Monday, August 28, 2017

Week 59: Egipto no es tan grande como aparece (Egypt is not as big as it appears)

Super Special Baptism!!!

Hola todos! (Hello Everyone!)

So this week was definitely an eventful week for sure. To start off, the mission tour. So Elder Cordón from the Central America Area 70 came down to do some conferences with our mission. We had our conference on Wednesday. What they did is half the zones met up on one day and the other half the following day. In our conference we had the zones San Pedro Sula, Valle de Sula, Fesitranh, and Choloma. It was cool because we got to see a lot of missionaries who came in our group. I got to talk to Elder Deeble which was cool. Shout out to him because he is training and is super consecrated. I feel cool because he was my comp in the MTC... so yeah, I've got connections. Hahaha!

The conference was soooo good. We received training from the APs, President and Hermana Bush, and the Cordones! Elder Cordón is really good at speaking. He talked about how we need to be like Moses and understand how "Egypt is not as big as it seems." He talked a lot about how we as missionaries get kinda scared of talking to everyone or maybe standing up to other missionaries who are disobedient how those are kinda like our Egypts. He talked about how before God called him to be a prophet and rescue Israel from Egypt he showed him EVERYTHING he has created and how Moses realized that maybe Egypt wasn't so big after all. It was super cool.

Saturday was a super cool day because we had a baptism! It was a super special day for this mom. She has gone through a lot and this baptism helped her gain a lot of peace in her life. I was so glad I could be a part of it. We had tons of support from the members and family! It was cool to see the ward really come together to support the baptism.

Awesome Family!

So today for p-day we got to do some stuff we haven't done before. We have one investigator that works in Pizza Hut and I guess today was a special family day there for the employees. It was a special before hours thing for invited family and friends and our investigator invited us to attend. We got lots of free food and we got to see a tour of the kitchen in Pizza Hut. Cox and I even got to make a pepperoni pizza! Sadly we couldn't get pictures inside the kitchen because that was "prohibited." It was fun to go and support our investigator and get to know him a little more. He's the one that went with us to the family home evening with President Bush.

Pizza Hut with our investigator

After that we met up with the other elders in our district because the ZLs saw something about a Taiwanese exhibit. We decided we would go check it out, thinking that it would be more of a cultural thing. Turns out it was kinda like a business exhibition, but nevertheless we browsed around and saw some cool stuff. We also got to look around the hotel a little bit and snag some pics.

Well, that's it this week from Honduras. I hope you all have a great week!
-Elder Dority

District Meeting with a bunch of my FAVS!!!

District Meeting with Elder Catucuago

Elder Cox and Elder Dority

Dinner at a fancy hotel

Monday, August 21, 2017

Week 58: La puerta se nos cayó... (the door fell off on us)

What's the price of Idaho Potatoes in Honduras???...

Hey everyone!

So this week has definitely been a pretty good week for sure. On Tuesday we got to do something that probably not a lot of missionaries have before. So President talked to us about doing like a little family home evening in his house with investigators, so last Tuesday we went to his house and brought along with us an investigator and a member family! It was really cool to be able to meet up with him and have a lesson with them! It was also a little bit of a throwback for me and Elder Cox because the last time that we were in that house was our first day in Honduras and we had a big dinner and the whole thing. It was cool.

On Wednesday we also had a really cool experience trying some new tactics for getting people to church. So we have one investigator who hasn't really had the opportunity to go to church on Sundays because of a tutoring thing he has to do those days, so Elder Cox and I decided that we should do a tour of the church with him during the week so we could at least get him to be inside the chapel at some point and feel the spirit there. He ended up going and bringing along three members of his family, so it went really well! They really liked seeing the building and we could feel the spirit.

So funny story, we were riding in the local busses known as "rapaditos" and if anyone has ridden in a rapadito they know that they aren't 2018 edition vans. We were in this little bus and it was coming to a stop and the ayudante (helper) opened the door as the bus was stopping and the door fell off! Like, it just dropped. It was so funny. The driver and ayudante were trying to put it back on for like five minutes. It made us laugh.

We also have a baptism planned for this upcoming Saturday! Hopefully it all goes well!

Thanks for all the support and we'll see you next week!

-Elder Dority

Missionary Symbol for Baptism (Made with the Reese's Pieces sent from home)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Week 57: Guardar los compromisos (Save the Commitments)

P-Day Water Ballon Fight Participants!!!

Hola todos (hello everyone) from San Pedro Sula or as the Catrachos say, "Jan Pedro." This week has been a pretty interesting week for sure. First of all, this change is just flying by. We are already in the 4th week and it feels like Elder Cox got here like half an hour ago. Time is sure flying and before we know it we'll have changes again.

So this last week we had interviews with Presidente Bush. Mission presidents and wives are basically your mom and dad while on the mission, so it's always nice to sit down and have a chat with him. We used to not have interviews every change, but now we do and I like it like that because President always has a ton of great ideas for helping out our missionary experience. So that was great.

So our baptismal date for the 19th of August that we had unfortunately fell through, but nevertheless Elder Cox and I are moving forward with a perfect brightness of hope for God and all of our investigators. We have one investigator that is really cool. He's in his younger twenties and he is super pilas. Hermana Bush in our last zone conference made a big emphasis on working with younger people and technology and it is cool to see how well it works. One of the cool things about teaching younger people is that they are kind of in a moment of finding their own path and learning how they want the rest of their life to play out and what better message than ours to share with them. Elder Cox and I have lately been focusing on trying to help our investigators keep commitments so we have kinda come up with this game plan of coming up with some easier commitments that they will have an easier time keeping to help them do a kinda line upon line process. It's been working well. We have done stuff like left videos for people to watch and inviting people to look at Stuff that the younger people will have an easier time doing that might help them get into good scripture studying habits are have the desire to read the scriptures.
Today was super fun. Two districts in our zone played capture the flag with water balloons. It was our district (San Pedro Sula) against the others (?La ideal? not sure on the name). Needless to say our district won. It was super fun and it got the zone involved and helped build district unity. 

Well, that's pretty much it for this week! Thanks for all the support!
-Elder Dority

Monday, August 7, 2017

Week 56: Fechas! (Dates!)

At night on a bridge with Elder Cox

Hola todos! (Hello Everyone!)

So this last week has definitely been a good week here in San Pedro Sula 2. My new companion has definitely been pushing me to work just a little harder and try to complete with President's advice of finding "just one more." We were able to help two people accept baptismal dates for the 19th and 26th of this month! That would be super cool because this area hasn't seen a baptism for quite a while.

It has been a kind of a struggle helping people accept a baptismal date. During the lessons with these two people we decided to focus more on talking about how accepting a baptismal date is an act of faith and that if they do it the Lord will respond to their act of faith. It went really well and now we have two solid investigators with baptismal dates.

With one of the investigators that accepted a baptismal date, we went to teach her the Word of Wisdom. With this investigator I had previously taught the Word of Wisdom with my last companion, but she had not accepted the commitment to living commandment. Elder Cox and I were talking a lot about what we could do to help her accept the Word of Wisdom. We decided that we would focus more on helping her understand that obeying this law requires having faith in Christ because really when Joseph Smith revealed this law he was just a mouth-piece for God. The lesson went really well and she committed to keeping the Word of Wisdom!

Being a co-district leader with Elder Cox has been really good. It's nice because we can ask for advice from each other about what we need to do to help out the ZLs and APs.

District Meeting-DL's, ZL's, AP's

Well, that's pretty much it from San Pedro this week. Thanks for all the support and I hope you guys have a great week!

-Elder Dority