Another week down. I have a few things to write about this
today. Again this week, none of our investigators are making any progress. Me
and Elder Chirinos spent some time this week thinking about how we can change
that. The best idea that we had, was to involve the ward and stake into our
work, so that´s kinda been our focus this week. Lucky for us, our ward and
stake are all about missionary work. Everyone is super supportive of our
efforts, and is super willing to help. The use of the members is seriosly a
huge help. When we bring members to the lessions, it gives our Investagators a
friend. Also in this area, most all the members have friends who know verry
little about our church. All the members are a huge help in finding people to
teach. Everyone, including the youth.
On Saturday, we had an activity with the youth. All of the
youth in the ward thought of friends who are not members, and then me an Elder
Chirinos split up, and took the youth, and visited their references. This was a
super great activity for us and for the youth. For us, we made some new
investigators, and for the youth, they got to be missionaries for a few hours.
It is so Incredible to see how active the youth are in this ward. Every young
man and woman in this ward has a missionary plaque, similar to mine that says,
¨Future Missionary.¨On Sundays, the youth wear their plaques with pride, and
they know that they will be a missionary some day.
I have one other neat experience that happened this week.
One of the members in the ward called us up this week, I think it was on
tuesday, and said that he needed help. Of course we are always willing to help,
so we accepted and ran over to Isaac´s house. When we got there, Isaac told us
the problem. One of his good friends son, was super sick, and Isaac wanted us
to give him a blessing. We abliged and visited the house of Isaac´s friend.
Inside laid the son, on his bed. He did not look good. He could hardly open his
eyes, and he could only barely move his arms. He could not speak, and his
throaght was severly swollen. He practially looked dead. When we entered, we
spoke with the mother. The mother told us that he can listen, but can not
respond to us or speak with us. We then proceded to ask the mother a few
questions. We found out that they are not members of the church, but she had
strong faith in Christ. She belived that anything is possible through the power
of Christ. She didnt really know what to think about us offering a blessing,
but she was desperate, and willing to try anything to help her son. We then
briefly taught about faith, and then proceded to bless the son. My companion
annointed, and i blessed. I remember that i had know clue what to say, and keep
in mind that i do not speak a ton of spanish, but when i laid my hands upon
that mans head, words came to me. I do not know what i said, but it was what
Heavenly Father wanted me to say. As we left, the mother was in tears, and me
and Elder Chirinos just went, ¨Whoa.¨ I do not know what has happened since
tuesday, but i can say, and i can testify that there is power in the
priesthood. The power is real, and it is incredible. Family, I love you so
Kelci- Yes, tell Kelci happy birthday for me, and tell her
good luck in florida.
Heat- It is extremmly hot. The heat is the one thing that im
struggling with right now. We walk all day in deathly hot tempertures. I have
not yet adjusted to the climate yet, i hope i do soon.
Jose- So there is some huge problems with Jose. Jose is ready
for baptism, and want to be baptized, but he just cant right now. Jose is not
married to his girlfried. That is the big problem. Weve been working with them
to work out a weding, but there is some huge problems with Kathrine, the
girlfriend. Kathrine doesnt have citizenship here. Without citizenship, she
cant be married. It will proably take aver six months before kathrine an get
citizenship and can be married. So Jose can no be baptized. it is super sad and
unfortuante, but it is what it is.
Ward- Our ward is a really good size. Attending church on
sundays is the only time where i feel like im in the states. The members are
super great, and the youth program is super strong.
Referels and dinner appointments- So the ward is super good
with referals, they are our biggest help. Typically we dont have dinner
apointments, but often we have lunch apointment. There are some members that we
will ocassionally visit that always feed us. If we are hungry we will visit
family Martinez or Family Wendy, and they always will make us food.
So im oficially more than 2 months in, crazy!! This week has
been super fast. Honestly, all in all, nothing extrodanary has happened, Pretty
chill week. We´ve spent alot of time this week looking for new investagators.
We have a ton of investagators, but hardly any of them are progresing. Alot of
the people down here just want to talk with us. They are always super
accepting, and super nice, and seem to be super interested, but they dont ever
do anything. We´ll ask people to read a pamphlet, or a chapter in the bible,
but when we folow up in the next visit, they never do it. One example of this
is church. This week, 20 investagators said they would come to church, and
yesterday, not a single one was there. Its super difficult because i cant force
them to act. They say they will act, but they just dont... Its funny because
when we get people to act, they are almost always converted. Oh well. All in
all, things are pretty good down here. Honduras is a pretty chill place. It´s
funny because we´ll ask people ¨como esta¨, or ¨que tal¨(hows it going, and
whats up) and most people respond with ¨tranquilo¨(chill).
This place is great. Super different, but great. It is
deathly hot down here, but other than the weather, things are awesome! I love
you all, The church is true.
Con mucho Amor, Siempre
My week- Excllente!
Things I need- I think im good!
Font- Si, the church has a verry nice font. Our Capilla is
super beatifull. it is this huge church is kinda a rough area, but it is
Couples- There are a ton of unmarried families. Marriage is
not a big deal down here. People just dont care about marriage. Also, its super
sad, but there is a ton of single mothers. More than half of the houses that we
knock belong to single mothers.
Ward or Branch- We have a ward. There are on average around
150 members who attend church. Its a way decent size ward. The church is super
strong here. Other cool things about my area, the stake president lives in my
area, so we take advantage of that quite often.
Settled in- Deffinitle. Things are way better now. The food
is pretty normal. it took a few weeks, but its all good now.
Clothes- We wash our clothes by hand. We have a sink and a
washing stone, and then our dryer is a clothes line. Actually, I kinda like it.
I feel like it cleans better, and its kinda peacefull.
City- So Monterry is in Tegucigalpa. I honestly have no clue
how close i am to downtown. All i really know is that Monterry is considered
Dawson- Thats sweet. I guess that the spanards accent is
super odd. They speak in a super high pithched voice. I bet dawson will love
it. Thats nuts that little dawson has is call, crazy!
Mothers day- So ve heard that we get to Skype. There is a
few internet cafes that have webcams. I honestly dont know whats going to
happen. Ill fill you in when it gets a little closer.
Thank you so much for everything, serriously. mmkay, where
to begin... So this week has acually gone by pretty fast. It has been difficult
to adjust, but Honduras is slowly starting to feel like home. This is not easy,
but i was never expecting this to be easy. So this week i have had all sorts of
crazy expieriences. Me and my companion have had a few really good
investigators. Every one of our Investigators have different problems and
questions, but through the power of the holy ghost, they have been able to come
to the knowldege of the truth. So we have had one investagator named Jose. Jose
is an exxcellent person, and his family is just amazing. Jose has a 1 year old
son who is just the joy of Joses life. Well this week, joses little boy got
sick, really sick. The little boy was sent to the hospital, and ended up passing
away. But somehow miraculously, 5 minuets later, after the boy was pronounced
dead, the little boy started breating again, and has made a complete recovery
in just a few days. I can not explain it, Jose can not explain it, the doctors
can not explain it. It has truly been miraculous. Through this expierience,
Jose has been humbled, and weve meet with jose almost everyday this week. He
has been making incredible progress, and has commited to baptism on the 25th. I
can not explain the workings of the lord, but it is incredible. Also this week
i had my first baptism, so yeah, the lord is moving the work forward. Honestly,
this mission is an incredible opportunity. It makes for long days, and it is
difficult, but i am loving it. This church is so true. Our father in heaven
knows us, knows our problems, and our difficulties. I am so greatfull for this
church, and the knowldge that i have about it. I love you all much!
Mmkay, so i got 60 minuets to write in the CCM, but i only
get 30 here... so i do not have time to answer questions, but i will try to
answer them next week. I dont know if you have spent the package yet, but if
you havent, there is a few more things i would like. Golf pants are perfect,
but not black ones, please. Also, i did not bring a white p day shirt. All of
my shirts are black... Also as i said last time, if you see any cool ties, send
them my way. Im doing pretty good on money. I get about 150 dollars every
month, which is enough to live off of, but not comfortably. Every now and again
i may take out 20 dollars, so just keep an eye on my account. There is a few
things i need to buy here, so ill proably take out some money today. So yeah,
just keep me in your prayers. Think of this, mothers day is in one month. In
three or four more letters, youll get to have a phone call with me. Time really
flys by. I love you so much
I'm guessing this is his attempt at making a hotdog in a bun. It actually doesn't look too bad.
Holy cow, I made it. There is so much that i have to say,
but not much time. This place is so different. My area is called Monterry, and
it is in central honduras. I am in Tegucigalpa, nobody here knows the
difference between comayuaguela and tegucigalpa. The houses here are litterally
built on top of each other, and everyone lives in one room tin sheds. It is a
major culture shock. Ill attach some pictures for you. In my house, there is no
toilet, we have a backyard and a bucket, there is no shower, we have a water
bucket for that, but we do have a fridge, which is a huge blessing. That is the
way everyone lives down here, I do not know how people do it. There are alot of
really good people down here though. Currently we have 15 investagators, and 22
more who we have visited, but we dont have time for right now. It blows my mind
that everybody here is super accepting. We have spent a little bit of time knowcking
doors, and not once have we been rejected. Every single person belives in God,
and in Christ, but most people do not attend a church, but they want to. Our
work here is crazy. We always have investigators to teach and investagators to
baptize and investagators who are ready for the gospel. Im not going to lie, it
is really tough work. Trying to remember 37 investagators and their
difficulties and problems, and where they live is really tough. My area is
essentially a five mile square, but none of it is flat, and is is all vertical
dirt paths. I have gone to bed every night this week just beat dead. This
already has been the hardest thing i have ever done, but it is for such a good
cause. There are so many pople here who want the gospel, There is no time to
rest. You shouldnt worry about me, I am under the protection of the lord. It
has been difficult for my stomach to adjust this week, but im starting to
improve. I feel like my spanish is decent, but people here speak a really slang
version of spanish called Vos. Im starting to pick up on it, but according to
other norte missionaries, it takes about 6 months before one starts to feel
comftable. Everything will come in time. Thank you so much for the pictures, it
is so good to see the family, and the food. Not gonna lie, the food here is
rough. Tortillas, beans, and nastsy goat cheese, oh well. I love you all so
much. Thank you so much for everything father and mother. I know am coming to
realize how much of blessing i had to be able to grow up in a strong family,
who was rooted in the gospel, and who lived in the united states. Life in the
states is so nice compared to life outside. Thank you so much for raising me
and building my foundation. Ill send another email with answers to questions
and other stuff, but for now, Hasta Luego
Con mucho mucho Amor
My hair- yeah, i dont have it anymore oh well. I have a
crazy story about it, and the crazy barber, but i dont have time to tell it
right now. Remember it for when i get back.
Conference- In my zone, there is one other norte from utah,
so we watched conference in english together, it was really good. There were
some really powerfull talks given.
My compañero- My companion is Elder chirinos. He is actually
from noth honduras so he is totally used to this place. He is a newbie like me.
He is only in his third month, and im in my second. He was trained by elder
woodland which is funny, because Elder woodland is that guy from Idaho Falls. I
am only Elder chirinos 2nd companion, both of his companions have been idaho
boys. hes a really good guy, and yes, he is as short as he seems haha
Easter- Not really a big deal down here. They celebrate the
whole week as the Santa Semaña (the holy week). Yesterday seemed like just
The heat- yeah, its hot.. Everyone says that this week is
the hottest week of the year, i dont know why. It got up to 120 last week,
Stuff i need- My black pants are the death of me. My
companion only has brown pants, just like my brown levis( my favorite pants)
haha. If you could send brown pants, light brown, dark brown, or gray pants,
like my levis, that would be faboulous. Other things, mabey some more sd cards,
and a usb with church music would be cool. If every you find any cool ties,
pack those as well. Also granola bars are heaven, and fruit oatmeal is the
same. and more body powder, other than those, i dont need a whole bunch. I love
you so much!!!