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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.

Capítulo 29 - Roads turn into rivers

This week has been a crazy week. Right after writing last week, we went to go buy a few things for the week in the store. I FOUND CHERRY COKE AND DR.PEPPER. Those don't exist down here, so going to an american import store definitely paid off.

  The following day, we had Zone Conference. So since we are all in the middle of nowhere down here, we have to travel hours to get to our zone conferences, and a lot of elders have to come to our house the night before, because our house is the closest to the bus stop. Anyways, after getting these elders, we started walking to our house in the rain. My entire area is dirt, and the roads turn into rivers, so we were walking around these rivers and sometimes had to jump over them. I go to jump over a river on, what looked to be, dry land. But, the moment I landed, I had landed in quick sand, or something like that and sunk down to my waist instantly, and was still sinking down. I scrambled to get out, and was just covered in mud. We all had a good laugh about that.

  During the week, my new companion ( Elder Martinez from Mexico, 22 years old and a graduated Chemical Engineer) got a package from his family. I was all thinking "super cool, i'll get to see some mexican candies" He opens the package and shouts for joy as he pulls out a million peppers. I just had to laugh at the unexpected difference.

  That's all for ths week, more to come next week.

Capítulo 28 - My area is twice as big. more to love, right?

Well, this is going to take a lot of explaining, so bare with me haha. Alright, so a little over three weeks ago, I got moved into my new area. This place is super huge, and all of the dirt roads and stick houses look the same. My companion Elder Limones had 9 weeks in the area, and still didn't know it all when I got there.  In  2 weeks, we will be receiving our new mission president. Because of the change of president, they made one of the changes(transfers?) 3 weeks, before the new president comes, and one 9 weeks. so that they new president wouldn't have to worry about changing the missionaries around his first day in the mission.

  Alright, now that we've established this, Elder Limones received a call from president telling him that he needed to move him to being a zone leader in another area. So only having three weeks in this huge area, I'll be taking on a new companion. I spent the whole day going to the main city to get my companion, and heading back to the area. The following day, we head over to the district meeting, and we get told that some elders on the other side of the mission were being sent home (nobody knows why) and the sister elders (super funny story, I just don't have enough room to explain it all) that we were sharing the branch with, would be going to the area of the elders that just got sent home. So... now my area is twice as big. more to love, right?

  Now there's more. We were in the new area teaching a lesson to one of the old investigators of the sister elders, and I swear it was the strangest situation ever. She's this super old lady, with like two teeth, who lives with her daughter, or something like that. Anyways, we were teaching, and out of nowhere like 40 people show up right outside her house and start playing poker, or something to that extent. These guys were all yelling at the top of their lungs while playing. And when asked upon about the people outside, the investigator just says ''oh they're just friends'' It was strange, but anyways, the point is that my companion left the area phone in that house by accident, and when we went back, it wasn't there. We asked a member to call it for us, so we could see if it was in his backpack or something, and it was turned off. So yeah, someone has our phone, and we're phonless missionaries in a new area.

  However, a little distraught, I read in a church magazine that God gives us areas, as missionaries, and situations, because he trusts us, and know we'll grow from it. We'll see what happens. Oh esta, todo bien.

Capítulo 27 - Lots of ups and downs, but ultimately, the good always outways the bad

This week was a really good. Lots of ups and downs, but ultimately, the good always outways the bad when we look back at it. Sunday night, I got something called the Dengue fever. Let me just tell you, it's not fun. However, God always finds a way to make me stop complaining. It was dark, and we were on our was back to the apartment. I was feeling super sick, and I may have accidently hurt my ankle ballin' some kids up in soccer. It started raining, and I was thinking life was just super rough. Then I saw a kid in the distance walking with crutches, and it reminded me of the many months I was walking around with crutches and how terrible that was. The kid got a little closer and it turned out to be a super young boy who was missing a leg. I instantly stopped feeling bad for myself, and tried my best to walk around with a smile.

  Then on Wednesday, we had the privilege of hearing from Elder Rendlund of the qourum of the 12 apostles. We had to wake up at midnight, to make it to the bus stop at 1 in the morning, and then take the 7 hour bus ride to the city, with all of the missionaries from the southern part of our mission, to be there at 8 o'clock. It was a rough morning, but totally worth it. He talked about President Monson, and applied it to all of us. He said that our 89 year old prophet gets up out of his bed every day, and gives every last bit of his energy he has to this church. So then I felt even worse for complaining. It doesnt matter how bad Dengue is, I will always be able to give my all to this work.

  Alright, so the other day we werent allowed to leave the house because I was a little sick, just a little sick. They told me that I had to eat some bananas. So we asked a member to get us some bananas, becuse we couldnt leave the house. This member came back, and I coulnt tell you why, but they gave me sopa de mondongo, which is a cow stomach soup. It's literally the worst thing on the planet, and they decided to give it to us. I just kinda looked at them like, ''What part of 'banana' did you get cow stomach soup from?'' I was glad they just gave it to us and left, because I tried it... and yeah, there was no way I was going to finish that. You can't say I didn't try it haha

Well that's all for this week, I hope everyone has a great week.

Capítulo 26 - Boat ride to Amapala island, I went to the beach for pday!

This week was pretty interesting. I'm still getting to know the area, and my companion, but everything is going well. Our area is really big. But even with this super big area, when I got here, there were almost no investigators. So this week we went out and have been trying to find people like crazy. Something I've noticed out here, more than in the city, is that people talk during prayers. Like during a lesson, I'll be giving the opening prayer and the investigator starts saying their own prayer, or at least repeating my words. That was something they told us in the MTC but i thought that was normal. But this week was just strange. While I was praying at the beginning of a lesson with a family with a million kids, I almost couldn't hold back the laughter as 12 different voices, of these little kids, whispering and repeating my words as I prayed. It was super loud too. Then another time we were in another lesson and the guy yelled my words as I prayed. I couldn't even hear my own words, or thoughts for that matter haha.

  I have realized that I've failed to explain about my new companion. His name is Elder Limones, and he's from Ecuador. He's 20 years old and has 18 months in the mission. Alright, that's all about him. So today, we went to Amapala for Pday, and it was super cool! Amapala is an island out here that is an area where missionaries serve. Yes, I went to the beach for pday! It was super awesome to be there! We took a boat over to the island and watched a baptism that the Elders over there were having in the ocean. That was super cool, and they asked me to be a witness for the baptism, so I got to go in the water! That felt great haha. The boat ride over was pretty cool too. I got to sit at the very front of the boat with my feet sticking over the edge. 

Lots of pictures this week, enjoy, don't miss the one with the baby deer I caught. 

Elder Case

Capítulo 25 - Let me just tell you, it's hot... It's really hot

 Well everyone had told me that the south was a hot place out here, so I can't say that I wasn't warned, but I was not prepared to get off of that 7 hour bus ride to my area in the middle of the night and feel the amount of heat that I did. I wouldn't have wanted to feel that kind of heat during the day, but being the middle of the night, I was terrified of what it would be like in the middle of the day. Let me just tell you, it's hot... It's really hot in the middle of the day. Let me put things into perspective. We have an AC unit in the house (yeah, I got super lucky with that) when we get home at night time, we turn on the AC unit. We put the AC unit at 27 degrees celcius and I'm freezing. For those weird people who don't use celcius, it's over 80 degrees fehrenheit.

  Besides the heat, The area is really interesting. There isn't a single paved road, and the houses are made of dirt and sticks. However, the péople here are super humble and nice. regardless of wanting to be members of the church, they'll hear what we have to say and give us some warm and rather dirty water to drink. The curch down here is a branch, and the area is actually so big, that we share the branch with another set of missionaries.

  Church was a lot different than I was used to. You can't really expect the normals down here, like having a church building. We sort of do down here, but it's actually just a house that we converted into a chapel. I like it though, some people have class outside because there isn't enough room for everyone to be having classes. It's super great down here though, and many great stories to come.

Capítulo 24 -"rapiditos buses"

Well, it's official, Elder Case will be transferred to the Zone of San Lorenzo, the hottest place in Honduras supposedly, this WednesdaySunday night, right before changes, everyone anxiously awaits to hear the new changes in the zones. It just so turns out that I was the only one in the zone to have changes. I don't know why, but I'm excited. I hear lots of good things about the southern part of our mission, and now I'll get to experience it myself.

  These past 6 weeks with Elder Rohrbacher as my companion have really flown by. It seems like just yesterday when we got on the bus to go the mission headquarters, and the bus driver was a maniac and made Elder Rohrbacher, and everyone else on the buss fall over from his crazy driving. They have buses out here called "rapiditos buses" and well, it's defined right there "little fast bus". And so, when we walked on the bus ( we were standing with 15 other people, because there was no room to sit down) the bus driver hit the gas like a maniac, right as i grabbed on to a bar. Then I looked back and watched every single person standing fall over to the back of the bus, and Elder Rohrbacher hitting everyone, in the face, with his bible that he had in his hand as he was going down. It was honestly super funny. You had to of seen everyone's faces when it happened.

  On saturday, we had an activity that we've been planning for the last 4 weeks. The activity was an open house at the church. The idea was great, and the planning was excessive. Then it all fell to nothing when the activity actually started because almost none of the members showed up to help. We were left alone, and it seemed like a huge failure on our part. But church comes around, and we have 5 new investigators come to church that have never been there, so I guess it wasn't the biggest of failures.

  Every week is full of new experiences out here.

Saying goodbye 
Taking a selfie with the ward mission leaders sweet little  daughter, before being transferred ) 

Older photos we received from the ward mission leaders wonderful wife

Playing beauty shop ..haha
being a good sport 

Capítulo 23 - A car hit me, it wasn't really that bad :)

Well, another week down in Honduras. This week actualy flew by incredibly fast, and the scheduling this week was crazy. We were planning to have divisions with our zone leaders on wednesday, but that got cancelled because the President called onTuesday night and told us we would be having interveiws the next day, Wednesday. But then he canceled again and said Thursday. Nobody knew about it, so it threw a wrench in the plans of the week, but we adjusted. It was worth it though, Interviews were great.

  Then another plan that killed us was the baptism this week. It felt like everything got thrown together at the last second because, even though we've been planning it for over a week, people kept wanting to change things, so it was just a mess. Even walking to the church buiding to clean up before the baptism, not everything was planned out. Then all of the sudden, while we were walking in the street, a car hit me. I mean, it wasn't really that bad. It was just the side view mirror hit my arm. They were driving pretty fast and didn't stop. I was at least glad to see that I had broken the mirror haha. Then we kept walking like nothing happened.

  Then also this week, we got to skype with our families. So we asked a few members if we could use their laptops, and we headed over to the church building to skype on mother's day. Of course, the church wifi is still the same in Honduras, and we were able to talk with them in the church building. Then the lights went out as we were talking. We assumed that the internet would go out too because there wasn't electricity, but it stayed on... for 5 minutes. Then not having said goodbye, we went in search of electricity. A member drove us to the center of the city, just to find out that where we went didin't have wifi. Then we get a call saying the lights were back on in the church building, so we went back and finished up our skype. It was a pretty good week.

I promise she's happy. Most people just don't smile for pictures down here.
Skype screen shot my mom took on Mothers day

Captitulo 22 - Duckzilla Jr.

Something strange that I've started noticing is that the people out here, even the members, view the missionaries at a higher level than anyone else in the church down here. They call us before they call the bishop in the ward when they want something done with the priesthood. So just this week, Elder Rohrbacher and I have given about 6 blessings, and in spanish. It's not an easy task because we have to think and feel the prompting of the holy ghost, but then we have to translate those promptings into spanish. But everyone that we've blessed, almost immediately, felt better, and were very greatful for us. It's really cool to see the power of the priesthood in action. 

  Alright, so the other day we went to the house with the army of ducks again. And i kid you not when I say that as we were teaching outside, the army of ducks comes running out of the house with a smaller version of duckzilla at the front leading them to battle!  Then we look over to the other side of the house, and a full grown rooster comes running down this hill with an army of baby chickens running behind him. There must have been 30 little chickens at least. Elder Rohrbacher and I just lost the ability to teach because we were laughing so hard. We thought these two armies were about to fight, then right when they got close to each other, they all just started pecking the ground looking for food. It was honestly so much funnier in person haha. This time I got a picture of this smaller duckzilla before it ran at me. Then I took some pictures of the rich people houses too.

  This week, the weather has been pretty crazy, kind of like california, rainy and cloudy one day, and bright and hot the next. But one cool thing that's happened is a lightning storm off in the distance that literally lights up the entire sky at night where we are. Well that's all for this week.

Duckzilla Jr.