Monday, December 9, 2013

Oct 21,2013

 With my new lifestyle of living gluten free, things are definately harder. I am just happy that I was able to go to the doctor and he found my problem. I talked to the nurse, and told her how there aren't many resources here for people with celiacs. It's frustrating because I am eating a bunch of chocolate, because it is the quick, gluten free, and cheap, and so it's really bad. I'm gaining a bit of weight, it's lame.

I've been eating eggs, rice, cold cut meats, bell peppers, onions, guisquil, and chocolate. It's a boring diet, but, that's what is up with me.
I guess, I will end up needing vitamins in the future; I still have prenatal vitamins im taking. if you look for vitamins, find some without gutnet, because many have gluten.
seriously, there is nothing that is made for people that cant eat wheat, no cookies, cakes, granola (HAS GLUTEN!). so, I'd appreciate anything, but don't freak out about sending me a lot, im doing fine.

hey, if you get time, send me a flea collar, or stuff for flees please? its gross, but, its going to be my life when i get moved to the capital.

Dad, i must tell you, our recent convert is the best. He is 19, and he is giving us referencias de su familia. we received three referencias from him. he is helping us so much now. WE lost him to the other sisters who took the other part of our area, but, not her is moving back to our area, so he is ours again. he reminds me so much of Brandon dad, it makes me miss home. I guess he looks like BRandon in some ways. Anyway, i attatched the pic of his baptism. He was dunked 28 de Septiembre.

Hermana Hutchins is helping me a ton with my gluten free living. I hope we don't get separated next change, because she has saved me so many times!

Hey, I don't have much time, but I just want to say it's getting harder now because our areas are getting a bit more sketchy, so we leave earlier, and that means less time to work. It's frustrating, but we are contacting our hearts out!

We went to Entre Rios, and found two inactive families. One family, th mom is from cCoabn, and doesn't speak Spanish, but Q'eqchi. I asked the daughter to ask the mom to pray in Q'eqchi before we left. She prayed and cried in her prayer. It was very spiritual moment. I love it!

hey, I love you!


I miss you more than I miss American chocolate bars that are unmelted when they are bought.. yeah, EVERYTHING is melted here. It's lame.

Hey, so yes, it's been a year since you were dunked! I remembered that, and told me comp, and i just thought about how amazing this past year has been. The last two years of my life have been insane. i was baptized, graduated, left for school, and then YOU were baptized and confirmed! I was called to Guate, went throught the Temple, and you re4ceived the Melchizadek Priesthood!!!!!! SO SWEETTTTTT!

Dad, the gluten free living is fine. I asked President if I could receive more money for food. I was really nervous, because i felt weird asking for more money. Some missionaries don't get extra money from the mission for food allergies and health issues, adn they get sent home, so i was worried. I asked Elder L who works the misison finances, and he said "sure hna. how mush do you need?" and basically told me to name my price, and then said, oh, just ask Presidente to confirm it. I called him and he was like, sure, is that enough, Q140? and i said it sure is! I ask very happy. Its not too much more, and pres. told me i can ask for more if i need it. Its just hard because there is a bunch of gluten in everything. i bought rice cereal, and i thought it was gluten free like most of the other rice cereal... IT WASNT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so that explains why i was sick for a few days. Its bad how i react now to gluten, its more intense because im living without it, so when i get a trace of it, it hits hard.

So, our week was a little tough. We lost my favorite investigator. She is this awesome Mom from El Salvador, and she truly is a great friend to me. Anyway, she was supposed to get her papers form El Salvador to get married, but the man she was going to marry (she lived with) so she could be baptized, is an alcoholic, and doesn't give her any money to support her. It's rough. We went to see if she came back from ES en la manana a miercoles, and she wasnt there. WE heard from her, and she isnt coming back because she just cant take to living conditions, and shes sad. We found out miercoles right befroe a district meeting, and in the district meeting our DL asked how our fecha was donig, and thats her, and i just cried. I felt like such a loser, but then again not. I truly love this woman, and i guess i was more sad of what she was living through before. I dont want her to come back if she'd be living in those conditions. Forget the baptism. I hope that doesnt sound like missionary apostasy, but its true. I dont want her in those conditions. I miss her. I hope i see her againin this life, but if not... I know i will see her in the Celestial Kingdom. Her second Sunday at church, she shared her testimony, and was crying. She is so strong. I miss her.

Hey, We went to Quirigua today. Look it up! It's Mayan ruins! We went to see it today. It was sick! Anyway, the mayans used Jade a lot, and so there is this Jade plate, and guess what it had on it... the tree of life. it explained the plate as the tree of life. I took a pic and i hope it turned out good. It blew my mind. WOW.

Hey, work is hard here. I feel so much pressure to have good numbers, it bothers me. I'm trabajando por amor, and it's great, but hen our numbers are bad, i feel like nobody cares how much i love these people, they just think we're chambones. I feel all this pressure to live up to. with my old comp, we had baptisms, and worked well. Now, hwe have no baptisms, and we re working SO hard. Were contacting three hours a day, and im working the hardest ever. Yo estoy trabajando por amor! puro amor. Solo amor. I don't care what people say, though.. actually i do. people think im lazy and im not, were working so hard Dad. Being a missionary is stressful. When you have no baptisms after having a bunch, you look como un chambon.

anyway, i love you. Here are some pics.

I am going to the cementerio a viernes con Presidente de rama. Dia de los Santos. Vamos a comer dulces!!!!

Te quiero mucho Papi.


Monday, August 19, 2013


Sorry, Meghan's moderator (her dad) has been slacking off.  So here she is:
 this week.
just another week in the Guatemala City Inline image 2EAST Mission. Not north or south, remember that!
 We worked hard. We thankfully didn't go to Guluan or Zacapa, or the Captial... for once.
Monday, I don't think I told you, but we went to the escobas. How tight! Hermana Ceballos y I, hung out with our best friends, Elder Pool y Elder Altino, from Santo Tomas. We headed on over to the Escobas and hiked up that mountain. It was fun. I have pictures! it's very beautiful there.
We came back late, and when they left, we went for internet, but had very little time. I'm sorry I didn't write much to you. 

Wednesday, I FOUND HIM! Okay, i dont think i told you about the guy i met that speaks english, and lived in NY for a while. Well, yeah, that happened like a month ago. Well, one night like three weeks ago, we were late.. as freaking usual, to an appointment (no es mi culpa). It was about 8:30 and we're walking inthe rain to the sketchy part of PB, seriously wasnt my fault, but in a trio, you're always late. Anyway, he saw me and said something like 'hey, the missionary fron ny!' but i really didnt have any time to talk, so i said 'hola, see ya later' and we darted. I felt super guilty since then. I prayed and prayed a whole bunch so that i could find him again. Well, monday night i felt super guilty, and i prayed to be forgiven and thati could find him. Someone that actually wants to talk, and i was wrong. Well, Tuesday morning i did the same. WEll, Tuesday afternoon I passed by the spot i saw him in before, and wha da ya know? he was right freaking there! YAY! We talked and he is super cool. His daughter in sick (shes 14) and his wife can't speak spanish, and they have problemas con dinero, pero, he tiene a lot of fe in God. I pregunte if he attends a Church, but he said he doesnt always have time, but he reads the Bible. Anyway, after talking por thirty minutos, we had to go. YAY! I was super happy to see him!
oh, we also had a District meeting Wednesday. no es muy divertido, but, our district is cool, i like being with them.

Thursday we had splits with a companionship from Chiquimula. They were cool. Hna. Torres (my comp for the day) is so sweet. I like her. We did well. WE went to Mitch that day and taught five lessons. WE left pretty late because people love to talk about EVERYTHING else when we meet with them. So, we went to the main road to get a Taxi home, and it was pouring rain... POURING! Rain here gets pretty intense sometimes, so, literally, it was painful. we stood outside, and i will admit, i was a little afraid because Mitch at night is peligroso, and everyone tells us to hurry home, because its bad. There were about 10 guys on the other side of the road watching us, and three on our side watching us, and i was a little scared. Hna. Torres is tiny like me, and not big like Hna.C, so, i had a little fear. Well, we waited for about 15 minutes trying to wave down a taxi, and nobody wanted to pick us up because we were wet. Well, Hna. Torres prayed, and during her prayer, a taxi decided to pick us up! YAY!

Friday, ehh, the usual, teaching lessons. Sorry, i dont always have an exciting day every single day. Friday was fine.

Saturday was good. We went to the baby shower for one of our converts who is getting baptized Sunday. The baby shower was a surprise for her! It was nice, but it was... a little chafa also. Nobody wanted to play the games, and some of the sisters that planned it and set up didnt even stay, they were outside talking the whole time, and didnt even come in. NObody gave the Mom-to-be a kiss when she came in, or when they left. Oh, most of the people left once they ate. Its a thing of 'eat and leave' which is a little rude. Anyway, my comp and I wanted to support Alejandra, so we stayed and cleaned up after because the people who threw the shower didnt even stay to take the stuff down or clean. It's weird Dad, I dont get it. It's weird.

Sunday, my comp and I gave talks, and I taught Gospel Principles and she taught Reliefe Society. As you can tell, our Saturday night was spent planning. Well, as you know, we have major money problems right now. The new mission only likes to do reimbursements, so we use what we have, and wait two weeks for our money. Well, right now, we dont have anything really. I used my emergency money from the south mission to pay for our comedor. Its bien chafa. Anyway, in Hna.C's lesson about giving service, everyone was talking, until Hna.C said how we're kind of out of food. We dont have anything right now, and by the grace of God, were getting by. She said how on Thursday (its true) people gave her food during a lesson, and she hadnt eaten. Well, someone gave me cookies thursday, and i saved those suckers for breakfats. Well, the point is, Hna.C was basiacally asking for help, and the sisters didnt volunteer to help us, at all. One sister, who everyone roll stheir eyes at, it the only sister that invited us over. Her family is super awesome, and i when we ate lunch with her family yesterday, i fought my tears, because they dont have much. They dont have much but they fed us, even before they knew our problem. They invited us on saturday. It bothers me that people in the ward are alittle rude to this family. anyway, i am grateful

anyway, i havent been sick this week!
i love you Dad!
I want to tell you about the Temple!
When I was in Idaho for this last semester I was there, in the Winter, I was depressed Dad. I was incredibly depressed, and I went to the Temple often. I love the Temple, and i received so much help from going twice a week. I think people might have thought i was being zealous, like 'oh, i go to the Temple because i am more holy than you.. blah blah' but its because i was depressed. I felt terrible. I went once or twice a week, every week, because i needed help. I fasted a often. I am truly excited for you to go to the Temple. When you go, go with someone you know well. Tell the missionaries to tell Elder Fragiacomo, Lartey (if hes still there) Higby, if they can go with you. they let missionaries do that. The Temple is truly the House of God. I can't wait to go again here.

okay, i love you Dad.
Love your only little girl,
  Hna. Ramirez

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

15th July. Ay, tener exito

Dad, i like the new car. 
Nissan Versa... makes my think of HEROES!
Okay. I am sick... as usual. 
Yo se that this week was chafa... a bit. 
okay, Tuesday was a fine day. We worked, and were told on Sunday that we don't have cambios. Well, tuesday night we got a call at 9:30pm saying hna.Rodas had cambios and we had to have our tuchus' in Guluanl by 10am the next day. we scrambled to go get her clothes for hna.C because she does our laundry. anyway. it was crazy. 

Wednesday was another day on a bus. yay... Adios Hna.Rodas. Thankfully we dont have a new comp. I miss like Hna.Rodas. I can see there are benefits though, and its because i have room to speak now. one comp cant to the whole lesson, and with two, i can speak more in lessons. 

Wednesday night we got back to PB around 7:30. At 9:30pm we recibimos another call... WE had to go to the captial and be there by 9am the next morning. Well. we didnt sleep that night because we had to take a 1am bus. yay... My visa stuff has to be done. Spent another day on a bus. 

 Friday, we had to go tell everyone we ditched why we failed to show up the last two days. people were ticked. i understand, but i hope they understand us too. 

Saturday i felt like an actualy missionary. i was able to speak to people without hesitation and contacted like a beast! i felt the Spirit so much Satuday, i hope everyday is like Saturday. The problem was that the fair is in town, so many people werent home, but we found people! it was great. three new investigators.

okay, Saturday has a down fall. To of our investigators told had problems with this satudays baptisms. one doubts his testimony now and says he just wants time, but he faild to show up at Church yesterday. My heart, its breaking!!!! Then our other said in other words, she doesnt have a testimony or even believes in the Atonement of Christ or Christ. Well, we have work to do. Im so sad, but i knew this would happen. 

I dont have much time to write today because the President in coming to our apartment today. 

Later were going to the Fair with the elders Pool y Altino. im excited. 
Im reading Romans and knowldge is just wrapping my brain, like little pigs in blankets. so much knowledge, i know why i have a big head now. 

anyway, i love you. 

i miss you Dad. i like the new car!
  Hna. Ramirez

8th July. Happy Independence Day!

Dad, i miss you. 
Dad, i'm alive. 
Dad, i'm tired. 
Dad, i love the OT and the NT so much. 
Dad, i am getting ice cream today!
Dad, we travel too much. 
Dad, i love my mission. 
It's Monday. 
okay, this week was crazy, but different from the last. 
MOnay, yeah, we had our last district meetings on our pday. the new mission has D meetings on WEDNESDAYS! YAY!

Tuesday, we worked hard, as usual. we met with Hno. A, and guess what! I conducted the lesson, and i just felt the Spirit all over that tin-roof house, that i invited him to be baptized. JULY 20TH baby! this guy is awesome. hes older, live in Mitch. 

Wednesday, i believe we worked.. we did. i just dont remember that day. 

Thursday, guess where we went. Really, take a guess. I want you to take a wild guess where we went Thursday... we schleped on back to Zacapa. Walking the streets of PB at 3:30 in the am, yeah, totally sketchy. more sketch this time since there were likike three drunk people lying faced down in the three with their bottles. were were fine. We met  our DL, Elder P y su comp, Elder A at the bus. We got to Zacapa, and met our new Pres. It was just our zone. Our zone is great. a few of us NOtres talked and i said HAPPY 4TH! some forgot. it not easy for me to forget, but next year, we'll see. we left, and my comps y yo ate this awesome (awesome then) tortilla thing. So delicious! it has so much food, but i was famished. we hopped a bus, this time without the elders, and went back to PB. FIVE HOURS.we got off the bus to go draw some money out, and Hna. C realized her card was gone. We found the bus and searched it to see if it fell out then, but it was nowhere. well, its unusual because i think it was stolen. im a total New Yorker, straight up. i leave nothing out of my sight. i think people here think i look down on PB because im cautious of my things, umm, no, im always like this. my stuff is my stuff, and especially my money, the mission's money, watch yourself. "Money, it's a crime share it fairly but don't take a slice of my pie ." well, its a goner. the place in her bag where it should have been, everything else is there, but her card. the bus ride home, i bet it happened there. Zacapa... bad things happen when we go there. ultimo vez, elder altino lost his camera on the ride home, we were stranded, now hna.C's card is a goner... like my social security fund. so now, she has no money at the moment. tomorrow theyre putting her Qs in my account.

the new mission rules and way they do the money is hard. hna. R, who was called to Argentina, does not get money through her card anymore, the mission wont pay her. its throgh the mail, but this is weird because were the most eat part of the mission, and mail seldom comes when it is suppose to. so, my comps, just hna.C actually, have been stressed out of their minds. for once, i am chill. im not freaking. i know ill be fine. if the mission messes up, i know we will be fine. hna. C is so stressed and doesnt hold it in, its hard to work with sometimes. she a great comp, i dont want her to stress. i have american $, a bit, and the Qs are worth so little, we can be fine with $20 for the week.

Friday we worked in my favorite area, Mitch. it was cool. I love it. the new mission rules say we must have a member with us after 5:30pm. this is a challenge because there are about 85 active members, and they have families and LIVES. a sister in MItch, i love her! she is always, ALWAYS willing to work with us. she was an Evangleical, and she has a mighty, MIGHTY testimony. i love her, she is the best. we worked with her three times this week! three, and she has a daughter. a golden member she is! we were in mitch at night, and well, we survived. im a pro Dad. mitch after 9 is sketch, but mitch around 7:45, ehh, not too much, but im cautious. i find places in my clothes to hide my money, its insane. im like a little vietcong warrior, finding ways that seem impossibleokay, were fine though. PB is safe, trust me. 

tell this to mom, im safe.our apartment has three locks. the front door to the building. the metal screened door has a legit lock, then our all metal front door has a legit lock. im fine. three isnt even necessary.

 anyway, i woke up Friday morning SUPER SICK! i believe on wednesday a family gave my a drink made iwth tap water, and then my comp thinks the tortilla from Thursday gt me sick. i was yarling and... other suff. it was bad. we actually stayed in the apartment unil 3, and i said, i want to work today. Hna.C was super stressed and encouraged me to not. she was sooo stressed that i dont think she felt like working. y i insisted. i felt blahh, but i wanted to work so much. finally, at 4pm, i must have pushed enough (rodas wanted to work thought as well) that we left for mitch. IN mithc, i stopped onthe side of the road and stood next to this HUGE goat, and was dry heaving. it was terrible. but what was funny was that the goat was looking at me, watching me. he stopped comiendo su chafa y me miro. everyone was watching me. the people there know we're missionaries. they see us all the time, and i bet they thought this was funny. well, i didnt yarl, so thats good. but i was so drained. THEN! we found this girl, and we taught her. she wants to learn, and she wants baptism! she seemd super depressed though. we asked her what blessing she has received, and she said nothing. i asked her si su familia es a blessing, and she looked away and dijo no. its sad. i want to help her. i love teen investigators, because i was them. fue dificil. 

SATURDAY was a huge day. we all three went on splits and taught about 11 lessons that day, in Mitch. Mitch is where it is third world looking. i feel like i am vague. PB is nice, some parts are blahh, but really, its not 3rd world ish. el colonia y mitch, si. barrios, no. 
we taught familia L saturday night and had Hna.C (our comedor) y su esposo, Pres.C, fuieron a la casa de familia Linares. Este leccion fue maravillosa! miramos la pelicula Jospeh Smith, prophet of the Restoration y ellos sentieron el Espiritu. Yo quiero que este familia son baptizara, pero, la madre no asiste la iglesia. pero, el padre y hija, asisten! y ayer, Domingo, Hna.Roday dijo que el padre estuvo llorando, un pocito, dos o tres lagrimas, durante reunion sacramental. Ayyy, ellos saben. es dificil, necesitamos Elder y Hna. Sparks hablar con ellos. Familia Sparks... ellos son misioneros ORO!!!

Sunday fue bien. mucho calor. ay! mucho! fue dificil porque yo use un vestido cafe, y el sol, necesitaba helado. 

Hoy, PDAY! yay! we went to Hna.C's for desayuno, y we ate cereal with hot milk. regular cereal, with hot sugary milk. my vida, so much yum yum its awesome!
my address, i thought i emailed it to you. 

Hermana Meghan M L Ramirez
Misión Guatemala Norte (Este)
Apartado Postal 951-A
Guatemala, Guatemala C.A

ill send you an email with my mission presidents number also. 
Hey, how is Home teaching? Good, i hope!!!!! Did you share your testimony? youre going to church yeah? hows your health? 
You didnt send the package... GREAT! send it to my new address! i'll get it in August i bet, like mid/end of august. mail coming to us in PB is a long process. chafa... 

Dad, you should come to pick me up from my mission, and i should show you Guate. its amazing. I love Guatemala so much. I love it! I am so grateful to be here. 

Please excuse my email que yo dije que yo sentia sola. no es verdad. yo tengo el Espiritu Santo. I love Guate, its an honor to serve here. 
I love you! be sure to address my stuff with my full name. all four of them, put all four of those suckers on it! there are many a Hna.Ramirez in this mission. 
 Hna. Ramramramramzzzzzzzz

1st July. that time I: nearly had my face consumed, was stranded in Teculutan, tried to hitchike, and chilled out with monkies AND a goat.

 i had a crazy week. 

Monday, i bought a bad pineapple. i just thought you should know.
Tuesday, we woke up at 1:45 am, got ready, and walked the streets on PB at 3am, in search of the bus headed to Zacapa. It was a 4hr bus ride, and we passed Tikal! it was cool. we stopped for gas, and we should have died Dad. the driver kept the van on and pumped the gas. I was the only one in the bus freaking out. i didnt freak too much, but i told my comp, we could burst into flames. But guess what... WE DIDNT! so, esta bien. 

we got the the zone conf., and it was mad boring. ughh, 4hr ride plus a 5hr conference that was all in spanish, such a long day. i understood about 2/3s of what was said, but i was soo exhausted, i tuned out at parts. i shouldnt have, it made it a waste, and pres. Stay is very knowldegable. anyway, like i said, it was a long day, that got even longer. okay, i will expound. 
so, we left Zacapa, and headed Teculutan to catch a bus back to PB. So, it was about 6pm-ish, and the got off in Teculutan. By the way, "we" is (my two comps) Hna. Ceballos, Hna. Rodas, myself, and our District leader Elder Pool, y su companero Elder Atlino. we got there, tried to catch a bus to pb, and guess what, there was one bus coming. It was FULL. no room for us, not even one. so we looked for a little bus7van that fits like 16 people (usually cramming 24), but there was NOTHING. so what did a bunch of hungry, tired missionaries do: we made a sign that read "puerto Barrios", and stood on the side of the rode. okay, teculutan is about 5hrs away from PR. Hna. Rodas made the sign, and Elder Pool y yo stood at the very edge or the calle, and i held the sign with elder pool next to my with his thumb up. he told me to put my hand up, so we tried our best to get attention. we both smiled, then frowned, then smiled, and jumped, danced. ughh, anyway. 

Elder P tried to remember where the elders in Tec. lived, so we all went to find their apartment. well, they werent home, so, Hna Rodas (i just LOVE her!) broke into their apartment. haha, it was surprisingly easy. tried to remember our zone leaders number, and called him. he said to have elder P y Altino stay the night there, and us hna.s go to the next town over that had hermanas and stay with them. so, we went out, all five of us (teculutan is super sketchy at night, super), in hopes of catching a bus there. well, we waited for about another hour, and nothing, NO buses. Hna. Ceballos was a little frustrated, like really frustrated, and i just was chill for some reason. 
our pres. really didnt have much to say about this whole thing, he really left it up to our ZL, which was tought for him because he only knew so much. it was a bit difficult. 

sowe went back to the elders apt, and they werent home, so we stayed there. then, we had nothing to do, and the ZL couldnt do much, so we searched for Elder y Hna. Sparks number. they are the BEST senior couple ever. theyre from utah, and they live in Chiquimula (1hr 30mins from Teculutan). we prayed that they werent asleep yet, because it was super late, SUPER. well, they answered, and said theyd come get us. they brought us back to Chiquimula. i love them. if it wasnt for them , i dont know where we would have slept. probably in the Capilla. 

Wednesday we took a bus from Chiquimula back to PB. four hrs. its brutal because they shuv as may people possible into buses here, and there is no air conditioning.

that day, we had a full day. we cmae home, showered, and then walked all the way to Mitch. Mitch is that area with the rusty bridge, and a bunch of chafa. it was a nice walk. anyway, in Mitch, there was a goat in the street. my comps were talking to a member and i knew nothing about the situation. so i stayed and braided the goats hair! he loved it! fear not, ihad purell.
Thursday was so hot! i sweat so much that day. We saw monkies in someones lawn!! i had Hna. Ceballos take a pic of me with them. they were hanging out in someones lawn, tied to a tree. taught a great lessonthat day, the Spirit was like, ALL OVER that cinder-block shack! its pretty sweet. i love good lessons!

Friday i was super pumped to teach our investigator, Hno. At., but he wasnt there. i was SO pumped because i was going to give him an LdM, and maybe invite him to baptism. well, his neighbor (our other investigator) saw us, and invited us to talk with her and her daughted. her daughter has the CUTEST baby! so adorable! well, her daughter wants to receive lessons. So, yay!

Saturday we went to teach that lady's daughter, but her landlord wouldnt let us in. her landlord said were a cult, "¡secta! ¡secta!" she shouted. fine, we sat outside and taught. Well, we found out, the girl is only 15, adn her baby is a year old. we tried to teach her to pray, but she is afraid to pray! she cries, like balls, every single time. we tried to have her pray twice, but she cant make it through without stopping. its so sad, i really want to help her. her name is jennifer.

Sunday morning we walked to get jennifer for church, and then another lady, then had to back track 23 blocks for another family. church starts at 9am, we left the apt at 7am. well, the family totallt ditched us. ugh! so upsetting. okay, i was sad, but more ticked (i shouldnt have been) because not only did they break our promise, but had us walk about 20mins out of our way to get them for nothing. it was 95F that morning by the way, at 8am. well, i need to chill. i just wish people didnt blow us off. we're busy, and we are for a reason, and that is why we walked about 35 calles total that morning. its because we want people to receive blessings, and they dont understand it. oh well. i love my mission! for real! this is the LORD's work.

well, today was pday, and i have to go. Today marks two months in the mission for me, and, today is the first day in the GUATEMALA CITY EAST MISSION!
I have the new address:
Hermana Meghan M L Ramirez
Misión Guatemala Norte
Apartado Postal 951-A
Guatemala, Guatemala C.A
i know it says north mission, but its not a problem. its my new address, so tell the ward to change it. let people know. 
i miss you Dad. ive been reading Acts, and i just love it. anyway, 
i miss you. i am so proud you will receive the Preisthood in October. soon, youll go to the Temple, yeah! YAY!

 i love you dad. i miss you and i keep your story about boot camp in my mind when it gets tough. read this email to the family, especially mom, i dont think she hears from me much, i try!
i love you dad! ill send you a seperate email with pics!
Hermana Ramirez!

Monday June 24th. Humidity, Funky Town, y the power of Prayer

don't worry about sending me money, i am fine. for every quetzal, i get 7.8)ish) dollars.
the sister missionaries, i love them! please tell them i love them! i remember sister O telling me a story about her first month in, maybe second. how she just broke down crying because she missed her family. sometimes it gets hard here, but knowing how great she is and they felt that way, gives me a bit of hope. i dont feel like it ofetrn, but every once and a while.

There are people here that talk during my prayers. i'll be in a lesson with and evangelical, and when i pray, they start speaking in tongues! at first i stopped in the middle of the prayer because i thought something was wrong, then i realized it was... "normal." all i can say is... WHAT?!?! so, when i pray and some evangelicals are around, they speak in tongues, but theyre loud. its difficult to pray in spanish when someone is speaking in tongues SUPER loud. like, sometimes theyre louder tan my own voice. its... interesting. i admire the fact that theyre not afraid to pray. 

i love two families we tought last week, because both looked me in the eyes when i was there. they all responded to me, and talked to me, when i was there. i felt respected. People here everytually find out im a Norte, and so once members or investigators know that, they dismiss me. its sucky. they dont look me in the eyes, like they ignore me. they think i cant speak spanish, and i know enough to talk with them, i am just slow at speaking because i am thinking!! i think in english and translate it, so it takes time. everyonce and a while i look up in the sky and just think, i would talk to people, without HESITATION! if i was speaking english, or mandarin. i love mandarin so much. ANYWAY, sometimes when i ask questions to people (in my slow spanish) they respond... but they respond to my comps. theyll respond to my comps as if they asked and dont look at me. ughh, its kind of lonely sometimes, but all is well.

some mornings i wake up and feel like a cookie cutter. its humid, and i feel like a cookie cutter, making my path through all this humidity. its hot here, i could totally cook an egg on these sidewalks... oh wait, i can't - nothing here is paved! its all sand and broken stones, rocks. i find rocks in my shoes ALL the time! i dont think it is an accident that pie is in piedras.

i love my crocs! my flat feet are getting their moneys worth around here. we dont have a car, thank God (it would be a hassle with these insane drivers), so we walk a lot. The misión gives us Little money, we need more for the bus, but i find myself using my own personal money to go see investigators that live way way out in the middle of nowhere Izabal. seriously, the mission doesnt give us enough i dont understand it. i love walking though, we just loose sooo much time. we walk so much, and days we dont, i feel like i did nothing. I measure my successthrough how dirty my feet are, and how much they hurt. someimtes, even by the amount of mosquito or frog bites i have on my legs..

 i ate mucus meat it again. it had a sauce on it, so it wasnt so bad this time, not too bad. its super dark, so dark meat can be mysterious sometimes. i found out its from a cow, and its somewhere around the rib área. its, not too bad

AMERICAN MUSIC! i hear it sometimes! i walked by a clothing store the other day and they were playing In the End by Linkin Park, and THEN! (it gets better) I Heard FUNKY TOWN! oh how great, i got excited. psssht, in the States, i would never get excited for that darn song. Oh the things Guate. will do to you.

People here like American clothing, so much that they get it. Okay, i will elaborate. They get used American clothing. You know those big red boxes behind stores in the States, and it says clothing & shoes on it? Remember Pops, you said you saw something on ABC about those boxes, and they sell stuff for money? well, im pretty sure thats where these come from. i decided to ask my comps what they think of the US. Hna. R (from Guate) said she doesnt like americans really. i asked why. she said because americans think theyre better, and they dont have be speak spanish, everyone should speak english. it hurt a smidge to hear that, because i know there are so many americans that arent that way. i am not that way. i realice how suck some of theconditions are around here, but i dont look down on people. i want to see them dressed in White, just like me, one day in the Temple. the Temple is like an equalizer. I also asked Hna. C (from Mexico) and she said she used to not like america so much, but now she likes americans. she has had other comps from the US, and loves them. I hope i leave a good impression of the US on these poeple here in Puerto BArrios. by the way, i am a Little curious how things are in the US. everything is good. its a killer not having NPR here. ugh, Fresh Air,  Fresh Air!!! le extrano

 the new misión is starting soon, but i dont know my new address, but tomorrow i will find out. we have to go 4hrs to Zacappa for a zone conference, and then on Saturday, we have to go six hours to the capital. 4hrs one way tomorrow, and 6 hrs one way on saturday. I am an east misión missionary. dont worry, im not leaveing where i am, boundaries are changing.

Anyway, its a reality check. some of these people, their lives are depressing. its sad sometimes. i always cared for needy people. remember? yeah, i always knew there were conditions like this, and being here is a whole other aspect. Dad, i want to to come to Guate when i am done with my missin, to pick me up. its insane, though, i know you have seen these conditions before. sometimes, i feel like the misión is just... eghhh, not a big fan. then i think of how sucky it is here for some of these people, and i cant leave them. they have a rusted sheet of tin for doors. no running wáter in their house, a spicket in the back. they take little buckets, and fill them up, one by one, and shower that way. its just sucky. i am so grateful my comps and i have an apartment and not a house made of concrete with huge cracks y rusted sheet tin door. no kitchen, y few have fridges.

there are lizards everywhere!! i think of the story Aunt Jo told me how Grandpa Angel would get a sling shot and catch lizards and eat them, when he was a boy. yeah, i think of him when i see a lizards crawling on my Wall. they dont bother me, i like them.
The góspel strengthens families Dad! i have never been so proud to show people our family picture. it love it.

i also show my baptism picture a lot. Tell Jack Tousley his face is baiscally famous down here in PB.

anyway, spanish is getting a bit better. yuyan de enci, with tones its: yu3ya2n de e1nc4 . its mandarin for language gift! im waiting for it to come to me for spanish. i need it. though, my comps say i am "pilas," so ill take it. i emt a guy that spoke english and i nearly cried, seriously. its a Little lonely not being able to express yourself. this guy lived in  NEW YORK also! oh gosh. let it be known. other than any LDS Temple, New York is my favorite place, ever. seriously, i loved just speaking to him for like 30 seconds.
anyway, i love you all.

give everyone my love. when you see the family next, (4th of July tal vez) give them my

 Hna. Ramirez

Monday, July 15, 2013

New Address

Hermana Ramirez in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala
 New Address
 Hermana Meghan M L Ramirez
Misión Guatemala Norte
Apartado Postal 951-A
Guatemala, Guatemala C.A

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Received May 27th 2013

Te extranio mucho mucho! El CCM esta...bien, yo pienso. hoy, yo un poca enferma, con dolor en mi ´throat´.
Viernes, yo enseñé un mujer, Maria Luis y su hijo, Ricardo. Cuando ella dijo me su nombre, yo dije "yo tambien! es mi mediante nombres!" y ella dije que porque yo no se español mucho, y yo se mas chino, es un "pity." pero, yo dije "yo soy intentando!"
me gusta guatemala, y asistiendo el Templo. Vamos (mi districto y yo) cada martes!

Entonces, yo quiero decir mas, pero, cuando yo digo en esp. estoy muy despacio.

   Okay, the mission presidents wife has put on the front, in my mind from day one, that she is one tough cookie. Indeed she is, and as the weeks went on, I realized how true that thought is. She is very frank, but sometimes it is a little unsettling, and I'm a little intimidated by her. Well, I'm sick yet again, and yesterday, I was in so puch pain, my throat was killing me and I practically bugged her all day. Anyway, she gave the relief society lesson about gifts and the gifts we have. I thought about how I have gifts and I need to find them.  She said, when she was younger she thought she was nothing really, and her friend was prettier and better at school. Anyway, she was married later (than most lds girls). For some reason, I saw her differently after that, and she seemed somuch more relatable. I also started thinking of my gifts, and I thought about how I am good teacher. I love Chinese. Anyway, I want to be a better person.
this week, i just thought about how i dont like who i am right now, and i want to be better. when i left for college i was happy with my self, then after my first semester i realized i changed, and my second semester changed me also. i just realize i became a smidge more blunt and forward, more than i would like. i like being forward, but i am a disciple of christ, and i amhere to reperesent him. i am not a business woman (YET!) and i need to be more like Him.
anyway, i love you so much. i think about you all the time, and I have the picture I gave you for your baptism, I have a copy with me. I show everybody. I was telling my district about you, and the Marines. I felt pretty proud.
okay, I need something else. i need you to go to Thaddius and make two cds for me. one is Peace like a River by Mormon Tab Choir and also Love is Spoken here by MTB as well. I love Joshua bell, if you would like to donate a joshua bell cd to me, i love him! best violinist EVAA! I also have a song called My Soul hungered, if you could put that onit, thatd be great.
i need you to research for me. I need the name of the Egyptian Gods that were blasphemed by God por medio Moses. I love the OLD TESTAMENT! I have been reading it, and I fell inlove again. anyway, I'm in Leviticus again, and I wish I was in Deuteronomy. Ugh, LEVITICUS.
Roomies are cool, but one wants my comp and I to just give her things. It's super annoying. Nothing is free.
Here there are bugs called Som Popo de Mayo. HUGE ANTS! ugh!

anyway, i gotta go!




I leave the CCM JUNE 11TH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHH!!!!!!!!
Received May 8th 2013

Entonces, it is humid here!! My companion is super sweet, Hermana Moise, I love her. My roommies are cool. I cant talk to you on Mamas day, I am so sorry.
Let me tell you about life at the CCM (MTC - empty sea).
We, my comp and I, are teaching a guy named Raul Ruiz. Unlike in Provo, they have real investigators here becaue there aren't many members, so we are teaching him. He was surprised to find out the family are members.
There are a bunch of peolpe here that are going to Nicaragua on their missions and I get so happy when I hear that. I tell them I'm a bit envious of them, just a smidgen.
The food here is soo good. I am gonna gain tons of weight. the only thing i dont like is that the "tostones" they serve with breakfats and are sweet... SWEET. You dont like the sweet tostones, sooo weird. salt it up! Please!
Spanish is slwoly, but surely coming back to me. I would rather be speaking Chinese still, but oh well. Guate is pretty cool.I know more Spanish, but chinese is STILL easier for me, way easier. Spanish is cool, I guess.
I have good teachers here, they're sweet and nice to be around. They are encouraging and sometimes pretty funny.
    There are two elders with the last name Ramirez. When we see eachother I say " Mi primos!" and they say "Oye, Hermana Ramirez, mi primaaaa!!!" and give each other high fives and stuff. It's so funny dad, I love being around Latinos!
AGAPE - thats why I'm here. Honestly, the ccm in super lame, well. Okay, I am inside ALL day, I hate it. Food is good, people are sweet, teachers are great, nice facilities, but I am inside all day, for 6 weeks. I want to just the wall. MUST TEAR DOWN THE WALL! haha :)
We are gated in with huge metal gate, and I saw one of the guards carrying a gun. I can't wait to get out of here, I kind of, don't really like it. Theres this song, by the band Cults called "Go Outside", yeah, thats my song. I really wanna go out, I really wanna go outside...
Ive been reading Hebrews and i forgot howmuch i love Hbrews. Hebrews 8:6-7 are great verses about the new law with the Atonement.
Hey, so dont put anything on packages, no Mary, no Jesus, NOTHING.
The Temple here is pretty small, but nice. We went yesterday.

I love you Dad!

Love ,

Hermana Ramirez

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

This was the communication from Hermana Ramirez we received May 1st:

DAD! I love you so much... in case you didnt know. So, I still havent slept well at all, i no sleep on the airplane, and so i have been going since i left you. it is 7pm may 1st right now, so 9pm NY time. Havent stopped since. i am exhausted. mi companera is sooo sweet. Hermana Moise, she i great! i am so happy she is my comp.
GUATE is awesome... from what ive seen. this keyboard is different, so excuse typos, im typing fast, i only have 10 mins.
It is humid, actual moisture in the air... UNLIKE Idaho! I love it. I am smelly and am dying for a shower.
A few sisters I met are headed to Nicaragua, and I get soooo excited when i hear that. I cannot help but say "oooh! my family es from there! I am soo happy for you, and i am a smidgen envious." there are natives here, too, so they dont understand smidge or smidgen.
Tell Ben I love him. I love you and Mom, Rudy, and maybe Brandon... maybe. Ha, i am joking, tell them i him i havent broken any glass tables yet... yet i said.
anyway, on my way to LA i sat in front of Mandarin speakers, and at first i thougt it was cool, but they they got super annoying and i just wanted to say bizue (i think thats the pinyin for shutup). I am still stuck in Mandarin mode.
okay, later!  Bye
 Hermana Ramirez!!!!