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, February 23, 2014

Happiness is, two scoops of ice cream!


Hey Peeps!  

How are things in the good 'ole United States?!  Things here are going pretty swell!  People keep giving the same excuses" "I'm NEVER home" or "The church is inside us."  But it's alright, even though there is room in the Celestial Kingdom for everyone, they don't have to go if they don't want!  haha

BIG NEWS!  - The Tegucigalpa temple is on the front of Liahona/Ensign!  We got it 2 days ago and freaked out.  If you look super closely in the backround you can see my old house!  Haha ok well, not necessarily, but you can see the big Catholic Cathedral and I lived a few blocks to the left of it!  I edited a picture so you could see!  Cool beans.  

Also, you know that you've been in a 3rd world country too long when a worm crawls out of your grapefruit and you keep eating it as if nothing happened....Eww?

TEMPTATION- So we walked into our lesson with one of our super awesome investigators and on the TV is none other than the greatest movie in existence.  DUMB AND DUMBER.  To make matters worse, it was the hilarious bathroom scene when Hairy is frantically trying to unclog the toilet and then Loyd steals Mary and they run up the stairs in that Hotel.  I was stunned.  Us asking him to turn off the TV was the hardest thing to do EVER.  

So this week I'd like to share a story about a less active lady we've been teaching.  She was baptized about 20 years ago and even served as the Relief Society President, but about 10 years ago went innactive because of a comment that another sister made to her.  We met her about 4 weeks ago one day when we just happened to walk by her and house and decided to talk to her.  She has had some rough stuff happen to her and is really poor.  Her house doesn't have electricity and she barely has money to buy food.  She has reason to complain. I love visiting her because we always cheer her up.  We let her know that there is reason for life!  We can't just mope around all day, we need to be happy and love every blessing the Lord gives us!  It reminded me of this video: 
There are so many reasons to be happy!  We can't let one reason to be sad ruin our day, week, month, year, or even life!  So be happy!  Life is sooo much more fun when you're happy:)

Love you all! 
Elder Lawson

P.S. - Thanks to the Beehives for the letters!  


Angelica's baptism from 2 weeks ago!  
I photoshopped Elder Mendoza and I into the pic cause we couldn't be there!  

Me on a normal path in my area.

Me and Elder Chapman like 4 months ago and a ton of corn.  
(It took him that long to send me the pic!)

My old house is famous!

Me and Elder Preul on Divisiones in my area (MTC BUDS!)




Monday, February 17, 2014

We've only got 6 months to save the world!

Hey family!  

Well that is a lie.  We have much more time to save the world together but I only have 6 months left here in Honduras to change the lives of sooooo many people!   I talked to pres and officially got my go home date set on Aug 13th!  So I'll see you all real soon! 

So...I forgot to tell you that last week I had a baptism!  It's just that I wasn't there.  My dad told me a story about how he wasn't at one of his baptisms so I thought I would skip out on one too!  Haha, just kidding.  She was going to get baptized 2 Saturdays ago but decided to change her date to Wednesday and we already had a trip to the South planned for that week so we weren't able to be there.  But I'm just super happy she got baptized!  

The work lately has been going really slow.  We had some meetings this week and lots of divisions so those helped to keep me animated (excited/energized).  I can't let the flame die out!  The work must go on!  

Funny Story - So Honduras is a really nutty place.  In Choluteca they let all the prisoners have cell phones.  Not sure why, and I'm sure you can see how that would be a bad idea.  Well, what happened is all the prisoners started using them for money frauds and for making escape plans and eventually a few escaped.  So now, instead of just taking all the cell phones away from them, the government thought it would be better to just cut all the phone services in the whole city.  I don't understand that as much as you do....dumb.  the moral of the story is that now I can't really get in contact with any to the missionaries in Choluteca.  Haha, makes my life harder, but my dad didn't have cell phones in his mission so we don't need them either!

Also, my bread molded this week.  I hadn't even eaten a single piece yet.  I got so mad I threw it against the wall, then kicked it super hard, and then took it and threw it out the window and off the cliff behind our house.  Haha it was pretty funny....

Changes are this week.  That means STRESS!!  But they're always really fun too!  Mendoza and I are going to stay together as AP for one more change.  Benefit of being so close with the President is knowing changes early!  :)

Thank you sooo much to Grandma and Abby Evans for the letters and to Mom and Aunt Dee for the packages!  I felt soooo loved!  Even though the Broncos got trashed in the Superbowl I'm still gonna rep in my broncos shirt.  

Congrats to my former companions Elder Reyes for finishing his mission and Elder Edwards for getting engaged!  Do work!!!

Lots of Love,
Elder Lawson

I asked Tyler if he would only be an AP for 6 more weeks and this was his reply:  
"Yup.  I asked president to go to the south and train in a really hard area.  I love being AP just my area is dead and I wish I had more time to bring it back to life instead of doing a ton of random AP errands.  Like today I had to burn a disk for some Elders and then go drop off some medicine with some Hermanas and then drop off Elder Reyes at the bus station to go back to the south.  

I like the south because it's like the "go gettum" part of the mission.  The hardcore missionaries that get stuff done.  the area I want to go to is one that is a really weak branch that needs some animo to get it going again!  Buena Vista.  It's not fijo (for sure) that I'm going there yet but Pres said he doesnt have any problems with it.  

13.259161,-87.392427 are the coordinates on google maps.  I'll just be able to love the members more when there are less of them.  Just wait.  I'm gonna go HARD in that area in 6 weeks."

Tan pants Thursday!

Packages!

Go Broncos!  (A little too late.)

Feeling the love from home.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Things just CLICKED

Hey fam,

This week was SUPER busy and for that reason I have sooo much to tell you!  

First off, the Broncos loss was kind of a bummer.  Before the Superbowl I was kinda bummed I was going to miss it because everyone said it was going to be the "superbowl you'll never forget" and I thought Dang, it's the only time since I've lived in Denver that the Broncos go to the Superbowl and I'm going to miss it.  But I shook off that thought and went to the appointment we had with a new family my comp had found this week when I was in another area.  We showed up, and the family was...PERFECT.  A family of 8 that asked all the right questions and was very interested.  I couldn't believe it.  I've never found a family so PILAS in all my mission.  It was really exciting to say the least.  I'm really excited for our return appointment tonight!  The Lord blessed us for working hard even though the Superbowl was going on.  

Funny story: On Sunday night we were walking to a cita and a guy started walking close behind us.  You never know who it could be in this city so we sped up.  So did he.  We got scared and kept walking until he called us and said he had a question.  He then started to ask us a question about English.  He said he heard a song and in the song it said "Don't leddo in my life" and he wanted to know what leddo meant.  We told him it wasn't a word and he was like "Yeah I thought so, but it sounds like..." and then he sang that part of the song again.  The conversation continued and in which he sang us this one line of the song like 8 or 9 times convinced it said the word leddo.  Finallly I gave him options so he could search it on line.  I said it could be "let it" or "meddle."  After convincing him it wasn't "leddo" he said there was another song that said "Fairy what what." He said that didn't make sense because fairy means Ada and that doesn't make any sense.  I told him it probably said "very" and he continued to reassure us it said "fairy."  Like he knows English better than us...  Eventually we told him there wasn't much we could do so I tried inviting him to church and stuff where he immediately told me no and said he only wanted to know about the song.  Haha Elder Mendoza and I have been singing "Don't leddo in my life" all week.  It was really funny.  I guess you just had to be there....

So Monday night we decided to take off to the South!  On the bus ride down randomly they put in a movie.  It was a Polish movie called "Moj Rower" in Polish with Spanish subtitles.  I bet you could guess it was a little hard to understand.  It was basically just like those "Ello Govner" movies Mom and Abby like to watch, slow with no real climax.  At first Mendoza and I thought it was the dumbest movie ever but then I got hooked trying to figure out what was happening while Mendoza slept.  In the end I think I got it all, but still thought it was the dumbest movie ever.  haha  

After the movie ended, I put myself to read a book I have read before called "Member Missionary Work and the Work of Salvation" or something like that.  It's an amazing book about how to contact most effectively and work with members.  While I was reading it I realized that I can't blame the reason I'm not having success on anyone else but me.  I've been spending so much time blaming the members or blaming my calling as AP or blaming my area, when really I need to just take responsibility for my failures and go to work!  So many times in life we blame other people for our own failures.  We are too prideful to accept that we did something wrong.  We can't do that!  I'm glad I could realize that at the beginning of this week because it really changed to way I looked at the whole week.  

In that book it also talks a lot about how to really convert people you need to help them realize that, first God will send us prophets, second Joesph Smith was a prophet, third that they can know if he was a true prophet or not by reading one of his fruits, the Book of Mormon, and fourth if they pray and know the Book of Mormon is true, that also means the Church is true!  That is why having a testimony that Jose Smith was a prophet is so important!  It was really nice to have it all click.  I used what I had learned when I was with Elder Underwood and Elder Preul this week.  We went to teach an evangelical lady and they said it was going to be a tricky lesson.  It was my turn to teach and I was blessed with the exact words I needed to tell her to explain simply everything I just told you with scriptural references and my testimony at the end.  It was SO powerful.  I felt really really great to be able to use what I learned along with the spirit to touch the heart of someone else and inspire them to know for themselves if it is true.  

I was also able to use that Animo (ammo?) I got from reading to help out Elder Stoddard and Elder Roman earlier that day.  They've been having some troubles in their area and so I went with them to get them a little more pumped for missionary work and teach them a few tricks.  One of those tricks was don't waste a single second.  We were sitting on a bench waiting for Elder Preul and Elder Underwood to show up and I had the idea that instead of just waiting there we should talk to someone!  There was a lady nearby with one arm sweeping the sidewalk in front of her house.  We offered to help and she was so impressed she invited us in and we shared a little message and she said she wanted to go to our church and become a member.  IT WAS AWESOME!  The Lord helped me give them this little example of why we shouldn't waste a single second of our mission when we could be helping others.  

My first day in the South I realized quickly that I had forgotten totally what the South is like.  On Tuesday I was sitting in a lesson with Elder Chapman, that we had walked an hour to get to, it really hit me where I was.  There were pigs and chickens running around, there wasn't a paved road for miles, there were kids running around naked, and smoke from burning trash was in our faces.  I had completely forgotten how these people live.  They have so little but want to give us everything.  That lady gave us half a fish to eat and some beans.  The next night, while I was with Elder Preul and Elder Underwood, a family wanted so badly to give us food that they ended up just giving us 3 pieces of bread to eat.  It broke my heart that that was literally all the food they had in their pantry and we were eating it.  We tried to tell them we were fine and they wouldn't let us give the bread back.  Family and Friends, please be grateful for what we have.  We seriously have been SOOO blessed!  I hope I never forget that in the future. 

Overall my trip to the South was a good one full of thinking back on old memories and making new ones.  I learned a lot about myself as a missionary and how I can better myself and help other missionaries here be better too!  I can't believe my mission is going by so fast.  I'm going to complete 17 months this week and time has never been moving faster.  Before I know it we'll all be hugging and enjoying all the pleasures this life gives us.  The biggest being the gospel.  Until then, keep your chins up and be good!  I love you.  

Elder Lawson

The ocean in Cendeño with Elder Chapman. (MTC companion!)





Elder Chapman!

Sleeping in a Hammock my night in Cedeño. 
(My first time spending the whole night in one!)

Eating at my favorite place in the south, Churascos!  It's Guatemalen food.  

Wearing my baptism tie the day Angelica got baptized.  I wasn't there!  

Eating at a Mexican resturant in Choluteca with my Comp Elder Mendoza.  

Mexican food beats Honduran food all day every day.  

A Cathedral in a place called San Lorenzo.  
You'll find cathedrals like this in every single town in Honduras.  WITHOUT FAIL.

Eating a Guayava.

Eating the most amazing dounut in the whole world.  
They cost a dollar and five cents and are worth every penny.

Huge and Deliciously Jelly Filled. 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

FEBRUARY


Howdy ya'll!  

This week was about as normal as weeks go.  But I do have some cool stories!  

Cool Story #1 - We were walking by a house and a lady was standing outside.  We walked by but then my comp said he wanted to go back and invite her to the activity on Friday.  Turns out, she was a member super inactive!  Apparently she was even the Relief Society President 10 years ago.  What happened was that a member fell bad with her and she decided to leave.  We've now started visiting her and shes a little nervous but wants to come back to church and bring her 12 year old daughter who's hasn't been since her blessing as an infant!  Yes!  

Cool Story #2 - On Tuesday it was 8:30 or 9:00 p.m. and we had finished for the day and were looking for a cab.  Well a guy rolled up and he already had a lady in the back but wanted to bring us anyway.  We talked a second and then he said he'd take us for 70 limps.  If you read my email from last week you'd know that we always go for 60 limps.  We never accept anything over 60.  BUT!  To my and my companion's surprise, I said "Vaya pues" (Go for it) and we got in.  I wasn't sure why I didn't try to argue with him or look for another cab but I found out why when I got in and met Regina.  She was the lady in the back seat.  She had the cutest little girl that started asking me all kinds of questions.  I told her a little about the Church and she wanted to know more!  She met with the missionaries in my old area yesterday but I still haven't heard how it went.  Hope it went super well!  

Cool Story #3 - We've been visiting a lady who was baptized in Olancho 15 years ago but ever since living here in Tegucigalpa hasn't gone to church.  Her 19 year old daughter doesn't know anything really about the church because she hasn't gone since she was a baby.  They are really cool, but hard to find.  Well...this week we found them and were able to visit them with an awesome family from our ward!  One of the best member lessons I've ever had!  I was so grateful to them for taking time out of their Friday to come to the cita (quote?) with us!  Well..they weren't really doing anything before hand, but still it was nice!  I love when the members help! :) 

Well, As you can see by the stories things are getting better in my area!  But they can still get even better when all the new people we found get baptized!  :)  Looking forward to the next few weeks.  This week should be a fun one.  We're going back to the South again.  That means 10 hours total on bus and maybe sleeeping on the floor!  

That awkward moment when you just realize you didn't put on a belt this morning...good thing I'm fat so my pants don't fall down!  

GO BRONCOS!!  I'll be cheering tomorrow from my heart!  

Elder Lawson

(No pictures this week......BOOOOOOO!!!!!!!)