Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Great week! Feeling refreshed with a new companion! Whoo!

June 22 2015
This week went by really fast, and tomorrow we have transfers.  My
companion is leaving, and I am staying.  Tomorrow I will meet my new
companion. whoo!

On Tuesday, we had a cleaning check and President and Hermana Fortuna
came to our house.  Our house was pretty clean because we had some extra
time to clean up while Elder Solano was sick.  But we have kind of an
infestation of roly polys in our house.  They just kind of come in and then die
so I am always sweeping up dead bugs. Kinda strange haha.  

Thursday I had intercambios with Elder Gonzalez  (the other Elder Gonzalez)
((I don´t know if that really clarifies anything))  He has the same time as me in
the mission and has been in this area his whole time, so he has had lots of
intercambios in Zambrano.  We were able to visit a lot of our investigators
and also explore some new parts of my area.  Fun stuff. 

Carlos and Alba showed us around some parts of Zambrano near their house
in the forest.  It was super pretty, we got to walk around and explore a little bit.

The Hermanas in Zambrano had some investigators who got married and baptized
this weekend, which was really fun.  Their investigator even got an actual wedding
dress and had lots of decorations.  They asked me to try to play the ¨Bridal March¨
on the keyboard when she entered, haha, I tried my best.  It was fun. 

Today we had an activity with Presidente for p'day. We went to Tegucigalpa and
watched Meet the Mormons in Spanish.  I got to see Elder Bradshaw and Elder
Linsemann again.  My investigator Lurbin, from Catacamas got baptized last weekend!
Super exiting!

It was a good week, vamos a ver los cambios mañana! Adios!

- Elder Burnham

June 26 2015
I survived the first week after transfers! haha.  We had lots of changes this
transfer for a number of reasons.  We are in transition of mission presidents,
and about 18 missionaries finished and only 2 came in.  6 areas were closed
(including the area I opened in Catacamas 6 months ago).  District Zambrano,
now named District Jardines, is led by Elder Gonzalez (I went on interchanges
with him in the past) in his area, Jardines/Divino Paraiso.  Yep!

My new companion is super great. His name is Elder Alvarado and he is from
Costa Rica (there are only two missionaries from this country in the whole
mission).  He has about 17 months in the mission, and was companions with
Elder Bradshaw.  He is a really good cook so that's a plus, haha.  He also likes
to sing American music and beatbox haha.  Its always nice to have a new
companion because you can learn so much from a different person's approach
to missionary work.  This should be a really good change.  We are going to work
really hard with our current investigators and find more people to teach. 

This week we spent a lot of time to let Elder Alvarado meet everyone and learn
the area. We also had some service opportunities this week.  One member basically
had us clean up her backyard, and we helped clean up the chapel for church the
next day. 

We had another wedding!  Dani and Sandra.  He is a member, but she is not.  We
finally got everything ready and had the wedding at the church building on Saturday. 
The only problem was that the lawyers were an hour and a half late...but besides that,
everything went well.  We are going to have her baptism next week! 

This week we had Carlos come with his weedwhacker and destroy the jungle we had
in our yard.  haha. 

This morning I saw a billboard in Tegucigalpa for a movie called Terremoto!
(Earthquake) with a picture of a giant tsunami about to crash over the Golden Gate
Bridge in San Francisco. haha  Let me know how cheesy this movie ends up to be.

Great week! Feeling refreshed with a new companion!  Whoo!

- Elder Burnham

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rain... So Much Rain...

So this week was really interesting.  We had soooo much rain and
lightning this week.  But we didn't get too soaked outside haha.

Also, my companion, Elder Solano, got super sick this week, so we
pretty much stayed inside for two days.  We went to the medical center
in Tegucigalpa so he could get a blood test.  He thinks it might have
been chikungunya (a local virus).  But he is much better now.

We had the baptisms for Carlos and Alba!!!!  They are such a great family
and have really strong testimonies.  It was a long process to get them to
this point, but we did it!

On Saturday, I was asked to give a talk on Sunday.  The topic was an
article from the Liahona April 2015 called ¨I need thee every hour¨  It
was about a woman who received her conversion from the spirit she felt
through this hymn, and how the spirit can testify through music.  Which
was pretty much a perfect topic for me. The talk went really well, and
I was also asked to direct the music during sacrament meeting, so that
was really fitting, haha.  A really good Sunday.

This morning we went and hiked this hill in Zambrano and could see all
of the town from up there,  It was super pretty.

Whoo hoo!

- Elder Burnham

Monday, June 8, 2015

Carlos and Alba got married

Termine una semana otra vez aqui en Zambrano.  
We had a really good zone meeting on Friday.  Our zone leaders focused on always having a
positive attitude and to always love everyone.  Our companions, members, investigators, everyone!  
This zone meeting also included a musical number provided by Elder Burnham.  haha.  

Later on Friday, I had intercambios with Elder Gonzales (a different Elder Gonzales).  He is a super 
great missionary and has about the same time as me in the mission.  He can really connect well
with others and is always making jokes.  

Our ward mission leader, Wilson, got his mission call!  He is going to Cuzco, Peru!  Super exiting. 
(Mission  neighbors to Hermana Brogan!).  

We also had a wedding this weekend!  Our investigators Carlos and Alba got married this weekend. 
Next weekend they are going to get baptized!  They are great people and Alba has such a strong 
testimony.  Only two more weeks in this transfer! Time flies!

Sorry, no photos this week, the computer I'm using doesn't have USB ports that work. Whoops! 
Next week.

- Elder Burnham
and now... last week...  
We have a CIRCUS!
There is this little plaza/park thing by our house and earlier this week, they started setting up a 
circus.  There is a giant tent and you can hear all the music and cheering, and the TIGER ROARING 
from our house.  They had the tiger cage outside while they were setting up the tents and we got to 
take pictures! Whoo!  Super fun.  Maybe we will be able to go for a p-day activity in the future. haha. 
Like I mentioned last week, president wanted me to sing in the choir for the activity we had at the 
temple yesterday.  On Tuesday, we went to Tegucigalpa and practiced. It was really fun to take all the 
buses throughout the city.  I think we ended up taking two or three buses and a taxi to get there. haha.  
It was a fun practice.  We formed some quartets and they sounded really good.  I also got to see Elder 
Dial (my old district leader) again. He is doing really well, but also  a little baggie. He has less than a 
month left on his mission.  
After the choir  practice, we stopped by the mission office (my first time going there). It is in the super 
nice part of Tegucigalpa where all the big businesses and sky scrapers are.  The church´s main offices 
for Honduras are also in this building, as well as the offices for Mission Honduras Tegucigalpa.  We had 
another choir practice on Friday, but we kind offound out on short notice. We knew that there would be 
a practice that day, but we didn't know at what time. On Friday morning at 7:00 we get a text saying that 
the practice is at 7:30, and we are about an hour away and were not ready to leave at that time. We ended 
up getting there at 9:00. It wasn't too bad, because they didn't end up starting until around 8:30.
We had two baptisms this weekend!  Karen and Kateryn. They are two young ladies who live in La Divina 
(ourother area)  Kateryn is the daughter of Pino and Sonia who are also some of our investigators. They 
want to bebaptized as well, but they need to get married first.  Karen I believe has other family members 
who are members ofthe church. She used to live in Spain.  They are both really great people, and I am glad 
 that we could baptize them this weekend. I was able to perform the ordinance for Kateryn. 
Yesterday we had the activity at the temple, and it was really good!  We got to hear some testimonies of 
some recent converts and I got to sing a solo!  I sang the same song for the multizone meeting, but made 
it more of a quartet.  Super fun. 
Right now I´m in Tegucigalpa. We had to go to the office again because Elder Solano had to go do something
with his Honduran residency.  I just kind of hung out at the office and went and got lunch with Elder Meads 
(the financial secretary).  We went to a mall food court. It was kind of weird to be in a big mall walking around. 
I felt like I was back in the states.  I had a real cheeseburger haha! 
Another Good week here in Zambrano. I can´t believe that its already June!
-Elder Burnham