This week has been really great. Every week is great.
gone from 2 to 7 progressing investigators in a week (They're
progressing when they're reading the BOM or going to church and other
ward activities). We're working hard and trying to really transform
ourselves into polished tools for the Lord's hands. (It's easy to
be just a regular tool :)) The mission is full of ''up's'' and
''down's.'' Por ejemplo, the family of our recent convert, Freddy, is
starting to progress again and read the Book of Mormon! They committed
to coming to church! But our precious investigating family, la familia
Garmendia, isn't answering their phone or recieving us. It's actually
really worrisome. Will you please pray for them? Today we're starting a
This Wednesday we had changes! It was SO fun to see
Elder Hamilton! I wanted to hug him so bad! He's grown at least 10
inches since the last time I saw him. I wish I could send a picture, but
this computer is really bad.
President changed the way we do
changes! Instead of knowing beforehand, all we know is whether or not we
have changes. So now everyone comes to the meeting without knowing
their new comp or new area and it's like a big ''harry potter sorting
hat'' kind of experience! It was really fun. The highlights are that
Jake Hamilton went to the South near the coast and our amazing AP is now
with another exAP and they're opening an area on an island called
Ampala!!! They're called to start up a branch! Basically the new
''Koli-pokis'' (Think Other Side of Heaven).
ended up spending a few hours in the ER with an Elder who is really
sick with Dengue. He'll be hospitalized for up to 4 days. It's always
nice to help out.
This morning, we woke up to a flooded
apartment. We have a problem with our pipes. So that took up a lot of
our Pday! But it's all cleaned up!
Speaking of our bathroom, a
guy came a while ago and fixed our shower, so I now have had hot water
in the shower for officially 1/15 months of my mission! Woot Woot!!
Okay, I love you! Special shoutout to Grandma for her 75th birthday!!!! I love her SOOOOO much!
So much to
say. These past couple of days have been so... I don't know the word. Inspiring
and overwhelming and happy and stressful and refining.
Duncan, the President of the Area 70, came to visit us for 3 days and he
instructed us in a multizone conference on Thursday and a leadership
''Consejo'' on Friday. How I wish he would have come at the start of my
mission! Man, he teaches with power and authority. I am so amazed at how our
leaders consecrate their lives and turn them over to God. We don't see half of
all they do. The church is SO organized.
learning more and more that this work is the Lord's business. It's not a warm,
fuzzy work! But it is powerful and demanding and gratifying and definitely
worth every effort! I just can't believe how I didn't know anything about
missionary work before the mission! I was ''sleeping during the restoration!''
(--Pres. Uchtdorf.) Are you all sleeping like I was? Why didn't we ever invite
our nonmember neighbors or less actives to our family home evenings? Why didn't
we always carry books of mormon on our vacations? (Mom was actually really good
feeling the hastening of the Lord's work. And I'm seeing His merciful and
powerful hand in my life and in the lives of all those who won't push it away.
We really are in the last days. I'm so grateful for the powerful preparation
that is coming from honorable missionary service that is going to bless this
upcoming generation. We need strong parents to help raise righteous children in
an incresingly wicked world.
We got to
go to the temple as ZL's and STL's with President and Hermana Bowler and it was
a great experience. Hermana Alegre and I sat in on 11 sealings and so we
practically got brainwashed with the promises God extends to all who willingly
and faithfully keep those powerful covenants. Wow, He really loves us.
the titles of respect and honor and admiration that are given to Diety, God has
asked us to address Him as Father.'' --La Primera Presidencia
remember that Christ has promised us ''all that the Father hath''! Let's get
moving and serve God with all our hearts, might, minds, and strength!
I love my
mission. President Bowler made Hermana Alegre and I chocolate chip cookies! I
did divisions with a sister named Hermana Chub from guatemala and her email
that the mission made her says ''chub.chub.'' I died when I saw that. Probably
just because I'm still immature. We made a couple trips to the hospital with
Hermana Bowler recently to check out my adorable comp's thyroid. We spoke at
Consejo about missionary health. We get to hear about everyones' chronic
diarrhea. Life's good.
currently listening to past conference sessions and I could not be more
grateful for the gospel. Seriously. This gospel is a no-brainer. Only pride can
keep someone from accepting it.
hearing from my baby brother in Italy! MIssionary work is honestly the best
thing that has ever happened to me! (And to the world!)
We have a
family home evening in half an hour at our stake president's house with our
family!! They are the Garmendia family and are so golden! I love them SO much.
We've challenged them to get married and baptized on the 20th of september.
PRAY FOR THEM!
I love you
all and hope you are inviting your friends to church activities and reading
I'm already out of time, but I can't let this
week pass by without telling you about one of the sweetest experiences of my
I held a baby monkey's hand.
No, I'm totally kidding. I honestly had such a
special experience on Wednesday morning. But I did hold a baby monkey's
I got to do divisions in La Joya, my first
area, on Tuesday and it was such a joy! I'll tell you all about it after the
mission. But here's the highlight:
On Tuesday, we ended our day so late and
weren't able to go see the Matamoros Family. They're the family I activated
with Hermana Vasquez and we baptized their granddaughters, Ambar and Monica.
Marcelino made me the breathtaking wooden ''quadro'' of Christ looking over
I couldn't bear to leave La Joya without
seeing them, so we went early in the morning to make the visit.
The way Marcelino looked at me that morning
was unlike any expression I've ever seen. It was this mix of surprise and
wonder and Christlike love. They didn't know I was coming. In fact, they didn't
know I'd gotten moved back to the city. According to them, I was 4 and a half
hours away in Choluteca.
We talked for a couple minutes with the family
and Marcelino told me he was going to church this Sunday. (They're less active
again.) He told me that he'd already made the decision because of an experience
he'd had this week, even though his son is coming home from the U.S. this
He turned to his wife and asked, ''Should I
She smiled and nodded.
He told me that the night before I came to La
Joya, he had a very vivid, very realistic dream. In his dream, I was sitting on
a bench outside. He came and sat with me on the bench and we talked about the
gospel for a long time. He didn't tell me what I said, but he said it left him
very impacted and very inspired and very full.
And then I told him that the very last bus was
coming, and that he had to decide whether or not to get on. He realized that he
had his entire family behind him, following him.
He's choosing to get on.
As he told me this, tears streamed down my
eyes for God'stiming.I know with all my
heart that I'm supposed to be here. I know that I needed to meet these people.
I know that I needed them to meet me. God's plan is so intricate and perfect
and I am eternally grateful.
When it comes to expressing my love for these
people and my gratitude towards God for letting me serve in Honduras and for
letting me come to be with all of you and be born under the covenant, both the
English and Spanish languages feel very limited. I couldn't ever let you all
know how much this all means to me. I know that Christ is the only one who
understands 100%. I hope He got to feel my highs as well as my lows when He
atoned for me. I love Him so much.
I loved seeing pictures and hearing about all that's going on in your worlds! I love you all very, very much. And I love Honduras!
This week was very full, spiritually and literally. We have a pretty packed schedule now with the office work and doing divisions with our 13 companionships during these 6 weeks. Sometimes we worry that we're neglecting our area too much, but we're juggling the best we can! And we're seeing a lot of miracles.
''God doesn't call the qualified, he qualifies the called.''
On Tues, our AP's asked us to come to teach all the new missionaries in the Training Meeting. We came directly from finishing divisions with a really cool area in the mountains called Santa Lucia. We ate lunch there with Pres and Hna Bowler and then went with her to the hospital to help with the three sick missionaries. She was on the fifth floor handling the missionaries with more delicate problems and Hna Alegre and I were in the lab with another Elder who got Dengue this week. He's a trainer and his ''son'' in the mission was with Anziano Flynn in the MTC! That was fun! After the hospital, we went to the pharmacy to fill prescriptions and then to the office to get lots of meds ready to send to the South. Pres and Hna dropped us off in our area at 6pm. That's kinda how things have been! A little crazy! But I'm so happy!
This week is just another testament that when one door closes, another opens. We had a lesson with Hazel, who was going to get baptized today, but backed out. The spirit was so strong and I knew she felt it, but she told us no and wouldn't commit to another date. We were feeling really sad for her but then right after, we found a GOLDEN family! It's a 27 year old named Rigoberto and his 22 year old wife, Dayli. They have a 4 month old and seriously could not be more positive! Pray for them!! And pray for Hazel! She is so ready for baptism.
This week Hna Alegre hit her year mark!! I was able to do a special breakfast and we ate cake as a zone! She is such an amazing comp. I am seriously so blessed. I love her.
I hope you're all reading your scriptures and saying your morning prayers and keeping the sabbath day holy! Be modest and honest and kind! I love you!
4.5 minutes to write this. First of all, I love each one of you. Secondly, I
just got an email from an elder who went home last week and I never want to
come home. I'm officially 14 months old and it's making me sad! I have lots of
dreams of training again and going to Danli, but with two changes left, I don't
know how possible it will be!
Hermana Alegre and I are doing great! This morning we had to wash our clothes
and we helped a 75 year old woman wash hers too. She workes washing clothes by
hand, getting paid 25 lempiras ($1.25) for every dozen. This woman is 75!! And
she can't stop working or she won't eat! I don't think we all realize how
blessed we are!
currently in downtown, downtown Teguc. It's super crowded and big and there's a
cool, huge cathedral and a Burger King that is 6 stories high!!
The work is
going well! We already had a baptism that the other sisters left us when they
closed the area! His name is Freddy and he's Mike's age. And we have 2 more
baptisms (possibly 3... pray!) next Saturday. It's pretty weird opening an
area, but I like it! lots of opportunities to talk to people and put the puzzle
already have an elder with Dengue from this past week so we got to go to the
hospital with him and stuff. And we've had another girl in the ER and lots of
called about diarrhea, fevers, and pains in general. But I haven't been stressed
out yet, so that's a miracle!
I'm in the
office Mon, Wed, and Fri and we do divisions with the sisters from the city on
Tues and Thurs. It's a tight schedule and there's lots to do so now we only get
Pday in the morning until lunchtime! But it doesn't phase me. I'm really happy
here! I love my mission!
It's such a
blessing to work so closely with President and Hermana Bowler. They are such
consecrated people and I love them so sincerely. We are so blessed to have
we got to help a Brazilian woman from the ward, Elza Jack, make Brazilian
treats for her son's birthday! They're called Begios (spelling?) It means
little kisses in Portugese. I'm totally making them for all the birthdays in
the flamilia for the rest of my life! She's the wife of an American embassador.
There are like 5 gringo embassador families in my ward!
I love you
all! Do me a favor and pray for Stephany, Gertrudis, Hazel, Juan, Suyapa,
Sarai, and Selina!
I forgot to
tell you some things last week: President Bowler authorized playing soccer and
basketball on Pdays and drinking coca cola! So basically this is the happiest
mission in the world right now. Everyone's going crazy with the coke. And my
comp got lice! But I'm pretty sure I'm clean!
even know where to start...
in the drastic cambio de clima we're experiencing? Or better yet, about my
adorable new compañera!! I am with the new STL, Hermana Alegre, from Lima,
Peru. I love Peru! I love her! This girl is a Saint. And she is unbelievably
beautiful! We were both in the same zone in the South, so we're both IN HEAVEN
here in Teguc. Today the high is about 81 degrees and the low is 64. That's
more than 15 degrees cooler than it is in Choluteca right now! Yesterday it was
sprinkling but the sun was out and a huge rainbow stretched across the entire
sky. It wasn't even of this Earth. It was heavenly. But anyway, Hermana Alegre
and I are getting along really well and trying to learn about our new responsibilities
I'm writing on a Saturday is because Hermana Bowler changed our Pday because
we'll be in the office all day on Mondays. All the office elders' Pdays are on
Saturday as well because Mondays get so crazy.
two days, we've been in the office from around 9am-4:30pm with Hermana Bowler
and our nurse, Hermana Smart, learning everything from what all the meds are
for to insurance guarantees to billing to protocol to emergency scenarios. We
saw some gnarly pictures of medical conditions from past missionaries here. My
favorites were definitely ''jungle rot'' on a foot and a bump behind an elder's
ear that turned out to be filled with tons of larva!! If you get curious you
can google that. And poor Hermana Alegre was sitting there for 7 hours, trying
to take notes of all this info in English! She understands a lot of English and
speaks pretty well, but medical terminology? Insurance forms? She is such a
champ! When I ask her if she's overwhelmed, she just says she likes the challenge.
I know that this experience will be preparing us for our futures--these skills
will serve us in our future studies, careers, and homes. I am really grateful.
I feel God's love and His trust so
strongly right now. It is very humbling.
I love Hermana
Bowler. She's been taking us out to lunch this week in our breaks from all this
training from the nurse (This is all new for Hna. Bowler, too) and she is just
adorable! I was walking with her and asked what makes her really mad. I asked
if she ever gets mad. She laughed and said, ''Oh yeah. I yelled at my son one
time!'' ''One time?'' I asked, and she answered, ''Well, I also yelled once at
my other son.'' This woman can count all the times she's yelled at her family
on one hand. I've yelled at you guys like 6.02x10^23 times! (Avogradro's number.) Can
you all forgive me?
I'm with Hermana Bowler I just smile because of all her obervations of
Honduras. It brings me back to my first days here. Everything is pretty
different. And I love it!
we're opening an area called el 21 de Octubre and it could not be more
different than Choluteca! It's so mountainous and steep! There are so many
stairs. You know when Smeegle takes Frodo and Sam up those really scary
mountain stairs? That's exactly what my area looks like! But it's really
beautiful and straight up in the city. There are tons of cars that whip around
corners and big buildings closeby and lots of people packed into small spaces!
Right now there's a drought, so sometimes we don't have water in the apartment
and the electricity usually goes out daily because the main power source comes
from a reservoir that's now dry. Let's start rain-dancing! It's so fresco here.
It feels delicious. My heat rash is almost completely gone!
out of time! Tell my baby brother Jacob that I love him and hope he likes his