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."

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Honduras is a sinful place, but I'm trying to change that!

Buenas Tardes Familia! 
Hope everything up north is going well!  Things here in Honduras are great but it´s getting harder and harder to live when we are surrounded by sin!  From women wearing spandex as pants and see through shirts to drug deals, Honduras is really a different world.  Or is it?  Is that the style back at home?  I don´t know if it´s "missionary goggles" or what, but it is just shocking that women whould wear such revealing clothing.  Don´t they understand that they are special and that when they flaut themselves they may find a man but that man will just leave them in even worse shape after?  haha sorry to go all preacher, but it´s just ridiculous!  "The natural man is an enemy to God" that´s all I have to say about that.  So you young women out there (if there even are any that read my letters), don´t fall to the temptations of the world.  You know who you really are, be that person. 
Phew!  Entonces, now to talk about drugs, the funniest thing happened to us the other day!  We walked up to visit a member who was sick.  When we got there a guy sitting in the street outside told us that he went to the hospital.  Right as he was telling us all of this two guys behind him were literally doing a drug exchange.  I saw the crack right there exchanged for money.  And the worst part was they weren´t even secret about it!  It was just like, "Whatever two gringos are right there, here´s the stuff."  Pretty funny actually! 
Happy Halloween to everyone!  We didn´t do too much celebrating on Halloween, just had district meeting and dressed up as twins with matching pants and ties!  After the meeting, the Stake President´s wife planned a little Halloween party in which we dressed up and ate a bunch of candy.  It was really nice of her and super fun!  That night we weren´t allowed to go out because here in Honduras Halloween is a very diobolical night  in which bad people come out to play.  Apparently they dress up in costumes and do all sorts of shananagins so we stay inside.  Like I said - SINFUL!  

Sunday was probably the most sinful of all the days!  Every Sunday the markets are really big selling food and lottery tickets but recently they have been getting really big with politics!  That means that people drive by in cars wearing either red or blue and yelling hateful stuff at the other.  There was a rally going on across the street from the church and all though out sacrament meeting all we could hear was blasting music.  Quite the interesting sacrament meeting if you ask me.  When you put that with all the apostasy it makes for a challenge to keep things under control.  But we handle it! 

Another funny story, but not about sin this time - So we have a progressing investigator couple in which the wife is a less active member and her husband is not a member.  They are VERY positive and are going to get married and he will be baptized on the 17th!  Were super excited for them and I am most of all because they are the first family I´m going to baptize!  All the rest of my converts have been children, jovenes (young), or single parents.  It´s super exciting to finally bring a family into the church!  ANYWAY,  the funny part of the story is that this week we went to visit them and a little ways into the lesson the wife stopped us and asked if the church exsisted in China.  We explained that in China the church isn´t there because of communism, but in that part of the world the church exists like in Japan and Korea.  She said "oh" and then told us one of her friends told her that "Mormon" in Chinese means "door to the devil."  We laughed for a bit and explained that it was just a lie.  To which she responded, "I know I already asked a Chinese person about it."  Haha, we all laughed together and it was great to be able to clear everything up for her! 
Remember to be grateful you live in such an amazing country!  On Sunday we also went to go give a blessing to the hermano that was sick.  We went to the hospital and to be completely honest it was scarier than a lot of haunted houses I´ve been in.  I don´t want to go into much detail, but it was a big building with broken windows, dirty floors, people needing help everywhere, and not enough help to go around.  Worst of all they didn´t let a lot of family members in to even go see their loved ones.  I don´t know what else to say but be grateful that when you get sick you have a nice clean place you can go with well studied doctors and all the luxuries of life.  Not a hot dirty building of suffering.  

Hope you all had a happy Halloween and are enjoying the coming winter!  I´m still sweating my life away in a place that very well could be where the devil lives!   Haha.  But the brightside is amongst all the sin we are the angels sent from God to help these people.  THERE IS STILL HOPE FOR HONDURAS! 
"Wickedness never was Happiness."  Don´t sin!  It's not worth it!  I´ve seen way WAY too many lives destroyed because of sin here.  People, sick, living in the streets without a single thing or loved one to their name.  Don´t let that happen to you!  The straight and narrow is the only camino (road)!  

I love you all and wish you the best this week!  
Elder Lawson
PS - The last and possibly worst sinful thing here in Honduras are the missionaries that root for the Utah Utes.  GROSS. 

The zone these days!

Sending a package to Elder Peacock in Peru!  

New TAN pants! 
(They just got permission to wear light colored pants.)

New BYU t-shirt from the Jessens!
(Tyler's Aunt and Uncle)

Happy Halloween!

Chocolate pop tarts from Mom!

Triplets for Halloween.

Halloween party at the Stake President's house.


Halloween package came on October 30th!

Trip to the tourist town of Valle de Angeles this morning.

Masking fun....