Thursday, December 22, 2011


December 19th

Hola familia!

I can{t even believe that it is Christmas this week! Where has the time gone. Pure craziness! I hope yall arent partying to hard without me!

So this week was pretty amazing as usual. You remember how we are teaching a lady name Mari (the one who has cancer)? Well we invited her to be baptised on the 22nd and she said YES! Only problem is, is that she got a fight with her loser husband and ran out of town. So we are trying to find her. I hope it actually goes through. That would be the most wonderful Christmas present for me AND for her! She is awesome. I think she is really looking for comfort through this horrible trial that shes going through. She doesnt have any close family and her husband spends all his time drunk in the street and with prostitutes. Very sad.

There is another guy that we found on a bus a while ago (Reny) I cant remember if I told you about him or not. But anyways. This week we were teaching him about baptism and he after the lesson before we had even invited him to be baptised he said..."I just have one can I be baptised as soon as possible. I will be baptised today or tomorrow if youll let me. I just know that everything you have said is true and ever since I have listened to you guys, everything in my life has been going better". Excuse me what? That most definitely has never happened to me before. hahaha The weird thing is, is that he has listened to missionaries for YEARS and has never progressed. That just gives me hope that some of the people that I have taught that have never gotten baptised will get baptised with other missionaries. The only problem is, his work wont let him take off Sundays so he cant go to church. So he cant get baptised. But we are praying that he will find a way to be able to go.

So the reason why I am emailing so late today is because we had our mission Christmas party today in Reu at Xetulul. It was pretty fun. It was in a super fancy theatre. I cant remember if I told you or not but President asked me to sing for the talent show there. So I said yes of course. So I sang "where are you christmas". It was pretty fun. But here is the real kicker. A few days ago, the Pres saw a show there in Xetulul. And the lady that was performing was lowered down on this fancy chair with christmas lights on it. So he thought that it would be the best idea in the world to have me start singing and be lowered down on this platform. I of course refused and made up every single excuse in the book for why I couldnt do it but he would not take no for an answer. He laughed and said "oh my little daughter, you dont have a choice". HA! So yeah.....I pulled a Lady gaga and got lowered down on a platform while singing in front of about 200 19-21 year old boys. Yeah, that would happened to me. I was horrified but I did it will pride. And of course the President was verrrrry pleased. haha The Elders were very nice for me and cheering a ton. Although, they started yelling stuff and making kissing sounds and stuff and the Pres got FURIOUS and stood up after the song and said "do you want to be sent home?" Oh dear. Quite the drama. It was quite the experience. But it was fun to be able to see a bunch of my friends in the mission. Oh and dont worry, he definitely played the Alstons home for Christmas CD at the party. haha

Anyways, I think those are the most exciting things that happened to me this week. Sorry I dont have pictures. I forgot my camera cords but dont worry, I will send some next week. I am going to be sending some Christmas stuff for you guys but it will probably arrive SUUUUPER late! Like the end of January. haha But its the thought that counts right?

Well I hope you have a wonderful week and a VERY MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS! Ill talk to you in 6 days! LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU SOOOO MUCH!

Love, Hermana Kami Alyse Alston

Monday, December 12, 2011

December 12

Hey fam! I can{t believe how much fun the pictures of the Christmas party looked! I thought I told you to not have any fun without me? BETRAYERS! Its ok, I forgive you.

So a lot of exciting stuff happened this week. The cultural event for the dedication of the temple was Saturday. I hope you guys watched it and recorded it on BYU-tv. It was so fun to see all of the people in my old areas dancing and in my ward right now. We had some recent converts that were dancing in it too which was so fun. We didnt get to go but we watched it on television in the stake center here. I am pretty much famous cause I did the hair of some girls in our ward and they were on national television so that is my claim to fame! haha Then yesterday was the dedication of the temple. It was super good. President Uchtdorf came to do it. We got to go to all three sessions (at the stake center of course). I am kind of sad though, its over! So fast! All of the temple festivities are over! I am sooo glad that I just happened to be here at just the right time and got to see all of it. Something I will never forget!

One lady in our ward (that always helps us sooo much and finds us investigators) randomly got picked to be one of the people who got to be in the temple for the dedication. So on Sunday when she found out that she was going to be able to go, she called me over SOOOO EXCITED and took me aside and just pulled out her ticket to go to the temple. And I squealed and said "how did you get so lucky?!" and she said "its not luck Hermana!" and just burst into tears. She said that it was a blessing from God for helping us with missionary work. So sweet. I have never seen anyone so excited in my life.

So we are teaching this one lady that went to the temple. She said that she felt something so amazing there and that she wanted to get baptised. So we were planning her baptism for 2 days ago and we went there to confirm all the plans and everything and she was drunk. Waa! We were so sad! She had told us earlier that she likes to socially drink but that it wasnt a problem. Apparently that was a lie. But we are still working with her and we are hoping she will get baptised, just a liiiittle bit later.

Oh yeah, I gave President the family Christmas CDs that you sent and you would not even believe his reaction. I left the CD in the office and the next day, he called me and said "hey, who is this?" and when I said Hna Alston, he just started BLASTING the music into the phone. So loud. He let like the whole song play and they ranted and raved for like 10 minutes, no joke about how proud he was that I am in HIS mission and that our family has this amazing talent and how he wants all of you to come pick me up so he can meet you in person how he wants all of our signatures and he wants more CDs. And he wants a DVD of us singing too. He googles us and he has an obsession with Sarah{s voice. He wants to meet her especially. haha He thinks we are celebreties. So dont worry mom, the gift was DEFINITELY appreciated!!!!

Other news of the week....I got lice. No joke. My head was really itchy for like 3 days so I finally had my comp check my head to see if I had them and she was like screaming and like hitting my head and saying "They{re HUUUUUGE!!!! THERE ARE SOO MANY!!!!!!!!!!" hahahahaha You can only imagine my panic. We then ran to the pharmacy, got some de licing shampoo and spent the rest of the night getting the little suckers out of my hair and disinfecting the entire house. WHY DOES EVERYTHING HAPPEN TO ME!!! When the sisters in my zone found out they were just making fun of me. They said "you are so funny cause youre the mission nurse, youre supposed to be healthy but everything happens to you...lice, parasite, dog attack. I really am so lucky.

Also, I was talking to a man this week and he asked me how old I was and I told him 22 and he almost fell over dead out of shock. He said "people nowadays are getting married when they are 12. you are soooooooo old. You already passed your chance to get married. What is your problem?!" He was dead serious might I add. I told him that I didnt know why but that no one wanted to marry me!! hahaha Its probably cause I have lice.

Anyways, thats all my news for the week. But as always thank you for your support and love. I miss you and love yall sooooo much! Dont worry about me over here. I am perfectly safe, happy and having the time of my life! LOVE YOU!

Love, Hermana Kami Alyse Alston

Doing Makeovers

Oh just some friends

Happy December!

December 5th

Hello family!! Happy December! I am sooooo excited that it is December. 1) Because its my favorite month of the year. well one of them. 2) Because its the month of CHRISTMAS! and 3) Cause I get to talk to you guys on the phone this month. I am so excited that I could just die.

So this week was sooooo uneventful. NOTHING exciting happened. I didnt even take one picture to send you or anything. Sorry I am so lame. I spent most of the week doing nursing stuff because it just so happens that EVERY single Elder in the mission is sick. Its insane. They all get sick at the same time. But the thing is, is usually they call me with just like a cold or cause they stubbed their toe or something like that. But this week everyone called me with very serious problems. A few elders have serious knee problems, someone had to go to the hospital for an allergic reaction that they had to a medication, some had to go to the hospital cause they couldnt stop throwing up.... and the list goes on and on. The most intense thing that happened was this Elder that had to go to the hospital cause he had a bad infection in his intestines. So they treated that but it turns out that the infection spread to his heart and kind of did a number on it. Everything is better now and he is out of the hospital but it was scary there for a while. I was in constant communication with the doctor and cardiologist that was taking care of him. It was a little intimidating. Especially medical lingo in Spanish but I actually surprised myself cause I understood everything.

As far as investigators go, 2 of the people who went to the temple, have a baptismal date. But they havent been to church yet so we are waiting for that. And its hard because this next Sunday is the Xela temple dedication and there wont be any church so that will set us back a bit. But it will all work out. Oliverio went to church again. But we couldnt get his wife to go because she has been super sick.

But anyways, thats all I have got for you this week. I love you all soooo ridiculously much! Thank you for writing me and being so supportive! MISS YOU! Remember not to have any fun without me!!!!

Love, Hermana Kami Alyse Alston

November 28th

Hello fam!

I hope you all had a little bit of a horrible thanksgiving without me! Ok, ok, i really hope you had a good one. We didnt really do much for our thanksgiving. We went and worked at the temple and then we went and bought some potatoes and things to make a feast. Well it turns out that none of the ingredients here are the same so it turned out pretty disgusting. But it was ok but im pretty sure that I have parasites again and had absolutely 0 desire to eat anything. I tried to shove some potatoes down my throat and we managed to get a "pie" from McDonalds but it was really an empanada. And that was the extent of my Thanksgiving. But thats ok, there{s always next year right? haha We did get together as a zone the next day though and watched Toy Story 2 and ate Taco Bell so that was a pretty good time I guess. haha

As far as investigators go, we are contacting people like crazy that went to the temple. We have apts with all of them this week. One lady showed up at church alone. So we went and started talking to her and it turns out that on Saturday, she went to the temple by herself. And she told us that just in the introductory video, she started crying and felt something really bonito so she decided to come to church. She said, "dont worry, Ill be coming every week now. I love it!" haha We were very pleased. We also had 2 other investigators at church. One of them, named Mari, has a really sad story. She has breast cancer and is pretty much dying. She has 2 little kids and is getting chemotherapy. She doesnt have hair or anything. But she is awesome and has so much faith and is really positive so we are excited about that. The other one that was there is named Oliver. About 2 months ago, he got shot while he was walking in the street and has been recovering in his house for like 3 months and hasnt left since. He said he was way to scared to leave the house so he couldnt go to church with us. But after a lot of convincing, HE CAME! We were shocked. And he even brought a pamphlet that we had given him of the restoration of the gospel. He doesnt even know how to read but he had it clutched in his hand the whole day. So cute. Now our goal is to get his family to go next week!

So you would not believe what happened to us a few days ago. We were walking down the street, minding our own business and some guy was driving by in his car and said "ADIOS" and threw a rock at us. But like a big one. And HARD! It hit Hna Hidalgo right in the head. Poor thing. She just BURST into tears. And couldnt stop crying for a very long time....until I bought her an ice cream cone and then she was very content. Oh the things that happen to us as missionaries.

Somethign else funny that happened. We were on the bus on our way to Xela. And the guy that was taking money for the bus ride was charging everyone like 5 Quetz more than it should have cost. So I just payed him of course, trying not to cause problems. But he caused the biggest riot. Everyone on the bus was screaming and a few men stood up and they were fighting! Like, actually fist fighting for quite a while. And the whole bus got involved. It was hilarious. I was just enjoying the entertainment. haha I love my life.

As far as Nursing stuff goes. Last night I got a call from our ZLs and it turns out that they were playing around and an Elders hand got slammed in a door. But super bad. I had to go to their house at like 930 at night. It turns out that the whole top of his finger pretty much wasnt connected and he didnt have a nail. I just cleaned it up and he had to go to the hospital for stitches. The president called and was livid. Not at me of course but at the Elders for being dumb.

Well i think thats all the news I have for you right now. But I love you tons. Have a wonderful week!!

Love, Hermana Kami Alyse Alston

Some girls in our ward about to dance! }

Dont even know.

Zone thanksgiving feast.

Our thanksgiving.

Our thanksgiving feast....I was a little ill and did not feel like eating.

Mission friends. Hna Nelson left me. waa!

The baptisms that I never sent you the pictures for.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21st

Hello my dear family. first and foremost, I would like to appologize for my horrible punctuation and lack of enthusiasm in this email. Only about one half of the keys are broken on this keyboard. Including the exclamation point key which is my main form of punctuation.

second, Happy Thanksgiving. I will be working at the temple on thanksgiving but our zone will be doing something fun to celebrate on friday I think. I will be thinking about you all a ton. dont forget to record all the singing for me. I will miss that a lot. It is so weird to me that this is my second Thanksgiving on the mission. What in the? The time passes sooo ridiculously fast.

This week was pretty wonderful and very crazy. We worked at the temple a lot. all the sisters here in Mazate had to take a bus to Reu first and spend the night there in a huge empty house with just a bunch of matresses on the floor with all of the Hermanas so we could all go up to Xela together. so it was pretty much a party.But then after working at the temple, we would get back to our areas, work for a few hours and then have to do everything over again. so this week was VERY tiring. The temple was awesome as usual. It is so fun to hear everyones comments about the temple. I hear that the mission is already having baptisms from the people who went. Maria Gloria, one of our recent converts went with her daughter and when they got back we asked them how it was. she said, It was the weirdest thing, my heart started racing really fast and I started crying. It was something that I have never felt before. Things like that just strengthen my testimony so much. and heres why. Maria Gloria has 0 education. Most of the time she is very confused. she cannot read and Im pretty sure she does not understand half of what we teach her. But she felt the spirit. THaT she can do. Its things like that that help me understand that I too feel the spirit. Its not something that I make up in my head. I am not brainwashed because I was raised in the church. I have felt the spirit just like Maria Gloria described testifying to me of so many things. I love my job.

Other good news, we had 3 baptisms on friday. Their names are julia, mirza and rai. They are all siblings. I felt so blessed after these baptisms because when we first started teaching them, they did not want anything to do with the church and straight up said, I hate your church. and when we asked what they didnt like about it, they said everything. But we promised them that if they prayed, read the book of mormon and went to church, that they would change their minds. We didnt think that they would actually do it but they started reading at a ridiculously fast rate, prayed and went to church and the temple open house. after church, we challenged them to be baptised for the 1 millionth time and they said yes so fast. They said that they felt really really good at church and shared an awesome testimony with us. Their parents also want to get baptised but the husband has to get divorced first from his other wife and get married to the mom. They have been together like 20 years but have never gotten married. The mom, Maria, is amazing. she has sUCH a strong testimony. at the baptism of the kids,she was just crying the entire time. she wants to get baptised so bad and is going to the temple again. she says she never wants to leave there. hehe The only problem is, is that you have to wait 6 months to get married again after you get divorced so I wont be here for the baptism. sad.

I sang again this week for stake conference and there were so many people I almost peed my pants. It was a nightmare. But I got asked to sing again in another activity in december. Bless these peoples hearts. They just dont ever hear special musical numbers or anything so they think that anything is like the best thing they have ever heard. little do they know that it is very mediocre.

Changes are coming up on Wednesday but President already told me that I dont have them. I am very pleased cause I am VERY close to the ward members and my neighbors and everyone here and they all wanted us to stay for Christmas so that we could celebrate together. I am very excited for that. But my mother, Hna Nelson is going home so I am rather sad. And my know, Hna Roney. haha

Well I am out of time but since it is almost Thanksgiving and all I just wanted to say how thankful I am for all of you. You all support me a ridiculous ammount and are what keep me going every day. THANK YOU!!! I LOVE YOU ALL!

Love, Hermana Kami Alyse Alston

p.s. Dont have any fun without me on Thanksgiving.

Working at the temple
Our group of Hermanas that went

Staying the night in Reu with everyone before the temple

Xela scenery

I couldnt get a picture with them cause I was to chicken but Hna Roney wasnt. These are typical Guatemalan clothes. LOVE IT!

Monday, November 21, 2011

November 14, 2011

Hello family!!!!

Wow, I have so much to tell you guys in so little time. Ill try to fit everything in. So on Saturday, we got to go to the temple just to go to the open house. It was sooooo fun and beautiful! I was inside the temple and looking around and I realized that all of the women that were guiding us were wearing typical mayan clothes and looked sooooo indian and awesome and it just hit me! All of these people are lamanites! And I am inside a temple in the land of the lamanites! Awesomeness. We get to go tomorrow and Thursday to work there all day too. I am so excited!

Our ward also went and we had two huge buses full of nonmembers that the ward members invited. One man brought 44 people. Craziness! We were there at the church to welcome the buses back and we got to talk to people about there experience there. Everyone said the same things. So many people said..."I just cannot describe the peace and happiness that I felt in there. Its like nothing I have ever felt before. Its a very sacred place". It is so true! And I am so glad that other people could feel it too. It was crazy. The second the bus drove up to the temple and we were on the temple grounds, the spirit just hit me sooo strong. And the second I stepped off of the temple grounds, I didnt feel it anymore. It really is such a blessing we have to have temples!!!

We also invited a bunch of our investigators to go to the temple. We went to visit them yesterday to see how they felt there. And one of our investigators (Maria) started crying. She said pretty much the same thing as the other lady. And she said that she couldnt describe the feeling that she felt there. She now is getting baptised this weekend with her 3 kids. While we were there she was telling her kids, "I will not give you my blessing if you get married in any other place but that temple." haha! She{s not even a member yet! I love it. Another investigator we have named Erlin went. His whole family is are members (wife and kids) but he has been waiting to get baptised (like 15 years). When he got back, he was all teary eyed and said that his favorite part was the last room (celestial room) and that he never wanted to leave it. He said, "my wife has always wanted to get married to me in the temple and now I understand why and I want to too."

As you can tell, a lot of miracles that have happened because of the temple. And Im sure there are many more to come. All of these people tesimonies of temples is strengthening my testimony of temples so much! They are not even members of the church and they can feel it.

So the trip to Xela is like 2 hours long and on our way driving there, the President was in the car behind us and he called me and told me something super scary. He said that where we were driving, it is completely prohibited for missionaries to be there. He said that there are lots of indians there and they are still caught up in their old traditions and that they do witchcraft and sacrafice animals and people! He said that 15 years ago, there were two misionaries there and they got a hold of them and killed them! Missionaries will never be allowed there again. Scary huh? Also, he said that they still stone people in the streets if they commit adultery and such. Creepy!

Well other than that, nothing to interesting happened to us. The crazy lady in the street that always touches us now lives on our street (on the sidewalk, she is homeless) but the people on our street keep giving her food. Every time she sees us, she runs up to us and punches us and then runs away. We found out that she is a lesbian. That would explain all the touching. But our neighbor told her that if she ever touches us again, he will beat her up. So she doensn{t really bug us that much anymore.

Another random thing that happened is yesterday I slipped in a drunk mans throw up on the street. YUMMM!! Sundays are always the best! haha

Well I ran out of things to say but I love you and miss you all tons and tons! Have a fantastic week!!!

Love, Hermana Kami Alyse Alston

I taught my comp how to carve a pumpkin. When we put a candle in it and turned off the lights, she squealed and almost died out of pure joy.

Chicken feet. Yummmm!

Making tamales with chicken feet and chicken heads. Yeah, that is the neck and head of the chicken on the right.

Our brilliant landlord decided to put a huge wooden cabinent in our already TINY bathroom so now we have to squish our legs up like that when we go to the bathroom. Typical Guatemala. Just doesnt make any sense.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Nov 7th Happy November


Well this week was indeed better than the last. We are still not having much luck with finding new investigators but that it going to change very soon, I know it!

So I dont know if I have mentioned anything about this or not but the temple in Quetzaltenango (Xela) just got finished being built and the open house for it is starting this week. So we have been working with the wards here a ton and inspiring all of the members to get a list of people that they are planning on bringing. So everyone has a sheet of paper and they have to put a list of names of people that they invited and they have to pay for the bus there and their food. That has been very difficult considering the fact that NOBODY has any money but the Bishop held a meeting and macheted all the people in the ward and said..."NOW is the time for sacrifice!! The Lord is asking us to use this opportunity to share the gospel and we need to be willing." So everyone is frantically doing fundraisers and paying all of the money that they can muster up to invite people. One lady in the ward has invited 20 people. Awesome!! So anyways, I just think that we are going to have a ton of success in finding people who want to learn about the gospel because everyone is going to feel the spirit super strong in the temple and know that it is special. Im so excited!!

Other exciting news about that....the President told us this week that all the Hermanas in the mission get to go and work in the temple for the open house 3 different times. I am soooooo excited I could just die!! We are going to be the ones that are in the snack area after the tour that are going to be answering questions. Fun huh?! Yesterday I got to go to Xela for the first time because we had a training meeting with Elder Martino (the area 70) about what our job will be there. It was really neat. We got to see the temple and a video about the history of the church here in Guatemala. There will also be tours certain days where they will have it in different "tongues" they call them (different dialects). We also will get the chance to go up there to go through the open house ourselves with the other missionaries in our zone. Im so excited!! It is freezing in Xela. QUITE the difference from here.

Something really funny happened to us this week. So we were walking and dying of the heat one day so we decided to sit down on the sidewalk in the shade for a second and this drunk man walks up to us. He is from Argentina and INSISTED that I was from Argentina as well. He would not believe me when I said no. He was on his way back from the store from buying sardines. And he gave us his huge can or sardines. hahaha He said " its not much but I want to give you something to thank you for being women. Women are just so amazing." And as he started talking about this, he almost started crying. Poor drunk people, they act so ridiculous. They should be embarrased.

This week we had a multi zone conference (like 60 missionaries) and the President and Hna Maravilla. I was asked to sing a solo. I was so dang nervous but you should have seen the President after. He was soooo proud. He got up to the pulpit and talked about it for like 3 minutes and asked me to please start preparing right now to sing 3 more special musical numbers at Christmas time. Oh dear. Why me? haha He is super proud of us for our baptisms this month and he used us to machete all of the other missionaries. He said, "if the mission nurse can baptise so many people, you all have absolutely no excuses!!" He talked about how I have so many other responsiblities and I still baptise. At least 5 minutes. I was sooo emarrased. haha

Well family, my time is up BUT I love you all tons and tons and tons. Thank you for your letters and emails and support. HAVE A WONDERFUL NOVEMBER!!!

Love, Hermana Kami Alyse Alston

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Happy Halloween

Hi family! Happy Halloween! I am so excited its Halloween. To bad nobody knows what it is here but thats ok. I taught my comp what it is and we are going to party. We are both wearing orange and black and we are going to carve pumpkins tonight. The only problem is, the pumpkins here are a weird green color. Not very festive but better than nothing!

Well I am going to 100 percent honest. This week was kindof horrible. Me and my comp were both very discouraged the whole week. The problem is, all of our investigators got baptised and now we have NOTHING! We had some investigators that we thought were super positive but we had to drop all of them this week. We didnt have any investigators at church either which is always a huge bummer. But thats ok cause we planned out this week really well and we are going to rock it! So as far as investigators, I dont have a whole lot of news for you. Except that Alex got the Priesthood and passed the sacrament to us yesterday. That was VERY happy.

I am getting quite sick of people lying to us. It is just the culture here, people think its ok to lie. All the time. I dont feel bad saying that cause the President always tells us that. But I just hear lies all day long and Im getting really bored of it. It doesnt help that I was kindof in a bad mood this week because I called EVERYONE out on their lies. I didnt let anyone get away with anything. But maybe it will make them think twice next time before they lie. haha

I think the reason why I was in a mad mood is because the rain stopped. Completely. It hasnt rained the whole week. It has been soooooo sunny and SOOOOOOOO dang hot its ridiculous!! And you know how I get cranky in the heat. haha Our house is like an oven too. It is like 1000 degrees hotter in there AND my fan broke. AND the water went out. AND we were unable to buy pure water. It was kind of a disaster but definitely an adventure. We got real creative. We also ran out of money because its a long month. And we had zero food in the house. Luckily, all of the people here are soooooo humble and nice and everyone gives us food so we ate a feast every day. haha

Last Pday, all of the Hermanas in the zone went to my Bishops house and his teenage daughter put "braids" in our hair. Im not quite sure why they call them braids cause they arent really. But basically, you get this thread type stuff and wrap it around your hair and put beads at the end. Lots of people have them here, and Ive been wanting one for a long time so we finally got one! I thought that it would be against mission rules so I asked Hna Maravilla if I could get one and she said "yeah! Why not!". I must have forgotten that I am in Guatemala and anything goes! haha

As far as nursing goes, I have been traveling to all the houses here in Mazate to inspect all of the houses. Its been kinda fun to see all the different houses and different areas. I also have to go through the missionaries Ipods and MP3 players and such to make sure that they dont have any other music besides church music. And if it can play videos, I have to take it away! ahh! Luckily I havent had to take anything yet. I dont want to. Everyone is going to hate me! haha

Well, I think that is about all the news this week. Sorry that I complained a lot. Next week will be better, promise! I love you all oh so much! Have a very happy Halloween! Talk to you next Monday!

Love, Hermana Kami Alyse Alston

We didnt have water for a while (in the fuacet or pure water) so this is what I bathed with. Our water just happened to go out the hotest day that we have had in forever. That bowl that is sitting there was half full and I bathed with just that. That is pure talent if you ask me!

Getting our braids at my Bishops house.

Us with out braids (oh have I mentioned that my BFF is in my zone now? Yeah...Hna Roney. haha)

More braid pics. hehe

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Otober 24

Well hello there my dearest family!

Ok, I know I say this every week but I swear it was the best week yet. haha ALEXANDER GOT BAPTISED!! You know, the guy who was a scary looking punk and then completely changed his life around and is preparing for a mission? Yeah, him. He is my favorite. I heart him! We had some more awesome lessons with him. And he told us..."I dont know why, but I think God chose me to change my life. I just want to walk in the path to God and go on a mission. I just feel so happy in the church and I know that this path is the one that will bring me happiness. Hanging out with my friends and doing stupid stuff isnt going to make me happy." Then we asked him if he told his friends about his baptism and he told us that he hasnt talked to them cause he decided that they are a bad influence on him. He is doing all of this on his own. We are not even pushing him. Then to close with the lesson, we asked him if he could say the closing prayer and it was so sweet. He thanked God for sending us to help him to follow Jesus and he said "the hermanitas touched my heart and now I am excited and ready to follow Christ." See why I am so happy? I love seeing such a change in people. He also has a ton of support from the ward so Im pretty sure that they will make sure that he never falls away. Have I mentioned that I love being a missionary? As always though, the day of baptisms, something bad always happens. On our way to the chapel for the baptism, we were with Alexander in a tuc tuc and it broke down THREE TIMES! Then after the driver fixed the problem after the 3rd time breaking down, I thought we were good to go. WRONG! The cops pulled us over. Really? Cops dont do anything here. There are NO traffic rules and people do whatever they want. It was Satan trying to ruin the baptism, Im sure of it. haha

Something else really funny happened this week. We were visiting this inactive member at his house, and let me just tell you, he is the oddest person that I have ever met. He is like 50 years old, has a mustach and is VERY odd. But one of the first things he does when we get in his house is show us pictures of all his ex girlfriends. They were all beautiful and really 18 years old. Of course we didnt really believe him but we werent sure. Maybe it was true. But THEN he pulls out this picture in a frame. And before he shows it to us, he says "this is my favorite girlfriend I ever had. She was young (18 years old) but we were really in love. Unfortunately, she was coming to visit me here in Guatemala and the plane that she was on crashed into the ocean and she died." Then he flipped the picture around and you would never guess who it was....are you ready?!?! AMANDA BYNES!!!! bahahahaha! You know, the actress? It was a picture of him with his arm awkwardly up to the side and a picture of Amanda Bynes obviously cropped in there. hahahahaha" I was dying. What did he think? That I had never seen a movie with Amanda Bynes in it? haha Me and my comp laugh about that at least 3 times a day.

Dont worry, my health is good. I dont have any more parasites...I dont think. The only weird thing that is happening to me is that my skin is falling off in random places and it forms scabs. I have no idea what it is. Also, our house is disgusting. There is mold on EVERYTHING! Our pictures, our food, the walls, my bed, and heres the worst part....its growing on all of our clothes. And not the clothes that are just sitting there...the ones I wear ever day. Its ridiculous. Im no doctor, but I dont think that is healthy.

Well, we are getting kicked off the computer but I love you all tons. Thanks for EVERYTHING and for being super supportive! Hasta Lunes!

Love, Hermana Kami Alyse Alston

Crazy tin bridge over a river that we had to cross to get to an investigators house. I thought I was gonna die.

my comp stole my camera....shes gonna kill me for this one.

1 year mark celebration with some Elders that came in to the mission with me. They are a little jealous that I only have 6 months left and they still have a year to go. haha

1 year celebration....some Elders in my zone.

Alexanders baptism

All ready to recieve the Priesthood. You would not believe how different he looks. Ill try to send you a before picture next week.

Monday, October 17, 2011

October 17th

Well hello there my dearest family! I hope this email finds you all doing very well. I guess a bunch of parents are calling the mission lately cause there is stuff on the news about natural disasters in Guatemala and such. Is that true? Im a little out of the loop ya know?

This week has been very interesting. Apparently there is a huricane in Mexico and we are getting the affects of it here. It has been raining THE ENTIRE WEEEEEEEK!! Every day. All day. Its crazy. We couldnt even go to the big transfers meeting in Reu because nobody could get there. All of the rivers here overflowed and there wasnt passage anywhere. We tried to go and got stuck in San Felipe the whole day. Most boring day of my life. I feel bad for a lot of people here though cause their houses are being washed away from all the water. Or the rivers. We live in the city so we havent seen any effects over there. It is sooooooo humid though. Everything is wet from the humidity. All of my clothes are drenched and my sheets feel like I just pulled them out of the washing machine. Not very cozy to crawl into at night. But the good news is, it has been rather delightful weather. Not hot at all. Imagine that.

So I have another cool experience that happened this week. There is this punk teen (named Alexander) that pretty much lives in the street. He doesnt have parents or anything. He is always skating or break dancing in the street and never has a shirt on and is always using a hat. Oh and his hair is super super long. So we starting talking to him last week in the street and we invited him to church (thinking that he would never come of course). I had totally forgotten that we invited him. But guess who showed up at church? Yup! Him! He didnt change his clothes at all. He wore his skater shoes, hat and all. But he stayed for all three meetings and when we talked to him he said he felt really good and church and wanted to come every week for the rest of his life. ha! Wow! He also said that he felt uncomfortable with his hair long and dressed like that. But we put an apt with him for two days later. Well when we went for our apt. He was wearing a formal shirt, jeans, no hat and his hair was cut short. What the? We challenged him to be baptized and he is getting baptized this Saturday. He keeps on talking about a mission and says he is going to start preparing now cause he reeeeeally wants to go on one. Cutest thing ever huh? Ill send you a before and after picture of him when I have one.

We are still teaching Carolina and she is progressing nicely. The only problem is, she is graduating from school at the end of this month and claims she cant go to church until that ends. Ill keep you up updated.

So there are 2 other Elders in the Zone that came in with me. E. Taufui and E. Crone. They are completing a year with me too this week so we decided to celebrate today. We bought a cake and soda and had a little party with the zone. The Elders are a little jealous that I dont have that much time left and they still have a whole year to go. baha I cant believe I have a year. I am so old and wise huh?

People keep telling me how good my Spanish and accent are this week. That makes me happy. I think it helps having a latina comp. Either that or they are just trying to make me feel good. haha In answer to your questions, no I never speak in english. Unless its pday with the other elders or on the phone with sick elders. I think in Spanish the majority of the time. And I dream in both. Spanish if my dream is with the people here but if I dream about home, I dream in English. No, I dont hate it. I officially dont mine talking in Spanish all the time. Its not really hard for me anymore so its not a burden.

Well I am completely out of things to say. I dont think anything life shattering happened to me this week. I love you all soooo dang much! Have a fantastic week! Que Dios les bendiga siempre!

Love, Hermana Kami Alyse Alston

Pretty volcano from the bus

These are called pacas. AKA the mall here in Guatemala. There are gagillions of them. This is where I buy my clothes. All the clothes that you guys give away, come here to us!

And this is the inside.
All decked out for the rain and "cold"

October 10

Hey fam!!!!

I hope yall had a WONDERFUL week because I had the best week ever! As usual. haha But this week, I swear was one of the best. You wanna know why? Because Maria Gloria and her family got baptised!!!! Woohoo!!! Finally! The ones who got baptised are Maria Gloria, Angela, Darling, Abdulia y Areli. They were so happy. So we have been teaching them pretty much the whole time we{ve been here and they said they want to get baptised but they just wanted more and more time. They wanted to prepare more first cause they kept not feeling like they were ready. But finally, we just decided on wednesday that we were going to go to their house and challenge them to get baptised on SUNDAY! We planned our lesson and made lots of visuals and everything. Well it turns out that it was an AWESOME lesson. We were explaining the blessings of baptism and we bore a simple testimony about it when I looked down at all 5 of them sharing a seat on their hammick and I saw 10 huge teary eyes staring at us. I had never seen them pay such close attention. But they were all feeling the spirit so strong and were crying. Right then, they all agreed to be baptised. That night, the spirit was so strong you could have cut it with a knife and my testimony grew so much about how special and important baptism is. I am sooo glad that I get to invite people every day to come unto Christ and be baptised.

You would not believe how stressful it is to get a baptism together though. Oh goodness. Satan was working so hard so that these people would not get baptised. We didnt have any water in our church so we had to go to a different building to do it. We woke up at like 5 in the morning to get everything ready. Something funny that happened was our ward mission leaders first time baptising anyone and he messed up like 500000000000000 times. He had to dunk poor Maria Gloria in the water like 5 times. And each of her daughters too. Oh goodness. Afterwards, Maria Gloria was laughing and said..."I must have had a ton of sins! I am baptised GOOD!" haha We really wanted to have Hno Chij baptise them though cause he is the one that found them and gave them a ride to church every sunday and everything. They really wouldnt have gotten baptised if it wasnt for him. There is no way that we would have found them cause they live in the middle of the jungle. We could not do anything without the awesome members here helping us! Please help the poor missionaries in your area! Give them references or whatever you can! ha

Well changes are coming again this week but I dont have them. We told the President that we are in love with Mazate and never want to leave and that made him really happy. haha So we get to stay here! Yay! Oh and something very random for you. I got a new phone this week and it is a fancy touch phone and I feel soooooo wordly. Its very strange. I dont know what Im going to do when I get back and have an iPhone, and a computer and all. Oh dear! Culture shock!

Nothing terribly scary happened to me this week. 2 drunk men attacked me. And when I saw attacked, I mean cornered me and were begging me to take them to eat. I actually got a little scared this time but apparently I am very intimidating because I gave them a threatening face and pushed me way through them and they ran away talking about how I was SO mad. Im so tough. haha

Well I can{t think of anything else exciting that happened to me this week so there you go. But I love you all sooo much! Keep the emails and letters coming. Have a great week!

Love, Kami Alyse Alston

Kids day celebration at the church. i have never seen so many kids in my life! Is kids day a holiday in the states? I dont think so. But its huge here.

Maria Gloria, Angela, Darling, Abdulia and Areli. And Hno Chij (our ward laeder, who baptised them)

I swear they were very happy, people just dont smile for pictures here. haha

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

October 3rd

Hey family! Well sorry it took me sooo long to write today. I had to go to Reu to a meeting with Hna and Pres Maravilla and the Doctor over Central America and all the mission Presidents and nurses in Central America. It was on Skype of course. But that took pretty much all day and now my Pday is gone. I didnt even get one. Oh well. I guess I will live.

Congratulations Lindsey! I can{t believe you are a mommy! That freaks me out! I am soooo happy for you though! I wish I could be there with all my heart and soul! Just to give you guys a big hug and then come back. haha I love you sis!

This week once again went by ridiculously fast and I forgot to write down what I wanted to tell you all about during the week so I will do the best I can to remember but don{t judge me if my email is boring ok? Yes, we did get to watch conference and I LOVED IT SO MUCH! Its amazing how much I was looking forward to it! And how fast it came and went. I also felt like I was connected to the good ol US of A a little bit and was thinking of yall watching it at the same time. Fun! I loved Presidents Uchtdorf talk in the Sunday morning session I think it was. He is always my favorite speaker. The best part of conference though was that SEVEN of our investigators came to it! Woohoo!! We were so thrilled! We have a lot of possible baptisms coming up this month but nothing is set in stone yet.

So cool story. one day we were looking for the house of a contact that we had contacted earlier in the week (that we never actually found) when we met Carolina. She is a single mom of 2 and is so amazing! We asked her for directions and she immediately started asking questions about the church. So we taught her right then and there and she started just pouring out her heart to us and telling us that she just feels so alone and like something in her life is missing and shes finally ready to find what that thing is. She said that she was just watching TV and all of the sudden got a big desire to go outside. She said it was weird cause she never just goes and sits outside but that she decided to. Then right then, we walked up and started talking to her. She said "I dont know if its coincidence or not but I want to hear what you have to say". So we taught her about the restoration of the gospel and she said a beautiful prayer in the end. Our second lesson with her she said that everything in her life was going better since we visited her and that maybe that was Gods answer to her prayer that this church is true. She came to conference and we have another apt with her in an hour. Im excited to see what happens with that!

The only other exciting this that happened this week is....I ATE IGUANA! So we have these friends in the ward and when we went to go visit their house for the first time, they were cooking an iguana on their grill. A HUGE, WHOLE iguana. So they live in the middle of the pure jungle. It is awesome! And right on the river. And they love to hunt and they hunt iguanas and other very strange animals that i have never heard of. Including Parrots. Sad. But anyways, they showed me pictures and these things are HUGE! They look more like aligators. I guess there are tons around where they live. We also saw a ton of exotic looking birds while we were there just flying wild and they told me that they see otters in the river all the time. Who knew that there were otter living in the rivers in Guatemala...not me! Im glad I didnt know about all the creatures that lived in the river before I washed clothes in there. Yikes!

My other story I have for you is about another animal.....a TERRIBLE ONE! So as I was falling asleep one nght, I heard something fly by my head. But I just assumed it was a fly or something but then I heard it again and I was thinking "no, that is way bigger than a fly" but I ignored it cause I was soooooo exhausted and just wanted to sleep. (by the way, we always sleep with out door wide open. actually, we dont even close it during the day. we never close it) Anyways, you would not believe what I woke up worst nightmare. A moth. BUT this was no ordinary moth. It was the size of my head. I am not even overexagerating about this. I thought I was going to die. So I woke up my comp and we tried to get it out of the house but it just kept dive bombing my head and I thought I was going to die. So we both jump on my bed and start screaming bloody murder and trying to hit it. This went on for a good 2 minutes. Finally, it flew under the bed. So we immediately ran outside to get help from one of our neighbors. I thought I was going to have to knock on one of their doors to ask them to help. But dont worry. There were like 4 people waiting outside of our door because they thought one of us was getting murdered. hahaha! So our neighbor got it and took it out of the house for us. What a NIGHTMARE!!! You KNOW how much I hate moths. The latinos believe that big black moths are bad luck (of course) and that is means that youre going to die during the week so everyone has been telling me that we were going to die. Including my comp. She believes it with all her heart that its bad luck and that everything bad is going to happpen to us because of it.

Well fam, hope I didnt bore you but I love you more than life itself! Have a fantastic week!

Love, Hermana Kami Alyse Alston
This is the Iguana that we ate. Yummm!

This is the little girl in the family holding one of the Iguanas they shot. The iguanas that they hunt are HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE its ridiculous! Sorry its so blurry.

Typical Guatamalan clothes. She insisted that we tried them on. Most of the ladies here in Mazate use these clothes every day.

Funny sight I saw this morning walking down the street in the middle of the city. Only in Guatemala. haha

Monday, October 3, 2011

Sept 26th

Hey fam! I hope everything is going ok with you all. I recieved quite a bit of news this week with a new baby, rattlesnake bite, who knows what else?!?! Heaven help me. This week was exceptionally FAST and CRAZY! But not nearly as crazy as yours I dont think.

So first I will give you an update on our investigators. Maria Gloria is still progressing nicely. We had another setback with her daughters because they thought that they couldnt listen to music or dance or anything ever again after they got baptised. They also thought that they couldnt celebrate birthdays or anything cause thats what all the evangelicals believe here. SO thats why they didnt go to church. We of course explained to them that that was ok and that they could still listen to music and stuff so they came to church this week and they are gong to get baptised with Maria Gloria on the 8th of October. Its really hard to get them all to church at the same time though because they have soooo much to do at their house, they can never be gone at the same time. For example, Maria Gloria wouldnt let one of the daughters (Angela) go to church because she had to go fetch water from the river so that they would have water for lunch when they got back. They live in the middle of the jungle and work HARD just to survive. But they love going to church and Maria Gloria says that she is completely converted. She always tells us "Hermanas, dont worry about me, I am converted. I know that God has chosen me to be baptised in his church. You guys can worry about other people. You have other souls to save!" haha I love them so much. They all want to meet my family and they always talk about when you guys are going to visit them.

Ody. To be honest, Id rather not talk about it because I am still rather upset about that. To make a long story short, she is NOT getting baptised. She got in a fight with a member of the church and now she doesnt want anything to do with the church. We tried EVERYTHING but she says that her mind is unchangeable. Bummer that she made the decision to let an annoying member change her mind about her eternal salvation but what can you do?!

We did a whole lot of traveling this week. We went to San Fransisco (Guatemala, not USA, just thought I would clear that up), Tiquisate, and Reu. I think I am getting a little bored with riding in buses. But we have gotten a few new investigators from bus rides so I guess its ok.

Other interesting experiences we had. We went to do service with Maria Gloria and wash clothes in the river by their house. Oh my goodness. That is HARD work. We had like 3 huge buckets full of clothes and we had to get in the river and wash the clothes on rocks. I had the lovely experience of washing a diaper. (They use cloth for diapers here) It was rather enjoyable. We did that for like 4 hours! I dont know how they do that every week. Incredible! We also have been helping her make tortillas cause she sells them every day. We do them all by hand and I have to admit that I am becoming quite the pro. haha Don{t worry, I will make a lovely tortilla feast for yall when I get home.

Other funny thing. You remember the crazy lady that grabbed my butt and tried to rob me? Well we saw her again and she just walked up to me and slapped my butt! This lady needs help. Then she kept on trying to touch me again and I grabbed her hand and yelled at her. Then she kept on following us so I turned around and acted like I was going to hit her and she ran away as fast as she could. bahaha! Who knew I was so intimidating? Then a few days later, this drunk man was following us on the street. And we kept on changing sides of the street and walking and stopping, walking and stopping just to make sure that he was following us. And one time when we stopped and looked at him, he said "yeah! I AM following you. Call the police if you want!" The thing is with drunk men, is Im not scared of them at all. They are so wasted that I could tip them over with one finger. THAT is why you dont need to worry about me. I am WAY stronger then them.

Well I think that is all the news for the week. I had some other cool experiences with investigators but I dont want to bore you to tears. Maybe next week. I hope all the pictures and videos make the email more exciting. CONGRATULATIONS CHRISTI on the new baby! He is sooooo cute! And good luck, Lindsey! Ill be praying for you and thinking about you on the 29th. Be brave! I love you all tons! Thank you soooo much for your letters and love! Have a GREAT week! Hasta Lunes!

Love, Hermana Kami Alyse Alston
I think this qualifies me as an official guatemalan.

oh just the view to the side of the road while we were contacting. SOOOOOOOO pretty!
in case you cant tell, that is a BEAUTIFUL RIVER in the middle of the jungle.
heading to church with Maria Glorias family.

washing clothes in the river.

making tortillas with Maria Gloria to sell.

bus ride.....again!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sept 19th

Hey fam! So we have good news and bad news....Bad news is...I have a parasite. Giardia to be exact. BUT the good news is... I lost 7 pounds so Im pretty happy about it. haha

It all started last Monday when I had the worst stomach pains Ive ever experienced in my life. Like there were mini people inside of my intestines with knives cutting my insides to shreds. Then I developed explosive diarrhea. I learned this week that that is actually a medical term. Look up Giardia on google. Explosive diarrhea is one of the symtpoms (mom you dont have to put that detail on my blog if you think its to crude but I dont care). Then I started feeling feverish and was always cold. Which we all know if bizarr here. But we had a hard time leaving the house or anything because I pretty much lived in the bathroom. We would try to leave but we would have to come back like every 5 minutes. So I went to the lab and threw any pride I had out the door and got a stool sample. There were sooooo many people there and the bathroom is there right in front of everyone and you have to carry your (clear) poo cup allllll the way to the front to give to the person. Oh dear. Quite the experience.

So I discovered that if I just didnt eat or drink anything, I wouldnt have to go to the bathroom and I could go and work. So I just stopped eatting and drinking. But one night, we had an apt and I was soooooo thirsty so I took one little sip of water thinking....surely Ill be fine with just one gulp of water right.....NO! WROOOOONG! 2 seconds later we ended the lesson super fast and literally were RUNNING home at the speed of lightning. The only problem was....there was no the whole town. It was pitch black. And....I may have fallen in the sewer. Just one of my legs. But it ate all of my leg. It was horrible. Luckily it was so dark that no one could see me. Why does this stuff always happen to me? haha I love it. that Ive talked about my parasite for half of my email....I will tell you a little about my investigators. haha We have had a few setbacks with our investigators because we cant seem to get them to church so they couldnt get baptised. But this Sunday they FINALLY came! I was sooooo happy! Maria Gloria came and she said that she felt that she felt very content in church. ALSO! We found another family and they are pilas! I love them. They are super sweet. Its a mom and dad and 3 kids. They want to get baptised October 8th. They were just someone random on the street that we contacted but they just happened to be looking for a church to join.

To answer a few of your questions... I am still doing the Nursing stuff that I used to do. I answer phone calls all day and I still fill the first aid kits and travel to different zones to talk about health and what not. The only difference now, with the new doctor is I talk to Hna Maravilla every night on the phone. I just call her and give her a little update on who is sick and she puts in her advice and such. I actually like talking to her every night. The other night, I was on the phone with her and I heard the President in the background barking and meowing into the phone. haha! I love them. They{re great!

Well fam....I am drawing a blank. I have no idea what else happened to me this week. But I love you all tons and tons! Thanks for the prayers, letters and love! Youre the BEST!

Love, Hermana Alston

Us and Ody (the one with the orange shirt) She was the one that I told the cool story about last week. And the other girl is satan I think. She keeps inviting Ody to go to parties so she cant go to church. haha

Maria Glorias grandaughter. She ran into the house and changed and came out in "typical" clothes and said "Misses Alston.....will you take a picture of me?" In the sweetest little voice in the world. How could I resist?

Sept 12th

Wow this week was super super fast and crazy. We worked soooo hard this week. We would leave at 10 in the morning and not even come home for lunch or anything. We are on a roll and are both just super pumped to work really hard.

So I am going to start off by telling you a really cool experience that I had. So the rule in the mission is that we have to wake up super early and leave the house at 7 to go gather investigators up for church. But the thing was is that we didnt have ANYONE to bring to church cause it was our first week. So we were very tempted to just leave the house right before church cause we didnt want to just go walk around and do nothing. But I said, "naw, we should follow the rules and leave at 7 cause if we do that, we{ll be blessed and we{re gonna find someone who will get baptised." So we left the house at 7 AND I WAS RIGHT! haha On Sunday, we contacted this girl named Natalia. So we went to our apt with her and she is living with her Aunt. Her name is Ody and she is 19 years old. So we invited her to listen to. When we challenged them to be baptised, they said they didnt know because they were Catholic. But when we were leaving, Ody followed us out and asked if she could talk to us. She said, "I didnt want to say anything in there because my family is Catholic and they dont want me to change religions. But I dont believe in the Catholic church. I have been looking for another church and haven{t been able to find one that I believe in. But when you guys teach us, I feel something that I have never felt before that I cant explain. I felt like I was going to cry the whole time during your lesson but I held it in. I know that this is the church that I have been looking for and I want to get baptised." AHH!! We were soo happy. She is getting baptised the 24th of this month. It is so refreshing to hear when other people can feel the spirit too. Because sometimes we will feel it so strong but they dont feel a thing. She was definitely prepared by Heavenly Father and put into our path. I love my job.

So it has been pretty dang crazy lately. Yesterday was election day for President. So we went to church and everything like normal but the President said, if you feel like its dangerous outside just go back to your house. So we started working but every single business was shut down, NOBODY was in the streets or in their houses because everyone was gathered to vote. There were only some creepers in the street and everyone kept on telling us that we were crazy for being out and that we needed to go home. And one lady said, "Hey! you cant be out here. There are crazy men fighting with machetes, you need to go home and stay there." ha! So that was the end of it. We went home and stayed there for the rest of the day. I dont know what was going on outside but I heard an ambulance going off like every 5 minutes. People are crazy.

One other crazy thing that happened to us this week. We were walking to an apt at night downtown and this homeless, very scary looking WOMAN, yes woman comes up to me and starts touching me, like caressing me and asking me for money. So I give her a coin just to get her off my back and then she tries to rob me and take me very special earrings that Theresa sent me right out of the ears. Then my watch. I was a little angry at this point and grabbed her hand and said "DO NOT. Touch me." So she just laughed and said "Oh you dont want me to touch you? So I cant touch you here? (and touched my arm) or here? (and touched my stomach) or here? and grabbed my butt!!!!!! For the nerve!! I may have yelled at her a little bit and told her to go away. Luckily she obeyed and left us alone. Psycho!

Then we walked down the street a little furthur and a lady had just gotten shot! There were a billion people gathered around and a bunch of ambulance and such. Dont worry, we went to a members house and called one of the ward members to pick us up. Its also a huge bummer cause we cant work on Wednesday or Thursday because its independance day and we{re not aloud to leave. So we are stuck in the church with the zone. Just like semana santa. BORING! Oh well. Oh but please dont do crazy stuff like call the mission cause you{re worried about my safety or anything ok? I feel perfectly safe. We go home early at night and are tucked away in our house all night. The President would not have put us in our area if it was too dangerous. I thought about not telling you any of this stuff but then I would not have anything to write about! haha! Dont worry about me. I am perfectly safe and protected by angels! :)

Love you all tons and tons and tons and I pray for you every single night. Hope you have a GREAT week and Ill talk to you next monday!!

Love, Hermana Alston

The street that we live on in Mazatenango

The outside of our house

Our kitchen