Monday, November 30, 2015

Week 65 Thanksgiving Madness

Thanksgiving Madness 

worst part about the mission is....trying to spell in english. 

This week was whack and went by super fast. We set up this awesome lunch for Thanksgiving with a few other Elders. We had planned to go at 12:30 but didn't get there until about 1 and they were just starting to cook. We had a baptism interview to do for the zone at 1:30 so we couldn't stay. The interviews took quite a bit of time and we ended up not getting back to our area until about 3. We then had to go teach Fam REYES (most perfect chosen escogido perfecto no so que familia del mundo) and didn't get out until 4. Then we had a meeting with our ward mission leader (totally loves us now and is helping us plan a bomb Christmas activity) and then we had ward council. In the end we didn't get out until 6 and Elder Meads and I were dying from hunger. But we always have the best dinner Thursdays with the family Martinez that got sealed about 6 months ago. We showed up to their house and.....totally weren't home. Elder Meads and I laughed for awhile and ended up eating tamales (blended corn with meat in the middle and they wrap it in the corn husk) so that was my Thanksgiving.

This is probably going to be my last week here in Santa Fe and well I'm not that hyped about leaving. We really are working so hard and Elder Meads is just awesome. The Lord is guiding us. It honestly seems like every where we go we find someone that was waiting for us. We set some super big goals for this week and I know it's going to be the best week I have had here.

Had interchanges with Elder Quispe! koolest thing ever to see how much he has grown and progressed. We passed the whole day laughing and sharing stories. I guess I never realized how good of friends I have here in the mission until this week. I love people here. 

Love you all so much. Everyone that writes me honestly makes my week that much better. My camera doesn't want to send fotos right now.. 

Elder Thorn

Monday, November 23, 2015

Week 64 Have You Felt the Spirit Today

Have You Felt the Spirit Today? 

Had interchanges this week with Elder Wager (bakersfield, california) and he had that on a post-it note on the inside of his journal. Really had a steller week this week and I always find myself with a solid 5 minutes to write this.

We are really working soo hard with the members in the ward. About two months ago we got a referencia from a member about a less active family. We started visiting with them and in two weeks about half the family started coming to church. They told us about their cousins that also lived in the area. We had a hard time finding them but when we finally did they were so welcoming and really had been waiting to come back to church. We starting working really hard with them because they are not sealed in the temple. They are now super active in the church and should be getting callings before the year ends. 

They told us about a ton of people that lived on their street one being a Hermana Wana. We went to her house Thursday night. Small little two room wooden home. We shouted from the door, like we always do, and this little girl came out and told us her grandma wasn't home. I made a little joke and told her how brave her grandma was for being out so late at night. She laughed and ran inside. As the door opened we could she Hermana Wana sitting on the bed. She starting yelling to us that she hated the church and wanted nothing to do with us. We asked her why and what had happened. She responded with a couple excuses. My inspired companion told her that a member had sent us to visit her. Suddenly she started to become even more angry with us saying that the sisters of the ward hate her and had treated her badly. She started telling us we needed to leave. I thought to myself well we tired, and took a step off the stairs. As I stepped down the thought came to my mind to pull out the photo I had of Christ in my escrituras. I pulled it out and told her I wanted to give her something. She sent her little granddaughter and I handed her the photo. I watched from the door as her face changed. I told her that was who had sent us to her house. She invited us into her home. Almost crying she told us of all the bad things that had happened in the ward over 10 years ago. We shared our testimonies and talked a little about how well our Father in heaven knows us. Suddenly the whole family came into the small little room and started listening to us. Soon we all were laughing and a sweet spirit filled the room. I felt so blessed to know that my Heavenly Father trusted us enough to send us to Hermama Wana. We are going back tomorrow night to teach the three families that live in the home. 

We took the zone to Picacho today and read our mission calls and shared our testimonies about how the Lord calls his missionaries. 

Elder Thorn 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Week 63 You Can Do It

You Can Do It 

YA totally out of time but this week was fantastic! We had our Zone meeting and I am really starting to be a more loving person, I think. I think for all of those that knew me before the mission, and even more so those that followed me on twitter know that I wasn't the nicest kid or the most loving. I think that is really starting to change. I realized during the zone meeting, after I spoke, that I really just wanted the missionaries to be happy. I remember how hard it was for me when I only had 3, 4, or even 8 months in the mission. Looking back it was just like YOU CAN DO IT. Like you can baptize the whole world. You are just a little 18 year old kid in a different country do you not realize how much the Savior is helping you, how much he loves you, how much he wants you to succeed? 

As far as the area goes the ward LOVES us. We started bringing lil snickers to the ward council to try and help people be more motived to give us references. Just something lil to show them that we really are here to help them. Needless to say it's working. Everyone wants to leave and teach with us. Everyone is always like hey elders I want you to visit my neighbor and they are going to be at my house Tuesday at 6. I don't think you guys at home realize how steller that is. Makes the work soo much easier and more enjoyable. Life is good. The Gospel is perfect. We are truly the family of our heavenly parents and they don't want anyone to get left behind. Don't be selfish with what you have. Share the Gospel. Be Creative. 

Lil photo of Elder Ang after the zone meeting. Happiest dude.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Week 62 Elder Duncan


Pretty much spent the week in meetings but it was solid. Elder Duncan the area presidente of central america came and talked to the mission this week. The leaders of the church are with out a doubt called and ordain of God. The things he spoke about were spot on. It really is such an eye opening experience to watch someone teach with the spirit, to watch how he opens up missionaries and helps them learn through the spirit. He came here to Country so Elder Meads and I got to set up all the tech stuff and make sure everything was running right. Then when we got here I got to talk with him one on one quite a bit. Truly an example of a man of Christ. Also super funny and loving. Made me reflect (think honestly not sure how to word that right) about what people think of me. How do I teach? Do people feel that they really are important to me? Do they see the light of Christ in us? 

We brought 7 people to church this week! We have these two kids that are really coming through por fin. They are friends of Family Tejada who got baptized like 4 years ago. They both are 18 and are going to be steller missionaries one day. We are going to have a lesson with them Wednesday in the house of family Tejada. I haven't wrote a lot about them because we haven't really taught a real lesson because they are always in school but they are on break now so it's game time.

Okay so check this out. Danail, the dude that is reading the Book of Mormon and is just steller. He filled us in a little more on who his dad is. His dad not only is a pastor. oh no, his dad is the leader of ALL the baptist pastors in ALL of Honduras. Ya. He explained to us how when him and his brother do dumb stuff how all the pastors find out and then get on his dads back about it and that's why they live in this little house where no one knows them. He showed us all these pictures of his dad and family and what not and its crazy. But at the end of the day he is changing so much, even his brother Ariel the other day was like hey what did you guys do to Danial? He is like nice now haha. It's awesome. 

Here is some pictures. I got some lil plants for the house. swag 
oh and my watch broke this week....tears were shed

Monday, November 2, 2015

Week 61 Honduras Hates Halloween

Honduras Hates Halloween

If you even say the word Halloween here everyone is like oh my you have got to be kidding me you must love satan and I just like nahhh bro I just love stealing my little brothers candy. No but I think I had to explain what halloween really is like a solid 50 times this week. But we did take some pics so check it out on my blog. Hahaha a bunch of the missionaries tease me about being a mormon mommy blogger. Swag.

This week was ROUGH. We are teaching some of my favorite people in the mission. In the way that they actually do stuff for themselves. Like reading and coming to church. But this week was not one of those weeks. I think one of the most basic ideas of the Gospel is that anything you do that causes you to break the commandments brings sadness and remorse. No matter who you are or what you believe in. The Gospel laws are universal and apply to everyone. That being said its super sad to watch people that you really care about fall into satan's trap and choose another road. That in short is what happened this week. But in the end everyone has their own agency and it's beautiful when someone makes that change on their own freewill. 

Took a TON of pictures this week to try and give you guys at home a better idea of where you boi is at. Oh ya and we found a monkey this week.


Loward's car. We are trying to get him to give us a ride to church to help him keep his commitments.
went to this massive soccer field today with FIVE zones. never been done before.