Monday, September 28, 2015

Crazy week

This week was kind of all over the place.  It rained like crazy a few days here and my comp got sick.  He had chikungunya or something similar.  He didn't want to stop working even though his whole body ached, so it was a miracle that I convinced him to just rest and stay in the house so he could get better.  He still is a little sick, but is feeling better.  We had lots of divisions with members so my comp could stay in the house and I could work.  When we finished the week, I was surprised at how many lessons we had even though we lost a lot of time to work.  

We also had a great surprise at two in the morning on Saturday.  Our house flooded!  Since we only have running water every three days you can accidentally leave the faucet on and not know it, so the water came on at two in the morning.  My comp woke up and heard the sink on and  when he stepped out of bed and felt water on his feet, he jumped out of bed and turned the sink off and woke me up and we cleaned up the water.  It really wasn't too much, just about 1 cm of water, but in all of the rooms in the apartment.  We were also really lucky that we didn't have anything important on the floor.  One of my suitcases got a little wet and some of the t-shirts inside, but not much else.  As missionaries, we don´t have much stuff in general so there is not much to get wet.  haha 

I don't really like the apartment that we are in, but it's all good because we are moving to a different apartment on Wednesday.  It's a long story.  When we first got to our area like two months ago, our apartments got changed around, The apartments for the two areas (Sorzales and Toncontin) are both in my area.  Before we got here there were companionships of elders in the two areas. But when we got to Sorzales, they changed the elders out for sisters in Toncontin.  They got the apartment originally meant for us because it is wayyyy nicer, and we got the tiny crappy apartment for Toncontin.  But the sisters searched for a new apartment that is actually inside their area, so they would not have to walk so much, and we are going to move back into the apartment that was originally supposed to be ours.  It is so much bigger and has a real bathroom with running water all the time.  There is also a giant rooftop terrace, so I am kind of excited to move even if it might just be for a month.  We have to clean up our apartment really well before we leave, but the floors are really clean now... :)  

I also realized that in one part in my area on a hill, you can see the temple in Tegucigalpa, so that's neat.

The first counselor in the bishopric called us on Saturday night to tell us that we were giving talks on Sunday, so that was fun.  I got a really simple topic ¨What does it mean to have faith in Jesus Christ?¨  Sacrament meeting started really late so we didn't end up having to speak for very long.  But I felt like we both gave pretty good talks.  whoop!   

On Sunday night we had the baptism for Emily!  Her parents are divorced and on Saturday her mom said that she didn't want Emily to be baptized, but her dad did.  We only need the approval from one parent, but we didn't want to cause problems within the family so we planned to have the baptism a different day when he mom would give us permission.  Then later on Saturday, Emily came by and told us that her mom changed her mind and wanted her to be baptized, so we decided to have the baptism again on Sunday night.  It was a really great service and the primary presidency helped a lot with the program, we had investigators that came, but it was awkward because Emily´s mom ended up not showing up.  But it was a really beautiful service.  We have to wait two more weeks to confirm her a member because next week is general conference.   We and the bishop are going to work with the father to activate him in the church so he can participate in the confirmation.  

Yup, kinda crazy this week, but all good,

- Elder Burnham

Honduran Independence Day (9/21/2015)

Another interesting week.  Tuesday was the Honduran Independence Day and also transfers...
such a great mix. haha.  We were not too concerned because we didn't have changes.  But we 
didn't really get that much work done because no one was home. haha.  My companion is a 
native Honduran so we had to celebrate somehow, haha.  We got flags and a little cake! Whoo! 
That day, we found out that we were finally going to have the new missionaries meeting (por 
fin) and that it was going to be combined with the even newer missionaries that just got to 
the mission that day.  

In other news we went to Wendy´s twice this week.  I was crying for joy in my head because I 
basically got to eat chocolate frosties twice this week. We went on Thursday after zone weekly planning and then we went again today. yay!

We also got new mattresses this week! Whooo! The beds in the mission are basically rocks and I just got used to sleeping on them, but my comp really hadn't been able to get any sleep because the beds were so uncomfortable.  The secretaries came by in their truck with the new mattresses from the mission and now we are sleeping much better.  

Yesterday I kind of went crazy and started throwing a corn tortilla at my comp and used it as a frisbee.  I don´t really know what happened.  

After getting that Adventure Time/Zelda shirt, my comp and I have been talking about Adventure Time all this week and he is just as obsessed as I am.  yep.  

I don´t really know what happened but Elder Gomez has been saying ´´yolo´´ all this week and I am kind of confused.  But whatever, yolo.  

The work in this area has been pretty good, we have both been just a little sick because we are out walking in the rain (don´t worry mom, I am wearing a coat and we have umbrellas haha).  
We have been teaching this little girl named Emily.  Her parents are divorced and both inactive,  but we are working with them and getting her ready for her baptism this Sunday.  
She is really intelligent and understands the lessons.  We just hope that everything will go well this week.  We have a lot of references from the youth in the ward and they always want to go out and teach with us.  Whoo!

- Elder Burnham

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

I Don't Like Parades...

So tomorrow is the Honduran Independence day, so there have been 
all these parades and marches in the streets on Sundays, so it has 
been really hard to get members and investigators to go to church 
because they are all busy watching or marching in parades.  Everyone 
has been really busy and the students are kind of forced to participate, 
so they are always practicing in the afternoons.   
Tomorrow are the transfers and I am so glad that we are both staying 
here.  I don´t know why the president hasn't changed the transfers for 
another day.  Maybe there will be some last minute changes.  We have 
20 missionaries coming to the mission this transfer and the trainers still 
haven't been announced.  I guess tomorrow will be a bunch of surprises!  
Also two of my past companions finish their missions and go home this 
week. ¡que loco!

This week was also Dia del Niño. (Day of the child)  We don´t have that 
in  the USA.  Which meant that all the kids were having little parties with 
piñatas and candy. haha.  

Saturday we went with the sister missionaries to Hermana Daisy 
( a member) to make pupusas! Yum!   

We have a really progressing investigator named Bryan who we originally 
contacted at his house.  He really likes the lessons and is really receptive 
and understands everything.  He and his sister came to mutual on 
Wednesday, and he and his cousin came to church on Sunday! whoo!  
We also ran into him this morning at the grocery store haha.  We were 
able to have a good lesson with him yesterday with the bishop and he 
invited us to come back to teach him today.  Yeah!  

It was a pretty normal week, whelp I don´t have too much to write.  I hope 
everyone has a great week! Whoo hooo!

- Elder Burnham

Whoop! Another week gone! (9-7-15)

Whoop! Another week gone! I feel like I have lost my concept of time haha.  This
was a pretty good week, but at the same time, I don´t feel like that much happened.

The other day, I realized that I went half the day without my mission plaque.  haha. 
We walked out of a lesson and I was like ¨Oh, I don´t have my name tag.  I forgot 
to put it on that day. haha.  We went back to the house and it was still sitting on the
shelf. whoops.  

We got some rain this week as well.  Mainly in the evenings.  I got to use my
raincoat! whoo! haha.  It was actually really nice because it has been really hot
here for the last few weeks.  

We have been really working with two investigators, Ortencia and her daughter
Wendy.  Wendy´s brother Michael is a member.  Ortencia has been asking us to
help her with her son to stay on a good path in life.  Her husband passed away a
little over a year ago, and soon after her other son passed away as a result of
depression and alcoholism, so this family has gone through A LOT.  We have
been focusing on the importance of family in relation to the plan of salvation.
And helping them strengthen their family relationships.  Right now we are trying
to get all of them to go to church together.  Yesterday Wendy and Michael both
came!  We are seeing progress little by little with this family.  

We only have one more week in this transfer, that means we are almost half way
done with training. Wow!  We have a lot of work to do in this area, and a lot of

- Elder Burnham