So about an hour after I wrote last week´s email, I found out that
not only am I training, but we are opening an area! Then on
Tuesday I found out that I am going to serve in Tegucigalpa!
Then I eventually found out who I would be training. My new
companion, (my son) is Elder Gomez. He is from San Pedro Sula,
Honduras. He lives about four hours away, haha. He is from
Mission Honduras San Pedro Sula West and is serving in Mission
Honduras Comayaguela. ¡Que Loco! He is really great, and
determined to work. Since he is from Honduras, he can really
communicate and relate to the people here. He is only 18 years
old, (maybe the youngest missionary in the mission, haha). It's a
little different to be training, especially having to study SO MUCH
in the mornings, but I feel like I am learning more than my comp.
We opened an area in Zorsales, a neighborhood in Tegucigalpa
that is pretty close to the airport. We are also only 20 minutes
away from the Temple. We had the transfers meeting, then we
had to take a taxi to our area. It is a really small area. We are also
serving in a Ward! My first area in the city, and my first ward.
We also have this magical thing called a food calendar! We are
actually getting fed by members! We basically have lunch and
dinner provided for us almost every day. This is something that
I will have to get used to! haha. But it is also a really good way to
get to know the members in the ward because we came not knowing
anyone! The elders before us left us some references as well as the
youth in the ward. The youth in this ward are super great and are
always coming out with us to teach and giving us references. Since
the area is super small, contacting just is not very productive. The
members were able to show us around the area as well.
We live in a normal apartment instead of a giant empty house, which
I really like a lot better. The only problem is that we only have running
water every three days, haha. But, we have a pila to fill with water and
when there is no running water, we can take bucket showers. whooo!
We live on the first floor of a three story apartment building. Super
different, super noisy! All the noises of the city that I am not used to.
Elder Wickel, from my district in the CCM is also my District Leader!
This was a really good week, a lot of changes, and a lot of work. I think
that these next 12 weeks will be really great. We will learn a lot.
- Elder Burnham