Friday, April 26, 2013

"V is for Victory" April 22, 2013

This week was a huge success! We did exchanges with the ZL's so that they could get to know our investigators and help me out in the area. I went with Elder Sears from Ventura, California to go work in our area. We went and visited and worked on exchanges for 2 days with special permission. It was a long hard fight, but we walked the streets of La Concepcion with a V on our chests for VICTORY!! We now have 5 baptisms for the first week of May. It was good to actually know that we have the fruits of our labors after these long 5 weeks. We were the only ones in the zone that didn't have any baptisms, but that all changed!

We also had a Stake activity on Saturday. It was a tour of the Church put on by the Single Adults from the stake. They took in little groups in the waiting room and did a walk through of the Plan of Salvation. At the end of the tour, they had tables outside set up with all of the pamphlets of the Lessions that we give and also Books of Mormon. I was helping out, when all of a sudden they pulled me aside and asked me for some help. They said that they needed a "strong body" to help carry a woman around in the tour that didn't have legs. There were no wheelchairs, so I carried her in my arms the whole time. Holy Smokes! It tested my will to survive! I didn't think I would be able to do it, she was big. We finally made it all the way through and I sat her down in a chair and laid down outside on a bench. People were asking me what happened because my shirt was all wrinkled and untucked with my tie half way undone. I just smiled and said, "nothing, just doing my job" and continued with the tour.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

"Let it go...or eat it!" April 15, 2013


I found the Scripture that predicts my experience on a mission: Isaiah 28:20.
"For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it."
Yep, that just about sums it up, haha!!!

This week was a little difficult. We received a referral from some of the Hermanas in the zone to teach a family. We went and they were a little shocked and shy because we had found them so fast. We brought different members from the neighborhood to make them feel comfortable about the change of house that they recently had. They are all great, the dad is always looking to learn more about Christ and his wife and kids all know the new testament pretty well. They have 3 kids, 2 daughters of the age of 17 and 10 and the son is 14. We took the kids to church and they were a little shy, but then all of their friends from school came up and sat with us/them in Sacrament meeting. Then afterwards they all went to class together and they said that they had a great time. I just hope that the parents come next week.

Well the difficult part was that every other appointment of ours fell. We have this really good family and that's about it. Our investigators all need to get divorced and this can take from 3 months or more.

We went to one of our investigator's house (that needs to get divorced and remarried) and they were shoveling out dirt from a little river next to their house. Their dog was going nuts just playing and jumping in the water. If you threw a rock in the water, it would go and try to bring it out again. It would also go hunting for turtles in the river! It brought one out and the family kept it to let it go later...or eat it! It was a little strange, but whatever floats their boat. That dog was having a great time diving in and looking for turtles.

"General Conference" April 8, 2013

Me and President Monson for my very last session of General Conference in the Mission Tegucugalpa, Honduras!
Priesthood going out for grub after the Priesthood session. Elder Sears, Elder Garcia, Elder Boe, me and my companion Elder De La Cruz.

Friday, April 5, 2013

"Torta de Pescado" April 1, 2013

This is the fish that they make torta de pescado out of. Its a bread with pieces of this fish in there and they make a broth out of the rest of the fish. blaaa.

Now, lobster tails is the kind of seafood that is NEVER unappetizing!

"Semana Santa 2013" April 1, 2013

My pet iguana. I named him "GODZILLA"

Wow! Well, this week was Semana Santa or Spring Break. They try to make it a little more connected to the real purpose of Easter by calling it the Holy Week. There was absolutely no one in their houses from Thursday to Sunday. It's definitely on of the hardest weeks there is in Latin America for the missionaries. We had received a list of some of the people that went to the Open House in the Temple, so we went to contact them to see if they would be interested if we visited them. So we started out trying to find them but they were all out of town due to the Semana Santa swimming and taking a vacation and what not. We barely scrapped some old investigators up to teach this week. We have one that we are teaching that is basically a "dry member". She just has husband problems because all he does is drink and has no interest in any help at all. We tried to talk to him and he went and hid in his room. But I called him out and he came to get to know us. Little by little we are trying to teach him also.
On Sunday's we always get invited to eat dinner with a family in the ward. Last week they made us mini hamburgers (which was a first for me) then this week they made us steamed broccoli and chicken! It was the first time that I had eaten broccoli in Honduras. It was so good, I forgot how good it is to eat something besides lettuce or a mango salad. I was enjoying every bite! We got to talking afterwards with them and getting to know them more. The wife started to tell us about her teaching career in music. She started out studying and getting a major in Music (which is quite an accomplishment here). She told us that she applied to a University that was sponsored by a "Certain Religion". At the end of the interview, the headmaster of the university asked her what religion she was and she replied "I'm from the Church of Jesus Christ of Later day Saints" "oh? which is that?" "Oh, I'm a Mormon". The Headmaster got a stern look on her face and gave her back her portfolio and denied her because she was a member. The next person that went in for the interview was from a different religion and wasn't as qualified as the first and they hired her. I'm not saying that she was denied the job for being a member, but I just thought that it was an interesting story. The Member now works at an elementary school as the music teacher. She is in charge of singing nursery songs with the little kindergartners and she told us that she would sing "My Heavenly Father Loves Me" and "Popcorn popping". She said that she would have kids come up and tell her that they sing that in their churches and ask her if she is "Mormon" also. The member laughs and tells them that she is.

"Last area of my Mission" March 25, 2013

Yup, well, I am now officially in my last area of my Mission. Its really strange thinking about that. I feel completely stress free without the responsiblilidad of the ZL position. goodness gracious!! I am now in the Zone Danli and the Barrio of La Concepcion. My new comp is Elder de la Cruz de Mexico. Elder Dockendorf and I were sad because we had such little time together, only one transfer. He calls me every now and then to tell me how stressed he is and how he is jealous that I got bajar-ed. I was just walking around in our area and I just felt completely different. I was trying to figure out what it was and then I realized that I wasn't stressing or worrying about what the zone was doing or if everyone was working. It was just us, the Lord and all of our area to ourselves!

One of my other Mission buddies, Elder Sears (from Ventura, CA) was asked to be one of the new ZL's this transfer in Danli with me. Its his first time as ZL and he always calls me "the Veteran" because I had so much time (10 months) as ZL and he always asks me to help him out and answer all of his questions. Its strange to think that I am the oldest in the Zone...ahh man. We have a new guy named Elder Boe from Napa Valley, CA. This guy is huge!! He's 18 and just a big kid! He's having a little trouble understanding and speaking the language. He likes to hang out with us on P days because he is surrounded by Spanish the other 6 days. Hes a cool kid.

I thought president was going to put me in my last area to die in peace....but I'm back to being a DL.

I ate some fried turtle meat the other day. Its alright...I had a hard time eating it. Just the thought of it being a turtle psyched me out.

Interesting fact: This is the first time in my Mission that the Zone has been over run by Elders from California!! there are 5 of us.