Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hard Week

President Cluff,

This week has been hard to say the least, but we are in the lucha every day. I know there is a reason for the things that have happened this past week and today. I know that the Lord has a plan for each and every one of us that leads to happiness we can not imagine. I know the Lord knows me and my deseos y desafios. I love this gospel and the happiness it has brought my family and me. I know you received an email from my mom this week. My cousin is going home today from the CCM. My heart breaks for him, but I know it is for the best if the CCM president says he needs to recover. I know that the sadness we feel is only for a moment and that it is a way we can recognize when we are truly happy. I love the mission. I love the happiness that I have felt as I have shared the gospel and served the people of Guatemala. This time is as great as a time to seguir adelante and serve. The best thing to do right now is forget ourselves and serve. I know that you and all the mission presidents are called of God. I know you want the best for us and receive revelation for us. Thank you for all that you do for us. Thank you for coming to Guatemala and bringing your family too. We love you all dearly. Thank you.

More Miracles in El Tejar

Buenas!

I love being a missionary here, especially in El Tejar. There are so many miracles here in our area. I know that the Lord has put my companion and I together in this area for a reason.

Our zone baptized 10 people this past Saturday in our Noche Blanca. We now have 2 new conversos in our area. We were all so happy and the spirit was so strong. I know there are people waiting to know the truth and all we have to do is act our part. I really do love putting Christ´s name over my heart everyday and everyone sees His name and not my own. Honestly, I love being Hermana Tibbits.

Read 1 Nephi 10:19 (:

I love you all!

con amor,
Hermana Tibbits

Baptisms and fun times together (:






Thursday, July 27, 2017

Milagros Exist

Buenas! Well I have never been happier. I honestly love sharing the gospel. Our zone is going to have a noche blanca this Saturday. We only had possibilities for this Saturday. We now have a baptism this Saturday!! Also Bienvenido Elder Thompson a Guatemala!!

Miracle:

Maria went to church this past Sunday. My companion and I after the sacrament meeting pulled her aside to have a lesson with her. We had an amazing lesson with her about how we can change our lives and be better. We then asked her what would keep her from being baptized and she said nothing. We asked her when she would be willing to be baptized and she replied when you two can prepare my baptism. She will be baptized this Saturday and we all are super excited. We asked her the other night if she is ready for Saturday and she replied for my baptism? Sí!

I also got sent to the office yesterday to go learn how to give a shot and will give an Hna, in my zone, 3 shots in the next 2 weeks. (videos and photos to follow next week) Everyone jokes that I am going to be the next nurse.

Everything is possible. There is no room for faith if we have fear or doubts in our hearts. There are blessings waiting for us and all we have to do is act in faith.

Read 1 Nephi 7:12 (:

con amor,
Hna Tibbits



Hna Tibbits

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

6 Months

Well, I have hit my 6 month mark, which is super crazy. I love being a missionary and I absolutely love Guatemala.

What I learned/did in 6 months:

1. how to eat and walk fast
2. how to eat stuff I don´t want to (shrimp, bolik)
3. how to wake up before 6:30 AM
4. how to run home at 9:25 PM
5. how to go house looking and move houses without the Army
6. loved the people
7. loved serving the people
8. rode in the most crowded buses
9. had cambios de emergencia
10. loved being a missionary

I love this gospel.

con amor,
Hna Tibbits










Tuesday, July 11, 2017

El Tejar week 2

This week flew by.. This week we have been really busy. We had zone conference to get to know our new President and his family. My companion and I have been looking for a new house and went house looking with the Zone Leaders... We finally found a house and we move in tomorrow. We saw a lot of miracles for the sacrifices we were making. Something I have learned in the mission is that miracles really do exist. All we have to do is live worthy to receive them and recognize them. We went to Solola to play soccer with 3 other zones. Our zone had shirts made and were definitely the most matchy zone there. It was a lot of fun, and I got to see Hna DeRosier.

1 Nephi 16:29 ¨... Y así vemos que por pequeños medios el Señor puede realizar grandes cosas.¨

I know without a doubt that through our faith and diligence we can find miracles. I know that the hand of God is in our lives always. We just have to look for it. I know that Jesus Christ lives and loves every one of us.

Have a good week! I love you all!

Con amor,
Hna Tibbits

1. A volcano that is very much active (from our porch)
2. Companions.
3. What do the hnas do while the Elders play soccer?
4. A lot of missionaries in one bus.




















Monday, July 10, 2017

El TEJAR

Buenas! I am doing great here in El Tejar, Chimal. I love the mountains, but not the super steep hills (that kill mine and my companion's knees) and the cold. We are getting to the area relatively fast. We are basically opening an area, because my companion was only in El Tejar for one week and then her companion broke her foot so we don't know many members and conversos. She is from Puebla, Mexico. We honestly have so much fun together working hard to baptize every week. DON CHICO (Francisco) was baptized this Sunday. It was a miracle. I am happy and honestly love being a missionary.

I love you all!

Con amor,
Hna Tibbits

We went to Panajachel and took a lot of pictures... And the baptism of Don Chico!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Cambios de Emergencia!

Well, I left my beloved capital and Ribera del Rio for the mountains again in Chimal El Tejar. I think it might be a good thing, because I spent more time in the hospitals in the mission Guatemala City South than I did in my area. I will miss it a lot though and the learning experiences I got from being companions with the nurse. Also, our beloved President and his wife leave this week. We have our last conference and interviews with them this past week.. I might have cried a little. I am so grateful for what they have taught me in the past 5 months of my mission. I know that the Atonement is real and personal. The Atonement can change our lives if we just humble ourselves and let it. I love being a missionary.

I would encourage you all to read D&C 100:5-8! The Lord uses us as His instruments to help and bless lives. We do not have to worry about what we are going to say or do. All we have to do is follow the Spirit.

Love you all!
con amor,
Hna Tibbits

1. Ribera del Rio



2. Pte Markham and Hna Markham


Also, we found a cool rope bridge over a big river with a lot of fog yesterday with the Secretaries.




Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Email to mom..

Momma momma momma. Te extraño mucho. That is crazy. Everyone is too young to be getting married!!!
My companion is the normal missionary age. She is 22. She is a convert to the church. I love her. She is so funny and we get along really well. I was talking with one of the Elders in my old district (he had a Dr appt.) He is from Guatemala and speaks Spanish and another dialect. He is learning English. He asked me how it was going with my new companion and I said good, we are like best friends and then he asked if we talked in English or Spanish. We almost always talk in Spanish or Spanglish. We do go to the office at least once a week. Ribera del Rio is really small, but we also go to the hospital a lot during the week. I love it though. I am really happy to be here! Hna DeRosier is in my district! How is the family?  I also like the dress Shelby is wearing. Do you think you could hook me up? 😉 How does it honestly feel to be a missionary mom? I hope you know how much I love and appreciate you. I hope the family is great. I love you all so much and pray for you all often. Also, I never know when I am going to write, because we never know when we're going to go to the hospital. Really, I Love you all. I am currently writing you on our smartphone and it's a little difficult and weird for me. Write you sometime next week.
Hey, I have to go. Love you lots!!!





Wednesday, June 14, 2017

New Companion, New Area, New Adventure


Buenas!!
After almost 4 months in my beloved Patzicia, I got transferred. I am now in Ribera del Rio in the capital. My new compañera is Hna Carroll, the nurse of the mission. It's so different, but it's a good different. I love it here already. The area is a lot smaller and hotter than my area before, but I will get used to it.   A lot has happened this week.. There were hard days and there were good days.

8 Junio..
We had reunion de distrito today. After we had entrevistas with the Zone Leaders. Elder Alvarez and I talked a lot about my calling to be senior companion. I know the Lord called me to this mission for a reason. I know I have the companion I have now for a reason. I know I have been given this calling for a reason. This week I am going to focus on service and how I can really share the light of Christ.

9 Junio..
This was one of the hard days. Hna Glenda died in a car accident. She was one of the members I got along with really well and I was teaching her English. This life isn't easy and isn't meant to be easy. We are here to learn and to grow. We are here to be perfected in Christ. What are we doing now to prepare to meet God? We need to cherish every moment we have and every person we meet.

10 Junio..
Today, we went to Monte to plant trees with the familia Per. By the end, I had a lot of dirt on my face, but my heart was happy to serve. Also, panchas (tamales made out of potatoes) son bien ricos.

11 Junio..
The Elders called and I am being transferred. I enjoyed my time with Hna Argueta for 3 weeks. I learned a lot and hope I became a little better as a missionary.

12 Junio..
I am going to the Capital, Ribera del Rio! I said goodbye to various miembros and my heart hurt a little. Patzicia definitely has a special part of my heart. One of the members gave me a traditional shirt for my corte.

con amor,
Hna Tibbits

Planting Trees and one photo from our PDay in Antigua (missing one Hna and one Elder).




 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Elder Renlund


Buenos!!

I am doing great and loving life here in Patzicia. I love the people here. I don't want to leave. So I forgot my agenda with what I wanted to say about this week and I don't have a lot of time. Yesterday, we had a conference with Elder Renlund of the 12 and 2 other missions. (mission South and mission East) It went really well.

Elder Renlund had three main points:
1. Thanks for the service of the missionaries
2. We are called by the power and authority of God to the places we serve (Off the mission as well).
The missions we have been assigned to are for a reason.
   -God guides the decisions we make with the spirit.
   -We are all children of God but to be a joint heirs with Jesus Christ and recieve all that our Heavenly Father has for us we need to repent and be baptised.
3. The leaders that we have are called to there callings by this same power and authority... by sacred revelation and they are called to receive revelation for us. They are perfect for us at this time.

1. Hna DeRosier and I at the conference with Elder Renlund.




2. Hna Brand and I at Zone Conference.
3. Our new zone