T-minus 3 weeks until General Conference. Basically my favorite holiday. Basically super duper excited.
It's weird that it's March. And that it's almost spring and stuff in the United States. I just forgot how to spell united so I asked the other gringo missionaries. That's kinda a thing we do. Cause every Monday the internet cafe is full of missionaries, and oftentimes us gringos forgot how to spell things in English because our lives are always Spanish, Spanish, Spanish. And so I yelled out, "How do you spell united?" And Elder Kesler is like, "WHAT COUNTRY ARE YOU FROM HERMANA HOLDAWAY. UNITED STATES WAS MY FIRST WORD." All the gringo missionaries are really patriotic because living in Honduras has made us realize that really nothing is better than America. Because America.
Anyway, I was saying that it's weird that it's March and it's weird to think that people are having lives and stuff and are going to school and stuff and are doing normal things cause I'm just casually gathering Israel every day, you know.
BREAKING NEWS: I found and bought a loofa. Por fin.
This week was a little hard missionary-work wise. A lot of our appointments with our investigators fell through and lots of our investigators are having difficulties. Josue had a motorcycle accident this week. It wasn't that bad, he can still walk and move and stuff, but he got a couple stitches on his face. He was just like, "WAHHHHHH SOY FEO BLAH, BLAH, BLAH." And we were like, "Freaking calm down, Josue, you're not ugly." But he's going to be at his house all this week and we're like FINALLY we'll be able to teach him. Because usually he's never home. But anyway. Rambling.
Also Kilber (another investigator) has a step brother in jail who's swearing to kill him when he gets out. So that's been fun. And Jesus (another investigator) lost the equivalent of 5,000 dollars. And lots of other things. So this week was just depressing listening to everyone's problems. They all just need the gospel and then they'll be happy, happy, happy.
That's another thing....Oftentimes the people here don't take the gospel very seriously: they don't pray to find out of it's the truth, they don't come to church, they don't read The Book of Mormon. And sometimes I don't understand....like this is the truth. This is the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Don't you want to learn more? Don't you want to find out for yourself if it is the truth? Why don't you take this more seriously?
Whenever I have these thoughts, I find comfort in the words of Elder Holland (sorry this quote is a little long, but it's SUPER good, so read on):
- An elder in my district told me that Olanchito has a grocery store that sells Nutella. So brb my life just got fifty million times better.- During the summer in Olanchito, the light companies turn the power off sometimes. So the lights will just randomly go out at 6 at night. And it's a mission rule that we have to return back to our houses when there isn't light in the street cause we don't want to die and stuff. But it's really inconvenient and kinda annoying. Oh, Honduras.
- My kidney stone prevention measures are going really well! I'm drinking lots and lots of water which means that I have to pee fifty times a day. Which at times isn't good because I don't like asking to borrow people's bathrooms here. Because......mejor no. Just trust me on this.
- My grey hairs are starting to grow back. Why do I have grey hairs though. That's all I want to know. Life is hard.
- I'm getting better and better at making tortillas! When I get off my mission I'll make you all tortillas and we can eat baleadas together and listen to Latin music. Here's a link to a video of a lady making baleadas:
The first time I tried doing this I dropped my tortilla on the floor. But I can do it now! And I have 14 more months to practice.
- Last week I made brownies and peanut butter frosting. #america #chocolate #heaven
- Genesis 24:7 and Genesis 29:20 are really cute scriptures. #love
- I started reading the Old Testament! I've read a lot of it for seminary and stuff, but now I'm gonna read all of it. The Old Testament is weird sometimes though...but está bien.
- A family gave us a papaya that's literally the hugest thing I've ever seen. I forgot my camera this week, but stay tuned for pictures. I'm gonna make some papaya smoothies that are going to bring all the boys to my yard.
Sorry for the super long, kinda ranty email. Just living the life over here in Olanchito.
La iglesia es super verdadera.