Monday, September 26, 2016

Week 11: Deseo de Creer (Desire to Believe)

A little food place with a member

Lizard on roof outside our apartment

Our Apartment

"Pilas" where we wash our clothes by hand

Road outside our apartment that leads to the main road.

Things are going great here in Honduras! We have challenged one of our investigators to a baptismal date and they accepted! Right now it's planned for the 15th of October. This would be my first, so I am so excited to see what happens!

Elder Dickson and I also taught an English class on Saturday. We had six people show up...Haha! Hopefully we can get more people to come next time.

Spanish is coming along pretty good. It's getting easier to tell what people are saying. It's funny though, I feel like I can understand an entire conversation until someone asks me a question. It's like all my Spanish just goes out the door. Luckily I have an awesome gringo companion that can translate for me when needed.

So this week I have been using a specific chapter of the Book of Mormon to try and help investigators recognize the Holy Ghost when reading the book itself. The scripture is in Alma 32 and is approximately verses 26-43. This scripture is awesome because it ties in faith, scripture study, and promptings of the Holy Ghost. I won't try to quote the whole thing or paraphrase it because it needs to be read in its entirety to get the full effect. I do however, want to talk about what the scripture talks about in the beginning. (link to Alma 32)

The prophet Alma exhorts us to exercise our faith and act on his words (in our case, the scriptures), even if we only have the desire to believe. We should let this faith grow inside us. Some people believe the Book of Mormon is the word of God, some people have a knowledge that it is through the Holy Ghost, and some people have only read a few verses and are in the process of trying to obtain a witness for the Holy Ghost that it is true. All these people are at different stages with their understanding of the Book of Mormon, but they all have something in common: the all started with the "desire to believe."

The rest of the chapter goes on to talk about what to do after you have this desire, but I am going to leave it to Alma to explain what to do; but I, like Alma, would exhort you to have the desire to believe.

One of my favorite Primary songs is "Faith is Like a Seed." When the seed is planted, it will grow to produce fruit more sweet than anything you have ever tasted. This is the missionary message to the world.

                              Faith is Like a Seed Primary Song (video)

I'm so excited for the opportunity to hear from a living prophet this weekend. I hope all can receive guidance as we listen to the words of God.

Well, that's all from La Lopez 2 this week. Till next p-day!

-Elder Dority

Faith is Like A Seed (video)

The cover of my notebook I found!!!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Week 10: Hay Muchas Razones a Celebrar (There is Much to Celebrate)

Fesitrahn Zone with Pres. and Sister Bush and Elder and Sister Alonso of the Area Seventy, Presidency.

Multi-zone Conference, Elder Dority 3rd from right. Elder Dickson, far right. Elder Olsen, center back.

Quite a bit has been going down over here in Honduras the past two weeks. There’s been a lot of days to celebrate and a lot of crazy people to avoid, too. The reason it's been two weeks since I have last written is because last Monday we had a multi-zone conference with our Area 70, President Alonzo.

The best news about this last week is we FINALLY got some investigators to church! Elder Dickson and I have been working hard to try and get people to come to church with us for many weeks now and no one had come. We had three investigators come to church with us last Sunday! It was awesome to see them all there! They all loved the services and want to come back! I'm so excited for them because they are on a path that will bring more happiness to their lives than they have ever known before.

We've been celebrating quite a few different things down here in Honduras. I reached my two-month mark on the 13th! It is so weird to think I left that long ago. Wow! We also celebrated Día Del Niño (Day of the Child) on the 10th and Honduran Independence Day on the 15th. "There are many reasons to celebrate."

We also ran into some crazy people this last little bit. One of them, not surprisingly, was a drunk guy; but not just any old drunk guy. This was the same one that we met not too long ago that was asking us to carry him to San Pedro. Yep, he returned! And boy did Elder Dickson and I have a time with him.

We were on our way to the church to buy hot dogs from a couple in our stake who is trying to get married, so they will be able to get baptized. I don't know how this man recognized us, but he did. His eyes were bloodshot and he reeked of alcohol. He cried the whole time we were with him. He talked about how he hadn't eaten in three days. We tried to leave him behind, but he would not leave us. He would latch on to us or grab our arms and shoulders. We bought him some food, but he still would not leave us alone. He would just cry and cry and talk about random things while doing so. We decided that we would just walk and talk and maybe sit down somewhere. We started walking and out of nowhere he just grabs my hand. I think, "Okay, he's super drunk and he probably wants a hand to hold," but oh how I was wrong!  Not two seconds later he goes to wipe his nose on my hand. He has been BAWLING this whole time and has a lot of this nasty snot on his face. I realize what he's doing though and quickly pulled away. He only touched the side of his face to my hand before I was out of there. I thought I was safe, but without hesitation he heads for the shoulder. One nice big wipe right on my shirt. Nastiest thing that's happened thus far.
We tried to lose this guy, but we could not. He followed us everywhere... and it started to downpour... in torrents! So here we are running around in this rainstorm, boogers on our shirts, soaking wet, covered in mud, smelling like alcohol, drunk guy following us around. We finally got away from him when he stopped and talked to some guy on the side of the street.

When we finally got to the church, they were still selling hot dogs. We were looking forward to some gosh-darn good ole American food, but we were sorely mistaken. We got some gross Honduran version boiled hot dogs. They put weird stuff on there. They eat their hot dogs with corn, raisins, some weird mystery sauce, and all of this other stuff that desecrated everything a hot dog stands for. And we made the mistake of buying two each because we had no idea. We ate one with everything for the experience and then scrapped the rest of the other one into a napkin.

So through all of the stuff that has been going on…the thing that has stuck out most to me is patience. We need to have patience in all things. We need to have patience with ourselves, work, strangers, drunk people, and many other things; but when we exercise our patience, we will have a greater appreciation for the blessings of the Lord.

-Elder Dority

Friday, September 9, 2016

Week 9: Sin Blog Hoy (No Blog Today)

Tidbits of a short email I received from Elder Dority...

He said that not much had happened in the last few days and that he hadn't taken any pictures to send. Sounding healthy and happy...what more could a Missionary Mom want? I included a picture of baleadas so you could see what he loves to eat the most so far. Love you so much, Elder Dority!!!

Baleadas (stock photo)

Elder Dority writes...

I successfully cooked rice and beans last night. It takes and hour to boil and cook beans. It's almost not worth it at that point. Way easier to just go to the store and buy a can of pre-cooked beans and minute rice. Oh well. Good experience. I am going to ask a lady to teach me how to make baleadas because she makes them really well.

I am doing good. I got pretty sunburned from the beach though. I packed sunscreen but I just totally blanked it. The blue aloe gel worked well though. I got a blister on the tip of my toe from the sunburn but it went away.

I am getting more than enough to eat so don't worry about that. I am doing well emotionally and spiritually. Spiritually is great because we are just always in the work. Emotionally, I am doing well. It's obviously hard mentally at times, but never too bad. P-days make it easier.
I'll take tons of photos for next time. I have heard from Elder Deeble. He's having a good time. He's in Santa Rosa.

I've been reading the Book of Mormon in Spanish. I didn't start from the beginning, I started where I left off before I left. I am on Alma 57. It's been interesting because the chapters I've been reading lately are the war chapters, but it's cool to read them with the perspective that it is a similitude of our war with Satan.

Alright, I gotta go. I'll write you on the 19th!
Love you!!!
-Elder Dority

Monday, September 5, 2016

Week 8: "Tenga Fe en Tu Mismo" (Have Faith in Yourself)

"We went to the beach today!" Cieneguita Beach

Elder Dority at Cieneguita Beach

Cieneguita Beach Honduras

Well, I have made it through my second week in Honduras. This week has definitely felt like it has gone by a lot faster. I'm starting to get the hang of things down here. We went to the beach today! It's not in our area. We traveled there with everyone in our zone. It’s the Cieneguita Beach.

The language is coming along. I'm starting to pick up more and more each day of what they are saying. It's difficult sometimes because of the dialect here. A lot of the people will drop the "s" at random times and put in an H sound (or J in Spanish). When they are going to say the word for 2, instead of saying ¨dos¨ they will say ¨doj.¨ That makes it hard to understand, and not to mention all of their words run together so it can be difficult to tell were one word drops off and the other picks up.

Last p-day I was feeling extra down about the language barrier for some reason. It's definitely stressful when you are trying to teach people and figure out their need but you can't understand them. At our district meeting the next Elder Dickson gave an awesome lesson on hope. We read in Preach My Gospel and it was talking about how we need to not only have faith in the Lord that he can provide for us the gift of tongues, but we need to have faith and hope in ourselves that we are capable of learning the language. That really hit it home for me.

"Have faith in yourself!" We have to trust the Lord and ourselves. We have to trust that the Lord prepares those he calls.

An interesting experience that happened this week... I had my first drunk guy come up and ask for money. He not only asked for money, but asked if we could carry him to San Pedro Sula. "Llevame!" he would say. He kept trying to bum two limpiras off of me, but we kinda just sped walked away. When we crossed paths with another group and he started asking them.

I also had soup on probably the hottest day of my life. Apparently soup is a pretty common meal down here, which is weird because it's probably 95º or more with 90% humidity. They kind of like to just throw huge chunks of things into water and cook it. There was half a banana, lots of rice, I think a chunk of clam, a quarter of a potato, a chunk of beef, mini corn looking thing, a bunch of other stuff. Oh, and don't forget there HAS to be tortillas at every meal!

After my experience with cooking raw beans last week, I asked a member mom how to cook beans and she told us. Also, thanks for your encouragement about learning the language! That means a lot! I can’t wait to write again! Also, I’m very excited to receive a package! I’m wondering what kind of stuff you will put in there!!!

My next p-day is going to be Friday because an Area 70 is going to talk to us on Monday and then I won't have another p-day until the following Monday. So I might not do a blog post this next Friday and just wait until the following Monday, but I will still write you guys and what not.

It's hotter than snot here, but that's okay. Honduras beat Canada 2-1 so that's great.
-Elder Dority