster and time just goes running.  

Les Amo
Elder Sweat

HAIRCUT BY COMPANION





I KNOW MY MUSCLE WILL GROW AGAIN
Si ya se que no tengo musculo pero voy a crecer otra vez (If I already know that I have muscle but I'll grow again). 


LAKE ATITLAN
Lago Atitlan con la zonita (Lake Atitlan with the Zone).



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

March 28, 2017---SERVICIO, WHAT I LACK, SUPPOSEDLY VERY HEALTHY, HELP HIM GET MORE BLESSINGS

March 28, 2017

SERVICIO
















WHAT I LACK
It's been pretty rough here in our area. It feels like not a lot of people want to listen to us but that is part of life and we just have to keep going and plowing on. This change I have been learning a lot. It's been a change less successful then others but I am really learning a lot about myself and learning how I need to be better and what I lack to be a verdadero discipulo de Jesucristo (true disciple of Jesus Christ). 


SUPPOSEDLY VERY HEALTHY
agua viene de este palo supuestamente es bien saludable...(Water comes from this stick is supposedly very healthy ...)




HELP HIM GET MORE BLESSINGS
We have one hermano that is great.  His wife is member but he isn't.  He has been going to church for a couple of weeks but it's all really new to him so we are trying to help him and explain everything to help him get more blessings. 

Les Amo
Elder Sweat

March 21, 2017---#NO FILTER, #ALL BLACK AND WHITE PARTY, WORKING HARD TO FIND THE LORD'S SHEEP, TACKLE AT THE MEGA PACA, THE ZONE-RETRO

 MARCH 21, 2017

#NO FILTER
#igot6jobsidontgettired#nofilter haha



#ALL BLACK AND WHITE PARTY
My companion and I a week or two ago haha.  #allblackinaallwhiteparty





WORKING HARD TO FIND THE LORD'S SHEEP
Elder Santos and I are looking for new ways to find people here in our area.  We are doing well.  We are working with two men that their wives are members but they are not.  We are trying to animarles (encourage) and get them gong to church and receiving a answer that this is all true.  I will be working hard to find the ovejas del señor (Lord's sheep.)

Les Amo
Elder Sweat

TACKLE AT THE MEGAPACA
P.S.  Funny story.  We were in a Megapaca which is kind of like D.I. (a second hand store) and Pres y Hma Markham entered and scared my companion silently and I had my back turned a couple feet away but my natural instinct, idk, from football or what, I turned around in time to see Pres Markham coming to tackle me, haha!  It was a surprise!   We got to talk with them for a couple of minutes and meet some family of theirs.

THE ZONE-RETRO

La mala noticia es que el tiempo vuela.... (The bad news is that time flies...)La buena es que tu eres el Piloto (The good thing is that you are the Pilot).