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Capítulo 50 - It looked like the piñata was flying

 Well of the baptisms we had planned, we had 4 of them follow through. the baptism was awesome and we even bought some donuts for everyone that came to the baptism. The following day, Sunday, We had the confirmations too. This Sunday was AMAZING we had the 4 confirmations and a sacrament attendance of over 150 people!! Members kept coming up to Elder Alvarado and I saying "we have a great team here, you two are some of the best missionaries that this ward has seen." It honestly took us by shock, but we were very happy with how everything turned out. This ward is getting back to where it needs to be.

  This week, Elder Cuevas hit his one year mark in the mission. So a member from his ward made him a little piñata that looked like a missionary. We took that piñata home, filled it with whatever candy/packaged foods we could find. We tied it up in a way that it could move around in all sorts of directions, and it looked like the piñata was flying. It was super fun. After we all took turns, we lit it on fire, and then it looked like a flying ball of fire. It was super cool and super funny. the pictures turned out really cool too.

  We've been working as much as we can with the members here trying to get them motivated to fulfill their callings and also help us out in the missionary work. We've been starting a really good system, and everyone seems to be very excited about the work, and the other baptism we have today really shows the ward that we mean business. They weren't very excited to have 2 "office Elders" in the ward, but they've repented of their prior thoughts towards us, and we really do make a good team here.

Capitulo 49 - We have 6 baptisms today

This was a very long week. We had a lot of stuff to do, and not a lot of time to do it. We had changes in the mission (I think they're called transfers in the states?) Anyways, our missiona president had a huge mission president seminar in panama, and had to leave Tuesday, so we had changes on monday. The difficult part is that we had to recieve the new misisonaries, have the meeting for them, change all the missionaries around, and send the missionaries going home to their airplanes. Normally a 3 day job, but we did it in a matter of hours. It was a very stressful day haha.

   We've had to do a lot of driving, and has the "executive secretary" I have to be the driver because im "in charge" of the cars. So here in honduras, there are people everywhere. One of my first times driving I was sitting at a stop light, and everyone started yelling and I had no idea what was happening, and out of nowhere the dirties water gets splattered over the entire windsheild as some random guy started washing my window. I almost died of a heart attack. I had no idea what to do, and then they started laughing and put on the windsheild wipers to tell the guy no... and that happens every light that we ever stop at. There's just a mob of people waiting for you so they can make you windows dirtier than they started so that you pay them to clean it.

  This p-day...isn't really p-day haha. It's our p-day, but we've been busy this whole time because we have 6 baptisms today. Let's hope they all go through and get baptized. The work is going great!

Capítulo 48 - We won't let this legend of a ward die

Wow, it's been about 6 weeks, and it's already time to have changes. This week has been super crazy busy with the planning of the new people coming in, and the old people going home. Let's just say that it took a lot of very sleepless nights to figure it out, but we've been doing a lot better. one day, I had some extra time and so I mapped out how everything was going to go for the people going home, their divisions, their temple trip, their family night with president, their final interviews, and just everything. We are all getting super stressed, but the drawing helps haha.

Also, on Halloween we had bought some watermelons, and we carved them as if they were pumpkins, just because it's almost impossible to find a pumkin here. It was actually a lot more fun than I thought it was going to be, and worked super well haha.

Even though we were super busy with the office, Elder Alvarado and I still squeezed some time in to get out to our area and teach some poeple. When we were out there, we found the awesomest family ever! That day we had been thinking of a few things we can do to be little bit more efficient in the work with the little time we have, and so we created a little 10 question survey to use, and we tested it out with them, and it went perfectly! We came to visit them a second time, and answered just about all of their doubts about the church. after the third visit, they're all ready for baptism, except the dad. They've all excepted baptism, but the dad is still a little doubtful. We'll see what happens when they come to church this sunday.

Speaking about church. This last week was so very dead. None of us had to speak but it was just super sad to see this ward only have an attendance of 45 people. Especially because this ward is the largest ward in all of honduras and the first efforts of the church in all of honduras. The church in honduras started here, and it's just sad to see what it's become. Anyways, we're really getting to work on that, and we won't let this legend of a ward die.


the watermelon we carved 

Office life 

Capítulo 47 - The Temple was so very perfect

This was a good week. We started off the by taking all of the missionaries and investigators of the stake to the Temple. It was an amazing experience for everyone. The Temple was so very perfect, and it was night time, so the night lights looked amazing. The spirit was so strong and then out of the nowhere, 4 doves were flying around the statue of Moroni. After the trip, we were talking to a few investigators, and one of them told me that her husband told her that he had talked to missionaries before when they lived in a different city, but he had never felt the spirit like he does when he talks to us, and when he was at the Temple. The goal here is a Temple sealing for them, and I really think we can get that for them.

  Also this week, we held the first ever Danli zone conference. Normally we have it here in the main building of the Mission, but this time we went all the way out there. We were a little bit behind schedule, so lets just say, things got really fun on those mountain like road haha.

  This week we tried to do some work in an area that hasn't been very attended lately. It's called El Cerrito. It's literally a hill and it has a gigantic flag of honduras on the top. Anyways, this hill is straight dirt, and well we're getting hit by some tropical storm thing "Selma" well, we haven't gotten hit yet, that will happen later today, but we've been getting hit by the outter parts of it. Anyways, there has been a lot of rain recently, and it turned that hill into a mud bowl. We went up there and we were slipping and falling as we tried to find these people. We came back to the house completely drenched in mud, but it was totally worth it, because we found so many people haha.

Capítulo 46 - I've been eating with a fork for like the past 3 weeks

 This was a very busy week, but somehow it flew by. It started off by getting a call saturday night from the bishop in our ward asking me to give a talk. Normally i'd be upset for such a short notice, but I've been giving talks that i've prepared as my name was being called up to the pulpit. So the night before notice was nice. They had me speak on the missionary work, so I took the time to talk about the importance of members in the missionary work, and also focus on the youth that are coming to the missionary age. It was super cool, because right after my talk, and I mean the middle of sacrament meeting, a member came up to me and gave me a referral.

  Also this week, we had our zone conference. So after setting everything up and getting everything ready, I got to sit down and participate in my zone conference. At least for the first little bit. President had me set up a meeting with him and another missionary in the mission, they walked out of his office, the missionary went back to his area, and President told me to buy him a plane ticket and send him home tomorrow. So after like an hour of this zone conference, Elder Alvarado and I took this missionary all around Honduras cancelling his residency and taking him to the airport. It was an interesting day haha.

  Then to end the week, Elder Alvarado and I took a road trip with the AP's to the south to set up the zone conference for the zones in the south. I miss that place so much. When we got down there, we all did divisions with the zone leaders. We went to go eat with a family down there, and they gave me a plate of eggs and beans, and tortillas, and we ate it with our hands, I honestly felt normal, I've been eating with a fork for like the past 3 weeks, and it's just too much effort haha.

  The next day, we had the zone conference, packed up and came back to the city. We didnt get back until 11 o'clock last night, and weren't able to get in bed until 11:30. President knew that would happen, so he sent me a text saying we could sleep in the next day haha.
Quick trip to the Temple before going to the South

Capítulo 45 - We went to their house and ate like AMERICANS

Well this week started off on a strange note. We went to go visit an investigator that has been investigating the church for over 8 months, named Raul. After a very spiritual part of the lesson with this guy, He looks at us dead in the eyes and says "I had an appointment today." and we were thinking like how cool is that, he was going to be meeting with a few members or something. Then he started yelling and said.. "With a woman... and I was going to fornicate!! But not anymore!!!" I honestly had no idea what to say to the guy... Elder Alvarado and I just looked at eachother and tried our best to hold back our laughter. Especially because in spanish it sounds a lot funnier, and this is a 75 year old man who literally can't walk, and he was shouting with the raspiest old man's voice.

  Sundays here are also a little weird too. especially because this is supposed to be a super strong ward, but ever since they divided the ward, the church attendance has dropped to about 50 people. Then we were sitting there all nice and early with our investigators in the from, when the mission president's wife walks in. Turns out that I go to the same ward as my mission president, even though he doesn't come, because he is always going to stake/district/branch conferences around the mission, Hermana chase still comes. And it was even more awkward when they lady saying the opening prayer threw us under the bus for something that's not our fault, when she asked God to help us do our job to bring people to the church because we havent been doing good enough apparently. hahaha

  Then, things got really cool when we had a family home evening with the mission president and his wife last night. It was AMAZING! We went to their house and ate like AMERICANS. Then we all pulled out our scriptures and had a great scripture study together. It was all halloween themed, and it was just super cool.
FHE and good food at the Mission Presidents home! 

Elder Cuevas is the nephew of several members in a ward, in my stake back home 

Capítulo 44- It's like a missionary Christmas

This week was a very long week, but at the same time, a great week. It all started off with General Cenference. I really cant explain it, but General Conference out here is one of the greatest things there are, it's like a missionary Christmas. Weeks before the coference starts, we're all talking about it in anticipation, and as it gets closer, we get more and more excited. This conference was AMAZING. However, it was sad that President Monson wasnt able to make it, and also hearing about Elder Hales.

  As part of my new responsibilies, I travel around the mission going from conference to conference with the mission president. This week, we had a conference down in the south, so we packed up the truck, president took his own car, and we went with the AP's for a road trip down to the south. It's like a good 5 hour drive, but it was so fun. Just being able to drive on some mountain roads, listening to our church music, and just talking was a lot more fun than I thought it would be. 

  Apart from the work we do in the office, we also have responsibilities to work as normal missionaries every day. President did some weird stuff with us here in this area, and the companionships. So in my position, they have the old elder teach the new elder for a few weeks before leaving, and they're normally companions. However, president sent another person in the office and made him comps with my comp, but then put me with someone else in the office. We're honestly still confused about the whole companion situation, so we just all say we're companions. haha

  Even though we dont get as much time as normal as normal missionaries, we've been getting a lot of work done. The other day I went to go contacting with Elder Alvarado (Costa Rica) and we found so many awesome new investigators, and we had some very powerful lessons. After one of our lessons, we had our new investigator pray. After her prayer, she started crying, and told us that she's never felt like that before, and that she knows it's true. It was a very powerful moment, and it really lifted our spirits that day.