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!


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


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.

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.