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, May 27, 2014

Short one....

Sorry Family!  

This email is going to have to be a short one!  I don´t have much time to write but there are a few thing i want to tell you!  

First, I´m safe!  As many of you heard an elder fom my mission died this week and another was seriously hurt.  It´s been pretty sad for the mission but we´re all doing ok.  Honduras is a pretty dangerous place but the Lord knows what he's doing and has his hand in all things.  I´ll be fine.  (Missionaries down there often hitch hike and get in the back of trucks all the time.  They have miles to walk each day and this very common practice helps them out.  Tyler has spoken about this and sent pictures before.  Last week two missionaries caught a ride but sadly the truck they were in got in an accident and they were thrown from the vehicle.  One missionary from El Salvador, Elder Martinez, who had only been out since October and was serving as the branch president in his area, was killed.  The other missionary, Elder Lewis, out since January, is from Utah.  His mother came to get him and he is now home having the plastic surgery on his face, which sustained the most damage.  He will recover.  The rest of the mission has agreed to not hitch hike in trucks anymore out of respect for Elder Martinez.  Tyler knew both of these elders.)

This week we helped the young men´s president build his house!  He´s the only return missionary elder that lives in our area and helps us a ton!  He´s great and needed some help so we went over to help them out.  The funniest quote of the day was when he said, "How interesting!  We (Latins) go to America to build houses for the gringos and now he is here building a house for us!"  hahaha I died laughing!  He´s such a funny guy.  

Not sure if any of you know but the final of the Champions League was this week.  Not really a big deal in America, but here it´s bsically the Super Bowl.  Everywhere we went people were watching it so the work was really *meh*  Kinda lame.  The lamest part was that real Madrid won.  YUCK.  I hate Real Madrid and Christiano Ronaldo sooo much!  But it´s all good.  Brurussia will win it next year.  

Congrats to Abby on her gradution and congrats to Elder Jeffery Smith and Elder Alec Sears for finishing their missions this coming week!  

Well until next week this is Elder Lawson signing off,
Hope you like the pics!  
Elder Lawson

Preaching to a turkey.

Looking for investigators from the tree tops.

Valentina and José Angel´s house - a family we've been teaching.  
I love them so much, we've gotten very close with them.

Building Pedro´s house.

(Awesome topless Honduran man with mustache in the backgrond.  No he´s not Pedro.)

(Yes, I teased him about the dark socks!)

Climbing on the second story.

A Pulpería (The little stores people have in their houses where we buy everything.)

Houses in Guapinol during high tide (a beach town).

Guapinol with Elder Sanchez.

We got Bikes!  Pants tucked into socks action!

Drinking an Aloe Vera drink.  It was pretty good!  And Healthy;)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Spring Time!

Hey Peeps,

This week we did service for the young men's president.  We helped him peel some logs!  I'm sure you're all thinking right now..."Peel logs?"  But that's exactly what we did!  His family is building a new house because the old one is really small (like the size of my bedroom at home) and they want a bigger one.  The old one and the new one are made out of wood posts and plastic with a tin roof.  The problem with the posts is that before you use them to build the house you have to peel off all the bark.  This is done by smacking one little log against the trunk and peeling the bark off.  I got some gnarly blisters from so much hammering but it was fun.  Definitely something super different.  Tomorrow we are going back to start putting the house together!  I'll see If I can get some pics.  

The highlight of the week was when one of our investigators, José Angel, prayed that him and his wife could get married on the 14th!  It was his first prayer of his entire life and he did it sooo perfectly!  He then came to church on Sunday!  Elder Baez and I are really excited for them and we know that they were totally prepared for us!  His wife looks a lot like and reminds me a ton of my mom even though she's younger than me....

Funny thing - My cocinera (cook lady, she's super amazing to us) knows I'm going home soon and for that reason is always trying to set me up with all the young women from the branch so I bring one home to the states with me.  (Don't worry mom NOT A CHANCE that'll happen!)  Anyways, it's always really awkward for everyone when she does so I've started telling her that I can't fall in love with any of them because I'm already in love with someone else.  And when she asks who, I say HER!  hahaha (No need to worry there either mom she's 50 something years old.)  At this point the awkwardness always changes back to her side and we change the subject.  It's pretty funny for me because I still go by mine and Derek Hart's high school belief that "Awkward doesn't exist."  And she always thinks it's pretty funny too.  Her husband is a hoot.  He's not a member but loves to joke around with us.  I'm pretty sure he knows the church is true but won't become a member because of his own personal pride and all the corruption there is in the church here.  Whenever we ask him when he's going to get baptised he says he can't because he was already baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of the FIRST day saints.  Or a.k.a. the FDS church.  Haha it doesnt actually exsist, it's just a joke but it's fun to joke around with him.  

Well along with many teenage Honduran girls and my cocinera, I found out this week I have another stalker.  He's a 20 something, mentally challenged kid that is seriously so funny.  He hangs out with us a lot while we eat at our cocinera's house.  We call him "El Primo" or "The Cousin" in Spanish.  So the other day he was talking about the church.  (He talks really mumbled so I can only get out a few words here and there.)  But he keeps going on and on and I just keep acting like I understand what he's saying.  He starts getting closer and closer to me and then gives me a hug.  I think "Oh he gave me a hug, that's nice" THEN!  He plants a kiss right on my cheek!  Muah!   Everyone started laughing and I was just like "did that really just happen?" and then it just became a funny story.  He calls me his boyfriend sometimes and we all just laugh but I learned my lesson about getting close to him... haha!  Funny stuff..  

Well, I know the email was kinda lame this week, but what can ya do!  I'll try to get some good stories to tell you next week.  Hope you like the pics!  

Congrats to Abby and her graduation this Thursday!  Wish I could be there, but I promised you 3 years ago at my own graduation that I wouldn't be able to make it because I'd be in the mission!  ha!  

Lots of Love,
Elder Lawson

Happy 6 months Elder Baez!

Traditional burning of the tie.

Me preaching to some sheep.

Kicking back some banana soda after a pretty rough day of work.

El Primo (Story Above)

Drinking delicious milkshakes in a bag with Elder Chapman.

Reading the BoM in the only park (if you can call it that) in Buena Vista.

Eating Lizard soup with Nelson a less active member.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

And then there were 3.....

Well family...After tomorrow I will officially have only 3 months left in my mission.  It's flying by!  Things here in Buena Vista are good.  I really enjoyed talking to my family yesterday!  And to those who I didn't get to see, "HI!!"  I still love you too!  

This week was a nice and normal one.  I got to see the APs and we kept with the usual visiting of investigators and less actives.  Our efforts didn't pay off as much as we liked, as the attendence this week in church was only 37.  But that's still actually really good considering it was mothers day and here that is a BIG deal.  EVERYONE goes to visit their mothers, no matter where they live, dead or alive.  They celebrate by eating a ton of food and listening to music all day!  Kinda like Thanksgiving.  We celebrated by making little gifts for our cocinera (cook), house owner, and our wash lady and they LOVED them.  It was fun to make their days.  

On Saturday we had an activity for all the mothers to celebrate Mother's Day.  They came and ate food and we watched videos and played "Hot Potato."  All the mothers really enjoyed their special day.  Even some investigators came!  Overall it was a big success!  :)

Today was one of the best Pdays of my whole mission!  We went to the beach and played volleyball and frisbee.  The atmosphere was great listening to music while the waves crashed in the background and we chilled in the sand. I couldnt stop thinking about the fact that I'll be in Hawaii with my family, SWIMMING (not just looking at the water), and enjoying the relaxingness in just 7 months!  Can't Wait:)

In other events, we are doing well fighting the powers of satan and building up the kingdom of God here on the earth!  

Thanks for all the love!  The letter wasn't that great today, but there are lots of pics so I hope that makes up for it!  I love you!  

Elder Lawson

Me with our cocinera Hermana Dilia (My comp isnt the best photographer...)
Elder Baez with Cocinera

Loaf of bread and cream = $1.00 

Bag of juice and Chips = $0.50
Eating something besides rice and beans = priceless

Samuel the Lamanite pic
By a river in our area 
Taxi anyone?!

Preaching to a frog 
Scorpion we found in our pila (There have been 3 now)
The zone after district meeting

With APs.  They came to visit me!  
Hitch hiking

Fun in abandonded houses on the beach

My honduran girlfriend.  She gave me the flower.  
Her and her brothers might get baptized soon!  
We played HOT POTATO and they won prizes

Happy Mother's Day!
Hanging up Mosquito net!  No more bug bites:)

Sand volleyball on the beach for PDAY!  

So close, yet no swim!

The feet aren't actually IN the water!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


Cantaloupe anyone?  

Welcome to Buena Vista, Choluteca, Honduras.  Where most of the world's cantaloupe consumption is grown.  Literally, next time you are at the supermarket, look that the cantaloupe and see if it says where its from.  I bet it'll say Honduras!  All day everyday Cantaloupe trucks pass through our area and all the people that live here work out in the fields hauling cantaloupe.  Members always give us cantaloupe for free to take home because they already have so many.  At one point we had 5 melons just sitting on our table in our house.  I didn't used to like cantaloupe and many other foods like fish, onions, cabbage, tomatoes, and beats.  But now I love all of them!  I think the only food now that I don't like is Liver.  Never have, Never will.  Everything else is fine by me!  

The PERFECT commericial:  So my comp and I were sitting waiting in Monjaras for the buscito that brings us home to Buena Vista.  We were sitting at some picnic benches when an old Honduran man pulls up on a bike.  He's got your typical sombrero, button up shirt, long pants, mustache, boots.  He parks his bike and sits down at the other table.  Then wanna know what he pulls out of his pocket?  Nothing more than a bottle of Coke.  He sits there sipping his coke and enjoying the environment.  He finishes, gets up, jumps on his bike, and rides away.  I couldn't keep thinking, wow I could make millions off this comercial idea!  hahaha but it was pretty random.  I took a picture with our cell phone so it didn't turn out very well, but there you go...

Funny story - So After seeing the picture perfect Coca-Cola commercial, The bus finally showed up and we got on.  The buses that go to our area are very small 15 passenger vans that Hondurans find a way to fit 20 people into.  We got in and sat down and right before we left 3 drunk guys get on and sit all around me.  I'm just like "Dangit." haha  So of course, in normal drunk guy fashion, they strike up a conversation with me.  One tells me he's from a place called El Truinfo and how he's a member and he loves missionaries.  He tells me that about 5 times then gives me a 2 min hug.  My comp was just laughing his pants off.  Imagine, both of us just sitting there on the bus and him holding onto me in an awkward hug.  It was funny.  The second drunk was really quiet and the third drunk started talking to me about the church and where my comp was from.  Just to joke around I started saying "hey yeah we want to go to Nicaragua, why don't you invite us!"  "Me and Enrique have never been to Nicaragua!"  haha My comp got all embarassed and was like "uh, no sorry"  haha.  That day the 20 minute bus ride felt a lot more like an hour.  

On Friday we had a pretty fun church activity!  Elder Chapman and Elder Sanchez came over to help us out.  We did a mock plan of salvation where we passed through all the parts and the members and investigators we tested on their obedience to what we instructed them and all final they were judged and went to one of three kingdoms.  I'll see if I can get you some of the pics off of Elder Sanchez's camera to show you.  (I kind of understand what he's trying to say here but not really.  I normally would try to fix his phrasing but I'm a bit confused.  In his defense he would say, "English is hard!")

It's May and that means rain...and bugs....and power outages....But I get to leave in 3 months and all these people have to live like this for their whole life!  I can deal with it I guess.  It's just rough not having power at night sometimes cause no power = no fan = bugs =SUPER hot.  But what can ya do?  

My last piece of news, I need some American Food.  We eat nothing but Rice a beans all day everyday and it's taking it's toll.  In just my 5 weeks here in the south I've gone down a belt loop and lost 10 pounds!  But I'm fine with it.  I want to go home skinny anyway!  

Thanks to Elder Holloway, The Bright Family, and Elder Edwards for the letters and thanks to Grandma for the Package!  :)

A special congrats to Elder Josh Low who finishes his mission this week!  Good work boy!  

Stay Sweet,  (Like Canteloupe maybe?)
Elder Lawson

Note:  Some of the other pics are from when we went to the beach and of the melon trucks that pass through our area. 

Branch activity

Yup, I eat this!

Cantaloupe trucks

Coke commercial