I can't believe it's already been 6 months since I've been home. Time has really been flying lately and so has the missionary work! This week we had 3 more baptisms! F*, S*, and H* all got baptized! And I got to be the one to baptize them! I think the picture of me with F* and H* is my favorite of the mission. They are both super smart and love everytime we show up to teach them. Then they just sit quietly and listen to the lesson! It's amazing. It was so cool to see them enter the waters of baptism this week! We met them though another investigator actually. She told us that she had a friend that lived on the next street up who was a member so we were like "Ok let's go check it out" and she was soooooo pilas! She pulled out a hymn book and pictures from her baptism and came to church with us! 3 weeks later her son H* H* got baptised! So great.
Chruch here is really funny. First, we all stood up for the rest hymn and I realized that I was one of the tallest people in the room! That's certinally never happened before. Next the crazy second counselor stood up and gave a sermon about how as members it's our obligation to go to choir. The leaders are really harsh here. Finally we sang song number (307 in English). It's really cheesy. Read verse 2. We would never sing it in America. I started laughing in Sacrament meeting when we were singing it in Spanish.
This week I saw one of the saddest things of my entire life. A house in my area got burned down and all of their crops got burned with it. We showed up and the firemen were just finishing up putting it out. These people, who already have nothing, now literally have NOTHING. I almost cried when I saw a little boy covered in ash sitting in his burned down house. This morning we gave part of our P-Day to go help clean up their house. It was quite the experience. We're going back every morning this week to keep helping restore everything. I can't imagine and none of you could ever imagine what it would be like to have absolutely nothing. Sad stuff in Honduras. But the gospel can make us so happy! And that's what I love. Those precious moments when you share a message with someone and you can see the hope and love in their eyes. The spirit is so strong at these moments.
The temple dedication is this sunday! We're going to get to go to watch it at the stake center and the cultural event on Saturday. It was really cool to go to the open house the last 2 weeks too! Temples are so exciting!
I love you all sooo much!! Thanks for the support and all the emails!
Fun Fact! - We're nick-named Mormons. This name comes from the Book of Mormon. The name comes from the prophet Mormon who put the book all together named. He got his name from the Waters of Mormon where Alma baptized many people. And where did the name of the waters come from? None other than the wicked King Noah. So King Noah named our church! Que loco.
4 gringos in Las Unidas. Elder Smith, Elder Adams, Elder Lawson and Elder Sears.
Making brownies at district meeting!
Brownies with Elder Adams
The 21 month brownie party! From Elder Sears' email: "Elder Adams had 21 months on this day so we went to the store and made brownies for the district, Elder Lawson did a good job cooking them up and they were super delicious."
Hanging out with F* and H* in an abandoned house!
Favorite picture of the mission so far!
Sneaking food into our bag because we couldn't eat it all.
Ready for church with shinny shoes!
After sholving piles of ash for the person who's house burned down.