Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Week 62: Viva Honduras!! (Long Live Honduras!!)

Coming in from the rain!!!

Hey everyone!! So this week has been a pretty fun and good week. I got quite a few opportunities to work with my zone leaders which is always great because my zone leaders are some of the best out there.

This week started out by actually receiving some help from one of our investigators. So the youth that I was talking about last week who is a relative of another investigator and it turns out he is super pilas. Well, we found out this week that he is even more pilas than we thought. He told us that he wanted to go out and visit with us and we were like, "Why the heck not?" So we took him to visit another investigator with us. We ended up teaching some family members this other investigator and they had asked about Joseph Smith and if we worship him and all that fun stuff. Our investigator who was accompanying us explained how we don't worship him and we only see him as a prophet. It was super cool.

On Wednesday the ZLs asked us to come over to their area to help them out for the day because one of them had to get an ingrown toenail fixed up and wouldn't be able to do much walking later on and they had some important appointments. I got the chance to leave and visit with Elder Coeto who is from Mexico. He's super funny and probably one of the best missionaries in our mission. It's always cool working with other missionaries you get to see how they teach and learn new methods of teaching.

On Friday we got to do our legit splits which actually last 24 hours and we get capacitated. This time I left with Elder Huber to go and visit. It was definitely a good learning experience. He talks to a lot of people on the street which is something I definitely need to get better at. We would spend quite a bit of time on the same street just talking to every person we came across. It was cool because it got him quite a few new investigators and lots of solid contacts. On Friday we also got to celebrate Honduran independence. The stake had a big activity where each ward made a stand for the different departamentos in Honduras and our ward had Santa Barbara! So that was fun.

One of Elder Dority's favorite areas

Long Live Honduras!!

Everything is going pretty good right now. The humidity is kinda nasty, but that's not new.
Tengan una semana MACIZA! (Have a SOLID week!)

-Elder Dority

Elder Huber...Elder Cox...Elder Coeto...and Elder Dority
Stake Activity celebrating Honduras Independence

Elders Huber and Dority  (Do I see a 5 o'clock shadow?)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Week 61: Hablar con todos (talk with everyone)

Our Trio

Hey everyone! So the mission had changes this last Wednesday, but our district didn't! Our entire district stayed the same! The ZLs are going to stay together for another change which will make three in total for them. I'm glad that I am going to be staying with Elder Cox. Everything is going really well with him right now and we've gotten into our groove.

So this week was kind of a fun one. On Tuesday we were invited to come to the church and leave with some of the new missionaries that just came in from the MTC in Guatemala. There weren't a ton of newbies, so Elder Cox and I left in a trio with a gringo from Utah! It was super fun re-living the first day in the field again like I got to do last change with the other gringo. That same day the USA selection team played against Honduras here in San Pedro Sula and it ended up in a tie; which was probably for the best because if the USA would've won everyone probably would've hated us and if the USA would've lost then everyone would've made fun of us. So it worked out nicely.
We also had the opportunity to be in a trio on Thursday. We were with Elder Ledesma, a missionary from the Dominican Republic who finished his mission, but couldn't go home because of the hurricane, so he got to hang out with us all day. It was fun taking him around because this area was one of his areas, so he actually helped us find some new investigators that he had taught.
So that was fun being with the newest and the oldest in the mission this week.

This week we also had the opportunity to do a fast with one of our investigators. He has been struggling with receiving and/or recognizing his answer as to whether this church is the true church, so we decided to do a fast with him. It went really well and all three of us did it. I know that the fast will help us, we just have to be a little patient when receiving answers.

We also have another investigator who is progressing really well. It's funny because he wasn't really an investigator until just barely. He is a relative of an investigator that we have been teaching for a couple of months. We have talked to him a little bit about the gospel, but not much. He went with us to the church tour we had, but we didn't follow up as well as we should have. One night, we were by his house and we just invited him to go eat baleadas with us. He accepted and on the way we started talking about God. It was a good conversation and this guy started talking about how he likes the things of God. We started teaching the lessons for real with him and he has already been completing the commitments and received an answer that this is the right path for him. It honestly shocked me a little how quick he progressed. It just goes to show that you need to talk with EVERYONE. Something I'm still trying to get better at. He's already accepted a baptismal date for the middle of October and fully intends on going through with it.

Well, that's it for this week. Thanks for all the support and pray for the people in the Caribbean and Mexico!

-Elder Dority

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Week 60: Enseñe Cuando Encuentre (Teach When You Find)

Well, another change has come and gone. This last change flew by insanely fast. Tonight is the night we receive "the call" and the ZLs will tell us who will stay and who will go. It's possible that I stay or that I go. That sounds really obvious, but things are kinda up in the air right now and we can't be certain on anything until we talk to the ZLs tonight.

This week flew by in and of it self. We had our last district meeting with the people we have right now because it's pretty much guarunteed that the ZL Elder Huber will be outta here. We had donuts and everyone signed the box.

So this week has been quite a good week for finding people. So Cox and I have this luck where we are contacting houses and nobody will come out for a while and then the people will pull up in their cars. It happens almost every time. We were looking for an inactive member one day and we were going around to different houses trying to identify the address when a guy pulled into his driveway that we were standing in. We started talking to him about how we were looking for a certain man and he pointed us in the right direction. We then got talking about how we were missionaries and he started asking questions. We ended up talking to this guy for about an hour on his driveway and he became really interested in the message. We set a return appointment and left him a pamphlet of the Restoration and a copy of the Book of Mormon. We went back on Saturday for the appointment and he had read the whole pamphlet and even part of the introduction to the Book of Mormon (which is almost unheard of with return appointments). He is super pilas and even accepted a baptismal date in the first lesson. It was a cool experience of talking to everyone and "teach when you find." I've come to notice that contacts turn out way better when you talk to people on the street than just knocking on doors.

Well, that's pretty much it from this week. Just a lot of finding that we had to do. We'll see how this next change goes!


-Elder Dority

Savoring the taste of the donuts, you can tell they are delicious because everyone has their eyes closed in deep thought.

Mmmm... Donuts... Again with the eyes closed.

Elder Dority's signature is much more legible than his Mom and Dad's!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Week 59: Egipto no es tan grande como aparece (Egypt is not as big as it appears)

Super Special Baptism!!!

Hola todos! (Hello Everyone!)

So this week was definitely an eventful week for sure. To start off, the mission tour. So Elder Cordón from the Central America Area 70 came down to do some conferences with our mission. We had our conference on Wednesday. What they did is half the zones met up on one day and the other half the following day. In our conference we had the zones San Pedro Sula, Valle de Sula, Fesitranh, and Choloma. It was cool because we got to see a lot of missionaries who came in our group. I got to talk to Elder Deeble which was cool. Shout out to him because he is training and is super consecrated. I feel cool because he was my comp in the MTC... so yeah, I've got connections. Hahaha!

The conference was soooo good. We received training from the APs, President and Hermana Bush, and the Cordones! Elder Cordón is really good at speaking. He talked about how we need to be like Moses and understand how "Egypt is not as big as it seems." He talked a lot about how we as missionaries get kinda scared of talking to everyone or maybe standing up to other missionaries who are disobedient how those are kinda like our Egypts. He talked about how before God called him to be a prophet and rescue Israel from Egypt he showed him EVERYTHING he has created and how Moses realized that maybe Egypt wasn't so big after all. It was super cool.

Saturday was a super cool day because we had a baptism! It was a super special day for this mom. She has gone through a lot and this baptism helped her gain a lot of peace in her life. I was so glad I could be a part of it. We had tons of support from the members and family! It was cool to see the ward really come together to support the baptism.

Awesome Family!

So today for p-day we got to do some stuff we haven't done before. We have one investigator that works in Pizza Hut and I guess today was a special family day there for the employees. It was a special before hours thing for invited family and friends and our investigator invited us to attend. We got lots of free food and we got to see a tour of the kitchen in Pizza Hut. Cox and I even got to make a pepperoni pizza! Sadly we couldn't get pictures inside the kitchen because that was "prohibited." It was fun to go and support our investigator and get to know him a little more. He's the one that went with us to the family home evening with President Bush.

Pizza Hut with our investigator

After that we met up with the other elders in our district because the ZLs saw something about a Taiwanese exhibit. We decided we would go check it out, thinking that it would be more of a cultural thing. Turns out it was kinda like a business exhibition, but nevertheless we browsed around and saw some cool stuff. We also got to look around the hotel a little bit and snag some pics.

Well, that's it this week from Honduras. I hope you all have a great week!
-Elder Dority

District Meeting with a bunch of my FAVS!!!

District Meeting with Elder Catucuago

Elder Cox and Elder Dority

Dinner at a fancy hotel

Monday, August 21, 2017

Week 58: La puerta se nos cayó... (the door fell off on us)

What's the price of Idaho Potatoes in Honduras???...

Hey everyone!

So this week has definitely been a pretty good week for sure. On Tuesday we got to do something that probably not a lot of missionaries have before. So President talked to us about doing like a little family home evening in his house with investigators, so last Tuesday we went to his house and brought along with us an investigator and a member family! It was really cool to be able to meet up with him and have a lesson with them! It was also a little bit of a throwback for me and Elder Cox because the last time that we were in that house was our first day in Honduras and we had a big dinner and the whole thing. It was cool.

On Wednesday we also had a really cool experience trying some new tactics for getting people to church. So we have one investigator who hasn't really had the opportunity to go to church on Sundays because of a tutoring thing he has to do those days, so Elder Cox and I decided that we should do a tour of the church with him during the week so we could at least get him to be inside the chapel at some point and feel the spirit there. He ended up going and bringing along three members of his family, so it went really well! They really liked seeing the building and we could feel the spirit.

So funny story, we were riding in the local busses known as "rapaditos" and if anyone has ridden in a rapadito they know that they aren't 2018 edition vans. We were in this little bus and it was coming to a stop and the ayudante (helper) opened the door as the bus was stopping and the door fell off! Like, it just dropped. It was so funny. The driver and ayudante were trying to put it back on for like five minutes. It made us laugh.

We also have a baptism planned for this upcoming Saturday! Hopefully it all goes well!

Thanks for all the support and we'll see you next week!

-Elder Dority

Missionary Symbol for Baptism (Made with the Reese's Pieces sent from home)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Week 57: Guardar los compromisos (Save the Commitments)

P-Day Water Ballon Fight Participants!!!

Hola todos (hello everyone) from San Pedro Sula or as the Catrachos say, "Jan Pedro." This week has been a pretty interesting week for sure. First of all, this change is just flying by. We are already in the 4th week and it feels like Elder Cox got here like half an hour ago. Time is sure flying and before we know it we'll have changes again.

So this last week we had interviews with Presidente Bush. Mission presidents and wives are basically your mom and dad while on the mission, so it's always nice to sit down and have a chat with him. We used to not have interviews every change, but now we do and I like it like that because President always has a ton of great ideas for helping out our missionary experience. So that was great.

So our baptismal date for the 19th of August that we had unfortunately fell through, but nevertheless Elder Cox and I are moving forward with a perfect brightness of hope for God and all of our investigators. We have one investigator that is really cool. He's in his younger twenties and he is super pilas. Hermana Bush in our last zone conference made a big emphasis on working with younger people and technology and it is cool to see how well it works. One of the cool things about teaching younger people is that they are kind of in a moment of finding their own path and learning how they want the rest of their life to play out and what better message than ours to share with them. Elder Cox and I have lately been focusing on trying to help our investigators keep commitments so we have kinda come up with this game plan of coming up with some easier commitments that they will have an easier time keeping to help them do a kinda line upon line process. It's been working well. We have done stuff like left videos for people to watch and inviting people to look at Stuff that the younger people will have an easier time doing that might help them get into good scripture studying habits are have the desire to read the scriptures.
Today was super fun. Two districts in our zone played capture the flag with water balloons. It was our district (San Pedro Sula) against the others (?La ideal? not sure on the name). Needless to say our district won. It was super fun and it got the zone involved and helped build district unity. 

Well, that's pretty much it for this week! Thanks for all the support!
-Elder Dority

Monday, August 7, 2017

Week 56: Fechas! (Dates!)

At night on a bridge with Elder Cox

Hola todos! (Hello Everyone!)

So this last week has definitely been a good week here in San Pedro Sula 2. My new companion has definitely been pushing me to work just a little harder and try to complete with President's advice of finding "just one more." We were able to help two people accept baptismal dates for the 19th and 26th of this month! That would be super cool because this area hasn't seen a baptism for quite a while.

It has been a kind of a struggle helping people accept a baptismal date. During the lessons with these two people we decided to focus more on talking about how accepting a baptismal date is an act of faith and that if they do it the Lord will respond to their act of faith. It went really well and now we have two solid investigators with baptismal dates.

With one of the investigators that accepted a baptismal date, we went to teach her the Word of Wisdom. With this investigator I had previously taught the Word of Wisdom with my last companion, but she had not accepted the commitment to living commandment. Elder Cox and I were talking a lot about what we could do to help her accept the Word of Wisdom. We decided that we would focus more on helping her understand that obeying this law requires having faith in Christ because really when Joseph Smith revealed this law he was just a mouth-piece for God. The lesson went really well and she committed to keeping the Word of Wisdom!

Being a co-district leader with Elder Cox has been really good. It's nice because we can ask for advice from each other about what we need to do to help out the ZLs and APs.

District Meeting-DL's, ZL's, AP's

Well, that's pretty much it from San Pedro this week. Thanks for all the support and I hope you guys have a great week!

-Elder Dority