Monday, October 29, 2012

Ok so this week was a handful... We had our activity, divisions with a mini missionary (a missionary that has been set apart for a couple weeks or two to replace a missionary that goes home for health or other reasons early) and interviews with the president. Also there was some other activities but those will be told of in time. Ok so this week was started off more or less with an activity. One that we planned for a long time for three sundays and other days with leaders. Ther were games outside, two types, spiritual and regular. the spiritual games recieved 3 tickets after playing, and the regular recieved only 1. after an hour the games ended and then people told two "judges" how many they gained. with different amounts they went into three rooms. one to each be for different degrees of glory in heaven. It was so we could start to think of the things we are doing in this earth. we do good things, we show we love god. if we dont we show him we dont love him. (john 14:15) it was an activity that we can reflect on what we can do better. it was so stressful, because none of the leaders showed up till about ten minutes AFTER we were supposed to start and the people with the games didnt show up till about 30 minutes after. But it was ok cuz no one showed up for the activity till 7 anyway BUT the activity was powerful. it did go well, even with me stressing out trying to figure out how to do everything. It went well. And the next day i was able to serve with an elder castillo in divisions. that day my comp had to go to his area to help that area out. (if you have questions about this area and divisions, feel free to ask me or another missionary or former missionary.) well it was a super powerful day of elder castillo teaching me alot. He still hasnt served a mission but has been preparing for one, really dang well. he knows alot of how missionaries work. After that we were able to head to the office to have interviews from our mission president and he was able to see how we are doing, and such things as that. BUT the big thing that happened is this battle... Ok. there are no words to explain. just pictures. they will be shown, and you will understand a little better. well... maybe in another email because my camera is not working at this point in time... BUT it will all be explained!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ok so first off these pictures are what i wake up to every morning right out my window. pretty dang awesome right? ya its gorgeous here in SPS. Especially at dawn. I dont wake up to early, just at 6:15 and its just part of the way of living on the equater. It gets light at 6 and gets dark at 6. its pretty strange but im still getting used to it. So this week has been pretty busy. We are actually stilling the idea of an activity from the singles ward, where there is an hour of games to be played. There are two types of games, the spiritual, and the wordly. We are going to have a box of books of mormon so people can write their testimony and such. one thing that is super cool is that people will be gaining tickets. 3 for the espiritual and 1 for the world games. with these they will be able to really think about what things we should focus on. the espiritual, or the wordly.  its a pretty cool activity that we have been busting our butts to plan. we are loving it, and hoping that a huge turnout is able to make it to the activity! i miss facebook and using that to invite and advertize activites... Its so much esier then having a couple groups of people running around inviting and reminding everyone the three days before XD BUT other than that, this week has been great! we are working on finding people who want to listen to this gospel and its been an experience, let me tell you. The funniest is when kids run out and say no one is home, then we ask why, so they go and ask why no one is home, and they say alot of the time, "they say they arent home because of this..." and we really cant force them to listen to us, but its still funny. We just enjoyed our time alot this week and came back with some great families. Some times it is hard for me to realize that is actually impossible for people to leave their house without anybody guarding it? i cant remember the english word... cuidandolo... meh, those who can remember can tell those who cant. BUT if they are the only ones home they cant leave for church. Its super dangerous to do here in this city. Just another thing that proves to me that i am indeed a gringo and i don't live in kansas anymore. BUT i am so thankful for this time. When we have been able to help families grow closer... Its a wonderful experience that i have been able to be a part of. Also i know that some of you might want to start thinking about either christmas or birthday packages, and this are the few things ill need. Letters, candy, white shirts, and socks. Or if you dont want to spend the money on shipping you can send me the money through my mom and ill buy the white shirt and or socks here. but who doesnt like packages? Also as Elder Evans said in April 2012 general conference. "We can write of Christ by writing letters to those who are away. Missionaries serving, sons or daughters in the military, and those we love are all blessed by letters we write. Letters from home are not just quick e-mails. Real letters provide something tangible that can be held, thought about, and cherished." -Elder Evans  Just a thought here from honduras. And thank you to all of you who have sent me letters! They are all cherised and will be responded upon. And again if you are a working college student and have no money or such, there is still dearelder, which still is tangable, just not in your words, and thats ok too. Well thats enough begging, just remember that i love you all, and i know with a surity that the work i am doing here is guided by God, and i should be here.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Well everybody this week was a very strange week. I am here in the Ward Las Brisas in the main city of San Pedro Sula. i know this map wont really show much of my area but its a great area! Its called the breezes for a reason, so i am not dying of heat everyday, so i cant really complain about the heat! I live in a TINY house! the pictures i sent last week of the room? the other door leads outside or into the bathroom. I love where we live because right now, its super private and secure. Mostly because we live on the third floor. This is good because again, a huge breeze runs through our area. We are having some times finding people who are willing to talk to us right now, which is because there are alot of people that work everywhere but here so we havent really run into a family to teach, but we are working. I am having some fun learning alot of spanish, because thats all my companion speaks. My companion is actually from Guatamala, the north part of the country, and he is actually almost done! He is going to finish his mission in exactly 2 months, so i am pretty excited that i can be part of that! He is a great mission that knows a whole ton of alot. Its so far been great and i know it will be even better with the time set up now! I know this doesnt have much info info about our day to day, we have not been doing much more than FINDING so thats what i talked about this week! I love you all and i hope all is well with you!

I totally forgot to mention the craziness of my friday! im not going to mention why but on friday i found myself in a trio for a day so we could help an elder in a tough spot, but because of that i went with my companion on bauptismal interviews, and... something awesome happened!! I met my first monkey!!!!! They are actually pretty cool, and this one was very tame. He did have a weird hatred for the kittens and grabbed and chucked them long distances when he could. This monkey was tiny, weird and actually didnt have thumbs. I thought they all did... Also the tail was cool! the underside was actually kind of like a palm of the hand, the leather type of skin and all that. but that monkey was actually able to pick up those kittens with its tail! i then spent 15 minutes trying to save all of these kittens and keep them out of reach of this monkey. But... still, those cats werent the smartest i have ever seen... they just kept coming back for more!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Ok so in these pictures are the wedding of two now members, and the party after and our planning for that day. that marriage was really a miracle. we had been teaching her and her kids for three months and every time we tried teaching him he ran, hid, or just locked himself inside their house. The wife really wanted to get baptized so much, BUT she needed to get married first, but he was very un interested in marriage. but one day he decided to talk to us, and everything just turned from there. he went to church once then missed a sunday but then the next saturday his son broke his foot, and everyone was trying to find out a way of NOT going to church but he was there the whole time trying to convince them how they COULD go to church! he was then also super excited about a plan to be able to go to the temple, so they can be sealed in the temple as a family. they are putting a weekly amount of money into the president so that after the time they can use it for this sacred purpose. It was really an amazing miracle to see. also was when we went to the beach and hung out as a zone out there. The beach wasnt the cleanest but it was dang pretty if you could ignore the smell. AND there is a picture of a little girl in a white dress. her name is jenny and she is a dorbale. she is also 7. there then is a coulpe pictures of a girl in overalls, she is catherine, she made me feel scared for my life, loved beyond all measure and she is bigger then jenny. she is also three. 3 tres. Well i am here in my new area with my new comp! i am actually in side san pedro sula in a ward. this is my first ward and im pretty excited for this new type of work that i will be able to do. it will be alot different then my first two areas, but i know i can see miracles there too. right now i am with an elder gonzalez from guatemala. He will be dying in december so most likely ill be his last companion. We havent had any problems thus far and i can see us working hard! I know that this work is the work of god.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Ok so this week was awesome! We finally were able to help a family be married and baptized! They are super happy about it too. The thing im happy about is that i was able to be there to help and see it. We are all super sad because i am leaving this change for another part of Honduras, and i am excited to see more and learn as much as i can. I dont have much time today because we went and visited San Pedro Sula, and played soccer and ate lunch with our mission president President Veirs. It was a great time and i am sorry i dont have much more time! i will send pictures next week!