|Elder Dority's area in La Lopez|
|Looking out over area of La Lopez|
Well I finally made it to Honduras! We didn't get the chance to write this last week so now I get to talk about all the fun stuff that has been going on here in Honduras. To start off, it is hotter than snot down here. We stepped out of the airport into the shade and it felt like stepping into an oven. We were walking around Sunday mornings to investigator´s houses to invite them to church and it felt hotter than mid-afternoon on the hottest day in Utah.
The area I am in is in the northern part of my mission. The name of the ward is La Lopez and me and my companion have La Lopez 2. ¨All is good in La Lopez.¨
The members are awesome here. We get fed a lot of rice, beans, eggs, potatoes, tortillas, fried chicken, and Coke/Pepsi. For some reason the people are obsessed with Coke and Pepsi products here. There is a giant sign on the mountain that looks like the Hollywood sign but says Coca Cola.
|"Hollywood" type sign on the hillside of Honduras|
My trainer´s name is Elder Dickson. He is from Weber, Utah. He has been out for about 10 months. He helps to make sure I don´t look like too big of a noob out here (even though it´s super obvious).
|Elder Dickson (Trainer)|
|Elder Dickson and Elder Dority (the noob...aka newby)|
Mom, thank you for all the medicines and what not, also the hand sanitizer. I use it every time before I eat. It’s alright to wash your hands out of the water from the tap down here. You just want to use hand sanitizer before eating. That bottle of cold medicine that is specialty made works wonders. When I met Elder Dickson, he had just received a cold and I got it from him, but my body has been handling it just fine after a few days with that cold medicine stuff.
I am doing great! My stomach is handling to food really well; I think that is because I take a probiotic and multivitamin every morning. I get along super well with my trainer. He is super nice and patient with me. The hardest thing for me is honestly the language barrier. People talk fast and it is frustrating at times because I am not able to follow the whole conversation. But it´s all good. Just need more practice. I am in a very safe area. Nothing sketchy at all so don´t worry about that.
Elder Dickson says there is a road that has a super cool view that he wants to show me. Sometimes when we are out walking, we turn a corner and the road goes up at a 45º angle for 50 meters. The roads are all dirt, unpaved, and uneven. It hasn’t rained, which is kinda sad. I want it to down pour just so I can experience it, but Mother Nature has decided to just have it be incredibly sunny and hot all the time.
La gente (the people) here are awesome. Even if they aren't Mormon they are so open to listen to what you have to say. We have talked to a lot of people about the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. The people do not have a lot of material things. Most people live in a small concrete/tin home with one living room/kitchen and a bedroom, or just one room all together. They are so humble and love the Lord so much. It’s fantastic.
I have been so humbled in my first few days here. I have had to wash my clothes by hand, shower out of a bucket because our apartment only gets running water in the middle of the night, walk everywhere, and smell everything. We really don´t realize what we have until we don't have it. This week has really been about learning to humble yourself before the Lord. These people don't have a whole lot, so they know how to turn to the Lord.
|La Lopez Apartment: Kitchen Area|
|Apartment: Study Area|
|Apartment: Where I Sleep|
Oh, funny story. So we were heading to an investigator´s house. His name is Luis and he is 71 years old. Elder Dickson taught him one or two lessons before I came and we were going to invite him to be baptized. This was like my first or second day here.
As we turn onto his street, we see a ton of people and some cars up by his house. We go up to check out what is going on and they were having a funeral at his house! Keep in mind this is a 71 year old person living there!
We went a half a week not knowing if an investigator died on us or not! We went to his house yesterday and when we got to the door we asked some people that were sitting right there if Luis was home. Anticipating an answer was nerve-wracking. They said he was and we just gave the biggest sigh of relief. I guess his nephew had died. It was sad but we were happy that Luis didn't just give out on us.
We challenged him to baptism and he said that he will be baptized if he receives an answer that he should. We left him with Mosiah 18 to read and he is going to accompany us to a baptismal service on Saturday for the other missionaries in the ward.
Fun fact I figured out this week. So I bought some beans at a pulperia this past week (a pulperia is a little individually owned store that fits in a single room in a house) and I took it to the apartment to have for dinner. I boiled those suckers for 30 minutes and thought they would be fine. They were nasty. Turns out, you have to boil them for an hour! It’s not even worth it to me at that point.
Sorry there aren´t a ton of pictures.
-Elder Dority (easily the whitest guy here)
(note from Mom Dority...for all you over age of 30?...I had to look this up..."XD" is like "Lol"...or "Laugh out loud"...associated with an emogi of laughing face with eyes closed!...you're welcome!)