Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Good Finding Week

Heyo!

This was a good week. We were able to find several new people to teach. Jorge is a younger guy that we found. We shared a little bit of the restoration with him. He seemed interested but, his work schedule is crazy and we haven't been able to talk with him very much. We also received a reference to teach the granddaughter of a member here, and we are going to go and visit her tomorrow. We also found an older lady to teach. She is one of those people that knows literally everyone in the town, so we are going to teach her and hopefully find some new people to teach.

This last week, we had a ward family night and we shared a good video about forgiveness.

https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2010-07-14-forgiveness-my-burden-was-made-light?lang=eng

We talked about the Atonement of Christ and how we can invite the power of the Atonement into our lives not only to heal ourselves, but also to help us be able to forgive others.

We also had a meeting for all of Copan that we watched through Skype. Our mission president, President Bush, talked about the Book of Mormon, and how it can help us get to know our Savior even more. It was a really good message that I felt was important for us to share with all of the members and investigators here in Ocotepeque.
Anyway, hope everyone has a good week!

Elder Jensen

Monday, August 7, 2017

Baleadas

HEY!

This week was really good! We were able to teach Alex Mejia again, so that was awesome. We talked about the Book of Mormon, and he started talking about everything that he was learning and it was great. We talked about baptism and he told us that he wants to get baptized, he just wants to feel like he knows for sure that the church is true. He said if he feels like that then he will get baptized on August 24th. So, we are working to help him feel the spirit in his life.
We also found a new investigator named Besi. We started talking to her about eternal families and she got really excited, she said she was going to come to church, but she had something come up last minute. But, we are still excited to teach her more, so she can help the rest of her family.
We also went to the district meeting this past week, and they talked a lot about goals. With every goal that we have in life, we can ask for, and receive inspiration to help us achieve that goal.
Yesterday in church one señora came to church that hasn't been in a year or 2 and it was awesome to see her there. She looked happy that she had come back. Anyway, have a good week everyone!

Elder Jensen

PS: I learned how to make baleadas right. It took me a year, but I finally learned.

A week of traveling


Heyoo

This week was pretty crazy with all of the transfer stuff, and it turns out that I ended up having to go all the way to San Pedro Sula instead of just to Santa Rosa so here was the week...

Monday-
9:30-Got the call to tell us that my comp is getting transferred, which we basically guessed would happen. They told us that we had to be in Santa Rosa Tuesday night so we can leave early to get to the changes in the morning on wednesday.

Tuesday-
10ish am- They call and tell me that I have to go to San Pedro Sula too to take a picture for my Honduran residency.
For the rest of the day I went around with Elder Sibaja to say good bye to everyone.
8:30 pm - the bus that we were supposed to take to Santa Rosa didn't leave because "there weren't enough people on the bus". So we talked to a member that told us where we can meet up so they can get us a ride to Santa Rosa. We meet them and the member flags down a semi-truck for us to ride to Santa Rosa. Kind of weirded out, but I was like, OK. So, a 2 hour and 15 minute trip to Santa Rosa turns into a 3 hour and 15 minute ride to Santa Rosa.
11:50 pm - We get to the Elders house in Santa Rosa to try to sleep a few hours before leaving for San Pedro.

Wednesday-
3:00am- We leave for San Pedro Sula in a bus, making 2 stops to pick up other missionaries for transfers.
7:15am- We get to San Pedro, and wait at the stake center until everyone gets there. I got to see a few friends I hadn't seen for a while. I met my new comp, Elder Rodriguez from Tijuana, Mexico. He is super cool we get along really well. We sent his suitcases with the bus that left for Copan so we didn't have to walk around with them.
9:30am- We go to the immigration office and wait forever for them to process all of my papers so I can take my picture.
12:00- We take a bus to Santa Rosa that was flying. We got into Santa Rosa at around 4. 4:00-We had to meet up with the other Elders to get the suitcases and drop off a backpack one of them had left in San Pedro. Then, we go to order Tortas (mexican sandwiches), and as they are finishing them, the bus for Ocotepeque rolls in, so we take the tortas and run to catch the bus.
6:30 pm -We get in to Ocotepeque, drop off the suitcases, go and meet with the Mission leader, and eat dinner.
9:30 pm -Pass out until the next morning.

It was a lot of travelling, but it was cool. The rest of the week was good. We had 6 inactive members come to church which was really exciting for us. Alex wasn't able to make it to Ocotepeque this week, so we are thinking of visiting him this week. We also found some new investigators so it will be interesting being able to teach them some more. We also had to talk in church so that was a good welcome for Rodriguez. Anyway, having a good time here in Ocotepeque working hard. Have a good week everyone!

Elder Jensen

Monday, July 24, 2017

Santa Rosita and the end of a transfer


Que Hay?

This week was pretty good. We went to a town called Santa Rosita this past week to go and teach Alex and his family. It's a little town about and hour and 15 minutes away from Ocotepeque. It was a good lesson but started out kind of rough. His dad is Catholic and at the beginning he was very closed minded about the church, and what we taught. But, instead of arguing with him we testified of what we knew to be true. We taught about the plan of salvation and as we taught and testified the spirit softened him and we were able to share a lesson and feel the spirit. The power of testimony combined with the Holy Ghost is amazing. Alex also told us he wants to be baptized, but he wants to be ready, so we are continuing to work with him so he can feel ready to be baptized. The only sad part is that this transfer ends on Wednesday and we have a feeling that Elder Sibaja is going to leave.
This past week church was good. We had several people come that don't normally make it to church, so we were excited.
This past week from Sunday to Wednesday night, no one in Ocotepeque had water, but we have a big drum on top of our house that stores water for at least 6 days so we were OK. We went to a big mountain called Cayaguanca. It was cool, it looked really high up, so we got some good pictures from that. We get the call for the transfers later today so I will let you all know about that next week! Have a good one!

Elder Jensen

Monday, July 17, 2017

One Year!


Heyo!

This past week was pretty good. It felt like it flew by. Partly because we were in Santa Rosa almost half of the week, but it was amazing. We had a Zone Conference on Tuesday, which was awesome. We learned a lot about the Sacrament and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We learned about how we can help other people to understand the significance of the two. Hermana Bush taught about faith. She said we need to first believe enough to act, and then have the faith to act in the way the Lord wants us to. It was an awesome conference and I learned a lot of things that I am going to apply with my investigators.

After the conference, we had divisions with the other missionaries in Santa Rosa.  We were able to teach some of their investigators and contact some other people that were super cool. Then, on wednesday at about 4ish we ended the divisions. But, it had started raining the HARDEST it has since I have been in Honduras at about 3:45, so we had the 10 minute walk to their house in pouring rain. So, we changed into other clothes and then had to wait at the Bus Station till almost 7 to catch the bus going to Ocotepeque. Riding the bus is an interesting experience. I wedge myself in a space that would maybe fit Maggie and sit squeezed, uncomfortably, for two plus hours. We didn't get to the house until about 9:20 and we just passed out. But, it was a great conference.

Funny story from the divisions is that we knocked on a door, and a lady answered it. My comp told her that his name was Elder Dipko. And she told him, "Thanks, me too." We were confused, and then she shut the door, kind of weird but it happens sometimes.

We had an activity with the youth here where we played Jeopardy, and then volleyball with water balloons and towels. It was good and we are hoping that more will be able to come. Also, I passed the 1 year mark this past week. Hard to believe it has already been that long. Anyway, have a good week everyone!

Elder Jensen

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Santa Rosa


Hey!!

This past week was pretty good, we had some cool experiences with several people here.

First of all, we went to a less active member's house and we were able to dedicate their home.  It was a spiritual moment in the week, and pretty amazing to feel the peaceful feeling come over us as we were dedicating the house.

Also we went for a follow-up visit to all of the new investigators we found in Los Garrobos, and one family at the bottom of the hill was at home. As we went up the hill, the rest of the investigators weren't at home. So we started back down the hill, and ended up finding the people that weren't at home in the street on the way. We were able to stop and share a quick message with them, and see how they were doing. They are all doing well, and are ready to learn a little bit more.

On Thursday, it started raining really hard, so we took shelter in the catholic church in Sinuapa. We went and talked to two señoras who were there in the church. They were really nice and asked about being a missionary and we were able to share a little bit with them. Then, we went up inside the tower where the bell is, it was pretty cool.

We also had another lesson with Alex, and it was really good. We talked about the Book of Mormon, and he said that he was going to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it so we are excited to see him progress a little bit more. He also came to church yesterday so that was really awesome.

Today we came to Santa Rosa in the morning and had a zone activity for Pday. We basically all got together and played soccer, kickball, etc. It was cool to see other missionaries for the first time in a while. We also had interviews with president today which was pretty cool. We have zone conference tomorrow, and divisions right afterwards. We probably won't be back in our area until Wednesday night. But, it is pretty awesome here in Honduras.

I found a bunch of license plates from the US at a restaurant here.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Los Garrabos

Sam's week: Los Garrobos
Hey Everyone!

This week was a very good week. We tried contacting in an area that we don't really go very often, called Los Garrobos or Brisas del Pedregal.(Everyone calls it the first name, but its official name is the second one). It is a little bit farther away, but it is a cool little part of our area here. It is a 30 minute walk, but we take a moto taxi to the bottom and then walk up.
We have several new investigators. We are teaching the Lopez family. They are a cool family and already have ties to the church because they have friends that are members. We are hoping to teach them and have them come to church. We are also teaching Betty and José. They are awesome and they seem like they will be receptive to the more we teach them. Also, we are meeting with Victor. We think he might be kind of hard to teach at the beginning, but that he will accept more as he starts to trust us.
We also had 3 less actives who came to church this past week, so we were really excited about that. This week was a good boost to see that we are having some more results in this area.

Food
Earlier today we went to a place called La Atolera, which is a place that sells this drink called Atol de Elote. Basically it is a thick, sweet drink and the main ingredient is corn. It is really good. They also have something called Atol Chuco which is the same thing but not sweet and they put beans and pumpkin seeds and all kinds of weird things in it.