Monday, November 30, 2015

Its the Most Wonderful time of the year


how are all of you wonderful people doing today!? well i hope your thanksgiving day was full of turkey and stuffing and rolls
and pie!! (mine was too!!!...weird!! :))) 

well as i was thinking this week on Thanksgiving Day i realized that i have LOTS to be grateful for!!! for you all as my family, for my health, for the chance to be a missionary, for the people i have met here, for the church, but most of all, FOR MY SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!!!!!  without him all of the other blessings i have would not exist. i am beyond grateful for him and everything he did/does/will do for me!!!! that is why i LOVE this time of year!!!!! its the time where the entire world can focus on him! there is a new video out from the church, PLEASE WATCH IT AND SHARE IT!!!! we are so blessed to have the gospel and we must share it!!!! :))))

well just a few updates for the week...

carlos came to church this week!!! :)))) he has been hot and cold but he really like the classes yesterday and is progressing really well!! :))) also lorena came too!!!! she had to leave early to see her family (she only sees them on weekends...) but we werent even sure if she was gonna come!!! :)))))))) and we also met a really cool guy this week! his name is franklin. he was studying MALACATAN for 4 months and just got back!!! and he was working with a member who talked to him a lot about the church, and then BAM we showed up to his house. he is super cool and really positive. we told him we would call him sunday in the morning for church, but when we did he didnt answer. we were kinda bummed but also really happy because carlos was there. well when we walked into the church one of the elders asked, "hermana is that guy in the green shirt your investigator!?" i thought he was talking about carlos (who had a red shirt lol) and i said "no.." but as i looked at him i shouted..."YES!! FRANKLIN!!!" i was so happy to see him!! he had gotten to church early and was sitting there. luckily the members were pilas and immediately starting talking to him and one even sat by him :))) it was a great surprise!!! :))))

also this week as a zone we went to a nursing home to visit the elderly. and it was so fun!!! :)))) first...the nursing homes here are a bit different then at home...but still cool! :P we met some really cool people from lots of religions and lots of places but it was great to sing for them and share some juice and cookies!! it really made there day better. but i had a great experience. we walked in and we were saying hi to all of them but there was this one lady sitting on a chair in the hallway and as we said hi to her she just stood up and wrapped him arms around my stomach and hugged me!!! she has some mental disorder, and couldnt talk, but as we stood there hugging i knew our spirits were talking...i couldnt tell waht they were saying but i know they were talking!!! and i just let the tears flow. i will probably never see that lady again but i know we will be friends in the next life! and i look forward to getting to know her more personally!! it was a super cool experience visting the elderly.

i love this work and i love my savior. he is the reason for everything! and as december comes in i hope we can focus on him!!! have a great week and keep up all the good work! enjoy the snow and cold!! :)))  I LOVE YOU!!!!! 

con amor,
Hermana Canty

Monday, November 23, 2015

* Bonus : Just to make you smile

well a funny experience for you all this wonderful monday, and it goes like this:

two hermanas (hermana canty and hermana aguilar) were hungry one thursday afternoon, and decided to go to Asado Franca (a place they had been to before) to eat RamboPan (a very large sandwhich with 5 different meats.) the pan was delicious..until the end when hermana canty saw a meat she didnt recognize...white..squishy..gross..after eating almost the entire sandwich she took out the gross meat she had just found and finished calmly. however as they were leaving said hermana felt REALLY the point she was a little sick to her stomach. but they went to work. after getting off a bus she mentioned to her companion that she felt the need to throw up..not very strong but lightly. while in the lesson with an investigator the stomach of hermana canty was swing dancing, so much so that she couldnt speak, for fear of puking on the feet of the wonderful investigator. she was pulling a "BRAVE" moment and tried to wait it out..but couldnt and had to ask for the bathroom and had to RUN to it before puking all of RamboPan up. to make it worse...the bathroom is RIGHT next to where the lesson was. so instead of feeling the spirit..she smelled lunch. it was very emabarrassing...but it doesnt end there.

after going with a member..and MISTAKINGLY drinking some grape soda..the two hermanas got in a taxi...they didnt drive but 20 feet when hermana canty had to scream "PULL OVER, PULL OVER!" and jumped out of the taxi..and puke up all that was in her stomach. IN THE SIDE OF A BARDITCH!! she had lots of spectators (the people in the taxi...the people in the small restaruant..and the people in the streets) after concluding, the hermanas got in a different taxi and headed home. and that is the story of when hermana canty ate INTESTINE!!!!!

I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :p

Hermana Canty

Agradecidos En Todas Las Cosas


eventhough they dont celebrate it here...we are going to this year. so thats definitely something to be grateful for!! :))) i hope this week we can all remember the things we are truly grateful for and the MANY BLESSINGS our heavenly father gives us each day!!!! :))) 

this week was good and wet!! we got soaked everyday and it was GREAT!! :))) the people think we are crazy walking and working in the rain storms that happen here..but we are in the work of salvation and a little water cant stop us!! ;) but on a serious note this week was really good. 

we had some great lessons with our investigators, we have this lady named Amarilis (we contacted her in a bus a few weeks ago and she is really great!) she is a single mom and is way great! we taught her a lot about prayer and the holy ghost this week. she has been reading every assignment we have given her and is praying to know if the church is true...she just hasnt recieved her answer yet. hermana aguilar and i were thinking a lot about that this week and decided that maybe she wasnt praying in the right way. (here is guatemala almost EVERYONE goes to a church..mostly evangelical, and so they know how to some way or another. but as we know..God has instructed us how we should do it. so we decided to have a lesson with her about that and how we need to KNEEL to our father and ask specifically for the things we want. it was a great lesson..and to make it better we went with Hermana Johana...she is the super pilas ex-missionary in the ward!! :) it was great to have her because she was able to bear STRONG testimony to Amarilis.

also we have another investigator whos name is carlos. he is the son of another investigator...elizabeth (she and her partner..hector cant get married for a BUNCH of complicated reasons that are personal and long so just remember that they can get baptized right now lol) anywho with carlos. he is super great!! really pilas and like amarilis, reads and prays!!!! but still is hestitant about accepting a fecha for baptism! but i know that heavenly father is working in him!! we have some super lessons planned for him this week and we hope to help him accept a fecha for december!! :))) 

one thing i learned this week is that we can lead a horse to water but cant make him drink!! we can do all we can for people, but its up to them to decide, but we MUST DO ALL WE CAN!!!!!!! :)))) I LOVE MISISONARY WORK!!!! its the best work and we are all members of it!!! just want you all to know how GRATEFUL i am for each one of you and the blessings you are in my life!!! i am the luckiest person in the world to have a family like you!!!!!! please eat LOTS of food for me this week..and even more pie!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!

Hermana Canty

Monday, November 16, 2015


 and baptism of ana!!! :))))

temple with hermano frandy

Soy Chapina Adoptada


how are you all doing!? it sounds like the normal excitement of basketball is finally back in the house...with that brings Thanksgiving, Christmas, and a New Year! well i will get to updating you!! :))

first things first, ANA GOT BAPTIZED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we have been teaching Ana for about a month, and she was ready to get baptized the day we met her!!! partly because she is so pilas, and partly because she has listened and met with missionaries for 9 years!!!! needless to say it was a VERY spiritual baptismal service!!!! watching her enter the waters of baptism was so amazing. she told that over all the years she has talked with missionaries not once had she gone to church. she kept telling us that we made the change in her life, but thats a lie. she made it and god made it. we were just lucky enough to be there. 

also, CHANGES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yep there is a new change in the mission of hermana canty!! my new comp is hermana aguilar!!! she is 21 and is from honduras...and I LOVE HER!!!!!! she is so cute and so pilas!!! we are having a great time!!!! :))) 

we were able to see many miracles this week!!! thats is a goal i have to pay more attention to the small mirclaes we see everyday!! i know they are there and you can see them too! we just have to look for them!! :)

we had a special stake broadcast yesterday and Elder Bendar said something that really stuck out to me...he said, "Living the gospel and keeping the covenants isn´t hard, but NOT doing it is" HOW TRUE THAT IS!!!!!!! this gospel is comes down to LOVE and OBEDIENCE!!!! we just have to trust in our heavenly father for what we need and we will be blessed!!!!! that is what i have truly come to learn on the mission...obedience is first!! when we are obedient..we are blessed and when we arent...we dont receive those blessings. i hope that each day we can strive to be more obedient to the SMALL things of the gospel (the big things are easy to do...its the small things that take the effort!)

I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!!! thanks for your love and support and everyuthing you do for me!! have a great week and we will talk more next week!!! GO BIG GREEN..AND RED..AND BLUE!!!!! ;)))

con mucho amor,
Hermana Canty

Monday, November 9, 2015



i hope you are all enjoying your brisk november days! :) please enjoy them for me, Guatemala is starting to heat up again!! :)

well enough about the weather..THIS WEEK WAS FULL OF MIRACLES!!!!!!!! :))

1) Hermana Galland came with me again this week and it was one of the greatest days i have had on the mission. GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS! we decided that day that we were going to talk to EVERYONE! and not have any fear!! so thats what we did. we got on the first bus and started talking to these 2 women who were seated in front. and it turns out that one of them, Amariliz, is SUPER positive, we have taught her twice already and she is really interested!!! (also her eyes are literally golden!!!..thats the conversation starter!:P) we then just talked to every person we saw in the street..every tienda we stopped in! and in one of them we found a super cool family!!!!! we found lots of new investigadores that day and even more we saw that when we ASK god for righteous things he gives thm to us. and if we show him we are willing to do HIS will and NOT ours...even more blessings we will receive!! 

2) My comp sprained her ankle this week (doing an example in zone meeting...oops..we were running for some cookies..and she sprained it...not very bad but its the first time so it hurt a lot!!!) and the nurse told her that she cant walk for a week!!!!!! we were so sad bc we had found lots of new people and wanted to go with them to help them learn more..but nurses orders. so we started calling the members..and luckily..EVERY DAY i was able to leave for at least 3 hours to work!!!!!!!!!! i did divisiones with members and other missionaries to be able to work but i was able to and we helped these new investigators progress. my comp was sad she couldnt leave but was also so grateful for the BLESSINGS that the Lord gave us these week. (i also learned that EVERY LITTLE THING IN OUR LIVES HELPS US ON THE MISSION...for example..all of the times i sat on the table and watched dad tape my ankles helped me be able to do that to my comp this week!! :P)

3) In my study this week i learned lots of things but one stood out to me. its a quote from President Brigham Young. "The men and women who want a place in the Celestial Kingdom will discover that we must battle DAILY!!!" i love this!! because in this life we are battling the evils of the world to be able to overcome them and enter the celestial kingdom...and so its a DAILY battle, not just a "once a week" battle!!!! we are not part time members, or even part time children of god...ITS A FULL TIME JOB!!!!!!!! i love having this knowledge and this tesimony. 

4) I have learned more of the Living Christ (Presidente Ruiz has asked us all to memorize spanish of course lol but its so cool!!) but to memorize this declaraction and be able to say in my head whenever i want has really strengthened my testimony of MY savior!! HE LIVES AND IS THE REASON FOR ALL WE DO!!!!! i am his representative for this time of life and it is such an honor to be able to wear his name!!!!!!!!!! if you havent read the living christ i invite you to read it and try to memorize it!!!! IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!!!!!!

well that was about all that happened this week...its another week of amazing work in guatemala!! with corte and tortillas!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

con amor,
Hermana Canty

Monday, November 2, 2015

Where can I turn for peace?

Well first things first, HAPPY DAY OF THE DEAD!!!!! here in guatemala they dont celebrate Halloween, just Day of the Dead (Nov 1 y 2) so there ya go! we welcomed it in with LOTS of people in the streets, fairs, and FIAMBRE (which was WAY better this year!!!!! if you would like to remember what it looks like, look back at my pics from the beginning of the mission...i know i sent one home lol) it was a good day!!! i hope your weekend of halloween was equally great!!

well a little about this week. Hermana Canty is learning patience and trust in the Lord´s timing. sometimes we expect our efforts to be like the fireworks, that blow up right away, when really they arent anything like that. but its also so great to feel the reassurance that God is pleased with the work we do. speaking of pleasing God, this week i was reading in the Book of Mormon and came across a scripture that got my mind going, its in 3 Nephi 11:15 its when Heavenly Father presents His Son and it says, "For behold, this is my beloved son, in whom i am well pleased. hear ye him." well my question is ¿how would God present us? are we living the manner that he wants so that if he had to present us he could say, "For behold, this is my beloved daughter Hermana Canty, in whom i am well pleased?" that made me think this week. i hope that we can ALWAYS strive to live in such a manner. we should not be so worried about what everyone else thinks of us and if we are pleasing them, but we should PLEASE GOD!

also this week we were able to find A LOT of peace. so the stake has been planning a huge event for like a month and it came to pass yesterday! we were able to go to the temple in Xela!!!!!!! we went with our recent convert Frandy!!! (the event was for recent converts to take a name to the temple and do the baptisms and confirmations for them there. and if we took a convert we got to go!!!) IT WAS SO GREAT SEEING THE LOOK OF FRANDY´S FACE WHEN HE WALKED OUT OF THE TEMPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we werent able to go in the temple bc it was a saturday and there were lots of people (and we cant do baptisms anyway..) but we were able to sit outside and give some tours of the temple to some investigators which was great!!! the spirit of the lord TRULY is there!!!! these people are so blessed!! they have 2 temples in their country and one of which is only 2 hours away!!! i seriously love the temple. and to make it even better i was able to see one of our converts GO AND DO BAPTISMS!!! he took a name of his grandpa and was able to be baptized and confirmed for him!!!! when we asked him how it went when he walked out he just sighed deeply and said, "AMAZING!!!!" i almost cried i was so happy!!!! he was able to feel of the spirit!! i was glad he could go bc he has been having lots of difficulties lately in his life and to go to the temple just helped him relax. it also helped me! this week, like i said, was one of learning and struggling, but just being at the temple for 2 hours helped me forget all of the stresses i had and remember why i am doing what i am doing. I LOVE TO SEE THE TEMPLE!!!! ( i took lots of pics..but have lost LOTS so i will be saving them for when i get home to show you!! :P) 

i LOVE being a missionary! this week we had a multi-zone conference with Presidente Ruiz, and let me just tell you, HE IS TRULY CALLED OF GOD!! for the entire time we were there i just felt so strongly the spirit! he is one man who truly is willing to do everything in his power to help us!

well i hope that your week has been great! and that everyday you are striving to be better!! that is the greatest thing, we dont have to be perfect but we have to be in perfect in TRYING!!!! i love you all so much! thank you for your love and support ALWAYS!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!

Hermana Canty