Monday, July 31, 2017

Week 55: Cambios y Cumpleaños (Changes and Birthdays)

Elder Dority and Elder Cox

Hey everyone! So this week has definitely been a crazy week because of transfers. On Wednesday (my birthday) I had to say good-bye to Elder Alvarado and hello to my new companion Elder Cox, my first gringo companion since I was trained. What's even crazier is that Elder Cox and I already know each other from the MTC because we were in the same district and dorm there! So we came at the same time! He's really cool. He's from Las Vegas so whenever he introduces himself everyone says that he is from Sin City and funny stuff like that.

CCM Dorm
CCM District at the Guatemala Temple

Elder Alvarado was sent to a place called Naco. We had Denny's on Wednesday to say good-bye to him. Probably the number one thing I learned from Elder Alvarado would be to do more service. He is a very helping and service-oriented person and I really like that about him and I am trying to apply that more to my mission and life.

It's been pretty interesting now having a gringo comp because we do our planning in English and not Spanish and there is just a lot of stuff like that that we normally wouldn't do in English. I like it because I can express myself all the time and it's a lot easier communicating with him. He's super obedient and likes to work hard, so I am hopeful for this change with him.

This week has been kinda crazy with our investigators. So we are kind of in the dilemna that almost all of investigators have become eternal investigators and we have been worried about losing a lot of them and then having no investigators (because as all missionaries know you can find yourself without investigators fast and out of nowhere). So we have been going kinda crazy on contacting and taking advantage of the energy a missionary gets with changes. It's been cool to see how the Lord is still preparing people here. One thing I've noticed is that when you talk to people who are outside and not just knocking on doors the people become way better for receiving the message. I believe it's because God puts people in our path.

I also got to celebrate my 20th birthday on Wednesday by receiving a package from my family which was super nice. Now I've got lots of candy, cake, and probably the coolest fidget spinner ever.

Thank you everyone for your support and I hope that you guys all have a great week!
-Elder Dority

We were Greenies Once... Elder Dority and Cox arriving in Honduras together 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Week 54: Hello everyone from San Pedro Sula!

Elder Dority and Elder Alvarado

Hello everyone from San Pedro Sula!

Not a whole lot has gone on this week, but we did have some success in the work! My companion and I have been working hard trying to finish up this change on a high note. This upcoming Wednesday we have changes and tonight's the night when we find out who will be going and who will be staying. My time with Elder Alvarado has been great and I am grateful for all the lessons I have learned.

So this week the other elders had a baptism and we were able to bring an investigator to the baptism to see what it is like. We were able to bring the investigator who is a professor and likes to greet us with a high-five and fistbump. She really liked the baptism and is progressing really well. I am really hopeful for her. Taking investigators to the baptism is super great. They can feel the spirit really well and they can feel the importance and see the beauty of a baptism.

Honestly nothing else has really happened this week. I am pretty sure that the next week should be a lot more exciting.

I hope that you all have a really great week!

-Elder Dority

Monday, July 17, 2017

Week 53: Un año... ¿en serio? (A Year... Really?)


Hello everyone!

 So let's get the biggest news out of the way this week... I had Carls Jr. for the first time in over a year today. Just kidding, that's not the great news. I did complete a year this last week though! Last Thursday I completed one year of being in Central America! Wow it is so weird to think that it was a year ago that I was entering the Guatemalan MTC as one of the biggest newbies of all time. I've definitely come a long ways since that point for sure. I can now at least say that I somewhat know Spanish (I really only speak Catracho, but it's close enough); I have a much stronger testimony of the restored church of Jesus Christ; I know what the real definition of faith is now; and this skinny, white, red-head can survive the crazy life of San Pedro Sula. Hahah! It has definitely been quite a time of growing and adapting. I am pretty optimistic for this part of my mission that I am starting. I think that I've gotten past some of the hardest hurdles of culture shock and language barrier and now I can focus more of my mind on preaching the gospel. Of course that is what I have been doing the whole time, but now I can do it a lot easier, so we'll see what these last eleven months bring to me.

Caption translations at the bottom of the Blog

This last week was really good, especially because we had a zone conference with President and Hermana Bush. It was great. We talked a lot about how as a mission we need to have lots of love and high expectations and how we need to be using the Book of Mormon more as our main tool for helping people know that this church is really the Lord's kingdom on the earth again. It went great and I definitely learned a lot that will be applied into the work here in San Pedro Sula.

Zone Conference San Pedro Sula

So my mom (by the way shout out to my mom for the throwback on the blog) last week asked me to think about why the Lord has called me to Honduras. I have been thinking about that all week. I have been able to help a lot of people find the restored gospel, but even if I hadn't helped those people I know that the companions I have had and my President would be great reasons for the Lord sending me here. I still feel like the Lord has lots of things in store for me here, but nothing that has happened up to this point has been by chance. That's for sure.

Thanks for all the support and disfruten la semana! (enjoy the week!)
-Elder Dority

We'll have to see how well Mom translated the #'s on the shirt. (Still looked pretty white! Way to go Elder Dority. Your laundry skills are exceptional!)

#One Year
#let's go to San Pedro
#I love you
#mission comps names
#areas served
#27 June (release date)
#baleadas (favorite food)
#coca cola
#San Pedro

Monday, July 10, 2017

Week 52: Mi mamá me matará por no mandar fotos (My Mom will kill me for not sending photos)

So...this is what happens when you don't send your Mom pictures... (She inserts her own!)

Hola mis queridos! (Hello my dears!)
So this week has been a pretty eventful and good week. A lot has been going on with the fourth of July, investigators, interviews, splits, and the dreaded gripe (flu, pronounced greep-ay).
So Tuesday we had interviews with President Bush. They, of course, were really good. At the beginning of my mission we wouldn't have interviews and conferences with the president as often, but now we have one interview and one conference with him every change. I like it like that because it gives us more of a chance to learn from the president and his wife. I do have to give a shout out to Hermana Bush for providing some pretty outstanding brownies at the interviews!
Following the interviews we got to go on splits with our zone leaders because my companion is the district leader. It was fun because I got to go with a missionary named Elder Coeto who is Mexican and my favorite latino accent would definitely have to be the Mexican one. I got to help him commit one of his investigators to living the Word of Wisdom which was cool because I haven't done that for a little bit now. Hopefully we will be able to do that with one of our investigators soon. Splits are great though because it gives you the chance to learn different ways of teaching and it gives lots of good ideas on new teaching methods.
This week Elder Alvarado and I sure did a great deal of hiking. We received a reference from one of our investigators that her parents wanted us to visit them because she had talked to them about the missionaries visiting her. She told us that she lived in a place called Santanita. Santanita, turns out, is on the top of the mountain. We started our hike up there with a member because we had no idea where it was. We were wondering around on the top of this mountain looking for this couple and we couldn't find them because it got dark and we decided to head back. Everyone was pretty dead the next day in church because it was a super steep incline. Hahaha! Good times.
Everyone is also getting attacked by the gripe right now, which being interpreted, means the cold or flu. My comp has had symptoms for forever now. It hit me a few days ago, but I went nuts on the vitamins and it went away after a day or two. All the Hondurans have the gripe right now and it kinda sucks. People try and use it to tell us that they don't want to visit with us, but we tell them that we are already sick... so backfire. Hahah!
The work is progressing. We are trying hard to help a lot of progressing investigators accept a baptismal date and do everything necessary for baptism, but it's all been kinda falling apart, but we have faith! We will have a baptism!
Well, that's about it for this week! I finished the Book of Mormon in Spanish for the first time and I can say with a surety that it's true! Joseph Smith really was a prophet and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints really is Christ's kingdom once again on the earth!

-Elder Dority
 ...and now... last week.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Week 51: ¡Feliz Cumpleaños Múrica! ( Happy Birthday Múrica!)

Happy Birthday 'Murica!!!

Well, it's officially official. We are now halfway through the year 2017. We are also halfway through this change. I am also at the halfway mark in my mission, reaching the one year mark in about a week. Lots of halves. Pretty crazy. 

So the work is coming along really well. Alvarado and I are working hard because the Lord has definitely blessed us with our investigators, so we have to show some gratitude for that by working hard with the investigators. There is a possibility of a baptism happening this week, but that's not for sure. If not this week it will happen soon. All of our investigators are progressing pretty well and quite of few of them have accepted a baptismal date for the end of July. I'm pretty optimistic. I'm hoping that we'll get at least one or two baptisms with Alvarado still here. 

Today was a pretty good day because President and Sister Bush had a p-day with the zones San Pedro Sula and Valle de Sula. It was super fun. President Bush was on my volleyball team and we kicked trash. We celebrated the 4th of July one day early by eating hot dogs, watermelon, and chips. President sure knows how to throw a party. Hahaha! 

Everything is going pretty well here in San Pedro Sula. The city life is definitely growing on me. It's interesting how we have to work in different ways from how we would do things in places like La López or Santa Bárbara. The other day we printed out a list of all the members in one section of our area so we could track them all down and try and help reactivate some members. It was cool cause we found a super pilas lady. We'll see how it goes.

Well, thanks for all the support! Happy birthday 'murica! Hope you all enjoy the fireworks!
-Elder Dority

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Week 50: Lo siento por ser aburrido (Sorry for Being Boring)

"Baleadas bigger than my torso!" (Not a new photo...but one well worth remembering!)

Hey everyone! So this week was a pretty tranquila week. Nothing too crazy going on. We had stake conference this week and there was a pretty good turn out. It's cool to see all the Mormons in San Pedro Sula. The church grows really well here. This week we ran into a guy that got baptized in the San Pedro Sula ward (where I am right now) back in 2006 or something like that. Since then the ward sacrament meeting attendance has about doubled in size which was super cool to hear. It'll be interesting to see how the church increases over the years here. 

Things are going really well with our investigators right now. We have quite a few that are now in the progressing stage. They are all pretty solid and most of them have attended or are attending church. We have to work on putting baptismal dates for the investigators. Nothing ever goes to plan in the mission, but we are hopeful that we can have some baptisms in July. We are definitely working hard for it.

This area is pretty interesting because it's a lot of city. I'm more used to living in areas that are filled with lots of houses and little businesses. Here, the houses are all larger and we are finding it harder to find those who will listen to us if we ring their doorbell. A lot of the area is businesses too, so the area is big, but a lot of it we aren’t able to teach in. It's interesting, but I am getting used to it. It's a lot more of working together with the members, which I like. I think it turns out better for the investigator like that in the end.

It's pretty crazy that June is now coming to a close. It does not feel like it was six months ago when I was celebrating the New Year's and what not. The time has definitely been flying by. Pretty soon I'll be coming up on the one year mark. That should be a party. I've heard that the heat has cranked up a little bit there.

My sister said Utah has been hovering around 100° or so. The heat has still been going strong here and it will probably stay like that until mid-November or something like that. At night, it "dips down" to like 80°. Hahaha! I've gotten pretty used to it though. I only need one fan to sleep and sometimes I turn it off in the night because it is too cold. I can't sleep in A/C because it is too cold.

I don't have any pictures for this week... well at least I don't think I do. Hahaha! I didn't bring my camera because I thought we were going to be playing sports at the church and that I would be returning to the house, but we ended up eating right after and then coming back to the church to write, so sadly I don't have pictures to send.

Sorry that nothing too exciting happened this week. Maybe next week something will happen. Thanks for all the support!

-Elder Dority