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.
Time flies when you're having fun!! I'm going to finish strong. We have two hermanitas (sisters) that can be baptized this week so if you guys could, please pray for them.
Well, I've been learning that Joy is Jesus Christ and also about pride and humility. We gave entrenamiento de Zona (training in the area) and it will be the last, ha and I gave my testimony and everything. We are going to be working hard so we can help as many people as we can.
I'm happy and agradecido (grateful) that I've been able to serve here with our hermanos (brothers) de Guatemala. It has been such a special opportunity for me and I've learned so much here. I've learned to know my Savior more than I ever have before. I've learned countless lessons from my companions, my leaders, the people here and from everywhere, ha. I know that this is the true church here on the earth. If we want to find joy and have a familia eternal (eternal family) that we really can lograrlo (achieve) if we rely on Jesus Christ and put our faith into action.
I invite all if they haven't to go to church and see for themselves and pay attention to what they feel not what the members say or do, cuz the church is perfect, but the people aren't. That's why they are there. We have to remember that we can change everyday if we want to. It's hard but possible.
I've come to love one scripture and it's Alma 26:12:
"Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever."
We need to give glory to where it's due...for our talents, logros, exitos, (achievements, successes), everything we have because of Him. God has given me the chance to be here and learn so much and help many people. I know it has happened because He has permitted it and has helped me to keep going. I'm not saying I haven't worked hard, hahaha, cuz I have. But I know I wouldn't have been able to see so many miracles in my time here if it wasn't for Him.
I love my Savior. I know Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that hoy dia (today's day) we have a living prophet that speaks to God with 12 apostles that are witnesses of Jesus Christ.
Amo la mision (I love the mission). It's the best thing in the world. I invite all who are debating whether to go on a mission or not, to go, cuz that's what God wants and that's what will bring the most blessings in our vidas (lives) and in our family's lives, too. I share this small testimony, in the name of our older brother, Jesus Christ, Amen.
Zona villa nueva y otras zonas de la capital (new villa area and other areas of the capital).
LEAVE IT ALL OUT ON THE FIELD This week was pretty good. We are working hard to help the Zone and the people in our area to progress. I feel almost like at the end you feel or realize what you need to change, but it's like finishing, so just got to lay it all out here---leave it all out on the field.
WHAT MORE CAN I DO?
I feel like the love for the people goes up and down cuz of rejection and stuff but I've been trying to get to the point where if I'm rejected I am nice to them and leave them an invitation, so in a future day, when they are ready, they will listen. It's hard to always have love but that's something I have definitely felt and have. The Church is definitely growing. I need to keep asking the Lord what more I can do.
My super cool rain poncho that is for looks, not for protection, ha ha.
SHOUT OUT TO CALI GRADE SCHOOL EARTHQUAKE TRAINING Ha, I bet it (hearing about the earthquake in Mexico last week) was a little of a scare. Everything is fine here not really any damage here, we all just felt it though. I just rushed elder Griffin down to the doorway, shout out to Cali earthquake training in like 2nd grade, ha ha ha. But we are all fine we just felt a lot of trembling for a couple of minutes.
LOOKING FOR MIRACLES AND WORKING HARD
This week was great cuz we have two sisters that are planning to get baptized this week. They are super great and excited. The Zone is getting better everyday; looking for miracles and working hard.
JESUS CHRIST IS JOY
It was super weird cuz I gave the taller (workshop) in the district meeting today. I did it on the talk by President Russell M. Nelson, "Joy and Spiritual Survival." I feel like it went well overall. I felt weird after cuz i realized it's the last time I'm going to give a district meeting taller (workshop). Makes me kind of sad, really. I'm glad I gave my last one on something that I think applies right now and in the future to try and help our missionaries and me have a better conversion and realize that Jesus Christ is Joy.
TIME IS FLYING
I know time is flying I'm just trying to enjoy every moment and have joy in it.
Thanks I love you all so much!
Antigua!!! Owling, etc.
Consejo de lideres con los viejos del CCM Distrito Lucas y ex companeros (Council leaders with old CCM District of Lucas and former teammates.)
August 29, 2017 IF YOU ARE NOT THE MOST TALENTED , THEN BE THE HARDEST WORKING This week was still pretty hard but you know there is something to learn from it. We received a reference of a man that wants to reactivate but his wife is not a member so you have to see the miracles that come for working hard. We were running all around teaching and knocking and etc. Sometimes it's easy to just give up and just stop working so hard when it goes tough but a thought came into my mind right now. Just think if Jesus would've given up??? Where would we be??? Not here, haha. We need to appreciate the Savior but also the desafios (challenges) that come. We need to work hard and keep going. It's like in football. You get a solid team that doesn't want to roll over. If you want to win you play till the last minute cuz everything that we do or don't do can affect the outcome of the game. My companion and I were talking about the mission and I told him about when I was playing football one year my coaches would say that if we are not going to be the most winning or talented team we are going to be the most fit and conditioned team. And so he would run us, ha ha. But we ended up having success. Elder Griffen and I decided if we are not going to be the best Zone that we are going to need to be the hardest working Zone, ha ha. We will see what happens, but I love the mission and I'm glad for the many things I learn everyday.
I hope the fam is all good.
The G. familia gave me a surprise bday cake and food. I thought we were going over to paint at there house but, naw, ha ha. Tan agradecido por ellos y sus amor y caridad que tienen. (So grateful for them and their love and charity they have.)
TO HAVE SUCCESS YOU HAVE TO OFFER SOMETHING OF YOURSELF Well, this week was a little hard like always, but a little extra, ha. We put a bunch of commitments and things we were going to change and it seemed like everything went for the worst and hit rock bottom. But like Elder Griffin is always saying, "It's just a prueba de la fe (test of faith) to see if we keep going or give up or go slack." I feel like God has been trying to teach me something. I've been in my areas for lots of time so I think he has been trying to get through my thick skull that I need to be patient and learn to not give up on my faith and to keep going which def applies after the mission, too. It's hard, but everything that's good in this life is hard to get. To have success you have to offer something of yourself.You have to leave your comfort zone to become like Jesus Christ. And as Elder Holland reminds us that the life of Jesus wasn't easy so why would we expect to get a free ride or not have problems and hardships. It's to strengthen us and make us become a more refined son or daughter of God. President Markham said, "Jesus is a refining fire. The closer we get, the more it hurts, but it burns off the unneeded things so we can be refined through and by Him." So, I figure that is what is happening right now and we just have to keep going so God can see our perseverance.
My testimony has grown. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. What I'm trying to do now and working on now is to have a better knowledge and love for the scriptures.
BAPTISM This week was great. We were able to baptize J. so that was awesome! He was super pumped. GIVING AND RECEIVING COMFORT The missionaries in the mission are all doing good now, since the passing of Sister Ortega. We gave blessings to those that needed it and talked or listened or brightened their day of others to keep us all going. Honestly, I don't know why our mission is so close-knit. I suppose it could be because of our callings as missionaries, or because we know the truth, or because of the Sprit. CHURCH IS FOR LEARNING AND EDIFICATION Well, right now we are still searching and we are teaching a man who when we taught the word of wisdom he was like, "Yeah, I know that's true." We are working to get him to recognize the importance of going to church and the people that go aren't perfect. He was a little irritated or surprised that so any people in the meeting were using their phones and not paying attention. He said we go to church to learn and be edified and so we explained that everybody is on their different level, spiritually. So just got to keep going and hope they can understand the importance to pay attention in the classes. FREE BUS RIDE Coolest thing this week was that Hermano S. was able to bless the sacrament and also received a calling to be the secretary in the Young Mens organization. Super awesome. He also gave us a free ride on the bus cuz he was the ayudante (assistant). He is such a great guy and so is his family. CHANGES We had changes and I'm going to be finishing my mission here in Villa Nueva with Elder Griffin. Sounds like everyone is doing great!
This week was pretty good. We are working hard to find more people to visit and teach and etc. We have some jovenes that can get baptized this week that have family that are members. Sergio got the priesthood!!! He had such a big smile on his face it was really special.
ARE WE ALLOWED TO BRING NONMEMBERS TO CHURCH?
The Familia J. were in a meeting cuz it was the 5th Sunday del mes. The bishop talked about visiting teaching and stuff. They asked us afterwards, in their house, if they are allowed to bring nonmembers to church, ha,ha. They were all like talking and saying we need to fill up the church and help more people feel happy and blessed. We went on a visit with them to visit a reference from them. It was so cool cuz we could feel the Spirit when they were talking and testifying. Super awesome experience.
I CAN'T QUIT
I cant quit especially cuz I got the Sweat name on my chest and Jesus' name too. Jesus never quit in the Garden of Gethsemane, so how can we quit. It's easy to quit cuz it's less painful, but we have to push ourselves to the limits and thats what I'm working on doing. Got to make the most of it with such little time left, ha.
THE PLAN OF GOD KEEPS US GOING This week was a little wack and hard. As you might have heard, there was a sister missionary in our mission that passed away this week so that kind of threw things off a little. But we know the plan of God so we just got to keep going. TRUST IN THE SPIRIT AND EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE IN THE END The J. family did not get baptized this week for a couple of reasons, but we are planning on helping this week. So keep them in you prayers, please. Always follow your 1st impressions which sometimes is hard but we got to get better at it every time. I'm def learning how to recognize the Spirit and that is something I love. Just trust in the Spirit and everything will be fine in the end.
Elder Griffin, my companion, told me a great quote, "Finish the mission how you want to start the rest of our life" I got to go hard with what I have left.
This week we were walking and a bunch of dogs tried attacking us but we just kind of kicked them away cuz I was on the phone. Afterwards, another dog went after us and we entered a house after kicking at it a little bit. We got out and I told Elder Griffin that we were going the same way that we came...I wanted to get at the dog, ha, ha. So I walk towards him and then pick up speed and start sprinting at it. The dog got so scared and just started to try and escape but couldn't and I just chased him down the road ha, ha, ha. ha...so funny. Surprisingly I kept up with him, too, ha,ha,ha, ha. Got to enjoy life a little and enjoy the mission to get your heart beating a little ha, ha, ha.
LA ZONA VILLA NUEVA!!!
Mormon missionary electrocuted by live wire in Guatemala
SALT LAKE CITY — A Mormon missionary serving in Guatemala died on Saturday after she was electrocuted by a live wire, a church spokesman said Sunday morning.
"It is with great sadness that we share news of the death of a young missionary. Sister Heidi Andrea Ortega Huber, age 22, died yesterday after she came in contact with a live electrical wire," said Eric Hawkins, a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in a prepared statement. "Despite attempts by missionaries and first responders to resuscitate her, Sister Ortega passed away."
Ortega was from the Santiago Chile Independencia Stake and has been serving in the Guatemala Guatemala City Central Mission since April 2016.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of Sister Ortega as they mourn her passing," he said, "and we pray they will be given comfort during this difficult time."
In early June, the LDS Church conducted an online survey of its 62,000 young adult, full-time missionaries around the world to learn more about their personal-safety risks.
The survey asked missionaries to share their experiences regarding any past assaults, robberies, attacks, threats, sexual assaults or sexual harassments during their day-to-day operations and in their assigned proselyting areas.
Missionary residences were also a part of the query, with questions on door locks, window coverings, smoke or fire alarms, carbon monoxide monitors and the general safety of the residential area.
The Missionary Department in Salt Lake City and presidents of the faith's 422 missions around the world regularly update missionaries about risks, from counsel about avoiding dangerous areas to protecting themselves from virus-carrying mosquitos.
Young Mormons serving missions generally are safer than other young adults their age, according to international and church statistics.
July 25, 2017 SERVICE IS THE KEY There are so many miracles when we trust in God. The hard thing is actually putting our trust in Him and taking that step of faith. Service is the key, ha, the law of consecration. TRIAL OF FAITH This week was a trial of fe (faith). We worked super hard and were trying to be more obedient, diligent, focused--- everything. At church we did not see the results of our labors or what we were expecting. It was a little hard cuz we have been going hard and doing everything to get better, but sometimes the Lord has other plans for us. Cuz we have the faith sufficient to see miracles but sometimes we don't have the faith to accept God's will. I read that in a Liahona. We had some converts come that haven't come in a while, so that was awesome. Also la familia J. is super pumped and said they want to go visiting with us and share the happiness and spirit they have now, so that really made my week to hear that. We are in the process of helping Hermano S. get the priesthood, so that's exciting. KEEP ON CHUGGING We just have to keep going. Sometimes I ask myself if I'm really doing everything right and if I'm really converted, etc. The thing is, we just need to keep on chugging and going on and keep changing. The gospel is to help people change. And I'm so grateful that I've seen changes in my life and in others lives through the gospel. It's a special opportunity. Anyone that wants to experience joy should go on a mission, and, if you can't, be a missionary where you are cuz that really brings joy to our hearts, but also to our Padre Celestial (Celestial father) .
Hope the fam is great!
P.S. I'm trying to get a little workout routine going on so we will see what happens ha, ha, ha.
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.