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, January 28, 2014

Blessings My Brothers

Hey fami-bammi,

This week was a nice one!  A big improvement from the last one!  Sunday was normal but we had a nice surprise when a member brought a friend to church!  Yesss!  Blessing #1.  On Monday president gave us a pep talk about commiting oursleves to the work and being acountable.  We took it to heart and went hard that afternoon.  We went to our first two citas and they weren't there.  After finding out that Angela wasn't there I got a little sad and sat on the ground in front of her house.  My comp sat next to me and we started chatting about how we can do better and why we feel so down sometimes.  Then...She showed up!  But not only her, her husband too!  We had never met him before and he was super interested! Blessing #2.  We taught them and went to our lesson with the friend that came to church and she agreed to be baptized!  Blessing #3.  Finally to finish off our great day we had a family night in the house of a member and she happened to know Angela nad her husband and had invited them and they showed up!!  Blessing #4.  I just kept telling my comp how greatful I was for all the random blessings we were receiving!  God answers prayers!  Be happy!  

I got to go back out to Danli and do some workshops with the missionaries out there.  It was really fun, Danli is beautiful.  I enjoyed celebrating the Broncos win with fellow Denver resident Elder Vorwaller and BYU pride with Elder Egbert.  On Wednesday on our way back we stopped in a town called Yuscaran.  It´s apparently the oldest town in Honduras.  It was really cool.  A small town of all narrow stone roads in the mountains of Honduras.  Fun fact: It's also the supplier of Alcohol for the whole country.  haha.  It's debatably the hardest area in the mission.  A missionary is the Branch President too.  We worked with them all day and spent the night in their super cool house.  I hope we were able to give them a little animo for missionary work!  

In other news I'm getting a lot better at bargaining with taxis.  We have to take them to our area every single day and we always go for just 60 limps (3 dollars). But they give us a hard time.  I've decided that I'm better at the position of wingman.  My comp goes up to the window and tells him we're going to the San Miguel and he usually says any where from 70 to 100 limps.  My comp then says "No Hombre" and says we always go there for 60.  That's where I come in.  If they say "No no I can't do that it's really far" I start to throw a fit.  I say "No hombre let's call a friend or look for another cab because they always bring us there for 60 and this guy is trying to scam us.  Then the taxi always cracks and  says "Ok 60 is fine" and we get in.  Works like a charm!  There's no cheating this gringo!  haha

When Lessons go wrong:  This week we had a lesson in where we were going to read 3rd Nephi 11 and then watch that part of the "Testaments" movie.  So...We read the chapter, then took the PLASTIC (yes it was brand new) off the DVD and opened it up and well...I think the picture explains the rest.  So we had to resort to watching, "Finding Faith in Christ."  This would have been fine if only the disc was in Spanish....We accidently brought the English version of the movie with us.  Whoops!  In the end we just watched it in English and translated it.  (Not the fist time I've had to do that.)  

We have a big meeting with all the District Leaders and Zone Leaders on Monday so I gotta do some final preparations for that and gotta go!  Love you all!  Have a great week!  There's so much to be greatful for!  

Elder Lawson

Tired after moving a bunch of stuff out a missionary house.

Driving the Hilux (notice no seatbelt - that will come up later)

Broken DVD

Beautiful Danli

Steaming my shirt - no need for an iron!

On the roof in Yuscaran.

Elder Egbert and I show off our BYU pride!

Elder Vorwaller and I dream of watching Denver in the superbowl....

Organizing the mission.

The picture Tyler sent after I yelled at him over 
email about not wearing his seatbelt!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

It's our time.

Hey Fam + Friends,

How's everything at home?!  We had a pretty tough week this week here.  We're struggling without the support of our ward.  Everyone wants to give us food but nobody wants to give us references.  I'm actually getting really sick of it.  All we want to do is teach.  They just keep telling us "no but they're Catholic" or "No they do drugs" who cares!  Maybe right now they do drugs or are Catholic, but later they could be a super strong pilas member of the church!  You got to give them a chance!  We beg and beg for the members for references and all they give us is more and more food.  My new weight gain total is 15 pounds net and 25 pounds since I was in Choluteca.  I now weigh around 160.  Yuck.  We've resorted to knocking doors and haven't had much success.  Everyone knows that contacting doesn't work very well.   I can't imagine what missionaries in the States do.  They must never have anything to do.  Poor guys.  

I think that is the number one thing I have learned on my mission is the importance of sharing the gospel.  Before I just read articles in the new era about kids who gave Books of Mormon to their friends and thought, wow how cool, maybe one of my friends will come up to me and ask me about the church and he can get baptized!  Haha, boy was I wrong.  That's not how things work!  We can't just sit and wait for the people that lack this gospel in their lives to ask us about it.  We need to confront them and tell them about it!  If we don’t we WILL hear about it on judgment day.  They will be suffering and come to us crying asking us why we never shared the most central part of our lives, the thing that makes us most happy, with them!  I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to find myself in that awkward situation… haha.  After the mission I’m gonna go 100% gospel sharing.  Because really, it’s not an optional thing, it’s a commandment to share the gospel with those around us.  So go out there and do it!  Stop giving those poor missionaries food, and give them what they really want, a friend!  And that way you can all be happy together with the new knowledge you all have.  :)

This is a really cool video I want all of you to watch.  Together we can change the idea that missionary work is only for the missionaries!! (http://bcove.me/s54yqhi1)

Should be a fun week ahead, we're going back out to Danli.  I'll make sure to bring my camera this time!  It should be fun.  

Thanks to Grandma for the package and to the Armstrongs for the Christmas card!  

Love yous,

Elder Lawson

Our investigator Ruth's birthday

Eating Sugar Cane

The city from our balcony

Mission leaders with Elder Laboriel

Sunday, January 12, 2014

THE STRESS IS OVER!!! (Well that's a lie, but things have gotten easier!)

Hey fam,
So changes were this week and gosh was it a nightmare!  Things fell apart with missionaries showing up late (or not showing up at all), missionaries needing money and packages and resources, and everything just starting late in general.  And everyone comeing to me about all the problems!  Elder Lawson this!  Elder Lawson that!  It was nice and stressful, but still fun:)  

So first on Tuesday we got up and went with the President to the airport to get the newbies.  We waited and waited and...nothing.  It was raining and windy and so apparently the planes couldn't land.  Bummer.  We waited a few hours to see if it would clear up and it never did.  On Wednesday morning we went back and they finally came!  The newbies are tight!  Me caen super bien!  I spent the 24 hours I had with them just trying to get them as pumped for the mission as I could.  I answered all their questions because I know I had a TON of questions when I first got here and Elder Moore, the AP then, answered all of them.  Seeing them really made me reflect on how far I've come as a missionary.  I used to be like them, not knowing much, or really anything, about the mission or Spanish but with an excitement to learn and share the gospel.  And now I'm the old pro showing them the ropes!  It's weird how things change huh?  So because they showed up late, the change meeting was pushed back from Wednesday to Thursday.  That meant that our meeting for all the leaders of the mission was pushed back to Tuesday.  More stress.  On top of it all I have to give a talk this week in church.  My first one of the mission!  Should be fun.  The good thing about stress is it keep me focused and lets all the days go by super fast!  

Ok so now I'm going to go into a segment called "Missionary Lesson Gone Wrong."  Anyone who has served a mission, especially in a 3rd world country, will be able to relate to this section.  All of these stories are not random occurances, they are an everyday thing...All 3 happened yesterday. haha  

1. We were teaching a somewhat crazy lady at a member's house.  We had already been there for over an hour because her and the members were just going off about all kinds of disputes, but in a good way, and we could hardly get a word in.  Finally the member changes to talk about the Plan of Salvation.  He asks her if she would like to see her dead husband again.  She responds "No. Not really."  Awkward silence. (Hahahahahaha!!!) 

2. We met up with a lady who doesn't really want to listen to our message but just sits through it anyway.  There are a lot of people like that in Honduras.  They feel bad turning away the missionaries and don't have an excuse, or really anything better to do for that matter, and so they listen to us.  So, we showed up at her house and she escorted us back to the dirty front steps of the apartment.  We sat down there and started chatting.  Immediately she started daydreaming and playing with her baby who was being super rambuncious.  We sang the opening hymn and the baby started drooling and it was so funny that my comp and I couldn't help but laugh during the hymn.  After the opening prayer we started teaching about the Plan of Salvation and out of the apartment in front of us comes loud Regaton (Latin Hip-hop) music.  It was SUPER loud.  Then two stray dogs keep coming over and trying to lick the baby so she is too ocupied kicking the dogs and not listening.  Finally we just decided to kill it since she wasn't getting anything out of the lesson and we left only reaching our life on earth.  

3. We went to visit a convert of Elder Comstock that has stopped going to church.  She's a great lady but not the most animaded (excited) about the church right now.  We decided that it would be a good idea to watch a church movie with her.  We put in "Finding Faith in Christ" and the dvd player wouldn't let us change to to Spanish.  We tried and tried and it wouldn't work.  So we changed to another Christ movie called "To This End Was I Born." It was good and started off well.  But like 5 minutes into the movie some people came to the door and she left.  Then she came back and left again.  We didn't have much time and there we were watching this movie by ourselves.  We didn't want to make her feel bad by saying we'd have to come back another day so instead we just grabbed the remote and fast forwarded almost to the end!  Hahaha, she came back watched the end and said, "Wow I like this movie but I wish it was a little longer."  Hahaha.

Crazy stuff happens in the mission!  

It's been cold again.  I'm not sure what I'm going to do when I get home.  I hear you guys have a crazy snow storm!  I'm going to die.  

Some of the newbies told me they had been reading my blog!  How cool!  Shout out to my mom for always updating it and shout out to anyone out there that is preparing to serve a mission!  It's the best!  

Shout out to the Emmelkamp family!  I saw them in the airport the first day when we were waiting for ever.  It was crazy seeing them.  I was just standing there and I hear.  "Tyler!  Tyler!" I first I didn't react because no one has called me Tyler in 16 months but then as I realized it actually was my name I saw Amanda super happy to see me.  We chatted a bit and then I had to go talk to the front desk to find out some more info.  When we came back on Thursday I hoped I would see them again and brought some stuff to give to them for my family, but they weren't there :(  It was a fun encounter though!  (The Emmelkamps are friends of ours who went to Honduras for 10 days on a service mission for another church.)

Thanks to all of you who sent me Christmas Cards!  Brights, Grothes, Murris, Tenneys, Guthries, Ropers, Jessens, Jaques, Hamiltons, and my own family!  I can't believe how much everyone has grown!  

Love yous,
Elder Lawson

Mmmmm, Toaster Strudel!! 

Wearing Papooh's tie - it's 50 years old but back in style!!
(Papooh is Tyler's grandfather on his mother's side.)

Making pizza for Family Night

Cat pillow.

One of many Christmas dinners.

Seeing Amanda Emmelkamp at the Tegucigalpa airport!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


Hey Fam!  

It was a good week but I'm glad to say the holidays are over!  Whoooooo!!  The problems were that basically all our investigatores went out of town and the ones that stayedt didn't want to hear a message, they only wanted to give us food!  UH!  I can't take any more.  After eating tamales and torejas (traditional Christmas and New Years food in Honduras) all day everyday this week I can't eat anymore!  My stomach kills and I'm soooo fat now!  :(  But...sometimes you got to do stuff you don't want to!  

Other than the bummers of all the celebrations, this week was great!  We had some good lessons and did 3 days of divisions.  My favorite day was with Elder Fielding.  I met him in the MTC when he fiirst got there and I was on the way out and we've been buds ever since.  He's super good at Spanish and a spiritual giant.  Needless to say the divisions were awesome.  

Today for PDay we went pack to Picacho (the big Jesus Statue) and also went to a little zoo nearby.  It was pretty fun!  I had already been to Picacho, but the zoo was cool.  They even had a Lion!  I was impressed.  I do really miss stuff like that in the states.  

This coming week is another really stressful one.  We have changes on Wednesday (where I have to plan it all and talk with President about if I think the changes are good and maybe I'll have to talk at the meeting) and then ZL Council on Friday (where I have to make all the graphs of the baptisms and talk about the well being of the mission).  It'll be fun though.  I like having a lot to do!  I will feel soooo relieved next saturday though!  wooo!  

Sorry fam, wish I had more time to write but I gotta go!  

Shout out to my cousin Ruby!  It´s her first birthday today!  Can't wait to meet you this year!  

I love you all, Be good,
Elder Lawson

As we were emailing this week, Tyler got all excited because his new suit had just arrived.  He had it custom made for only $60!!  He had something special embroidered on the inside too.  See pics below.

View from my back porch!

First picture of the new year.

Divisions with Elder Fielding! 

Fun at Picacho and the little zoo nearby.

New suit!

It's black with a dark blue lining and this little bad boy sewn on the inside back....