Hey everyone! Hope all is going well! After a tough week last week, we bounced back with a good effort this week. Apparently, last week was just a test or something because it was a pretty terrible week. I don't know if you guys picked that up from my blog. Haha I try to stay positive, but sometimes it's difficult. But anyway, I'm super stoked about this week, and that things are turning around! Ok, there's actually a ton of news this week, so I'll have to go bullet-list style for you guys.
- The Tegucigalpa temple (the first temple in Honduras) will be dedicated this Sunday, the 17th. In preparation, there will be a cultural night on Saturday, and all the youth from my ward are going to participate! Since Tegucigalpa is outside our mission's boundaries, we will watch it in the stake center :)
- We will have two baptisms this Thursday, coincidentally for two youth that are going to be in the program for the cultural night. It has never happened before, but they will be baptized and confirmed the same day so they can watch the temple dedication on Sunday.
- Ok, I gotta tell you guys the story about one of these baptisms. We received her as a reference this past Saturday... as in two days ago. She went to our bishop about a week ago to get a recommend to watch the temple dedication. Well, turns out she never got confirmed a member of the church. She was baptized by water, but for some reason never got confirmed. So she doesn't show up as a member of the church, and needs to be baptized. She already goes to church, seminary, mutual, etc. So we talked to her yesterday, and set up her baptism for this Thursday. Talk about an easy baptism, right? Haha
- The family we were going to marry and baptize this week is flaking out. The mom is especially making me mad because she just sends her kid out to talk to us while she is in the house. But what can you do? We'll probably leave them alone for a while, and go back in a week or two.
- We found this AWESOME new investigator a little more than a week ago. We taught her the Book of Mormon and the Joseph Smith story in our second lesson, and went back for our third lesson with her, and she already believed it! She read an entire chapter (we only left a couple verses), and she just said she felt great reading it. So she accepted a baptismal date for the 23rd. The only problem? She's 18 and already has a kid and lives with the dad of the kid. I really hope it works out for her because she loves the church, but we'll see this week when we teach the law of chastity...
- Haha ok, funny story of the week... and this one's a gem! So my comp is still learning Spanish, and makes a decent number of mistakes. It's a work in progress, but this past week he had two hilarious mistakes. The first one was when we saw a horse on the side of the road (which is actually fairly common here). My comp said "Let's ride that caballero into the sunset." He thought caballero meant horse, but it actually means gentleman. Lol it gave me a good laugh. The second one was when we asked a girl where her parents were. He said "Donde estan sus papas?" but put the accent on the wrong syllable. So instead of asking "Where are your parents?," he asked "Where are your potatoes?." The little girl was a little confused, and I was laughing my head off. I couldn't help it. I told my comp, and he was a good sport about it and had a good laugh as well haha
- So this last week, we had a multi-zone conference AND a meeting for all the district leaders in the mission. The same day as the district leader meeting, I did divisions and did my first baptismal interview for someone else's investigator (in Utila, I did interviews for my own investigators). This week, I should have a couple more interviews because the other companionship in my district also has two baptisms! Four baptisms in the district! :)
Enjoy the pics from my last few weeks in Utila! Have a great week!