So this last week, I hit the six-month mark for the mish. Pretty crazy right?! It was an opportunity to reflect on the mission up to this point. From the initial shock of the MTC to gradually feeling comfortable and enjoying the wonderful experiences I had there. And then coming here, where everyone spoke a language that I wasn't sure they taught me at the MTC. It was definitely humbling, but (with some help) I was able to get through it. And then the ups and downs of the past couple months, where there has been hopelessness, pure joy, and everything in between. It's definitely been a crazy six months, but it's only the beginning. Here's the highlights of the start of month #7:
1. I had divisions twice this week, which rarely happens. Tuesday, I was with my district leader, Elder Tacam, trudging around in my own area. I've done divisions with him plenty of times, and he's a really fun guy to be with. I'm going to try to get a picture with the two Guatemalans in my district because they're so small (like 5 feet tall) and I think it would be hilarious haha. Then Thursday, I was with Elder Morales. He's from Mexico, and he's still on his first change in the mission (so he's been here for about 4 weeks and he's still with his trainer). It was a strange dynamic because I have more experience than him, yet he knows the language perfectly and I still have occasional struggles. This meant it was a little awkward at first, but I enjoyed working with him, and I know he's going to be a really successful missionary.
2. We had an awesome ward activity this week, where members were able to invite their non-member friends. We celebrated Mother's Day (better late than never), ate, played games, and socialized. As missionaries, we were pretty busy running around to talk with all of the non-members there and helping wherever it was needed. It was a great activity though, and Elder Kreutzer and I are hoping for some success with the references we received there.
3. Today is P-day, which is always awesome! But today was even better cuz we had a zone activity with about 20 other missionaries. First, we played soccer (what a shocker). Hey that rhymed! Anyway, we watched a movie after because the Zone Leaders got permission to do it. So we watched Cars 2. It was pretty disappointing because the audio was terrible, probably a result of the Honduran technology. Also it was in Spanish. So with those two factors, I basically understood nothing that was said in the movie. I'm sure it's great though haha. And then, we had a water balloon fight after, which was pretty sweet! But the best part of the day (as always) was the weekly Wendy's frosty, our reward for a good hard week of work. Seriously, don't take frosties for granted. They're one of the greatest inventions ever...
4. As far as actual missionary work, we had 3 people come to church for the first time (and 6 total) yesterday, which is always exciting. We're hoping they can progress and eventually get baptized, but it's really too early to tell with most of them. We'll see how things go this week, and hopefully I'll have some good news for you guys next Monday. But in the meantime, stay safe and enjoy life. As Abraham Lincoln once said, "It's not the years in your life that counts. It's the life in your years!" Que les vaya bien!