Monday, December 26, 2016

Week 24: Tuvimos Nuestro Navidad Blanca

Feliz Navidad and a feliz año nuevo to everyone. I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas. The Christmas that I had is definitely one to remember. To start off we had the baptism that we were hoping for! "We got our white Christmas!" We had a nice little baptismal service for our investigator on Saturday. It went really well. Elder Demera baptized him and I confirmed him yesterday in Sacrament meeting.

Baptism on the 24th!

After the baptismal service on Saturday we started our many dinner appointments we were invited to. Everyone makes tamales for Christmas here. Everyone house we went to we were given a tamal. I had to limit myself to one at each house because we were invited to like four dinner appointments. All day and into the night the people were lighting off fireworks. Except here their fireworks consist of poppers and hand-made explosives that destroy your ears. Hahaha! So that was fun. The highlight of my Christmas was obviously the video call with the family. It was good to see them and talk to them practically face-to-face. 

I am definitely excited to see what 2017 has in store for us. I have a feeling that this upcoming year is going to pass by fast. We have transfers on Wednesday and I think I will be changed to another area. We won't find out until tonight who exactly is going to have transfers, so we'll see. If I go I will definitely be sad to say goodbye to a ward who has really fellowshipped me and raised me well. 


View of La Lopez

That's it from La Lopez 2 for this week. Just waiting for the New Year!
-Elder Dority

Elders Dority and Demera... "Final Frontier" Selfie

El Lozano- The Final Frontier (of our area)



The following pictures were taken at a Multi-zone Christmas Conference. Photos were provided by Sister Bush. Thank you!!!

Learning about Teamwork- Elders Dority and Demera

Mission Accomplish- A fine house!

Sending Christmas Smiles

Let the Games Begin!!!

Christmas Luncheon

Alway time for luncheon selfies!!!

Choloma Zone Christmas Photo

*Mom Note: We had a wonderful video call on Christmas afternoon. Elder Dority looked and sounded amazing! We all remarked about how happy he was and the big dimples smile that was ever present on his face! He already has quite the accent and his Spanish is coming right along. Best Christmas present ever!!! We love you Elder Dority!!!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Week 23: Estoy Soñando de una Navidad Blanca (I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas)

White Christmas in Honduras...beautiful baptism!!!

The countdown to Christmas is officially on. I've found out on the mission the secret to passing time is working hard. This change and the last change with Dickson have gone by fast because I have been focusing more of my efforts and thoughts into the work. I've got to not slack off because I sure want Christmas to come fast!

We had a baptism this last Saturday that went super well! I had the honor of performing the baptism which was awesome. Elder Demera confirmed her a member of the church. Her name is J_____ and she is 13 years old. She was actually a reference from some of the ward members. One day a bunch of people came up to us and told us that they had a reference for us. They said there was a girl who has been attending church a bunch of times but they didn't know until that point that she wasn't baptized. She lives with her aunt and cousin (cousin is a member). She received the lessons really well and gained a testimony of the church and Joseph Smith really fast. She bore a super awesome testimony at the baptism about how she knows this church is the true church and that she feels clean of her sins. She is very nice and tender-hearted. My favorite part about the baptism was listening to her testimony that she shared after about how clean she felt and how she knew that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true church of the face of the earth. That was a tender moment for me and probably the most spiritual experience with her for me.

This Saturday we have a baptism planned which I am really excited for. This is the "white Christmas" that I am dreaming about. His name is H_____ and he is fifteen years-old. How we found him is actually a pretty interesting story. It's really thanks to Elder Demera that we have been able to teach him. One day he said he wanted to contact on a certain street. We went and tried to contact every house on the street. Every house either didn't want anything or nobody was home. We were sitting down after because Elder Demera's back was hurting, when a teenage kid came running up the street to his house. Elder Demera called him and asked if he could give him a pamphlet of the Restoration. The kid said yes and said we were welcome to come back another day. About three or four days later Elder Demera told me that he wanted to go back to see him. When we went back, he was there and told us that he had read the pamphlet. We taught him the Restoration and he received it really well. He accepted an invitation to go to church the following Sunday. At church, I tried to send him off to the class with the other youth for Sunday school, so he could meet the other youth of the ward. The first councilor saw him in the hallway and sent him to the adult Gospel Principals class. In that class Elder Martinez talked about the true order of baptism. He told us he would like to be baptized. After many lessons he will be baptized this Saturday. He is super cool and he has a testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and of Joseph Smith.

It's kinda weird right now. I don't feel like its December or Christmas time because it is still really hot here and everything is still incredibly green. I am looking forward to the Honduran version of celebrating Christmas. Everyone eats tamales and sandwiches and lights off fireworks which will be really fun. We did a gift exchange with the missionaries today for p-day which was fun.

Everything is still going good here in Honduras. I'm loving the work and the people. I am not sure if I will be leaving this area with this upcoming change. We have changes on the 28th of this month which is a super weird date for changes. It's kinda up in the air right now as to whether I will be going or not. If I go I will be super sad because I have really grown to love the people of La Lopez 2. It's crazy how people you have never met before can become some of your best friends in so little time.

That's the main report this week from Honduras. Hope you guys aren't freezing to death. I am melting over here. I do not know how anyone can live in this heat!

Have an awesome Christmas everyone!
-Elder Dority

Monday, December 12, 2016

Week 22: Solo Otro Día en Honduras

You said I could send a picture of my shoes if I didn't have any other photos! Haha!

Time is running faster than I can right now and I do not know what I will do about that. Time is slipping through my hands. Elder Demera and I are working hard to make some baptisms happen this month. We have one planned for this Saturday and another planned for Christmas Eve! I am super excited for those! There is also a couple we are trying to help get married so they can be baptized before the end of the month. We could have four this month if things keep going well.

Tomorrow I complete five months in the mission which is crazy to me. It's so weird to think that I have been in Central America for five months. It's weird to think that there is snow in Utah. The latinos like to ask me about the snow.

In the Book of Mormon, I just read the story of Ammon among the Lamanites and King Lamoni. That is one of my favorite stories in the scriptures. I hope I can have an influence like Ammon. Hahaha! Not sure if I want to see my investigators drop to the ground like they are dead, but that could be fun! Hahaha! The Book of Mormon becomes more and more interesting the more I read it. It's so rich with history and it's crazy to think that it all happened here in the Americas! 

Ammon teaches King Lamoni

So yesterday Demera and I had a pretty fun time with a drunk guy on the street. We were walking to dinner in the other area in our ward. A guy who apparently is a member stopped us and told us he wanted to talk to us. He had us sing a song with him in the rain which was fun. Not sure what it is in English. In Spanish it's called "En el Pueblo de Sión. (In Our Lovely Deseret)

Another guy came over who was also drunk and started arguing about how coffee isn't bad. So Demera and I were sitting there between two drunk guys arguing about coffee under a palm tree in the rain. "Just another day in Honduras." Hahaha!

Well, that's it from Honduras this week. Next week will be better with the baptism! ¡Nos vemos!

-Elder Dority

Tazos
The chips here have little plastic tokens, and right now they are of the Justice League, so naturally I have to collect all 100.

Chillin' in the Apartment

Mom's Note: I laughed as I looked up the words to the song "In Our Lovely Deseret" and found this link on youtube. I can just picture Elders Dority and Demera sitting between these two men, singing away! It's an older song, directed mostly at the children in the church. Elder Dority's grandma says she remembers her mother singing it to her as a child. The words are amusing when you consider their circumstances! Much of it is to do with not partaking of alcohol, tobacco or tea..also known in the church as "The Word of Wisdom."  The first 1:15 minutes of the song will give you an idea of what the intoxicated (probably member) man and two elders were singing about. I love his great attitude and willingness to serve. We can't wait to talk to him on Christmas Day!
(Here's the link)   "In Our Lovely Deseret"  

Monday, December 5, 2016

Week 21: Encontrar Personas Preparadas Mediante el Servicio

¡La Playa! (The Beach!)

Wow what a great week in Honduras! I am really starting to get the hang of things here in La Lopez 2. The sad thing is I will most likely leave this area at the end of the month and that will be hard. My Spanish is finally to a point where I don't make a fool of myself everywhere I go and I know the culture well enough that I am not shocked at everything that goes on around here. Hahaha!
I am not sure what happened with the cloudy/rainy weather we had for a few weeks, but that thing left. It is back on with the heat which is super weird because I'm used to having snow in the month of December.

The work of the Lord is coming along really well here. We have a lot of super prepared investigators. Elder Dickson and I worked hard; Elder Demera and I are working hard; and things are finally starting to come together for our efforts. This week in church we had 6 investigators there which was a huge blessing. We are really trying to work to make a lot of baptisms happen before the month finishes up to help the ward reach its goal of having 30 baptisms for the year. They are at 23 right now, so between us and the other companionship I have high hopes that we can make it happen.
 
So a really cool thing that happened with this week was with one of our investigators. One day, about a week and a half ago, my companion Elder Demera said we should contact all the houses on one street that I had never been to before. We did it. We went to every house and either nobody was home or they said "no." Every one. We were sitting on the side of the road when a kid of about 15 years ran up to his house on this street. We asked if we could give him a pamphlet and pass by another day. He said yes. We taught this kid and he went to church with us this last Sunday.

Elder Martinez taught a lesson on baptism in the gospel principles class which he attended. He talked about how we have to follow the example of Christ with our baptism and be baptized by immersion by someone who has the Priesthood Authority. After the class, this kid was sitting in another room reading the Book of Mormon. Elder Demera asked him if he had a question or doubt. He told Elder Demera, "When I was baptized, they just sprinkled water on my head. Is that alright?" Elder Demera asked him, "What do you think?" And he replied, "No." Wow. What a miracle. We spend all day trying to tell people the reason they need to be baptized again and they usually don't get it, but this kid has been prepared and he is progressing amazingly right now.

God has prepared people and I challenge you guys to "find prepared people through service" this month. December is a great month to get out and lift some spirits. And people are prepared.
That's it from La Lopez this month. Feliz Navidad to all!

-Elder Dority

A Christmas Video from Mormon.org #LightTheWorld


Feliz Navidad to All!!!

Star Fish!!!
Youth we love to teach!!!
Family Home Evening in Honduras

Monday, November 28, 2016

Week 20: El Tiempo Pasa Demasiado Rápido (The Time Goes By Too Fast)


Stake Primary Activity, we performed a drama of the First Vision of Joseph Smith

Holy cow this week just flew by. I have no idea where it went. I think the reason it went by faster this week is because Elder Demera and I had a lot more work this week in the area. Work = faster time. That's the missionary equation. "The time goes by too fast." I can't believe that it is almost December. I'll be coming up on five months in the mission which is super weird to me. It feels like I left just last week.

So the work is coming along really well here. We have three investigators committed to baptism for the month of December. Elder Demera and I are working harder and harder every day. We are starting to work more cohesively during the lessons and in all other aspects of mission life. Thanksgiving was just another day on the job here. I realized on Thursday night that you guys had had your Thanksgiving dinner already. It made me laugh because I had beans and tortillas and sour cream. Hahaha! Also, one of the Recinos family, bought this DVD with all these classic American songs and we were over there for dinner on Saturday. The YMCA song came on and I taught everyone how to do the dance. Hahaha! It was fun! They are great. We are going to have a Family Home Evening with them tonight.

There are Christmas trees here in Honduras! Not everyone has one; probably about half the families have a tree. Everyone says that you eat a load of tamales down here for Christmas, so I am excited for that. I'm missing the snow a little bit right now, but not too much. I don't like being cold. The heat is much better. I hope you are enjoying your holiday season! It's a time to be happy!

Annual Christmas tree cutting photo

I am definitely excited for this Christmas season. The church has put out a thing that will promote service every day of December up to Christmas in different ways. There is a #lighttheworld. I am definitely going to try and participate in all the things that we are challenged to do. It's super cool and an awesome way to serve this Holiday season. Light of the World Video (Beautiful video of the Savior and service. Please take the time watch.)

So with starting the Book of Mormon over, I have been trying to really focus on understanding the story and the characters and how religion influenced all the events that happened in the Book of Mormon. It has never been this interesting to me before to read the Book of Mormon before! I find myself wanting to read more and more just to know what happens! It's crazy how much the scriptures are opened up to us when we have an open mind. It's awesome.

Well, not too much else to report on this week. Our zone participated in a primary activity for the stake this week. We did a super poorly last minute drama of the First Vision of Joseph Smith. I had the role of God the Father. I essentially just took of my tie and put on baptismal pants. It was fun though. Good times and good memories had by all.

Enjoy this holiday season and get out and do some service! It's good for your spiritual health!

-Elder Dority





Monday, November 21, 2016

Week 19: "...con nosotros está Jehová. No los temáis." ("...the Lord is with us: fear them not.")

Elder Demera and I (new companion)

New Honduran soccer shirt

This week has been a pretty crazy and fun week. I had to say good bye to my mission dad: Elder Dickson. He left for San Pedro and is now the Financial Secretary, so that's cool!

My new companion came on Wednesday and he's a latino! His name is Elder Demera and he is from Ecuador! He has been in the mission for about seventeen months so he has a ton of experience. He was raised in the church but went inactive for most of his life, but he became active again when he was about 18. We don't have any issues and he works hard. All my companions last names have started with the letter "D" which I thought was pretty funny.

I was super nervous about having a Latino companion at first, but I actually like it. It forces me to talk the language more often. Elder Demera is pretty cool. He likes to beat-box as we walk and he likes anime (like most Latinos). I am the only white person in my zone now.... hahahahahaha! It's all good. I am comfortable enough with the Spanish now that it doesn't bother me.

I am really hopeful for this change. I think we are on track to have a lot of success in this companionship. One of our investigators, named Berta, came to church for the third time this week which is awesome! She told us during our class of Gospel Principals that she really does feel good in this church. I think she'll get baptized soon and her daughter too. We also found out that there is a girl in our area that has gone to church four times and isn't baptized, but she wants to be! So we are going to teach her this week too and hopefully baptize her soon!

The R. Family. We eat lunch with them on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. They are super cool and are converts as of a year and a half ago. The oldest daughter is going to leave on a mission sometime in January or February. She hasn't received her call yet though. She will probably receive that in December. I keep telling her she is going to go to the states, but I have a feeling she might go to Brazil.

Nothing too crazy happened this week. It's been raining a ton which makes the weather a little cooler which is always nice. This week I was reading in the Old Testament in the book of Numbers. I was in chapter 14 when the Israelite spies were sent to check out the Promised Land. 10 of the 12 spies brought back a report of fear, saying that the people in the land were powerful and that they wouldn't be able to overcome them; but Caleb and Joshua (the other two spies) said: "...the Lord is with us: fear them not." I thought this was super cool. Sometimes we have fears of standing up or fighting for what is right, but we need to always remember that the Lord is with those who fight for a righteous cause. (Numbers 14: 9)

Take care everyone! Hope you guys enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Until next week!
-Elder Dority

Monday, November 14, 2016

Week 18: ¡Bautismo! (Baptism!)

Our first companionship baptism!!!

Wonderful day!!! 

No doubt about it, the highlight of this week is definitely our baptism that we had. I was super excited because I worried that Elder Dickson and I might not have a baptism at all in our companionship, but we got it in the knick of time!

We had the baptism on Saturday in our church. It went well. Our investigator was going to have the first counselor of the ward baptize him, but he got sick so the zone leader baptized him because he was already going to be baptizing a kid from there area at the same time.

I am super happy for our investigator. I do not worry about him at all. With a lot of the people who get baptized, we see them fall away not too long after. I sometimes feel like that happens because the missionaries work so hard to fellowship the investigators, and after the baptism when the missionaries aren't there all the time the recent converts lose the desire.

With this guy we baptized, it went pretty ideally. He was invited to church by a coworker who lives in our ward. He felt fellowshipped by the members of the ward and liked the feelings he got from the atmosphere of the church. While we do have a good relationship with him, our main role was really just teaching him the lessons. The members play such a crucial part in the work of the Lord. Things went so smoothly with this guy because he had the fellowship of many members in our ward. Elder Dickson and I never worry about whether or not he is going to go to church, read his scriptures, or remain active.

I don't have any crazy stories like last week. This week has been pretty calm because we really have just been focusing on the baptism. This week we have changes on Wednesday. We find out tonight who will stay and who will go. Most likely, Elder Dickson is going to leave and someone else will be coming to hang out with me here in La Lopez.

I'm excited to see what will happen. The only thing I do not want is to train a gringo. Anything else is fine. I just want someone that can speak Spanish. Haha! Hopefully I did not jinx myself with that. We'll see what goes down.

(Mom’s email told Elder Dority that we are expecting snow here in Salt Lake City on Wednesday evening and will be most likely sitting in the cold and snow at the State Championship football game this Friday, Bingham High vs. Lone Peak at the University of Utah stadium.)

That's crazy that you guys should be getting snow soon. The people here ask us what the snow is like and tell us that they wish they could see it and feel it. It's weird to think that there are people who have never encountered snow. I'll be cheering for Bingham down here!

That's it from Honduras this week.

-Elder Dority



Monday, November 7, 2016

Week 17: Los Monos de Satanás (The Monkeys of Satan)


Monkeys Sure Love Cheese Puffs!!!

Another week that has just flown by. It's crazy how fast time is going by here. This change is almost over and next week Elder Dickson is going to be leaving for who knows where. It makes me a little nervous thinking about who my new companion could possibly be. Elder Dickson keeps joking with me that I am going to train next change. I do feel pretty confident though heading into the next change. The language is really coming along and I know the area super well. I will miss having Dickson as my companion though. He's been a good Dad.

So I'm super excited because this week we have our FIRST baptism planned! We are going to have it on Saturday! Woo! Finally! This guy is awesome. He is a friend of a ward member here in La Lopez. He is really open to the spirit and what we teach him. He told us he was willing to live the Word of Wisdom before he was asked to.

I sure am glad we have him that we are going to baptize because a lot of our other investigators have stopped progressing. The family, with the mom and lots of daughters, has stopped progressing which is a huge bummer. We worked super hard with them and we felt like they were doing so well.

I am excited to see how these two others do. One is a lady this lives on this hill in a tin house. She is in her mid-20s and has been taking the lessons super well. She talked about how she wonders if God sent us to her because He has a plan for her. We are definitely going to teach the Plan of Salvation after hearing that.

Another is this guy we ran into about a month ago, but haven't been able to make contact with until recently. The other night we made contact with him at his house and read the last half of Alma 32 with him. He had a ton of insights and was super involved. He's what we call "pila" here. I have a good feeling about him. We are going to meet with him again this week. Alma 32:21-43

Right now I am trying to read all the standard works at once. It is actually coming along a lot better than I thought it would. I am having a lot easier time understanding the Old Testament than I could before, and it is super cool to see the bridges between the books. I'm in Leviticus in the Old Testament, Luke in the New Testament, Jacob in the Book of Mormon, and I can't remember what section in D & C (I haven't been focusing on D and C as much because the Old Testament is super thick and requires a lot of attention and effort). I've been focusing on really trying to understand the stories and how they relate to us because a lot of people here really now there Bible, and I want to be able to talk about it with them. Elder Dickson knows a lot about the bible and it has really helped.

Today was one of the coolest p-days thus far. We went to a place just outside our area called Las Cascadas, which means The Waterfalls. Yes, there was a little waterfall there (and it smelled super nasty because of all the garbage), but the reason people go there is to see the monkeys. They were super cool... at first. 

Las Casadas (The Falls)

We arrived and gave them cheese balls and stuff and after went down into the waterfall. When we came back up, we were walking past them and the monkeys seriously went crazy. They surrounded us and had their fangs out and were hissing at us. It was freaky. We all booked it out of there. I called them "The Monkeys of Satan". They seriously chased us out of the park. 

Uno Mono (A Monkey)

So that was fun. Probably won't go back anytime soon because I bet they'll recognize us.

Well, that's it from Honduras for now. It's cooled down a lot lately and rains everyday which is great for walking.

Stay safe!
-Elder Dority

Monday, October 31, 2016

Week 16: ¿No Está Siendo un Misionero Magnífico? (Isn't Being a Missionary Magnificent?)

La Brisas del Paraiso (part of our area)

Happy Halloween to all! I hope everyone is enjoying the start of the holiday season. We ask members here if they are going to do anything for Halloween, but they usually don't know what that means or they just say no. What a shame.

I bought a Spider-Man shirt and later I am going to be dressing up as Elder Dickson (switching plaques, wearing his backpack and tie, and doing my hair like him).

Elder Spiderman and Elder Scream?... (AKA Dority and Dickson)
So this week has been pretty interesting. I went down to the pilas on Friday to wash my clothes and a little later Dickson joined me. He went over to the other pila and he said that there was a rat in the pila. I went over and sure enough, there was one. I then pointed out that there was another one still alive swimming around in it. We told the landlord and he got them out (they both died). We avoid the second pila now.

"I smell a rat..."
We also celebrated Dickson's birthday, his one year in the mission. That was on Saturday. He burned a shirt and everything. We got to bake a cake that my family sent me in a care package the next day too. Cherry chipped, my favorite.

Elder Dority's Favorite Cake. He saved it and made it for comps one year mark.
The language is coming along really well. It's getting easier every day to pick apart what people are saying and focus the whole time someone is talking. I can definitely see the difference between now and when I entered the field.

The investigators are coming along well too. We had five investigators at church yesterday which was awesome! We usually only have like one each week, so that was great. We really focused on working hard this week and we reaped the rewards on Sunday. "Isn't being a missionary magnificent???

Until next time!
-Elder Dority

Monday, October 24, 2016

Week 15: Ya Empieza la Fiesta! (And the Party Begins!)

Greetings from San Pedro Sula! Another week has come and gone here! I can't believe how fast the time is flying by!



The work is going pretty well here in La Lopez 2. We didn't get in a whole lot of visits because the Stake had this big three-day activity thing. It started on Thursday and the last day was on Saturday. It was funny, because on Friday we finished the main part of the activity and all the missionaries thought we would be heading home because it was about 9:30, but then they said "Now starts the fiesta!"

All the Latinos danced for about an hour and a half to two hours. We didn't get home until about 11:30pm! I must confess we slept in the next day. The last day of the activities was definitely the coolest part. There were a lot of cultural dances of different countries in Central America. We also got to try some traditional foods of the different countries too!

After two days of activities...it's 11:34 pm. Tired missionaries!

Elder Dickson and I are pretty excited because tomorrow we are going to meet with a guy that a member invited to church. He has already been to church three times and he went to the stake activities! We essentially just need to teach him the lessons and then he can be baptized! The missionary work goes so much smoother when the members are involved. The missionaries serve the purpose of teaching the lessons. If the members will fellowship them and invite them to learn about their religion, then the investigators are way more willing to learn. We are hoping we can baptize him next Saturday.

Well, I don't have any crazy experiences this week. The Spanish is definitely coming along. I can usually hold a conversation with anyone if the topic is one that I am familiar with in Spanish. Every day I become familiar with a few more words or phrases. I can definitely notice the difference.
So right now, I am trying to complete a goal of reading all four standard works of scripture completely from cover to cover. It has been an amazing experience. You can see the connections between all the books and how they all testify of the divinity of Christ! I know the scriptures are the word of God.

Well, that's it for this week! Until next time!
-Elder Dority

Bought a cake. This is what it said on the side of it.
"And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. ~John 6:35

Monday, October 17, 2016

Week 14: Se Me Conocen Saben que No Me Guste el Pescado (They that know me know I don't like fish)


Lovin' my rain jacket! 
 I can't believe that I have now been on the mission for three months! Time is definitely flying by. This week has been a pretty jam‘packed week. I was definitely excited when I got my first care package from home! American candy here is either really hard to find or super expensive.

I did officially baptize someone on Friday! They aren't mine and Elder Dickson's investigators. The thing is we have two sets of missionaries in our ward, us and the ZLs. The Zone Leaders have been teaching them, but they live in our area; so we have been visiting them a ton too and we went to their wedding, so one of them asked if I could baptize her. It was a pretty neat experience! 

Wonderful Baptism

(Mom is wondering if this was the wedding the Stake held a fundraiser for...selling hotdogs?...if you remember Elder Dority's previous post about trying to get to the church to get a good ole' American hotdog through the torrential rain and experiencing a soiled shirt...)

We also went to a Stake service project in a type of campground place just outside of Choloma. We planted baby palm trees. I got to do that with a machete, which was fun.

Machete Man at Service Project

Pond Area and location of Service Project

Fisherman at the Pond
Fishermen on the Pond (photo taken at service project/camera has picture to painting feature)

The food this week was definitely a kicker. On Wednesday we had a soup called Sopa de Chicharrón. Chicharrón is essentially pig skin. It's super chewy, has a weird texture, and tastes funky. I still ate all of it though. Elder Dickson took one bite and could not finish the rest. It was funny. It definitely did some weird things to my stomach.

We also had fried fish for lunch yesterday. Now “if anyone knows me, they know that I am not a fish person.” Nevertheless, I still ate the blasted thing. It didn't really taste that bad, the thing is it just gave me food poisoning last night. I had to get up multiple times to throw up, which sucked. I am never eating fish again. Also, there were like these wailing cats on a roof top next to our room. This is at like 4:00 in the morning. Some guy came out and started throwing stuff at them to try and get them to stop! Hahaha!

So we got 4 investigators at church this past Sunday; two different families! One of the families has a date for baptism on the 5th of November.

Well, that's pretty much all from Honduras this week.

The Church is true!

-Elder Dority

Monday, October 10, 2016

Week 13: Hay Personas Que Estén Listos a Oír y Aceptar El Plan de Salvación

Christ Teaching the Nephites in the Americas

Whoa! 13 is usually an unlucky number, but for us here in Honduras, I would say that this week was pretty good. The week kinda started out a little slow. Elder Dickson and I were coming off a pretty rough week last week. Things hadn't been going too great with our investigators, but what we did realize this last Sunday, was just how well the work has been going with our less-actives in the ward.

Elder Dickson and I have been working hard on helping members that are less- or inactive. We have helped in bringing quite a few back to church and are helping some prepare to be sealed as a family for time and all eternity in the temple. Being able to do this was definitely a tender mercy for me this week. All last week, I was so caught up in losing the fruits of a few investigators that I didn't realize how many fruits we had helped lift back up off the ground.

So some more awesome news: We have been teaching a family consisting of a mom and 4 daughters. Their ages are 15, 11, 6, and 2. We had not yet taught them the Plan of Salvation, so yesterday (Sunday) we decided to teach them about that. After the lesson, we challenged them to a baptismal date on the 5th of November and they accepted! We were so happy! The daughters told us that the lesson gave them the desire to be baptized and it helped them realize just how important it was! 

This was so cool because in General Conference the Prophet told us that "There are people that are ready to hear and accept the Plan of Salvation." It was so awesome to experience this for myself!

I am coming to understand out here on my mission, that I shouldn't worry too much or skirt around how to introduce the gospel. It’s ok to be a little bit bold in sharing the gospel. The gospel has something we need, that our souls long for. It's a little scary to ask questions on beliefs and what not, but the spirit will tell us what needs to be said.

Other than that...things are going pretty good. I keep telling myself to lay off the Baleadas, but then I tell myself I only have a two year window in my life to really enjoy them.

Sorry I didn't take any pictures this week. I'll work on that next week!


Plan of Salvation: What Happens After We Die

Monday, October 3, 2016

Week 12: Seguir Adelante (Move Forward)

Hand-Carved Wall Plaque
This week has definitely been a little bit crazy. I was very grateful to listen to a living prophet during General Conference this past weekend. This week has been probably one of the more difficult weeks for me and Elder Dickson in this change.

Before, we had 3 investigators that had gone to church and were really on the path to baptism. One of them was attending another church. She was nevertheless having many wonderful spiritual experiences through the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, she felt that she needed to talk to her pastor or the other church for permission to be baptized in our church. We tried telling her that she should ask God if the church is true and if this was the correct path for her, but she said she needed to ask her pastor. We got a call from her this week saying she talked to him and she doesn't want to meet with us anymore.

The same day, another investigator had us meet him at his house. He said he wanted to return the Book of Mormon to us. He told us that he couldn't mee with us anymore because there had been a conflict between him and his wife over him meeting with us. In the same day, we lost two people who were starting on a path that they didn't realize just how much it would change their lives. We were heartbroken. We were so excited to help them receive all the blessings God has in store for them.

I felt pretty bad about this whole situation. A lot of our other investigators have been falling through this week or don't want to meet anymore. I have been feeling pretty bad about it because we have been working hard this change to bring souls unto Christ, but it wasn't so.

Thankfully, God prepared those speaking at General Conference. I received a message of hope from multiple speakers on Saturday and Sunday, that our success in spreading the gospel is not a pass-fail scenario. I received the peace that if I am giving my all in the field, then the Lord will prepare a way.

Sometime, you just gotta "move forward."

And that's exactly what we are going to do.

¡Adios from Honduras!

-Elder Dority
  
La Lopez is very green...
...more green La Lopez
La Lopez road
Back-side of Wall Plaque
Last Haircut from my Mom (12 weeks ago)
First Honduran Haircut!!!
Elder Dority and Elder Dickson overlooking La Lopez
Elder Dority overlooking La Lopez