Monday, June 23, 2014

Week 24 (June 16-22, 2014)

Week 18 in Honduras

This week was full of walking back and forth all over town.
I have two fun stories of things I really enjoyed this week.

First: we went to contact someone who went to church with a family member last Sunday. She was visiting her grandma who lives really far away but still in our area and so we went to go find them and we had never been to that part of our area before, it took about 30 minutes by bus so we had our lesson with them and were there for a long time because there was this really old man there who just wanted us to convince us that we needed to force his granddaughter to get baptized. The granddaughter liked our message but said she really did not want to get baptized. After about one and a half hours we left. We wait for a bus we saw a wooden bridge that was really high above river/rocks, the bus never came so we walked like two hours back to town. Without water. So that was interesting.

Second: yesterday the power went out at 8AM, we needed the power at the church so we could get water in to the building because we had a baptism scheduled for 4 pm. We couldn’t fill the font because there was no water. Everyone around town was telling us the power was going to come back at a certain time, each person we talked with said something different.

We needed to have the baptisms that day because it had been really hard to get permission from parents and to find a time where the parents would not be working and would actually be willing to see the baptism, also because Nicol and Noe did not want to reschedule for another day. We were trying to figure out what to do the whole time during church. in the end we were either going to have their baptism in a river (10 minutes away) or wait around and hope the water came before too late. If we had it at the river the parents would not be willing to go so we decided to wait. So we waited. And finally it came on at 6 pm but the faucet was not working. We filled the baptismal font up bucket by bucket.

And then it started to storm very hard. We needed to pick people up for the baptism and it was dark and raining. So we ran all the way across town trying to find at least two witnesses for the baptism. We ran from house to house to house of members in our neighborhood but everyone said no except the bishop so we just hoped someone else would show up. So we ran some more to pick up the people who were giving the talks, and then to pick up the families. Everyone was soaking wet by the time we got to the church which was around 8 pm. Right after we showed up, the other Hermanas from our zone showed up with a, investigating, family and so we had enough people to have the baptism, witnesses, and confirmations. The baptism was amazing.

Nicol and Noe were baptized and Nicol's grandma was there. Alex, who was baptized in March, gave a talk about baptism and Estiven a kid from an inactive family who is friends with Nicol and Noe gave a talk on el Espiritu Santo. Even though they are both kids, the talks were amazing and their testimonies were powerful. Then my companion sang “Hazme andar en la luz” (Teach me to walk in the light) for Noe and Nicol. Half way through the song nicol, just sitting in her chair looking at her feet, started to sing along with Hermana Saldate. It was so cute. The spirit was so strong during the baptism, Nicol and Noe weren't discouraged that the rest of their families or friends couldn’t make it. The power was flickering and there was a huge storm outside with HUGE loud thunder but everyone was just glad to be there.

Those are the two big stories that happened this week. There were a lot more but I have no time to write them all.
I hope you guys all had a great week too!

Love, Sam
sent june 23

Adventure to el corpus

Baptism of Lizzie:

Baptism of Nicol y Noe:


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