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Capítulo 36 - "Nephi 3:7... Challenge accepted"

Well, changes (Transfers?) are coming this wednesday, and everyone has been anticipating them. We all knew that Hermana Contreras was going to leave, because well... she's completed her year and a half. So, we threw a little surprise party for her as a district. But when it came time for the party, it sort of turned into a goodbye for everyone, because we got the call telling us that practically all of us are leaving except my companion.

   Anyways, we were decorating the room, with ballons, and party stuff that I dont remember the names of in english. We were just sitting there, harmlessly filling up balloons, when out of nowhere a series of loud bangs go off. We look over to see that all of the balloons we were filling were popping because of the heat down here. We would fill them up, and 30 seconds later, they would heat up and pop. So... out of options, we decorated the room with very uninflated balloons haha.

  These past few weeks, my companion and I have found the perfect method to work with less actives, and bring their non-member family members to church. We've started helping young women work on their personal progresses to gain their medallion, and the duty to God with the young men. Lets just say, sometimes the apostacy down here works in your favor, because we were told that if we helped the young women earn their medallion, we also get young women medallions! haha

  As far as where Im going for my new area, is another story. I got a call saying that I'll be headed for the area "Guapinol" on Wednesday. The new area is THAT area that everyone prays they dont get sent to. This is how every conversation goes now- them-"Hey, where are you going?" me-"Gaupinol" them- "...oh...goodluck....I'll keep you in my prayers..." (note for mom- It's not a dangerous area) it's just an area with absolutely nothing, like ABSOLUTELY nothing. They say it's challenging, I say "nephi 3:7... Challenge accepted"

That's all for this week, we'll see how things go next week.

Capítulo 35 -This week, we had a lot of really cool things happen

This week as really great. We weren't able to find as many new investigators as we have been, but we have been able to see the beginnings of the fruits of our labors. with the 60 something new investigators we found last month, we've started talking about baptism with them, and we'll have quite a bit of baptisms coming up in the future here. The sad part is that I dont know if Im going to be here to see it all happen, but Im not here for me, Im here for them. so whether or not im there, i'll be happy just knowing that they've truly accepted and come to the knowledge that this is the church of Christ.

  This week, we had a lot of really cool things happen. One, my companion had his 23rd birthday, and someone actually gave us cake! like, it wasn't as good as my mom's ice cream cake, but it was still good, and free, so that made my companion happy haha.

  The following day, we had interveiws with president. This new president knows his doctrine like the back of his hand. He did something new, he told us the day before to study a chapter of the book of mormon, and during the interveiws, the whole zone sat in a circle and analized the chapter. Then after putting in our input, president started to explain everything we didnt explain, and it was crazy how much this guy knows.

  The crazy part about it, is the before recieving the message to study this chapter, we had actually left the chapter for a family of investigators to read. They aren't super difficult investogators, but they had a lot of doubts. We went back to visit them, and they told us they forgot to read. So, we decided to sit there and read the chapter with them, and we analized it like we did with president. After reading the chapter, the mom tells us "okay, Im ready, this is true" (but in spanish) she told us that she hadnt really read the book of mormon before, and that was the first time. always keep in mind the power of this book. Then right after finishing the lesson, we got hit by some tropical storm, hurricane type thing, and lightning struck right next to the house we were in, and the power was out the rest of the day. 
  Also this week, we were able to fix, or at least help with a little bit of apostacy down here in the branch. It's honestly crazy, the apostacy, down here. Last week, we were in sunday school. the theme was about the word of wisdom. And these members were talking about how we can't drink spicy drinks, then the other said,"no it means we can't drink hot drinks, like warm milk, you have to wait for it to cool down" then someone else said " we can drink coffee if we make it ourselves, or we can crush up the coffee beans and put it on bread" then another says " we can smoke and drink, but only during parties, like, not excessively" Elder Martinez and I just looked at eachother and died of laughter. of course later we got up and well...helped out a bit haha. Then they told us that the missionaries, us, have more authority than the qourum of the 70... let's just say, it was an interesting sunday.

That's all for this week.

Capìtulo 34 - We had a good ol' baptism this week

Okay, I finally got the pictures with the pig baby haha. This week, we were finding as many new investigators as we possibly could. Just this week, we found 20 new investigators, and of those 20, 7 actually came to church on sunday! It was amazing! çthe work has been going really well down here, and the english classes are really helping with both the investigators, and the members.

  Alright... so just a little note before going on with this story. Down here, my observation is that clothes are optional up to about the age of 8. So, everywhere we go, there are all this little naked babies running around all the time, and everyone just treats it like nothing.

  Okay, now the story. We had just found a new family of three this week, and they were super positive, so we taught them about the restoration of the gospel. During our lesson, this little naked 2 year old baby comes running around us (We were outside). Of course, down here that's normal, so we just ignored it and moved on with the lesson. Then this little girl ran in the middle of the little circle we had while teaching, and squats down right there to stay for a good while. Near the end of the lesson, she runs away... and well, she left us a little surprise right there... Id say I was surprised, but I wasn't., stuff like that happens way too often hahaha

  We had a good ol' baptism this week. During the baptism there was a huge tropical storm, and the power went out right after the baptism ended. and right after changing out of my wet clothes, my companion broke the lid thingy to drain the water, and I had to jump in again to fix it. It took forever, and I got all wet all over again, but it was fine, because we had to leave in the pouring rain anyways.  
  Sorry, that's all I got time for today!

Capítulo 33 - This week, we started our english classes!

So this week started of with divisions with the zone leaders.  And when I was with Elder Horning, I finally got the picture with a little baby pig!! This time I was a little more careful about the mom, and made sure that she was tied to a tree before taking a picture with the baby pig. The pig mom wasnt happy, but I got my picture and got out of there before that pig mom ripped the tree out of the ground haha. Then we went off, and were able to take pictures with some shrimp. however, my zone leader has the pictures, so I have to wait until he sends them to me before I can send them to you guys.

  This week, we started our english classes! It's honestly really hard to teach english, but it's really fun. The first class we had started on wednesday at 6 o'clock. At 6, there were only 3 people. my companion was ready to just start the class right there, and so he brought three chairs for the people that were there. I went out and brought another 17 chairs, just to make it an even 20. Everyone looked at me like I was crazy. That was until 3 minutes later, 15 more people walked in the class. It was amazing! And we were able to start with a full class.

  After our district meeting one day, we were all sitting down at some taco stand (the only civilization here) we were enjoying the cool weather when we noticed that it was actually 95 degrees! We all ust started laughing, because we were literally cold. We didn't believe it though, until we saw two more places that said the same thing haha.

  This week, I had one of the weirdest nights ever. At midnight, we got woken up by a random call, that just hung up right away, then at about 2 in the morning, my companion asked me for a blessing because he felt really sick, and then about 2 hours later, the sister elders in our district call us asking for a blessing too. One of them got really sick too, so we asked permission from the zone leaders at 4 in the morning to leave and give the blessing. Lets just say, Honduras at 4 in the morning is a different experience. Every animal was trying to kill us it felt like. We just started picking up rocks and throwing them at the animals trying to eat us, and it worked really well. we walked over to their house, gave the blessing, and walked back. we got back at about 5 in the morning. Things are going great though, have a great week!

Capítulo 32 -Holding a baby pig sounds like a great idea, but believe me, it's not...

This week has been crazy! Not like crazy busy with meetings, but just like a lot has been going down out here. After giving our talks about the missionary work, a lot of the members want to start helping us now. They've been giving us a lot of references. After contacting one of the references, I really wanted to take a picture holding one of their baby pigs. So I chase this baby pig down, I pick it up, and nobody had a camera, so I couldnt take the picture. Holding a baby pig sounds like a great idea, but believe me, it's not... After picking that thing up, the pig mom was pissed! and you would think "it's a pig, what can it do?" you think twice when that 300-400 pound pig mom is chasing you around all of Honduras for messing with her little baby haha.

  After being chased around for about 30 minutes, someone came in with a whip looking thing to save my life. Then we went to a calm lunch with a member... or so we thought. we sit down in the burning hot house, and she brings out a steaming hot soup. she tells us " this is a bean soup, you can put like whatever you want in it." we look at the soup to find a little stomach, liver, and an eyeball...I thought she was joking, but she walked away...The soup smelled like my physiology class while dissecting. it was gross. I got the stomach and liver down, but there was no way I was eating that eye ball. Luckily, a friendly pig was walking around and he was happy to eat the eye for me after I threw it out the window haha.

  Not much else crazy has happened with food this week, just taking hot sauce shots with my companion(Dont try that at home), but a lot has been changing with the missionary work out here. At least we're trying to change methods of the work. The branch has called a family as a "missionary family" and from now on, there calling is to help us. Whether it be by letting us use their house to have FHE with our investigators, or helping us with visiting and contacting. Also, this week, my companion and I are starting english classes. So many people are interested in that, and I'm pretty sure that more people are going to show up to my english class then sacrament meeting haha.

   Things are going great here, have a great week everyone!

Capítulo 31- When we put all of our focus on God, everything else just falls in place

Well This week was... well an interesting week to say the least. This week we met our new mission president. We had a zone conference with him, and all of the missionaries that are in the south
   Because of that, we had more Elders stay in our house the night before. Elder Johnson and Elder Prot showed up to our area around 6 o'clock, and somehow, we talked a member into giving us all baleadas. As we're walking to this house, people started staring at us, because we are two greengos, a Mexican, and well Elder Prot looks like he could be from Africa. They just look at us like "What the heck are they doing in Honduras" 

   So to make things more interesting, Elder Prot and I start pretending to talk Chinese between ourselves, and you should have seen the look on the people's face when that started. But then, out of nowhere, Elder Johnson turns around to say something to us while we were speaking our made up chinese, and fell.... right into a sewer hole. We just about died of laughter as he comes jumping out, just soaked from his bellybutton down in this sewer water. All of our admirers got a good laugh out of that one too.

  Alright, now about the new president. This guy is SOOO awesome!! He's the funniest guy ever. Like, he's just like, that super energetic guy. I can't explain it. Like... Here's an example. We started the conference with a hymn, and about the second verse, this guy is running around the room yelling at us to sing louder, runs up to the pianist to play louder, and was just running around the whole song. It was a pretty funny sight. Then later, when we went to eat lunch (the typical pizza with water) He made us all peanutbutetr fingers!!! I literally almost cried it was so good haha.

  The the next day was super busy because we had a baptism, and like everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong, but in the end, everything worked out. Then we had to prepare talks for the next day (Sunday). Just remember, when we put all of our focus on God, everything else just falls in place. Have a great week!

Capítulo 30 - A piñata helped us find 8 new investigators in one day

This week was really crazy. We almost didn't have time to do much visiting with our investigators. On Tuesday, we got half the day to visit our investigators, then we had to go get the Elders from a different area, because they were going to be staying the night in our house because at 1:30 in the morning we woke up to get ready to go to the temple. The Temple here is AMAZING. In pictures it doesn't look super amazing, but the moment I saw it in person, my jaw dropped. it made the waking up at 1:30 and taking the 5 hour bus ride so very worth it.

  After the temple, our whole zone got back on the bus, and had the craziest 5 hour bus ride on the way back. We had the 16 of us singing church songs at the top of our lungs like the whole bus ride. We got caught in some traffic on the way, and I took my companion off the little private bus, and I walked on to a huge yellow school bus full of people, and started preaching to all of them. It was great! especially because all 70 of them had nowhere to go, and had to listen to my every word haha. It actually turned out into a really good lesson about prayer, and the blessings we can recieve through praying. Then suddenly the traffic started moving, and we literally were chasing our little bus for a good while before they realized we weren't there.

  We got back to our area in the middle of the night, and had District meeting the next morning. After district meeting, we finally got the chance to go visit more of our investigators. when it was getting dark, this family starts yelling at us to come to their house. so we went to go see what was going on. It turned out that they just wanted the white guy to hit their piñata haha. After destroying that piñata in one hit, we had a great lesson about the restoration. So yes, a piñata helped us find 8 new investigators in one day haha.