Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Another Week in Toto!

Hey Everybody! 
Happy holidays and I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas! Christmas time here in the mission wasnt anything like it is at home, but I have never spent a christmas so close to the Savior. I just want to tell you guys that I know that this is the true church, heck if I didn't know that I sure would have come home by now. Missionary work isnt easy, but its worth every hard moment. I encourage you all to do something this week to strengthen your own testimony. Help to build someone elses testimony or just do something that you know is right. Remember when we serve others we are only in the Service of our God!

I miss you all. Make right choices and do something each day that you know you should do. :)

Love you all,

Elder McLain

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

ELDER SANTA CLAUS: The Adventures continue in ToTo.

Hello Everybody! I don't have much time to write an email today but I just wanted to say Merry Christmas and I hope that you all enjoy this week and remember the true meaning of Christmas! I love and miss every single one of you! Remember how much our Heavenly Father loves us. He has given us His Son so that we can all have eternal life if we only choose to accept this gift. 

Love you all!

Elder McLain

From Austin, “Yeah we are singing in the central park here in Toto as a zone so I only have a little bit of time to write.”

Austin was also Santa at the ward Christmas party. I sure love that boy <3

Santa and his reindeer. Got to love Missionaries!

Who knew dressing up as Santa was part of the mission experience? :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Earthquakes in Toto and Working Hard!

Hey everybody! 

I hope everything is going just fabulous and that you are all enjoying this wonderful time of year!

This last week was pretty good here in the mission. Ive been learning a lot with this opportunity to train a new missionary. Ive had to take a lot of the responsibility and honestly I was really scared to be training, but so far Ive seen that when we put our trust in the Lord we are able to fulfill our callings. We just have to do it his way, not our way. 

As for our investigators right now. We don't have too many whom are positive but we have been meeting new people every day and there are bound to be some prepared people whom we run into in these upcoming weeks. We challenged our investigator to baptism this last week, Carlos, and he told us he would be baptized. However, he is waiting for God to tell him what day he should do it. So we are going to be working with that over the next week or so.

I felt my first real earthquake! It was pretty weird. Sunday morning at 6:11 AM I was woken up by my bed shaking vigorously. It was pretty sketch! I kinda screamed because I didn't know what was going on. That lasted about a minute. Then later that day I was studying, and my comp had gone to take a nap..... when the whole house started shaking! It was the weirdest thing that Ive ever felt. So I got up and ran to the door. And just waited it out. It ended up waking my comp up as well which I guess was Gods way of telling him he shouldnt be napping. :) But the one in the morning was a 5.7, and the one in the afternoon was a lot stronger, however I don't know what the rating was.

Good news is that I have now lived through 2 earthquakes.

Alright everybody! Have a wonderful week.

Love Elder McLain

Hello Everybody!

This last week went really good! We met a bunch of new investigators and spent a ton of time contacting and talking with the people here about Christmas! Which is extremely difficult because half of the people here are Evangelico, and believe that celebrating Christmas is a sin.... and the other half of the people are Catholics who don’t want anything to do with us. But, regardless, we met some, Good news we ended up having 6 investigators come to church! That's the most that I have had in the mission! But, besides that the week was pretty normal. Nothing special really. We did meet a family of 13 who are all super positive! So we will be working with them over the next few weeks. But everybody, I know that this is the true gospel, that Joseph Smith really did restore the gospel in its fulness to the earth again, and that today we have a living prophet here on the earth. I want you all to know that I love you so very much and i miss you, however I know also that this is where I am supposed to be and even though it may be difficult, it's worth every hard moment.
have a fantastic week and try to do something nice for somebody else this coming week,

Con amor,

Elder Mclain
Totonicapan. Beautiful!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Training & Thanksgiving

Hello Everybody!!!! Long time no see. Well only 4 months... But yeah long time. I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving definitely wasn't the same here but we did get to eat Thanksgiving dinner with the Stake President and his family. Now would I consider it a thanksgiving dinner if I was at home no, but it was still good. I'll include some pictures of what we ate.

Well I began training this last Tuesday! My new comp. is Elder Monzalvo from Mexico! He's really awesome and I can tell that he wants to be a really successful missionary! We have been working hard since he got here and I'm really confident that we are going to have success in the coming weeks. We had something pretty cool happen. We have an investigator named Lesli, and we were walking up to her house to visit her, and the path to get there is really small and there is only one. We started up the path and these two dogs came out all angry and I'll be honest I thought I was going to die. We couldn't get past them.. So we kind of backed up and just waited. Meanwhile a man came out of one of the houses because he had heard the dogs and got them out of our way and all, then invited us into his house. Turns out that he had a dream that we were going to come and visit him. And when he heard the dogs he had a strong feeling to go outside... Well he is a member who hasn't been active in about a year. But I guess he has really strong desires to put his life back in order, and he is already doing just that. He came to church with us this Sunday. I don't know, I thought that it was a pretty cool story to share with you all. So we will be working with him more now and hopefully he will become active again.

Something else really cool happened last Friday. I was with the Zone leaders in a place called Noaholah which is about an hour and a half from our area. We had to go up there to do a baptisimal interview on our way back from the training meeting. After the interview we were waiting for a bus on the side of the road, and or a car. We really were just waiting for anything. I finally saw a car coming so I waved at it and surprisingly it stopped. We walked over to the window and learned that it was Elder Ochoa, the President or first counselor I'm not sure of all of Central America. So... Haha we went back with him to Cuatro Caminos, and he just talked with us the whole time. He basically just told us that when we have problems and aren't baptizing or aren't having success, we can't blame it on the problem, we have to do our part and overcome the problems that we have. It really was an awesome experience that I can't explain over email... But I feel like a lot of times we have problems in our lives that we like to use as excuses for not doing what's right. But really we need to look at the problem, address it and do our best to overcome it.

Well everybody. I hope you have a wonderful week. Love you all.

Elder McLain

P.S. go check out this video. 

He is the gift
Basketball on P-days. 

Elder McLain's Thanksgiving dinner. 

Thanksgiving with the Stake President and family.