Sunday, April 20, 2014

So I'm officially 10 months old here. Time is flying. Easter is coming up, but they don't really celebrate the day like we do in the U.S., rather the entire week, and they celebrate by relaxing on the beach. So it'll be a little harder to teach this week with everyone out of the house! But challenge accepted. 
I can't believe both Jake and Dad had trips to the ER. That's really scary. I'm praying hard for you and the family. Please keep me updated. 
Mauricio went to church! But without Melissa because she started working this week. So their wedding and baptismal date got pushed back to the 26th. THEY NEED YOUR PRAYERS! They don't have money. Like, they haven't been eating because they don't have money. It's so sad to live in a place where the people suffer like this. In the last hour of church, we sat in a classroom with Mauricio as he expressed concern because one of the families in our ward apparently goes to a witchdoctor to sacrifice chickens frequently and worship idols. We keep telling him to forget about the members faults and sins and focus on his own testimony. It turned into a conversation that last over and hour as he bore his whole soul to us. A few members waited 20 minutes after church ended to invite him and his wife to a family home evening they planned today. It made me want to cry because I was so grateful for the support they're offering. 
There are so many ups and downs in the mission. Our bishop just got emergency released for sexual sin and we are currently bishop-less. Please pray for my ward. Please pray for Honduras. 
I hope you all know that I love the mission! I've been reflecting on the changes it's made in my life. I am not the same person. And that is a very good thing! I didn't even realize how much I was sinning before I came. I didn't realize how much is expected of me. I love the attributes I'm developing and the goals I've made to develop more. 
One of the most important lessons that I'm learning is that pride is destructive and that service is the secret to all relationships. And not self-righteous service, but humble and sincere service. 

I love you all more than you can possibly imagine. 
Send me pictures! 

Hermana Flynn


Monday, April 14, 2014

General conference is so much better than Christmas here. Those words are the best gifts. I especially loved Uchtdorf's talk on gratitude and Pres. Monson's on love. The prophet receives direct communication from God, and it's interesting to think that the message that God really wants us to receive right now is the importance of love. 
This week was wonderful. I love the mission. It's hitting around 110 some of these days. They should move me out of the south to cool it down a little (wink.) 
I'm going to send you guys some fun pictures! 
One is some graffiti we found here. I love the spelling. 
The other is from the dentist's office. My poor comp always has something going on! We went to Teguc and she got a root cannal. The adorable dentist helped us FOR FREE because she is also a member and serving a mission in May at 24 years old! The procedure lasted 4 and a half hours and I got to watch the whole thing. Really facsinating. And thanks to the Teguc trip, we got to sleep over with Hna Garfield in La Joya!!!!!! It felt like going home. There's nothing like your first area in the mission. 
We brought Mauricio and Melissa to conference and they loved it. I'll send a picture for them. Please pray for them and all my investigators! 

Love, love, love, 

Hermana Flynn

Monday, April 7, 2014

My computer isn't functioning well from this Honduran internet cafe,so we'll see how this goes... 

This morning we went as Zone Porvenir to the beach! I was so blissfully happy. I need to live on the beach someday. I'll try to send you lots of photos because I think I took about 1000! We played beach volleyball and walked along the sand. We couldn't touch the water, but it was still a dream come true! 
This week we saw so many miracles! First of all, we were able to bring the new couple, Mauricio and Melissa Rivera to a ''Noche de hermanamiento'' (ward family night) this wednesday. Mauricio was with the Jehova's Witnesses and then with the Pentecostal church (Is that how you say it in English??) but he said that those churches lacked one thing. He didn't tell us what that one thing was, but that he was going to look for it in our church. The activity was really beautiful and as we shook his hand and kissed his wife good by, he just looked us in the eyes and said, ''I found what I've been looking for...and more.'' 
We went and taught them the Restoration afterward and they were so receptive and are reading the BOM together and praying as a couple. It is such a blessing in my life. How great will be your joy if you bring one soul to the kingdom of my great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me! 
I seriously LOVE missionary work!
Yesterday, we asked if we could teach this little cute abuelita sitting outside and after we taught her, we challenged her to be baptized. She replied, ''When can I do it?'' She is the most adorable old lady and could not stop hugging us and kissing us!! She's probably 90 years old, which is perfect because she'll be clean when she leaves this life! Celestial Kingdom, baby! 

Breaking news: Today, it's 104 degrees in Choluteca and this week isn't suppose to drop below 102! The highest being 105. The little comment below todays temp says ''feels like 109.'' Thanks to the beautiful weather, I have a visible and very unsightly heat rash all over my neck. We walk around with a big umbrella to try not to burn too much, but it's tough to avoid! Of all the things I took for granted in Salt Lake, AC was one of the biggest! 
I am SO excited for la Conferencia General! Seriously, I keep telling my comp it's way better than Christmas here and I think she's tired of all my comments. Can't wait. I started the tradition last conference to read the entire Conference Ensign before the next one begins. I'm almost done!
Wow, I seriously LOVE YOU ALL! I think about you all the time, but not in an ''I wish I were home,'' kind of way. Just remember that I'm praying for each of you and I always will. Being here has opened my eyes to how richly blessed we are--especially to have the family we have. 



Hermana Flynn

I hardly have time to write today, but I want to tell you about a man named Mauricio Rivera who we're teaching. He is like Joseph Smith because he is really searching for the truth! We sit outside a cantina in the night to teach he and his darling wife and last night, we had a beautiful lesson with him and challenged him to be married and baptized on april 19th. He said he'd get married tomorrow if he could, but he still needs to recieve an answer on the baptism. Pray for him. Teaching him makes me feel like I'm in the exact area I need to be in. And like I'm suppose to be a missionary right now. 
On Saturday, we baptized Henry at last! The missionaries had been teaching him since Nov. but we left him for a while and then a couple weeks ago, he called us into his house from the street and told us he wanted to be baptized. And it was such a beautiful baptism. Truly. I said a few words afterword and cried. 
We also had a REALLY successful noche de hogar (family night) with 60 people!! We cleaned the whole chapel for it with the two other missionaries in our area (hermana snelson and rodriguez from bolivia) and cleaned the whole thing again for the baptism! So we've been cleaning a lot and working hard! Oh, and in the noche de hogar we played a game of ''do you love your neighbor?'' aka ''ama su vecino?'' and it made me smile and think about Lake Tahoe! Oh and we played werewolf in our zone meeting too!! 
I don't know if I've told you this, but Hermana Cortes and I share a birthday!! May 10th! And my hija is one year older than me! It'll be so fun to celebrate together and talk to you guys on skype!! 

I love you all so much! 

challenge of the week: sanctify this Sabbath day. Aka ONLY  church or classical music, ONLY church movies and lots of scripture study and wholesome activities! 

Here are some awesome scriptures: D&C 138:26 
John 10:10 
2 cor 12:9 
James 1:25 & 27


Hermana Flynn

P.S. I bought a hammock!!!! I'm going to hang it and sleep in it cause it's wayy too hot to sleep on a mattress!

P.P:S: We watched Frozen as a zone today! It's so cute!