Monday, September 26, 2016

Todo Cheque

It was a really good week this week. We focused a lot on finding more people this week, and it paid off. We have 6 new investigators that we are teaching. One of them is super good, he is a barber. He was super receptive and was asking a lot of questions. Juan Ramon Fajardo told us he wanted some more time, so we are still working with him. We have been working a lot this week with less actives and those lessons are always really good.   My Spanish is making really big strides, the only thing that I am struggling with is when someone asks me a direct question. Street contacting is getting a lot easier.
I have some funny stories this week. I had to give a talk at a baptism the other elders in our ward had. Everyone was nodding during it, so I think that means I was saying some good stuff. I was nervous beforehand but it was good.
1. On Wednesday, we stopped to help a guy change a tire on our way home from lunch. On Thursday, there was another person who needed a tire change in the exact same spot, at the same time. We just looked at each other and said, again?
2. We always see this lady in our area carrying around an empty quart container of ice cream. Which wouldn´t be super weird, but she wears it on her head like a hat. We talked to her the other day.
3. The other day we were with this 20 year old member from the ward and this old lady comes up to us and tells my comp he has beautiful eyes, the member is guapo, and that i was guapo too. We alll just looked at each other, then said Adios and kept walking.
4. We were contacting the other day, and we start talking to this guy. He cut us off and said that he was "lost" and didnt want to be found, that he was with the devil, but he was super calm and not super weird about it. We just walked off and had a good laugh.
Food update:
1. BALEADAS. We found these huge, like the tortillas area little bigger than cafe rio, ones that are sooo good. I like the ones with eggs, mantequilla, beans, and cheese. I have had 7 of them since wednesday
2. Quequitos, they are like prepackaged muffins but not as sweet.
3. Tamales. First since being down here, they were super good. 
4. Jugitos (little juices). they cost 1 lempira, which is 5 cents. It tastes like melted otter pops.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Update from Honduras

Sam was short on time this week so he asked me to piece together from emails he sent to us.  So, it may be a little choppy and all, but we love to hear about the experiences he is having.

So, last week we had an area conference with Elder Alonso who is the area authority for the church in Central America.  It was great.  Elder Alonso taught me a lot even though I couldn't understand all of it.  He spoke about teaching with the spirit, and the role of the spirit in our lessons.  I am really trying to apply what he said, and it has already helped in lessons.

Last Friday night, we got called to give blessing to a less active sister who had had an operation and wasn't feeling very well. We had no idea where she lived so first we had to track down her house, and it was on this path down behind a pulpería in the really poor part of our área called El Bordo. We walked in and talked to her for a little while and the whole time I was thinking, I don't know if I will be able to give an adequate blessing in Spanish. Then we asked her which part she wanted each of us to do. I was chosen for the sealing and the blessing, and leading right up to before I had to start speaking, I was praying, Heavenly Father, Please help me to be able to give a blessing to this Sister. I know my Spanish isn't great, but I have faith that I can be helped in this thing. Then, right after I started the blessing an overpowering sense of calm and peace came over me. My Spanish wasn't perfect, but I was able to say the things the spirit wanted me to say, and what the Sister needed from the blessing. It was amazing. I was so full of energy right after we were done, which was weird because it was 8oclock at night after a super long day.
Our investigators are coming along well.  Pretty certain we will have a baptism this week, but we had to push the other one back a week because he couldn't make it to church, and he was out of town a lot this week.  Another investigator is difficult to teach because his work schedule isn't fixed, so we don't get to teach him as much as we need to.  My favorite thing on my mission is that I get to teach people and see the way the gospel of Jesus Christ helps them in their lives.  The hardest thing to do is street contact.  If you could pray to help me learn how to communicate better, that would be great.
My trainer and I are going to the hospital sometime this week to get some results back.  He has been so sick, but is doing a little better this week.  If there is any way he can stay, he will. 

Our day consists of walking and sweating a lot.  We go from appointment to appointment a lot, with street contacting in between.  Also, president gave our zone permission to go to Puerto Cortes today. It is a beach and it is super cool, but pretty dirty. I had a whole fried fish and it was good. Also, last Thursday I was super sick, I could only work till 2, then we had to go back because my stomach hurt so bad and I was sick to my stomach every 30 minutes. That night, I threw up 3 times and had some diarrhea. But I was better by 12 on friday. I don't know what happened, but it was terrible.

At home we mainly eat rice, beans, platanos, and sometimes eggs.  No tortillas yet, but I am in the process of getting you guys an awesome refried beans recipe.  (I had asked him if he had mastered the art of homemade tortillas yet.)  Maggie, no gross foods this week.  My least favorite juice is nanza juice. 
My ward is great.  They are really helpful.  Most of the time we have about 140 people at church. 
I hope you all have a really good week. This past week has been super good for me.

Nos Vemos,
Elder Jensen

Friday, September 9, 2016

Early P-day

Well, it has only been three days since the last pday so, this will probably be a little short.  Elder Alonso, the area authority is coming Monday, so we had pday today.
Ok, we have 3 super good investigators we are teaching. The first one is Juan-Ramon Fajardo. He is super good, and he works in construction. When, we go over to teach him, he basically teaches the lesson himself. We were at church on Sunday, and in one of the classes he answered literally every question and all of answers were super good. He lives with his daughter who is a member of the church. The next one is Julio Cesar, and he is super awesome. He lives by himself, and he is a civil engineer. He always has really good questions about the Gospel. The only thing that is a struggle with teaching him is his job, his schedule is a little erratic, but this past week it has been a little harder because his son is sick. The other one is Lester Garcia, and he has really come a long way in life. He used to be an alcoholic and that kind of ruined his life. But now, he has shaken all of that off. He is a really good guy, he is always super friendly and we see him in our area when we are walking around all the time. It is really awesome to see the difference the gospel has made not only in his life, but in the others lives as well.
In other news, they have this Banana Soda from down here and it is super good. I also had to eat this soup called Mondongo. The soup itself actually tasted really good. But the meat was slimy and disgusting, mainly because it is the lining of a cow´s stomach. That was the only food that i didnt like this week. The food we always have for dinner is really simple, but i really like it. It is platanos(fried plantains), with refried beans, mantequilla(kinda like sour cream, but waaaayyyyy better), avocado, eggs, and carne asada. So, down here there are so many different kinds of bananas and plantains. And you use each one for something different. I dont know all of the different kinds, but they are all super good. Food here is really cheap, unless it is fast food. Fast food is kinda high class here.
We went and taught with the mission president on Tuesday and it was really good, because i got to see how he teaches, and i am going to try some ideas i got from him. We also found this store that made me forget i was in Honduras while we were in it. It is called Los Andes, and it is sooooo nice. It looks like a super nice grocery store from America, and all the food there is american and in English so it was really great. Well that is all I have for the past 3 days.
Nos Vemos Mis Amigos

Monday, September 5, 2016

Hola from Honduras

Alright. Super good week this week. Lots of lessons, lots of walking. church is always a little interesting because i have to play piano every week. We have three really good guys that we are teaching right now, and it is really cool to see their lives improve because of the gospel. We had to go to the hospital 3 times because my trainer has developed a bunch of allergies since being out here. Gluten, lactose, nuts, cherries, and garlic. I am always super tired, because we have to walk everywhere, unless we are going to the stake center or hospital. But, my shoes are still in pretty good shape. The other day, it was raining when we had to start walking home that night, and we were at the church building which is about a 20ish minute walk. It was pouring, and had been for a while. So we wait a couple minutes to see if it would let up, but it didnt so we just started walking. here there is no drainage system for the roads so when it rains, they turn into mini rivers. And i forgot any kind of rain protection, so we were walking home in a downpour for 25ish minutes. Sometimes the roads were more than ankle deep of water. It was super crazy. My spanish is coming along better and better, understanding is still a lot easier than replying but still making progress. The situation with water is annoying, because the only thing i can use the tap water for is a shower. We have to use the pure water from a 5 gallon jug for everything else. Ok some kinda quirky things about honduras: No one here has carpet it is all tile, squeezing 20 people into what used to be a 9 person volkswagen van is normal and is called a "rapidito", the typical breakfast and the typical dinner are pretty much the same ( the only difference is you had a little bit of carne asada to dinner), on almost every corner there is a mini convenience store called a pulperia, milk and juice and water can come in bags, and soda comes in 500ml, 1 L, 1.25 L, 1.5 L, 2 L, 2.5 L, and 3L sizes. It is super awesome down here. the people are always really nice, and most of them are understanding about me not knowing spanish super well. Oh and tonight my trainer volunteered us to try Mondongo soup. You can look that up if you want to see how much fun it will be 😬. I havent had to wash my clothes by hand yet, so that has been really nice. I really like the verse in the book of mormon, ether 12:6. It talks about how we need to test our faith before we receive an answer or blessing. It is really good to apply in my life here because i need to test my Spanish more to be able to speak it better. there are a lot of applications of that and it is really cool to see that. 

Que le vaya bien
Elder Jensen