Monday, July 27, 2015

Week 3 (Otra Vez)

Hello!

This past week went by so fast! I hope that all the weeks go by as fast as this one.

Andrea, our investigator was baptized on saturday. We have been teaching her ever since I arrived in the mission (she had one lesson before I came to this area). She has been the perfect investigator, always reading, asking questions, and praying. We had a lesson with a member present and he testified about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the spirit was so strong that she started to cry and told us that she was ready to be baptized. She already had a baptism date but it was a very spiritual experience for us all. I am so happy that I was able to be part of her journey.

I'm starting my fourth week this week and I hope that I can continue to grow and progress as a missionary. I feel like I am learning a lot about what it means to be the best missionary I can. This week I realized that a part of that means being more humble. As I humble myself I will be able to love others more and be more receptive to the feelings and needs of those we are teaching. 

My Spanish is progressing little by little. I think it definitely helps that I am with a companion who does not speak English. Which means I am constantly improving my grammar in every way from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed. No dreams in Spanish yet, though. I feel like I'm in a transition period where I am stumbling with Espanol but also feels weird to speak in English. 

I am looking forward to receiving mail from all of you soon (haha)!

Love, Sam





Monday, July 20, 2015

Week 2 (Otra Vez)

This week was good. I had a lot of ups and downs but I always got through my challenges (mostly language related) with prayer and my desire to keep serving and become a better missionary. 

We had two opportunities to go to the temple this week.

I had a wonderful spiritual experience in the temple that renewed my faith to serve and that verified that I am where I am supposed to be. Sometimes it can be hard to forget home life and my family and my own hobbies and desires and to just serve the lord with complete faith. But I received that guidance and assurance that I can do this and that I will be happy and successful if I just serve con todo mi corazon, alma, mente, y fuerza. I am grateful to have had that experience at the beginning of my mission because I know it will help me throughout my time here in Honduras and give me strength when I need it most. 

We went to the temple for a second time the next day (saturday) but just to feel the spirit outside the temple with our investigator, Melchor. He was supposed to be baptized this upcoming saturday but he is having a few difficulties that are holding him back. The spirit was strong as we sat and prayed for guidance with our investigators and I know that even if Melchor doesn't get baptized right away, he will always have that spiritual experience to lead him to the right decisions. 

I hope you are all doing well and that your summer is great.
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<3 sam




Monday, July 13, 2015

Week 1 (Otra Vez)

HELLO!

my first week back in Honduras has been really good. My flight from Boston to Honduras was relatively quick. My bags got lost on the way here and it took a day to get them back. that was the only bad thing haha.

I got to see Hermana Bleak and Hermana Young at cambios on wednesday. it was really nice to see them but also it made it a little bit hard  because i am just getting here and they are going home.

The homesickness is crazy hard, but i've been homesick since before I even left home so it didn't take me by surprise. My companion is from South America and does not speak English so I've definitely just been dropped into a pot of new culture. I know that it is a blessing because I'm going to be improving my spanish so much since I'm pretty much learning spanish all over again. My companion is Hermana Cadima and she's from Bolivia. She is super nice and is in her final change. She is leaving in about a month. 

My new area is Miraflores which is in the Guaymuras Zone (my old zone!) and is in the city I am glad that i a in the city during the summer instead of the south where i know its crazy hot right now.

My area is really nice. i'm still getting used to not opening an area (since all my other areas I opened with my companion). it's different because everyone loves my companion and her previous companion and is still trying to get to know me and determine whether they like me or not (haha). I'm just trying to remember my way around everywhere. 

I like my area a lot and am glad that I made the choice to come back and finish serving my mission. I know that it's going to be hard work but that it will be a great time.