Things are going fine for me this week. Not that much happened for me week. It was pretty much a normal week for me in my area. The ward is doing fine right now there is a push to try and activate less active members so that the attendance of the ward starts to raise up because about 3 months ago there was a change of ward boundaries and our ward suffered because there was area that was just taken out of our boundaries.
This week we have stake conference on Saturday and Sunday and we have one of the 70 of the area coming to talk. I believe that it is Elder Alonzo that is coming. We also have a multi zone conference next Tuesday as well in which this will be one of the last times that we will be seeing President Klein before he leaves and the new mission president President Carlisle comes the next week after the multi zone conference, because he will be in charge of the transfers when the next ones are.
Hope that you guys all have a good summer and enjoy it. Enjoy the photos.
Taken at Pico Bonito (National Park)
This week went fine for me here in the mission. The pictures that I sent last week the one that had the person with the machete was when we were at a service project in our area and I decided to take some picks. The waterfall that is in the picture is in a national park here called Pico Bonito it was cool to go there and see what it is like there.
This week we had a stake conference were they changed the stake presidency and they had a area 70 come to speak. This general authority was Elder Alonso and let me say that the words that he said were inspired. I had the opportunity to shake his hand on Sunday when he came. We were standing outside and President Klein comes and then a minute later Elder Alonso comes and he shakes the hands of the missionaries that are standing outside and let me say that I felt the spirit strongly when I shook that hand. The words that they spoke were well said and let me say that the spirit was strong during that meeting.
Tomorrow we have a multi-zone conference and this is the last time the we will see President Klein and I have a feeling that this will be great. I cant wait to get to know the new mission president and what he will be like and the rules that he will bring to the mission. I will be sure to send you pictures of what goes on.
So I heard that some dude shoot up a gay club and killed 50 people and injured 52. Man that is sad to hear to me in the mission. How are people reacting to this news and all? Hope that Andrew has fun on his high adventure and all. Hope that things go well for you this week. Talk to you later.
Things for me have gone fine for me. It looks like I am staying in La Cieba for another change which will make 5 changes here which is just about 7 months in one area of my mission. This is fine and all but let me say that after 4 changes in my area I am a bit tired with things but it looks like our ward is changing for the better because they have realized that they can not leave everything up to the missionaries in visiting and all they need to be doing there home/visiting teaching.
Hope that you are enjoying the heat that you guys are getting now maybe you feel what I am fealing temperature wise here in Honduras and all. Dad let me just tell you a happy fathers day and hope that you had a great day. Here in Honduras they celebrate fathers day in april I believe. And I wish you a happy birthday as well.
Hope that you all have a great rest of the summer and all. I have been talking to Chris and it looks like he is going to be moving to Lexington Kentucky to go to school and all which is good for him. And I also hear that Hunter will be coming home this week say hi to him for me when you guys can and such. It is legit crazy how much time flies by in the mission and all it seems like 2 years is not that much time.
Have a good week.
First of thanks for your words of encouragement and all that you have sent to me in these last few weeks. I personally have come to a make or break point in my mission I feel like this time for me will define how I will be as a person and if I don't think so I am lying to myself as a person and as a missionary. Right now I am continually praying for guidance that I might receive comfort, and I am starting to make some changes than the way I thought things would be when I first entered the mission. I have set myself some goals that I want to complete in my mission. With this mentality I hope that I can make the changes that I need to that I might help all the people that I can in my mission. With these decisions that I have made personally I can say that I have started to depend more spiritually and act more on the promptings of the spirit that I feel when I am teaching. I have started to trust more in my Heavenly Father knowing that he will help me as I seek for guidance in this tough time in my mission that I am in right now were the baptisms are not coming now, but I know that in time and with these changes that I am making personally will have an impact on the work.
This week as I have been thinking one of the things that I can do is start to develop a voice that I need to have in my life. I feel like I can not just let other people walk all over me and not say anything about it. As for my Spanish I have gotten better that I am starting to feel confident when ever it is my time to talk to the people. I have started to study my scriptures in Spanish so that I can continue bettering my pronunciation and as this happens I hope that those that I teach can understand me. With my companion things are going fine there are a few problems that we can work out just by talking. I hope that when we do this we can better our relationship and our teaching in our area.
Hope that things go fine for you and that you can stand the heat and continue to have a good time on vacation. Say hi to Hunter for me if you see him. I continue to pray for you guys always.
Love you with all my heart,
Thanks for everything that you have done for me in these last few years. I can tell you that I have missed you, but I know that this is the work of the Lord and what I am doing is worth it as I am striving to bring other families to Christ. Read your scriptures daily and study them as a family. Say your prayers morning and night and in families as well. Enjoy the rest of you summer that you have.
Love you all.
Thank you for your advise that you have given me in this last email. Let me just say that this week has gone a bit more easier and all with what I have started to do. I am starting to rely more on the spirit, searching for strength in the scriptures, and continually praying to better myself and become the missionary that the lord wants me to be and to serve him with all my Heart, might, mind, and strength (D&C 4:2). I can truly say that this time for me has strengthen me as a person and much more as a missionary. I have come to a point were I can rely on the Lord to help me whenever times get rough.
Hope that you and Rachel have a fun time in Montreal and all. Let me say that I want to travel with grandma and get to know Canada as well when I get back from my mission and all.
I have met my new mission president this last week and he seems like he is going to be a good mission president. We have interviews with him on the 15 of this month and I cant wait to see what he is like and all. I think that the new mission presidents wife will keep a blog and all you will have to keep an eye out. And a weird thing happened when I met my mission president his wife said that she and mom are freinds on Facebook and all and when I hear this I am like okay thanks for telling me and making me a bit baggi and all.
Right now the are is going fine all that we are doing right now is that we are trying to work more with them members/bishopbric and search for more people to teach. Right now we have 3 baptisms that are basically just about firm the only thing is that 2 of them have to get married and we are trying to help them to get the money to take out the papers that they need. (I explained a bit more of this to mom).
Thank you guys for all your help and suport that you have given to me throgh this tough time that I am going through.
Thanks so much for all that you have done. I have personal y started to do all that I can and start to rely on the spirit more in my teaching and in my studying and all. Thanks for your prayers throught out this week. I am starting to understand the phrase serve him with all your heart, might, mind, and strength (D&C 4:2). I also received an email from Uncle Grant as well with him talking about some of the same things that I am going through right now as well. I feel like now I am starting to become stronger as a person from these hard times that I am in right now. I can not say that this time that I am in right now is far from over, but I am starting to become more confident and all that I am starting to find my inner voice as I have started to strengthen myself spiritually and to become the missionary that I can be as well as an example to others and my companions.
Right now in my area we are teaching 1 couple and another investigator that you can say are golden and ready to accept and live the gospel at this time. Their names are Antonio, Wendy, and Elias. Let me just start by saying that these 3 investigators are references from a less active member that is starting to return to church after 11 years of being inactive. I truly believe that they were sent to us by the Lord to be baptized at this time. The only thing is that Antonio and Wendy have that is a bit of a down side is that they have to get married and that takes time and money and with that we are working on helping them take out there papers so that they can get married and baptized on the 30th of this month and this would be a great day and experience if this happens because I do not believe that I will have much more time in this are when transfers come.
Hope that you have a happy Independence day today and a great week. Continue praying for me I will for you.
JULY 11 (Actually the 12th since he was a day late with his email)
Cool story. It would be great to know where our name is from and the story behind it. It would be sick to go on that zipline that you were talking about. For me this week has been good for me and all. This week we had 8 investigators in sacrament meeting on Sunday and we did not leave to bring them to church. I can not believe that half the change has gone by and I have just about 9 months in the mission. On Friday we have interviews with President Carlisle I cant wait to get to know him more and how he starts to build relationships with his missionaries. In these next few weeks we have a few baptisms. Hope that you continue to enjoy the rest of your trip in Quebec.
Sorry for not emailing you yesterday. I was in San Pedro with my companion visiting some of his converts in his area in San Pedro and we did not have time to write yesterday. Things are going fine for me and all. I actually do know Elder Hepworth and he is in my zone right now and all. It has been cool to hear from dad and his adventures in Quebec and all. Thanks for the email of Hunter I will be sure to talk to him in these weeks and all to see how he is doing.
This week went fine and all in the work. This Sunday we had 8 investigators that attended church without us coming to bring them and all. And remember when I had a baptism fall through in the middle of the last change and I was feeling down on that. Welp not anymore because she has returned from her leave of absence in San Pedro and all. We found her in the house of her grandma on a Thursday night and we were shocked and happy to see and hear from her finally. We are planning to baptize her this next Saturday and all and we are excited. It looks like in these next few Saturdays we have baptisms planned.
This Friday we have interviews with President Carlisle. I am waiting to get to know how he is a mission president and as a person in the time that I have with him and all. When we had the welcome for him he seems like a soft spoken man and humble as well. Hope that you have a good time with Andrew in this time that dad will be gone.
Things are going fine for me right now and all here in Honduras. It looks like we will be having 4-5 baptisms these next 2 weeks. I am actually pretty excited for these baptisms and the people that will be changing there lives with this big step in there lives. My interview with President Carlisle when fine and all. From this interview I can say that President Carlisle is humble and soft spoken and when he speaks you can tell that he has been called to be a servant of the Lord as a mission president here which I actually like about him.
This week for me I have studied Alma 18-22 and with that I have began to focus more on my purpose as a missionary and my job to teach all to come unto Christ that they may be baptized and take the first steps of obtaining eternal life. In my interview with President Carlisle he asked me what was a thing that I liked about missionary work, and I said that I liked getting to know the people here and to start to see them change. He then said that missionary work is not just to baptize all the people that you can in your 2 years it is to help them take time and steps to receive eternal life so that their families can be eternal and the words that he said there inspired me and it was at that point that I recognized that he was called of the Lord to be a mission president, and not just any mission president my mission president.
Enjoy these next few weeks of summer and all. Have fun and remember to chose the right in all things.
Talk to you next week.
Things this week went fine and all. We had a baptism this week and are looking to have a couple more this Saturday as well. With the amount of time that I have in my area I have a feeling that I will me moving areas in these next changes that will be happening this next Wednesday. Glad to hear that all went well in your travels to SLC. Enjoy your time that you have in SLC with family and all. Say Hi to everyone for me back in SLC.
Thanks for everything. Things this week have gone fine and all for me. We ended up having a baptism this last Saturday and are hoping that all the pieces fall into place so that we can have another baptism this Saturday. Good to hear that all is going well with Rachel these past few weeks while you and her have been together and all. I am grateful for the time that I have had on my mission and in my area. I have learned a lot of things about myself and started to better some things as well in my time here. Just to say with the time that I have in my area it seems like that I will be having a change of areas this next Wednesday when they fall. I have got to say that I will be sad when I leave this area I have gotten to love the ward here and started to try to help them as I can as a missionary.
I can say that I have learned that I have been blessed in my life to live in the US knowing that everything will be fine and all. Lately things have got a little bit hot here because of the US presidential race and Donald Trump. Let me say that it does not look like that you will be coming to pick me up from my mission because I do not want to put the lives of you and mom in danger here in Honduras. Hope that this week goes well for you and all.
Thanks for everything. Things for me have gone fine this week. We ended up having 3 baptisms this week and let me say that it was a great experience to see these investigators change their lives and see them leave the waters of baptism knowing that they were able to feel the spirit. We were able to attend the weeding of these investigators as well on Friday when they got married. This was a comfort for me to see knowing that they were starting to take the steps to be baptized. This change I have seen the hand of the Lord in this work with all the blessings that we have received that made these baptisms possible in this change. Sadly my time that I have in La Ceiba has come to an end and I will be leaving for a new area which is in Morazan, Yoro. I will always remember my converts that I have here and try to help them as much as I can and not forget about them.
It was great to hear that you were able to talk and meet President Klein and get to know him with Andrew as well. I hope that he was animated to go on a mission with talking to him. Glad to hear that you had a good time in SLC with your family and all. Hope that Andrew had fun at his volleyball camp.
I am so sorry to hear about Akaysha. I will pray for Uncle Matt, Aunt Kiersty, and their family and I will fast as well that they might find comfort and feel of the Spirit.
Hope that this week goes well for you guys.
PS I will be sending pictures next week.