Elder Lawson's Adventures in Honduras

Elder Lawson's Adventures in Honduras
Heleman 13:4, "And it came to pass that they would not suffer that he should enter into the city; therefore he went and got upon the wall thereof, and stretched forth his hand and cried with a loud voice, and prophesied unto the people whatsoever things the Lord put into his heart."

Thursday, March 7, 2013

"Venid, pues, y sed bautizados" - Alma 7:14

Buenas Tardes!  

Cómo están todos?  This week was quite the crazy one.  But I love it!  Life here in the mission is very insane and random.  This weekend A*, A*, and C* got baptized!  It was very exciting to watch them come unto Christ and be baptized.  A* is married to M* who is a very innactive member of the church.  We found them after we contacted M* in the street and he told us he was a member already and we could pass by and meet his family.  Turns out he was baptized when he was 16 and went innactive shortly thereafter.  We went to visit the family and the mother, A*, was very closed and already had her own church.  Turns out, she's the most pilas (awesome, hardworking, just kinda "gets it") woman on the planet!  We continued teaching her and the rest of the family even when M* chose to continue being a bum and not coming to church with us.  We taught them everything and could see their testimonies grow.  The baptism was set for this Saturday.  As with all baptisms someone has to come to do the baptisimal interview before they can be baptized.  This, however, is very hard when they don't show up.  3 different people came to do the interviews and one resulted in us having to sleep at the Zone Leaders's house but in the end the interviews got done right before the baptism!  We all jumped into the back of the truck and took off for the church.  Upon arriving there the jovens that were going to do the baptizing didn't show up, so I got to actually perform the baptism!!  It was my first time ever baptizing anyone so I was very nervous, especially because it was in Spanish.  I nailed it and remember standing in the font with the biggest smile on my face as C* came in.   A really great experience.  I'm really bummed the picture is blurry, but Elder Sears has a better copy.  

Right now we're teaching a really cool family that has 4 kids that are all super cool!  The kids have been to church a few times now, but we're struggling with the parents.  The dad doesn't really want to get married which is a requirement for baptism.  I think we'll be able to convice them though.  We showed up at their house one day this week and they were all working so we decided to prestar some servicio.  I first helped the dad chop some wood and then helped the mom make some tortillas.  All the kids were laughing and though it was awesome to see me in my missionary attire chopping wood and moler-ing.  F*, age 10, and his friend H* are so awesome!  I love them.  They are always telling me stuff and running around and SO reverent during lessons.  They remind me a ton of Dylan.  We're baptizing both of them this Saturday.  Being Honduran children they're also very grown up.  Yesterday I showed up and F* was chopping wood with a machete and H* was fixing a flat tire on his bike.  TEN years old!  I've also seen 3 years olds run to the store to buy stuff for their parents.  Kids just run around and do what they want all day and come home at night.  

Not really sure what to say.  Things here are going great as usual, just the normal kids breaking out into Opum Gangum style during lessons, eating mangos, killing cockroaches, giving blessings, eating to please people when you feel like puking, talking in Spanish, dreaming of frozen lasagna, sweating, more sweating, baptizing, and SPREADING THE GOSPEL!!  

I love you all,
Elder Lawson

Tyler has requested that people send him questions so that he knows what to write each week.  He hates writing and thinks what he sends sounds stupid.  It takes him a long time to write each week and if he had some "essay prompts" it would help him to know what to answer.  Email me if you can think of anything to ask!  MLawson0904@gmail.com

Converting the trees.

"Gringo Dream Team"

First "official" baptism!