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."

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!