Monday, March 24, 2014

Same Location, New Companion

Hey family.
I am still here living the high life in R. O. Whoop whoop. I am here with Hna. Hernandez. She has been here for 14 months and knows it. I feel like our pride is going to have quite the duel, but we are getting along quite well. She knows how to cook and likes to do it, so it has been nice.  She also has a ton of health problems. My first Hna. Clarke is still here with the Hna. Garrido. Hna. Hernandez trained Hna. Garrido and Hermana Clarke trained me so there is a lot of love going on in this house.
The new sisters always stay the night at our house. They went out and worked with us the first night. It was super fun. They didn´t know much Spanish, so I talked a lot. But they were enthusiastic. It reminded me of the beginning.
My ¨grand daughter¨ in the mission is training! That means I am already a GREAT GRANDMA!!! What the heck?! The mission is aging me. The only bad part is she is waiting for her visa for Mexico so my great great grand daughter will live way too far away and my posterity will be in 2 countries. I am praying she doesn't get her visa. :-)
Hna. Ixcoy is with my sweet daughter, Hna. Montano. I am so happy for them. They are opening an area. I am glad that they can both talk about how much they love me. I doubt that is what they do, but in my mind, they do it a lot. Lucky little things. They are two of my favorite sisters in the mission.
Age wise, I am the youngest in my house. I am 20. Hna. Clarke 23. Hna. Hernandez 24. Hna. Garrido 29. Waa waaaa.... But I have the most time in the area, so they have to respect me. I´ll enjoy that while I can. Its quite the party...
Tuesday night we had 3 dinners to say goodbye to Hna. Clark. (another one who served as her companion for three months) It was rough.
To greet my new companion, we had a baptism. Jose was baptized March 19, Wednesday, on his birthday. It was cool! A lot of people from seminary went and we had a little birhtday party for him after. Welcome to the area! We have so many baptisms that we have to have them on weekdays, too. It was a good moment.
We put 4 fechas this week. We are going to have to work like CRAZZYYYY!!!! But they are all on the same day... Right before changes. I am not sure how much longer I will be here, so really hope they are able to get baptized that day...
We found a new family this week! they are so great! The daughter contacted us a week ago, we went on Saturday, and they came to Church on Sunday. The mom is super skeptical, but, hey, the gospel is perfect. I am hoping that they will also be baptized with the others. Whoop whoop! It would be 4 more. And there is another girl that wants to be baptized. Nine in the same day? I´m down for that!

Well family, I love you bunches. Be missionaries. Fellowship. Send me letters! 


Here I am with my new companion and the boy who got baptized. 
 Ahhhh. Two of my most favorite sister missionaries!! And they are now companions!
 My mission posterity--from Right to Left--me, my daughter, my granddaughter and my great granddaughter
 The birthday party following the baptism!

Will I stay or will I go????? Changes this coming week.

Dear Family,

This week has been... slow. Pero, no se preocupen.
We should find out about cambios today. Or tomorrow. My companion has said goodbye to everyone so it would be funny if she stayed. I think I am staying. I am not ready to leave yet. It is a super hard area. But Presidente always says there aren´t bad areas, there are just missionaries with little faith. Therefore, I refuse to get down on the area. I just need to work on my faith. 
Funny story first= so we are teaching the super nice atheist family. We gave them a Book of Mormon and they read a little bit of it. They are pretty firm in their beliefs, but I am going to have faith in the promise of the introduction of the Book of Mormon. Anyone who reads it will come to know that Jesus is the Christ. That is good enough for me. I am even willing to just plant the seed in their unbelieving hearts.

Anyway, we went to their house Saturday and they asked us if we were allowed to have friends while we are here in Honduras in the mission. We explained that we naturally develop friends as we teach them.   They wanted to know because they were planning an outing to the beach and they thought they would invite us so that we could see more of Honduras. I thought it was sweet, just a little distorted. They are still our nicest investigators... just the most unbelieving.
Saturday, God was really merciful. He put people in our path to give us little pep talks. There was a return missionary who was an assistant for 9 months of his mission that talked to us while we were filling up the font for the baptism of the elderes. It was the best pep talk ever. It was everything we needed.
We also had the stake conference adult session. It was super good. The elders brought us 2 boxes of copies of the Book of Mormon. One for us and one for a rock star senior couple who give out a ton. They are the Starkeys. They are so great. We carried the box to her apartment and she shared waffles with us. It was such a blessing because we didn´t have a dinner appointment and it was such a relief to talk in English to  someone who understands us. She shared with us a spiritual thought and it was like a fountain of revelation was coming. It was a nice boost.
She shared a scripture in Jarom 1:11 That is wonderful. It talks about how you should live as if Christ already came. I loved it. We should act the way we would act if He were already here.
Later that night 2 girls contacted US in the street and told us they wanted to be baptized and they want us to come visit their family. Thank you, miracle! 

So although we are facing some challenges, it has been a pretty good week. This week is changes and we have a baptism on Wednesday so we are super excited for that. 
Love you all so much!