|We love the Book of Mormon!!!|
So happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone. I hope everyone enjoyed that holiday to the max because that holiday is not celebrated here. I had to teach my comp what it was like and how if he didn't wear green I was going to pinch him. Yesterday we also celebrated Father's day because for some reason in Honduras they have it in March. So lots of celebrating going on.
|St. Patrick's Day Outfit|
The work is coming along here. We have a baptism planned this week (emphasis on planned). If things go according to plan we should have one this Saturday, but this is the mission and when do things go according to plans? Hahaha! Elder Catucuago and I have really been focusing on trying to contact families and find more potential priesthood holders. It's hard because all the fathers are usually at work during the time we proselyte and contact, so we fix our appointments with their wives for when the husband will be home too, but that usually leaves our appointments kind of wishy-washy and a lot of them fall through; so we have to work on figuring out a method on contacting the head of the house more directly and having appointments that don't fall through so much.
So cool experience we had yesterday. A few days ago we contacted this one couple that is a little older and pertain to the Catholic Church. We taught the first lesson then and there. After the lesson Elder Catucuago and I had some doubts about the lesson because we feel like they would've been questioning our lesson, especially the part about the apostasy. We went back yesterday to teach him. We decided beforehand that we would reteach the first lesson, but this time not spend so much time on the principles that he already understands like how God is our loving Heavenly Father and the Gospel blesses families. We really focused on teaching the apostasy in a very simple and clear manner. When we asked him what he thought the word äpostasy" meant, he told us that it was a word that meant a sort of apostolic ministry. I am glad we got that cleared up finally. No wonder they didn't comprehend our message. The lesson went really well and he liked the story of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. He definitely comprehends the message now and is willing to fulfill the commitments we are leaving him. It was a good reminder to me that I am FAR from being a perfect teacher. When someone doesn't understand something it could be because of the one teaching it, not just the one learning. It was a good eye-opener for me.
That's it from Santa Barbara this week. We pretty much spent all of last week walking off baleadas by contacting, trying to find new investigator families, so please pray for us that the appointments from those contacts don't fall through this week. Hahaha!
Cuídese mi pueblo! (Take Care My People)
Mom Note: This Sunday, I’m teaching the 4th week Relief Society lesson. We’re discussing President Russell M. Nelson’s October 2016 General Conference talk, “Joy and Spiritual Survival.” I asked Elder Dority, "How have you found "JOY" during the difficult times on your mission? What brings you joy during the difficult times? and How has finding joy blessed you during difficult times?” I love asking him questions that relate to my lessons. It does this Mother Heart good to hear the gospel in action in his life! This was his reply…
“What I would say brings me joy in the mission.... there are a couple of things. One of the things that really brings joy is seeing the spirit touch the heart of the investigator and I can just see it in their eyes that the spirit just testified to them of the truthfulness of the message. Also, contacting a ton when nobody wants you, but then finally reaching the one "golden" person! Also, having a companion that goofs off a little and helps you just have fun in the process. One thing I've learned on the mission is the harder you work, the happier you'll be when the results come.” ~Elder Dority