Thursday, July 23, 2015


Okay so do I have stuff to tell you mom!
first of all I will get your questions don't worry, just not in this email because it takes me time to think and I don't have a lot of time HAHAHA.
Okay, news time! So first thing, we have changes this week, and GUESS WHAT?! I GOT CHANGED President called me on Saturday night and told me that I was being transferred, I didnt respond for like a minute, I was in shock and my jaw was opened, i couldn't believe, but he reaffirmed it was true. At the end of the conversation he said that I can pick up my jaw from the floor now, I told him I already did a little bit ago,we had a good laugh. But IM GOING BACK TO PETEN! to Santa Elena right next to San Benito, so I will get to see Hna Blanca again and my converts and do divisions in San Benito, I am super excited for that reason. but i was hoping to have more here in Coban because we have super pilas (awesome) investigators that I know will get baptized soon. I struggled with that, I feel like there were still things for me to do that I didn't finish my work here, or that I may not have done a sufficient job. I prayed and asked Heavenly Father if what I did was what he wanted, and this weekend people were talking to me and talking about planting the seed so that good fruit can grow We are here to teach and share the gospel and I have done that, I have planted the seed here in Coban and did all that I could so that here could progress. Hope to see the fruits of that labor smile emoticon I leave tomorrow for Peten and these past days I have been walking around like a chicken with its head cut off.
Okay so also about my weekend, There is a sister here in my area that I have already mentioned, Hna Estela, well we chatted and she says she knows Papa Chato and Tia Lolita and that my great grandpa is cousins with a family of hers (her dad i think she said) So we are FAMILY grin emoticon I sent a picture of her. She says she talks to lola regularly smile emoticon This was cool, I knew when i came here to Guatemala that I would find family, mira pues!! well that was my exciting news.
I am running out of time but I love you guys!!!!!
love YA!

We visited this museum

My Brothers might get a kick out of this guys name.

Bedtime snack "Pan con jamon"

Estela Alvarez Milian
I found this Sister, we are related!


Okay! I am ready to answer your questions! smile emoticon
First things first, I met the Elder whose family bought Alex's contract I think his name is Elder Hullinger I'm not sure I didn't really see his tag. But it was a coincidence because he is all the way in Polochic but he came down (for the doctors) and was here in Coban and I saw him.
Okay, so first question
Did you ever used the flea collars that Grandma sent for you? do they work? Is it necessary for missionaries to have them?
I have never used the flea collars so I do not know if they work or not. Is it necessary? well.... I have never really had problems, i have had pretty nice apartments and well on the streets I get bit, but that's just a matter of using bug repellent (I don't think the flea collar will fit me) hahaha J/K It also depends where one goes, the sisters are usually sent to pretty central places where it's not hard to have access to the stuff you need. But the Elders they get sent to wherever they can, to more risky places and especially if they get sent to Polochic they are pretty far off from normal civilization.
2. How many pairs of shoes should a sister missionary take? what are your favorite shoes to have?
In my case I have a lot....(I am my Mother's daughter) hahaha (thanks mom for buying them) I'm not going to say how many I have haha.... but every pair has lasted me and I have never bought any, the key? it's because I rotate between pairs (okay so like 5 pairs ( I rotate throughout the week, plus extra ones... still not going to say the total haha) so they don't get a lot of wear and tear up until now, but that's pretty good because it has been 11 months. The ones that I use a lot are the sketcher ones, the Toms (but they are not good for the rain obviously) and the bottom of the shoe comes off after awhile, but its an easy fix with super glue, which they do sell here the black oxford ones I have they actually have been comfy for me and last still going strong with those. To my surprise the black flats from forever 21 (remember those, the quilted looking ones?) are still in great
3. Rain boots, you can buy them here, but I don't know how they are, I really love mine, I don't regret bringing them, I think the ones from the states would be more comfy, I believe.
4. I do use my red rain flats (but i should have asked for a little bit bigger size, rub my feet a lot, but thats a personal issue, I really like them, but not when it's sunny because then your feet just sweat, but they do the job. (but this is for drizzle rain or when there are puddles or mud, not for down pours))
5. Water bottles with filters: I don't recomend wasting luggage space in bringing those, the mtc will give them to you (at least the one here in Guate) if the Provo mtc doesn't give them, doesn't matter they can still get them from the offices here.
6. Also DON'T WASTE SPACE WITH HAND SANITIZER not worth it, I still have the ones that I brought and I have hardly used them....(sorry mom) but I do use the ones that you gave me for Christmas from bath and body, they smell good haha. But don't bother in bringing that because you can get that here too.
7. Money: The 200 I brought and converted at the airport, was just enough for the whole ccm (if i remember correctly) They have an atm machine here in the ccm in guate, debit cards do work, i have never had a problem with my card. Now about moneygram or western union, I have no idea, so I couldnt really tell you about that...
okay so about my week: We did divisions and we traveled to Santa Cruz, but this time instead of just one of us staying and the other being in our own area we both stayed, to help fortify their area more. you will see in the pics, it was fun! We brought our own cots to sleep in and they are HEAVY!
This weekend we also had interviews with Presidente and Hermana Curtiss oh and with the assistants. It was a good time, but I feel we just had them, how time flies by. As I was talking with President, one of the Assistants came in and brought him a subway sandwich, President asked me if I had had lunch and offered half of his sandwich to me because he said he wasn't going to finish it all. But I politely declined because we had a lunch appointment with our member. But that was really nice of him, and I was kind of shocked a teeny bit that he would do that. I love my mission president, he is the best. I love his wife too, they just remind me so much of my parents (you guys) because one is Caucasian and the other is Guatemalan just like you guys smile emoticon makes me feel at home haha. The interviews went well, and im going to work hard to overcome my weaknesses and be better, things are off to a good start, I'm becoming more punctual! (can you believe that mom?! haha) Well on top of everything I've been feeling a bit frustrated with my area and how no one comes to church and all that (by the way thanks mom for sharing that, it was really helpful) So I'm just really trying to work on my patience and figure out what it is that Heavenly Father wants me to learn and just to move forward and work harder. But on Sunday we had an investigator at church! but not only that he is SUPER pilas! (awesome) he is neighbor of the Starkeys, the missionary couple, they brought him, But he came to church in a white shirt and tie, with dress pants and he was giving really good comments in all the classes, it was amazing, even up to the point where he said this was his house, that he felt at home and referred himself as part of the church! (his name is Jose Cote) It was the bomb! that was our miracle and it sparked more hope for me. And then we had a reference that we visited on Sunday her name is Delvia, she wanted the missionaries to come over to sing hymns to her because she is the land lady of the apartment of the other sisters (but it's in our area) it's crazy but yeah. So we sang to her, and shared a message, talked about the Book of Mormon and she told us that she treasures that book and has been asking Heavenly Father what is the right path for her to be on. So we just told her to be more specific and ask if the Book of Mormon is true she said she would do it! we are really excited for her! things are looking up now! Im really excited!
Well that was my week. I hope you guys enjoy your summer time, because it is going by fast! we are already in July! HOW CRAZY!
Take care!
Hermana Riley

Divisions in Santa Cruz

Our portable beds/cots

Beautiful Santa Cruz


Okay so about my week!
On tuesday we had Missionary Council mtg which was the meeting for the leaders of the mission (like ZL'S DL'S AP'S and us Hermana lideres) It was good, we learned about how we can be better leaders, what were our challenges and how we could overcome them, learned a lot, and then the best part is always afterwards we eat a delicious lunch! its the best. Then on miercoles (Wednesday) we went to Salama again to help the sister missionaries who were struggling a bit, we did a surprise visit and for lunch we had chinese food! but it was alright, i mean it's never the same as the U.S. or maybe I am use to the Americanized stuff and not the original but Guatemalan version of Chinese food is not original either hahaha . The surprise visit to the Sisters really helped out and I'm glad to see them happy and better, that's what I enjoy most with my calling is being able to see results from our visits, shows that we are actually helping haha. Thursday was a normal day of work (Proselyting) and on Friday we decided to explore the aldeas (small villages) we have because we feel like we might find some escogidos (chosen children of God) there, so we went to the furthest part of our area wichich is called tontem it's like 15 minutes away, and we taught a family in qeqchi (actually we showed them a video of the restoration (which is really old haha) and it is in qeqchi but the Lady told us in qeqchi that she had stuff to do that she didn't like the video and didn't want to watch anymore so we turned the dvd off, her kids enjoyed it but i don't know what happened to her. It was strange. After their house we went to go contact other people, but there were some very mean nasty dogs, they get so bravo (angry) and look like they are going to tear your flesh off, it makes me angry and I wish I had a tazer or a dart gun to shoot them (I am sorry I know that is not very Christlike) It's either go and share the gospel with the people and get rabies or leave them alone and be safe, it's tough, I feel sorry and sad because I know it's important that the people can have the gospel in their lives but I need to be alive to do it haha. At the end of the day we were able to find some people, they were really receptive (mother and daughter) and we have a return appointment, so our visit to Tontem wasn't a failure.
Today for pday, we actually got together as a district and were able to have fun together (we don't really do activities together) its difficult because our District Leader is a finance elder and his pdays are usually Saturdays but he got permission to spend it with his District today because it was his birthday on the fourth of July, we played soccer, and then we played a game called the candy bar game where you roll a dice and have to get a certain number to be able to grab a candy from the middle once all the candies are taken, you have to remember who has what and when you roll that number you can steel from that person, but only if you say what they have exactly, it was fun but really in the end we all got a candy bar so there were no losers, afterwards we had ROOT BEER FLOATS!! grin emoticon say whaaaa?! it was the best thing ever! i didnt know there was root beer here, I haven't had that in forever, it was the best treat! We also had cake.
So that was my week! I hope everything goes well for you guys this week! Hope you are enjoying the weather, it's looking pretty nice out! smile emoticon
I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!! Siempre estoy orando por ustedes! Ya estamos en Julio que loco!!!
hermana riley


(I haven't had this in a very long time)