Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Elder Anderson, chantaje, and baptism plans

Well, the most exciting part of the week was that we got to see an APOSTLE! Elder Anderson came here to San Pedro Sula to talk to us. This was a miracle since apostles almost never come to Honduras... So everyone was super excited. It was a little crazy since Elder Anderson knows French and Portugese, so sometimes his Spanish came out a little crazy, but it was super interesting hearing his accent. Elder Anderson talked a lot about the atonement of Jesus Christ, and how we all needed to learn more about it, and help our investigators repent and understand the atonement of Jesus Christ. He invited all of us to memorize 10 scriptures about the atonement of Jesus Christ-- five from the Bible and five from the Book of Mormon. Then he gave a super awesome testimony about Jesus Christ. Truly the apostles, and the prophet, are special witnesses of Jesus Christ. 
Elder Maynes and Elder (ahh! I can't remember his name) Also came and spoke. They both served in the Paraguay/ Uruguay mission back in the day. They also shared a bunch of awesome stories and it was super great seeing all these special people. We even got to shake hands with Elder Anderson! Also great privilige. Even his wife came out here to Honduras! I thought the general authorities were afraid of Honduras since no one ever comes... but maybe they are finally breaking the ice :)
We also had a great week of divisions and I got to visit more areas and meet more new people. Probably the funniest thing happened when I went with Hermana Miller, who is another blonde gringa from Idaho. People were literally staring at us in the streets. It is also probably also because they arein the middle of opening the area and the people still aren't used to seeing sisters. But, lucky for us, we found 12 new people for them to teach. Sometimes it totally rocks being different. 

For this week we are also planning the baptism of Melissa. Yesterday she couldn't come to church because she was sick, but we went to go visit her and give her invitations. She was in complete shock when she saw her invitations. Apparently she hadn't realized how close the date was! After lots of scripture sharing, she said it was okay and she would get baptized this Saturday. My companion also shared an awesome story that Elder Ochoa had shared with us when he came. It is in Acts 8 

 26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying,Arise, and go toward the south untthe way that goethdown from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.
 27 And he arose and went: andbehold, man ofEthiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candacequeen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all hertreasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,
 28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias theprophet.
 29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and jointhyself to this chariot.
 30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read theprophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thoureadest?
 31 And he said, How can I, except some man shouldguide me? And he desired Philip that he would come upand sit with him.
 32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, Hewas led as sheep to the slaughter; and like lamb dumbbefore his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:
 33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: andwho shall declare his generation? for his life is taken fromthe earth.
 34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, pray thee,of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of someother man?
 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the samescripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
 36 And as they went on their way, they came unto acertain water: and the eunuch said, Seehere is water; whatdoth hinder me to be baptized?
 37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart,thou mayest. And he answered and said, believe thatJesus Christ is the Son of God.
 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and theywendown both into the water, both Philip and theeunuch; and hbaptized him.
 39 And when they were come up out of the water, theSpirit of the Lord caught away Philipthat the eunuch sawhim no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
I love this story, because first, Philip followed the Spirit to find who the Lord had prepared, then he helped the eunech understand the scriptures. After, the eunuch had such a great desire to be baptized, and nothing stopped him from doing it. Then they both left rejoicing, happy for what had happened. 
Such an awesome story. 

This week I also got to go back to my old area en El Bosque. It was super great and I got to give lots of people great big hugs! Also Katie's little brother and Yuber's little sister are getting baptized this week! It is so great to see how the Lord works many miracles through one person and brings more and more people to him.  

Also.. new Spanish word for the week Chantaje. Chantaje is basically telling someone if they don't do something, you won't do something. Well, we had an investigator doing some serios chantaje with us.. so I did some chantaje back.. and we won the chantaje :) He was at church at 8:45 en punto! 

Well I love you all! The church is true.. and missionary work is the most joyful work in the church. 

One with my hija Hermana Roca and I and two awesome friends
Can't kiss boys... but the manuel doesn't say anything about dogs
Eating baleadas with the Elders
And... there is a lot of sun in San Pedro Sula 

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