Monday, July 23, 2012

July 23, 2012

This week was an interesting week! It has been kind of difficult because we have had investigators that we have taught a bunch and they arent progressing! So we dropped them. Basically me and my companion
are consulting with the Lord always first but there are investigators that are just going to be eternal investigators so we drop them! It is hard but then it seems like everytime that we drop someone we find a
family or an elect person waiting for us! We found a lot of new investigators this week! We went to a part of our area that neither me nor my companion knew and we ended up teaching like 7 lessons in a couple hours and finding 7 new investigators! The Lord really is blessing us for our hard work and we are having a lot of fun with the work too! I have realized that our area is immense and basically it is impossible to know all the parts of our area and difficult also because our investigators all live so spread out! Thats alright though! This week we had plans to have a b├áptism and things were going great and then He had his interview! He had drank coffee and lied to us about it the whole week so we are hoping to baptize him this week as long as he doesnt drink coffee! He is an interesting man he is the Grandpa to the Bishop and is like 94 years old and walks a bunch every day it is pretty crazy! The work is progressing though we are finding more and more investigators and we had the most investigators in Sacrament this week that we have had my whole time here!  Time really flies serving the lord when we are working hard and having fun and success! Truely the Lords hand is in all things and I see it more and more everyday that I am here and I feel more love for the people I am serving and for all my friends and family back home! I am so grateful for the oppertunity to serve and be a member of this church and to have made covenants with God that I know have and will continue to bless my life! God is a loving and living God and that is a fact! I love you all and hope everything is well in your side of the world! Because everything is gorgeous and wonderful here because we have God in our life!

Monday, July 16, 2012

July 16, 2012

This week was a ptretty incredible week! We are always staying so busy
and we walk a ton! Some days less than others but other days we dont
plans very well and have to walk 30 or more minutes between
appointments! I have the goal to baptize every week of my mission and
I am definitely seeing the Lords hand in helping me with my goal as I
work hard! This week we had another baptism it was a single mother of
3 kids! The oldest is 10 the others are I think 5 and 2 but I am not
sure! They are the best! They are so much fun and it was incredible
the baptism! But the story for the baptism we were really worried! We
had plans to do the baptism at 2 o clock and Hermana Darlin said that
she would be there at 130 and she is never late she is always early!
So we get to the church at 1 and prepare everything and we are waiting
and waiting and 130 passes and she isnt there then 2 passes she isnt
there 230 she isnt there and at 245 I was extremely worried because
she still wasnt there! We waited and waited then finally we asked one
of the members that was there to use his cell phone to ask if we could
call her! We called ehr and she was so sorry but she said she would be
there in 15 minutes! She finally came and we had the baptism! It was
an awesome baptism! Then I was thinking and was a little worried
because I wasnt going to complete my goal of having a baptism every
week because for this saturday we didnt have a date set for baptism
but Sunday came around and we are in sacrament and the Bishops Grand
father comes in and he has been to the church many times and received
the lessons but never before has wanted to be baptized but we were
talking with him and he said I want to be baptized"! I was amazed and
we are going to have his baptism this Saturday! The Lords hand
providing miracles! IT is pretty incredible to see the Lords hand in
all things and see people come out of no wehre that want to be
baptized! <We are working hard and having fun and doing are best to
have success! WE are finding families every week but the problem is
they arent all progressing! It is hard and frustrating but we have to
drop our investiggators that arent progressing because their are
others out there that need us and we can use our time better!  The
work is amazing and it changes peoples lives! The Lord can help us
with all we just have to humble our selves and asK! It is incredible
to see his hand in all things with our investigators with me learning
spanish with everything! The Lord lives and wants to help us we just
have to ask him and do our part!

July 9, 2012

As for my update it was a pretty interesting week we went into the
week only having plans to have one baptism and had two! It was kind of
sad this week too we had been working with a family and praying to
know what to do for them and what we could do to help! They hadnt been
progressing and we had to drop them because we need to use are time
with those that are ready to hear our message and progress and
actually make steps to come unto Christ! We also had another family
that we were worried about too Familia Pineda we were worried because
they werent going to church and werent really progressing and we
prayed that they could come to church and they did so that in itself
was a miracle! Also this week we met our new mission President!
President Fortuna, he will be an awesome mission president and I am
really excited that I will have him as my mission President for the
enxt two years! I am really fired up about the work this week! (well
basically every week and day!! It was a good week we found a bunch of
familes too teach and most all are going to progress and hopefully be
baptized! My companion and I have the goal to have a baptism every
week from here on out and President Fortuna expects us too baptize one
family every month we are really excited about this goal and know it
is possible and we want to do it and more! As for the baptisms this
week it was pretty awesome we had interviews on Friday for those being
baptized and we had one for Hermano Carlos that we were thought would
be baptized this coming week nd then they had the interview and my
district leader said he is ready! He has an incrdible testimony of the
Book of Mormon! HE has a stronger testimony of it than most people I
know that are members! Then Hermano Juan also had his interview and he
cant really talk at all so it was really difficult for our distrit
leader but he was ready! Then Saturday we had the two baptisms of our
investigators and one of the Sisters in our same area! I was fortunate
and blessed to have the oppertunity to baptize all three of them! It
was pretty incredible! it was an awesome experience to be able to
perform the baptisms and know that they were being placed under
covenant! They were all so excited and so ready to continue on in the
Church! It was an awesome week! This church really is true and the
blessings are real I think everyone needs to take time and reflect on
what the Lord has given us!! He has given us so much it is incredible!
If you want to realize how blessed you are go to a third world country
where people dont have jobs have dirt floors but they are happy! The
Gospel truely brings happiness and I am so excited o share it with
everyone!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

July 2, 2012

We have been working hard and walking a lot trying to teach as many people as we can.  We have a baptism this week for  Hermano Juan.  He is ready and I am so excited for this - it will be my first baptism and I get to baptize him.  It is hard teaching him because he can't talk but he understands all and is excited to be baptized.  Next week we have two baptisms and we are so excited.  We have found a lot of families to teach and are always looking for more.  In our mission we are focused mainly on teaching families and men older than 18 and to have complete families.  Right now we have 5 or 6 families that we have taught once and are working to set baptismal dates.  The problem here is they don't attend church or they aren't married or they are married and need to get a divorce and get remarried.  We are teaching a family in the Anonas and they want to be baptized but the problem is they are poor and the Mom is pregnant and obviously can't walk far and they don't have a car so it is very frustrating.  I love the people here so much.  The kids are so funny - they all want me to speak English but they don't understand a lick of it - it is quite funny.
I will never complain ever again about having to wash my clothes with a washer - it is definitely a lot easier to do that than do it by hand.  I also won't complain about a bad shower - we have a shower and the water is always cold if we even have water!  I love it here and am learning so much.

June 25, 2012

My first week in Honduras and can I just say it is beautiful her.  I am serving in a city called Comayagua - it is a 2 hour bus ride from Tegucigalpa.  My companion is from Guatemala.  I love it here!  It is really hot all the time though I will adjust.  We walk all the time.  It has been incredible teaching real people that need the gospel.  This week we committed a man to baptism.  He is so incredible.  He is blind and can't read very well so it is hard teaching him but he understands and is positive and acceptive of our message.  The other day we went to a place called Anonas; it is a 20 minute bus ride and then two hours of hiking through the mountains to find the people.  It is pretty intense.  The people here are so humble and loving.  It is crazy to see the differences in cultures and even in the different parts of our area.
I am so pumped up to serve!