Monday, November 23, 2015

Week 6: Honduras La Paz

Hey Family, 

Everything is going well here in Honduras I am in anarea of Honduras called La Paz wich is right near La Lima our mission covers none of the city of San Pedro Sula. We flew from Guatemala City to San Padro Sula which was a 1 hour flight. I'm adapting to spanish decently I can understand when people are speaking based on the context of the words that they are saying.

My companion is named Elder Coj he is from Guatemala and he has been out on his mission for 21 months and we are both new to the area. I am new to the whole mission life and he is new to the area. My comp understands english but he does not speak it that good kind of the inverse of me because I can understand spanish but it takes me a while for me to say what I need to say because my mind only thinks in english and there are some words that take me a while to say in english for example the word atonement I always think of expacción which is the  spanish word for it. Elder Coj is my trainer and the slang that is used is papá or father and I am his child or hijo because he is the first elder to be companions with me. 

I have only been here in honduras for 4 days and it is taking me some time to get used to the humidity. It reminds me alot of when we were in atlanta. Alot of what we are doing is contacting people because we don't have that many people that are investigators from the prior missionaries that were in the area before us. And because we are new to the area we are figuring out the layout of the area so it is alot of walking and contacting people. 

The people here do not have front doors like we do in the states they have a fence door and how we "knock" door is stand out front of the area and say buenas which is used for hello here in honduras. We have been spending a lot of our time figuring out the layout of the area and contacting people. It is tiring at times because you think that someone will listen to the message and then they say that they are fine and every time that they say that it gets me a little bit frustrated that they do not what to take some time and listen to our message. 

The people here are so humble they are not all just catholics like it said when we looked at honduras on wikipidia. 1 might be catholic others evangelico and others are jehova witnesses and others might be members of a local church. It is crazy the amount of different religions that they have here in Honduras. 

Hope that you guys are doing well. 

Elder Trepanier
His District from the CCM (Missionary Training Center)

His companion, Elder Coj & Elder Nielson (from Utah)

His current district

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Week 5

Hey guys,

So I have 3 days left in the CCM and I will be out in the feild in my mission. We have to go so soon because they have a mission president conference in Costa Rica. I feel like I know and undersand spanish pretty well here but once I get out in the feild I am prepared to not understand the majority of what people are saying. 

I am feeling better now from my sickness. There were a few days that it stunk but now I feel a lot  better since ive been taking medicine and getting enough rest. There are going to be afew things that I am going to miss here in the CCM. The food is going to be one of them next are the freinds that I've  made here, one other thing that I am going to miss are the sundays here they are so awsome after the regular church services that we have we have devotionals that really get our spirits up and I want to get out into the mission feild right then and there.

The next email that you guys will get from me will be when I am in Honduras and I will have oficially started the proselytizing part of my mission. Untill next week. 

Elder Trepanier

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Weeks 3 and 4

Stacey here: I got a little busy last week, so this weeks blog is a combination of the last 2 emails that we received from Elder Trepanier/Cory.

Hey Guys, 

So this week has had some ups and downs in it. Going to the temple weekly is such a blessing that I have while I am here in the CCM. Don't be afraid to email me with any questions that you may have about were I am at or were I am going. I am learning the language pretty well and it is starting to come to me more and more now. The teachers that I have are so helpfull and when we have practices with other latino districts in the CCM as I listen closely to them I can understand them about 90% of the time. As we are having practices with "investigators" me and my companion have been teaching them with only the spirit, the scriptures and the pamphlet that we are teaching from which is a blessing for us cause now everyone else in the district has to follow what we have been doing for the later half of our teachings. 

This sunday was fast sunday and I think that every Norte who is here bore their testimony in spanish. We had some awsome devotionals this week as well that really got me thinking. I got to tell you the CCM president here is such a powerful speaker that he could "fire up" a you ng priest to go and do as much work as he can to prepare for his mission. I am opening up way more to my district as well and for those of you who know me well know that I am not the type of guy that shares his fealings on things majority of the time but it seems that I am doing just that. 

My stay here is about half way done and it feels like ive learned a lot since I came in language wise and gospel as well. I hope that all of you are doing well back home and can't wait to email you guys next week. 

Elder Trepanier

Hey guys, 

So I'm sick and it sucks being sick. It feels like im coughing up a storm all the time. It is crazy that I am leaving for the field in 10 days. I had to give a talk this sunday in sacrament meeting in spanish and it was crazy because I had the feeling that I was going to be one of the North Americans that had to speak. It went well I really feel that the language is coming for me decently.  

In this batch of latinos that we had these past 2 weeks I found one that was from Honduras and he is from a part of my mission his name is Elder Cueves and he is from La Ciebe. If I ever find myself in that area of my mission I will try and find his family. 

All the days start to be blending together here. The only days that stand out for me now are sundays and preparation days. The weeks seem to be going quicker the more time I spend here. alot of the time that I spend here is sitting in class learning the language.

It legit is going to feel so empty in the CCM because no Nortes are coming in with this next batch. Everything is going fine for me here.  

Hope that everyone is doing fine.
Elder Trepanier 

Hey mom

Can you send me some more pens, scripture markers, and ties. Thanks for sending me the package with grandma I don't know how she got it to me but I loved it. I don't know what else to ask for probably just some more letters from home and some stuff that you think that I might need. 

Elder Trepanier

I asked him about possible needs for a Christmas (or after Christmas since I haven't sent anything yet) package. Also, his Grandma Trepanier brought him a small package as she is in Guatemala currently on a trip with friends. She went to the Guatemala temple and stopped by the MTC/CCM to deliver the package. Looks like he really appreciated it.