Sunday, March 9, 2014

Cockroaches and the Book of Mormon

      This week we have cambios so the p-day stuff is all weird. I will possibly write more Wednesday... it all depends on whether or not we have transfers. We will find out tonight.

     This week was a little rough...
      So, I knew that there would be cockroaches here, and I was semi-prepared for that... at least I was expecting to see them. Well, in no way shape or form was I prepared to deal with them in the toilet. To quote my one of my companions from the CCM, ''Bugs are perverts.'' The other day there was a GIANT cucaracha in the toilet and it thoroughly freaked me out. Then, Clorox in hand my companion confessed that she enjoys killing animals. (She means insects, In Spanish she uses animal to mean anything living that has legs...) It was an experience...

     In other news, we are starting over finding investigators because all but one quit progressing. The one that is progressing--reading the Book of Mormon and going to church--is a minor and needs his mom's permission to get baptized. Problem is that she says he's already been baptized a Catholic, his whole family is Catholic, back generations and generations, and he will die Catholic. Oh, and she left to spend a month or more in France. A couple of weeks after she returns the whole family is going to move to Australia. At least he has a testimony and is the most active participant of Seminary. I have faith that eventually he will get baptized.

     Most exciting thing we experienced was meeting with some Jehovah's Witnesses! My companion contacted a lady on the bus and she invited us to come visit her. She is from here in Honduras, but turns out her husband is Danish. She was surprisingly receptive, except for her scripture about how God is a spirit.

     Well, Got to go. Thanks for your emails!

 Hasta luego!
 Hna. Thacker

 Part 2

      My companion had transfers, so she is leaving. She gets to stay in the city though, just in a different area as a Sister Training Leader for her last 6 weeks. That means I will hopefully get to go on splits with her at least once before she heads back home to Guatemala. Honestly I am nervous starting this transfer. At least for the first couple of weeks it falls on me to show my new companion around the area and make a majority of decisions until she is familiar with the area, the members, and the investigators. Then there is all of the what is she going to be like, are we going to be able to get along well from the beginning, and all of those little worries. In the end it will be good and I will learn a lot, but the not knowing what to expect is hard.

      There is some good news though! Remember the investigator José Constantino that left for Yoro to tend his sugarcane? He was our most progressing investigator at the beginning of the transfer, reading the Book of Mormon, attending church, and wanting to get baptized. He left at the beginning of February and assured us that he was only going to be gone for 2 weeks tops, and then he was going to get baptized. Well, weeks passed and we hadn't heard from him, and by the end of the transfer we had accepted the fact that he probably had left for good and we weren't ever going to see him again.

     Yesterday, as my companion was going around saying goodbye to everyone, we found him! He came back! And not only did he come back, but he was still reading the Book of Mormon and excited to see us. He told us that the first thing he did when he got to Yoro was to tell his whole family about the Book of Mormon. They were all interested in reading it and kept asking to borrow it. He had to keep telling them that he couldn't loan it to them because he had to read it every day that he was there, but he promised that when he left Yoro he would leave the book for them to read. My jaw dropped. He truly has a testimony that the Book of Mormon is true and is already planting seeds. Currently there is not a church in Yoro or missionaries. It is possible that in time he will lead the work there sharing the gospel. Maybe even be the first branch president of the first branch in Yoro. You never know how much of an impact one person with the gospel can make!

      Thanks! Love you! I got your Valentine yesterday :) Thank you!

 Love you! ¡hasta luego!

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