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, August 22, 2013

Long week without a PDAY!

Hey family and friends!

I hope all you guys are doing great!  Here in Tegus it's been a fun,
fast, and long week.  I know that doesn't really make sense how it
could be a fast and a long week but it was.  Time is seriously flying
by!  Because this week was so crazy I thought I'd separate my email
into a little section for each day.

Monday - After writing you all we went home and tidyed up a bit and
then went to work.  While we were walking I looked to my left and saw
one of the many crazy drugged up guys that lives in our area.  He
looked right back at me and then said "I'm Invisible!" Elder Reyes and
I died laughing and keep on going to our Noche de Hogar (Family Home Evening).

Tuesday - A really fun hardworking day.  I went on divisions (Companion
switch for a day) with an Elder from our zone named Elder Jensen.
He's super energetic and crazy.  We had a fun time.  In the morning
we did service and helped a member make piñatas!  That night the
Elders from a city in the east called Danli were going to spend the
night in Tegus and needed something to do so they went out to work
with us!  Guess who I got to go with!?  My Trainer!  Elder Sears and I
teamed up in a trio with Elder Jensen (The trainer of the trainer of
Elder Sears and therefore the trainer of the trainer of my trainer, or
my great-grandpa for all missiony purposes). We taught a great lesson
to a couple that doesn't want to get married because they say they don't
love each other but they want to still live together...oh worldly
people!  Overall it was a fun day.

Wednesday - This day I went on divisiones with another Elder from
outside my zone.  His name is Elder Ward and actually he's the Branch
President where he his.  Hot shot!  I asked him a lot of questions
about how it is being the presiding authority in sacrament meeting and
all.  He said it's a lot of work but a pretty neat experience.

Thursday - In the morning we had a zone confrence of all the zones
here in the city - about 100 missionaries.  I was chosen to conduct
the meeting!  I was a little nervous, but it went really well.  After
the meeting we got special permission from President Hernandez to take
our investigators to see the outside of the temple!  We had a little
devotional with them and it was a neat experience.

Friday - Today Elder Reyes returned to the temple to see a family he
baptized a year ago get sealed.  This left me flying solo for District
meeting.  I did a good job making all of the announcements and
collecting all the needed information.

Saturday - Definitely the most special day of the week!  Alex, Jenny,
and Yansony got baptized!!  By far my favorite baptism of the mission.  They
are such amazing people.  Their conversion story is incredible and
something special so I'm not going to share it here, but let's just
say God works in very mysterious ways and sometimes we don't know why
things have to happen the way that they do but God always has a plan
for us.

Sunday - This day we taught a hardcore Catholic lady.  She's actually
a leader in the Catholic Church, but last week we convinced her to
come to our church!  She loves us and always gives us chips and sodas
because she owns a pulperia (the little stores people make out of
their front porches).

Monday - It was very weird not having a Pday on monday.  Usually
sunday night you are just so incredibly tired you go to bed very
excited to have a day off the next day.  Waking up and going work was
very different.  We decided to start the week off by doing service.
We returned to a member's house we had previously helped out cleaning
their backyard out so they can extend their house.  Basically its a
big dirt hill with a giant stump and our job is to get rid of it using
shovels, wheelbarrows, pickaxes, hatchets, and machetes.  It was a
pretty fun time and a great way to relieve stress by just pounding the
rock.

Tuesday - In the morning to do exercise we went to the field by our
house and ran a few laps and then played baseball!  We bought some
used little kid baseball gloves at a thrift store and borrowed a
baseball from a member that said a missionary gave it to him a long
time ago.  It was fun to get out and throw the ball around.  One of our
investigators, a 12 year old named Kelvin, who lives nearby came over
and said he wanted to try.  He'd never touched a baseball or glove
before but we let him have a try.  He was actually pretty good!  I was
impressed at how well he could throw and catch the ball.  Later that
day I lived through a trial.  I had to eat soooooo much.  We had 4
meals given to us that day.  First we had lunch of beans rice and meat
at 2:00, then at 4:00 we had a teaching appointment and the investigator
pulled out of no where two plates of chicken and rice, down it goes!
At 5:30 we had our dinner appointment with an investigator of the other
elders.  She made us beans, rice, and meat again.  It was really good,
but we were so full it was hard to get it all down.  Then to finish
the day we went to our usual Tuesday night meeting at the stake center
with the stake ward mission leader.  He always takes us out to eat
afterwards.  We went to Wendys.  I told him I really wasn't hungry and
only wanted ice cream.  He said that was bad manners and made me eat a
full meal and the frosty.  UGH.  No wonder I'm getting fat....

Wednesday - I again went on divisions but this time to a different
area with an Elder Named Elder Prows.  He goes home in 2 weeks but
he's not letting it affect him.  We went and visited a 13 year old kid
that was going to get baptized last week but had some issues with the
Word of Wisdom.  I was freaking out in his house.  There were rats
running around on the floor and he was petting a rooster.  Welcome to
Honduras.  It really reminded me of my time in Choluteca because it
was just like that everywhere!

Today! - Today we went to the Temple as a zone!  President announced
that our whole mission would be assigned a temple day this month and
we were all very excited.  Being the zone leader I was in charge of
organizing everything.  We decided that it would be fun to go really
early to see the sunrise and also avoid traffic.  We contracted a bus,
got up at 3:50, and took off around 5am. We had a fun time taking
pictures and enjoying the morning breezes.  We also planned a
breakfast and one of the members in our ward stayed up all night
making 120 baleadas for us!  She's so great.  It was a little
stressful planning everything out, but it all went really well in the
end.  The temple was beautiful too!  It's been 9 months now since I've
done a session in the temple so it was such a great rejuvinating
experience.  I hope that's the longest I ever go in my life without
going to the temple!

Well now that I've basically given you a summary of my life this week
I'm sure you're all probably sick of hearing about me.  That's a
perfect opportunity to tell me about you!  I hear school is starting
back up so tell me how your lives are!  I'm pretty sure my address is
still on facebook or use dearelder.com!  It's soooo much easier.  So send
me a letter and tell me how you are!

I miss you guys.  Remember: "Men are that they might have joy!"**

Elder Lawson

** 2 Nefi 2:25, yeah I'm that cool.....


Making Pinatas!



The end product.

Remember Tickle Me Elmo?  
Tyler had one as a baby that he would sit on to make it talk!

Temple at night.


Alex, Jenny and Yansony's baptism!


Service project.

Temple during the day.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

BIRTHDAY LOVE!!!!

Heeeeellllllloooooo Family!  

First off I just want to say you guys are so great!  I truely had a very special birthday here in Honduras this year.  I've never felt so much love as I felt here on my birthday.  Love from all 31 of you that sent cards at home and love from all the people here in Honduras that gave everything so I could have a great birthday.  I honestly felt like a million bucks all day.  

So the day started off actually a little weird!  An Elder that lives here in my area just got back on Thursday from his mission in ENGLAND!  He served in Chad Hamiliton's same mission. How cool is that?  I didn't know Hondurans ever went to Europe on missions.  Anyway, he's a boss missionary and a really great guy.  He slept at our house because he still has two months left on his mission but had to come back to Honduras for visa issues.  He's going to finish his mission down in the heat of Choluteca!  Good luck fella.  The funniest part is he learned English on his mission, but it's all with an English accent!  Ever seen a Latin speaking with a English accent?  Hilarious.  

So after we dropped him off at the office so he could head south we went out to lunch with my buddies to Chili's!  It was really fun. I ate a steak and they told the workers it was my birthday and they sang to me.  A great time.  After eating we went home and I opened all my cards and packages.  Thank you all for all the birthday wishes!!  I was so happy reading all your loving words and seeing some pictures from home!  The best part was definitely the booklet my mom made for me.  It had pictures and stories from all of my birthdays throughout time!  All 20!  It was really cool.

Then we taught a quick lesson to a kid named Kelvin and headed up to the poorer part of our area to the house of Tamassa and Edwin.  They are recent converts and really humble people.  They used like all the money they had to buy me a cake and throw a party for me.  They sang Happy Birthday to me and then I got attacked!  Everyone had icing in their hands and I had no idea!  I got mauled and was literally covered in icing.  A Latin birthday tradition is to dirty up the birthday boy.  You'll see later on but that wasn't the first time I got dirty on my birthday weekend.  I cleaned myself off with the only water they had which was really gross and nasty and then we ate cake and had my favorite tea!  It's lemon tea and it's delicious.  

After that celebration we went back to our apartment complex to visit our investigators that have a baptismal date for this weekend!  Alex, Jenny, and Yansony.  They are really awesome.  And their story is even better!  But I'll tell it to you next week on Thursday!  When I write because Monday will be a regular work day.  We made the cake my mom sent me and they kept joking about how they were going to dump eggs and fish guts and rotten things on my head.  I didn't really believe them, but I was really jumpy everytime someone went behind me.  The cake took a while to make but we finally finsihed and it was delicious!  We ate and I got out scotch free from eggs on the head. We went home and crashed after a long fun day.  

Saturday morning we woke up and I had my birthday breakfast of my favorite cereal Basic 4 while I studied!  Then a knock came at the door and it was Yansony.  He said he needed help moving a TV.  We wnet down and the TV was tiny and so we were a little confused.  Right when we left I got a bucketful of nasty goop dumped on my head!!  They told me it was 3 day rotten eggs, chicken juice, garlic, old milk, and cheese.  It was seriously the worst smell I've ever smelled in my life!  Super gross.  I then had everyone dump pila water all over me and took a shower with my cloths on and washed them with the soap.  haha! I've never smelled so bad in my life...  

So to sum it all up this birthday was one of the best I've ever had.  The reason being not the stuff I recieved, but the LOVE I felt.  So many people at home and here showed me how much they love and care about me and I couldn't get enough of it.  That's how birthday's should be!  Not about the presents, but about what the presents mean!  I love you all and hope you have a great week and a half!  

Like I said next Thursday I'm going to the Temple!  I'm soooo excited!  But for that reason I won't write until Thursday next week!  Sorry!  

Also Today I complete 11 months in the mission!  Woooo!  

Love you all and thanks for sharing the love with me!!  

Elder Lawson

Birthday Lunch at Chili's


Birthday party with Recent Converts Edwin and Tamassa!  

We ate my favorite food Tortillas con Quesillo (Basically quesadillas)




Group shot

Classic Dad on his mission picture.  Go look at his mission picture mural! 
(Check out the spelling of his name on the cake!)

Right before the attack

Icing to the face!!!!  





Best birthday ever!


Getting cleaned up

Them trying to figure out how to spell my name!!  haha

Birthday Celebration 2



Getting the goop dumped on my head



Cleaning up.....again

Basic 4 breakfast!

Y Ahora, ESPAÑOL!!!! :)

Hola Amores!

De verdad no tengo tanto para decirles y por eso voy a mostrarles mi gran habilidad de hablar español!  jaja Esta semana era una muy normal.  Estamos enseñando a algunas personas muy buenas pero para ahorita no hay bautismos.  Esperamos en las semanas que vienen vamos a ver mas personas tomar este gran paso en sus vidas al bautizarse.  

La idioma ya no me da muchas dificultades de hablar.  Puedo hacerlo sin pensar tanto.  La única cosa difícil es cuando tengo mucho tiempo de hablar con Elder Reyes en ingles y después trato de hablar en español.  

Estoy muy animado para mi cumpleaños esta semana!  Todos los miembros aquí han planeado fiestas y otras celebraciones para mi!  Gracias a cada uno de ustedes por todas las cartas y paquetes!  Les quiero mucho!  Cuidense.  

Elder Lawson

Google translate version:

Hello Loves!

I have not really much to tell and so I will show my great ability to speak Spanish! haha This week was a very average. We are teaching some very good but for right now no baptisms. We hope in the coming weeks we will see more people take this big step in their lives to be baptized.

The language gives me no great difficulty speaking. I can do it without thinking much. The only difficult thing is when I have much time to talk to Elder Reyes in English and then try to speak in Spanish.

I am very excited for my birthday this week! All members here have planned parties and other celebrations for me! Thanks to each of you for all the letters and packages! I love them! Take care.

Elder Lawson

Light went out so we took a pic (This happens all the time)

I´m an official Honduran!!  Because we are here so long the mission talks with the government and we get official resident ID cards!  
I won't go to jail now!  I used to be illegal....