Monday, April 27, 2015

Week 34 Chiflador and The Branch

Chiflador and The branch 

Ate wild raspberries today and went to a waterfall.

The branch is growing and people are actually hyped to come to church. Elder Cabrales and I are working a lot better together and for that same reason we are having the spirit with us during the day. I really love this tiny branch here in Marcala. Its so easy in a giant ward. Like everything is there, and there are just a few people that need help. Its the opposite here. There are a few good people and everyone else needs help. Including the people that have big callings, like the first counselor that isn't coming to church. But we had 65 people in the branch this week. The first week was like 40 something. And we have 12 people that have baptism dates in the branch. MAY is going to be nuts! Going to try and baptize someone in a waterfall. 

Not a whole lot of time today because have dinner with a family. 
This waterfall is called Chiflador
I was legit picking raspberries as we were hiking. Sucked I couldn't swim though

Monday, April 20, 2015

Week 33 Elder Johnson and Teguci

Elder Johnson and Teguci

I almost killed a baby duck this week and thus almost got stabbed. jokes. 

Super fast and wild week in Marcala. We had to go to the capital to take out my comps residencia. Which took like the whole day. And I'm just a little too tall for the buses here. Close to 10 hours in the bus for the day. But it honestly is so dang pretty here I wish I had my nice camera everyday to try and capture a little of what its really like here in Honduras.

Had intercambios (exchanges) with Elder Johnson. He is about to finish his mission and I swear we are the same person. He is from Logan and played soccer his whole life. He wrecked me the other day when we played. And he climbed. Didn't ski though and I gave him a hard time about that. Just really love old missionaries. Or missionaries with a lot of time in the mission. They are so steller it's unreal. They just get it. He is so focused on the mission and so focused on helping the people around him as much as he can, and his does. He has 13 months here in this zone and was a branch president for 6 months. Super crazy stories about witches and excommunication's and hahah ya just Honduras is a different world sometimes.

Here are some pics for the ladies. 

I'm too tall for the buses...10 hours of this.
This is me chilling eating lunch.
Found this spider in my sink this morning

Monday, April 13, 2015

Week 32 Grant Thorn Already Served a Mission

Grant Thorn Already Served a Mission. 

For those that are all whacked out about the title you probably don't know I have the same name as my great grandpa. I got a letter from my dad this week that really helped me a lot. My Great Grandpa, Grant S. Thorn served a mission in New York and  later was a mission president in England. While reading the letter from my dad and looking at a few photos he sent of him with some of the 12 apostles I realized something. There are kids that are waiting for mission calls right now, like I once was. There are kids starting their mission, like I once did. There are men finishing their missions like I one day will. It's all a big cycle and I love it. I am where others once were, and others are where I once was. 

Me and my comp are getting along a lot better. Even though he pretty much hates me down to the way I walk lol. We are teaching a lot better and when we are out working we get along. Had a awesome thing happen this morning, went on a hike to a waterfall with some investigators!! Soo awesome. No time this week, love all you guys.

"Permaneced en lugares santos y no sèais movidos" 
(Abide in holy places and be not moved)

Elder Thorn
Grant S. Thorn on his mission in 1930

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Week 31 Transferred to Marcala and made a District Leader

Marcala y Lìder del Distrito 

Probably the most jam packed week of my life. Had the Changes meeting on Tuesday and got called to serve here in Marcala. The way it works here in the mission is you don't know a single thing about where you are going or what you will be until presidente says your same and then lol you leave with your new comp. Its pretty awesome. You honestly just have your suitcase and you could go to any area in the mission. For me I went alllllll the way out to Marcala. It's one of the most remote areas in the mission. I took a bus for 4 hours to la esparanza. Started with about 50 missionaries and they got off one by one at different stops during the 4 hour ride till we got to the end of the road. Then Elder Cabarles and I got in to a different lil mini van and road on a dirt road for another hour. The town its self isn't small at all. However the Church is. We have a branch here of about 40 people. And it needs a lot of work. Even the branch president didn't come to Saturday's session of conference and I had to open the little church house.

My comp is 7 years older than me and has the same amount of time as me in the mission. I think most of you could guess what that's like. Im the Leader of the district here so I have to conduct meetings and take dats at night, not a lot. But I also do things a lot different than he is use to. His last comp finished his mission this last change and they weren't doing hardly anything. We don't have a single person with a baptism date. Not a single person that is progressing (reading or praying or attending church) andddd we pretty much don't have any investigators. It's been Rough. Really rough. But I hope I am here for awhile because this area has sooo much potential.

Elder Thorn

This is a picture of me with a wild bird. 

Our church house
There also is a random neighborhood here that some gringo built dinosaurs (no picture)