Week 79 – 11/28/16

Hola hola,

Ummmm what happened this week??? Everything is a little blurry.

We taught a 7th day adventist on Tuesday. After the first scentence that came out of his mouth I already knew how the lesson was going to go. I think sometimes duct tape would come in handy as missionaries. (I probably shouldn’t say that, but it’s true.) The message of the Restoration is true and changes lives, but not if the people don’t stop talking long enough for us to share it!

Tac tic is awesome and it hasn’t been quite as freezing this week. There’s baby cows everywhere which I love. They also speak a dialect called Pocom which makes teaching really tough. The further away we get from town, the more Pocom we find.

We’re seeing progress here, slowly but surely. We still feel a little lost and don’t really know many people, but we’re working on it.

Glenda is going swimming with us and some members on Thursday. Well we will be watching from the side of the pool. She is going to get over her fear of water! I want to see her be baptized before I peace out!

Let’s get all the trunkiness out right here right now because these emails are basically journal entries for me and I have no here I can really talk to about it:

I don’t know why but the impact of finishing my mission totally hit me this week. It feels like I just ran into it like a huge brick wall. I had always seen hermanas (especially from the States) who were just so weird and emotional the last bit of their missions. I always thought it was so strange…they were going home! Now I get it. It’s not that we’re not pumped to go home, but to leave Guatemala and leave the mission is rough. I never get to do this again which I think is what is getting to me. Obviously there’s parts I won’t miss, but there’s so much I will. Just talking to strangers, getting to know them and loving them, the members, all the fun random experiences, the food! Tortillas! I will be having withdrawals. I should find a support group or something. Anyways, it’s just sad knowing it’s over. I think most missionaries want a break every once awhile, but to give it up completely is a little rough. Although being home for Christmas is the best!

And the transition is a bit intimidating. SOS any RMs reading this with good advice, it would be appreciated. I feel like I might be interesting to talk to for like an hour and then the awkward RMness is just going to take over. I’m going to want to walk everywhere, wake up early to exercise and study, then talk about what I studied, listen to EFY music, etc. I’ll have to watch a Disney movie or something to start, that seems like the least wicked. Or the GG revival…And I start school again! It’ll be great.

We’ll see if BYU wants to let me into their nursing program. If not, I may have to resort to chalkboard art, my only other marketable skill.

My last official day of missionary work is Sunday. Monday I’ll be in Coban for my final interview with President (gulp), I’ll get on my email for the last time, and a family home evening with Prez and Hermana Faundez. Tuesday we head to the capital and the TEMPLE.

Wednesday I’ll be home! Insane!

WOW I just tried to log on and email my mission president, but my missionary portal already says I’m released. They already want me out of here!

One of my favorite quotes from Conference:

“Essential to the plan is our Savior, Jesus Christ. Without His atoning sacrifice,all would be lost. It is not enough, however, mer ely to believe in Him and His mission. We need to work and learn, search and pray, repent and improve.We need to know Godʼs laws and live them. We need to receive His saving ordinances. Only by so doing will we obtain true, eternal happiness.”

-President Monson

Don’t just believe in the Gospel, live it!!

This is going to be a great week! As horribly distracted as this email makes me sound, I actually still am working hard I promise.

It’s the final sprint and I’m not giving up yet.

Have a lovely week!

Hermana Scruggs


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