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Capítulo 75 - It was a really big cow and everyone was scared

 We finally have our ward mission leader, and this week we had our first correlation meeting with him too. Things are going to be a lot easier now that we actually have a ward mission leader. He is a convert of 6 years, and never had the chance to serve a mission, but he is very willing to learn and says that he'll listen and do what we need him to do. It'll be great. So after church we had our meeting with him and it went well. We explained his responsibilities as ward mission leader, and talked about how we can help the work in the ward. 

  The meeting was great, but then all the sudden someone comes into the room and tells us that a cow came into the church and nobody could get it out, so they asked us for help. All churches down here have a huge lot and a huge fence that goes all around the lot and the only exit is a little gate that is just big enough for a car, or in this case, a cow. Now I promise this was a female cow, but it did have some pretty big horns on it's head haha. The point is that it was a really big cow and everyone was scared. I just looked at them like "what are we waiting for? This is going to be fun!" I get near the cow and tried to get it to move. It didn't move. So I took off my belt and whipped it in the butt. It got kind of mad and may have almost hit me with it's horns, but I whipped it again and then it started listening haha. It started moving, and so I just snapped my belt to make loud noises and it went exactly where I wanted it to go. Everyone was cheering haha The cow left and everything was great.

  Later that same day we got to talk to our families!! We had a lot of technical problems, but after the bishop came to save the day, I got to talk to my family. It was great, but the only bad part is that my companion couldn't talk with his because they never answered him, and so we got permission for him to talk to his family today instead. 

Capítulo 74 - Justin and Katerin both got baptized!!

This week we had our zone conference which was really cool. Our mission is doing really well recently, I don't know what a normal mission is like, but with less missionaries than last year, we are having more success this year. We'll see how things keep going. President Chase was really happy. We also had our interviews with President Chase this week. He expressed a few problems that he saw in a few missionaries in one of the areas in the district and so he asked us to go over there and see what is really going on in that area.

  So we garroboed them, meaning that we went over there by surprise to see how things really are, lets just say that it was a needed visit, and we were able to help them a lot. We went with Elder Bills and Elder Mejia (the three of us came to this mission together) and right afterwards we did divisions. I went with Elder Bills, and we came back to my area. we were both shocked by how fast the time has already gone by, we already have 17 months!

  This week was a really good week, Justin and Katerin both got baptized!! it was a struggle with the both of them, but now they have very strong testimonies of the gospel and would never leave. Katerin has already been inviting friends to go to church with her! it's super awesome! I'm sorry that I don't have any pictures this week, next week for sure haha.

Capítulo 73 -My son is Elder Lara

Wow... I never thought that I'd have to translate from spanish to Spanish. My son is Elder Lara. He turned 18 in february and is from Panama. We had our first lesson the first day he got here and it was so funny to see the expressions of the people's faces when he talks. He knows a lot and doesn't need much training, but the people don't understand him when he talks, and when they just look at him all confused like "what did he even say??" I have to repeat it for them. also, he uses words that nobody knows out here. For example, when something is really cool, here they say "Macizo" but in Panama they say "priti" so yeah... basically nobody understands him, but he's great!

  So last week we had contacted a 50 year old man on the street and he told us we could pass by his house this last saturday, and so we did. Well, when we knock on his door, he pops his head out a little window to see who was there. He notices it us, and says "no I can't right know" we noticed immediately that he was more drunk than alcohol himself. We asked him why he couldn't right now. his already red shot eyes started pouring tears and says: "no... my girlfriend left me" I was just shocked by that, and I'm still not sure if I should believe it, but I just looked at him and said: "I know how you feel"  The weirdest part of it all is that right when I said that he disappeared from the window and in half of a second, he opened the door and with his arms wide open says "come here" we hugged for a good 10 seconds because he wouldn't let me go as I was drowning in the smell of alcohol haha. then he says, "come in, you are welcome in my home"  We taught a very very short lesson and we left. It doesn't sound as funny as it was, you just had to be there haha

  This week was interesting. We're changing the attitude of missionary work in the ward, and we're helping a lot of people. We still don't have a ward mission leader, but we did have some strange stake missionary correlation meeting (not sure if that's how it is in english) We didn't really do anything or get to any points or purposes, but I thought the effort was cool haha

Capìtulo 72 - I'm finally going to be a dad! (speaking in mission terms haha)

 At the end of last week my companion and I started a new idea in the area. After analizing the area, we decided that what this area needs is a whole bunch of the Book of Mormon. We have the materials, but we don't have the logistical power to get it to everyone. So we started a system of talking with all the members that we can, teaching them about the importance of the Book of Mormon, giving them a book or two (some have asked for 3 or 4) and having them give them away to their friends or neighbors. We started a week ago, and we have already seen a lot of success from it. We're excited to see more of what happens because this is just the beginning.

  The sad part is that my companion, Elder Avendaño, won't be here to see the success. We got a call last night, and he will be leaving to the south in the changes tomorrow. I'll be staying here in this area, but I don't know who my companion is because he's a new missionary that will be coming tomorrow. I'm going to get to train a newbie, and I'm finally going to be a dad! (speaking in mission terms haha)

  Katerin had a few problems with her dad, and we had to postpone the baptism till next week. We have a lot of success to come, and I'm glad that my little son is going to have a good start to his mission haha.

Capítulo 71 - "Can I pick one of you?"

This week we've been finding a lot of people to teach and we've been getting the ones we have to progress a lot! This week we are planning the baptism of Katerin. She's so awesome! Last week we did visits with the bishop and stake president and we went with Katerin. After the visit they said that she was one of the most prepared people they've seen.

  The next day, we had our district meeting, and we went out to eat with Elder Larsen (from Utah) and Elder Fuentes (from El Salvador) afterwards at a place called pollolandia. let's just say, Elder Larsen is never going back to that place. So we were sitting there enjoying our food, when out of nowhere this really old lady with very very pink hair comes up to us. She says, "can I pick one of you?" We all just kind of sat in silence trying to understand what she meant to say. Then out of nowhere she looks over at Elder Larsen with the strangest look ever and repeatedly raises her eyebrows at him and says "You're pleasing to me" (that's how they express their love in spanish) then she walked away, and we all died of laughter. She walked in literally just to say that to him, and then walked out.

  This week we were helping out a recent convert family make tamalitos. While we were helping I just felt a strong pain on my arm, and jumped out of shock. I was shocked to notice that some of the frijoles we were cooking jumped from the pan and stuck to my arm and burned me. I don't know I just thought it was funny that I burned myself with some frijoles this week. I have a little scar too haha.

Capítulo 70 - (On saturday I completed 16 months, not like I'm counting or anything haha)

 A lot of things happened this week, and honestly I'm just going to be honest in saying that I don't remember almost anything haha. I do however remember doing divisions with Elder Mejia. That was the best one I've ever done. Elder Mejia and I have been good friends since the MTC even though I didn't speak spanish very well haha. Somehow the guy understood what I was saying and by a miracle I understood what he said to me when we were in the MTC. Now we got to be together an entire day and we were both shocked by the progress we've had in these past 16 months (On Saturday I completed 16 months, not like I'm counting or anything haha) We had a lot of fun too. Then we stayed up a little late just talking haha.

  Also this week we finally got katerin and a few other investigators to church. Afterwards, she told us that she knows the church is true and is ready for baptism. It was really awesome especially becuase she has had a ready rough life, and a lot of things have happened to her. Our last lesson she started crying because she was so happy to know about the gist of forgiveness and the power of the atonement. It almost made me start crying too.

  This p-day we went to the Picacho here in Tegucigalpa. I had learned about a hidden soccer field up there and we started playing. These people are serious about their soccer and play hardcore. When we were playing, Elder Guerrero fell, hit his head really hard and passed out. Luckily he woke up and we were able to help him. It was a really bad hit, but other than the bleeding and possible stitches, he doesn't have an concussion or any other problems. We cleaned up the wound, and tied an extra shirt that I brought around the cut on the back of his head. Then we all went to the big Christ statue and took pictures.

Capìtulo 69 - It was Semana Santa

This week was really rough for the area. It was Semana Santa, which is a week long celebration of Jesus Christ, and so the people use it as an excuse to go to the beach or whatever they can to NOT go to church... I've been here for almost 16 months and I still don't understand it haha So anyways, this week, nobody was home. None of the investigators,and only a few members,on top of that,my companion got sick, and is still sick, so work has been a little slow. But it's all good, he's getting better.

So the last week we were contacting. We found a super positive investogator, like really positive and seemed really odd just how positive he was. He saw us contacting and saw that nobody opened their door for us. He came over and says "people don't make sense, they shut the door to the good people and open the door for the bad people." Hethen invited us in,and we had a really great lesson. Elder Avendaño and I were talking about how strangly positive he was in recieving us. a few days latter we went to visit him again, we noticed a few strange this about him, but nothing that really shocked us. This week we went to visit him, and we even gave a date to be baptized,he then told us that he couldn't do it that day because he has a doctor's appointment. For some reason he didn't think we believed him, so he says "look, here is my appointment card" he then showed us a card that read..." Appointment April 14th, Psychiatric Hospital" In that moment we realized why things were really strange with him haha but hey, he's a son of God so we won't stop teaching him haha.

The week ended great though with the General Conference. Every General Conference I've had out here just gets better and better. The talks were all great, and the changes were awesome and I think they will make a huge impact in the church down here. We'll see how that goes.

Picture from an activity we had with the ward haha it's a long story