Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Week 76

Hey everybody,

    Another fast week here in Comayagua. It was really nice talking to mom and dad on christmas, too bad i couldnt see you all but i could hear a few screams from the nieces and nephews for a few seconds haha. Its always good to hear your voices. My christmas was a pretty normal day, but thats the missionary christmas and i really wouldnt have wanted it any other way. Next year hopefully we´ll be able to be together.
   On the 24th we ate something thats called Torrejas with a member family for a few minutes (they are like french toast but drenched in condensed milk or honey...they are way good. Its a typical christmas food) And then we left with the dad and a daughter from that family to go visit la familia guzman. The daughter is like 18 years old and wrote her testimony in a book of mormon to give to one of the daughters in la familia guzman. That was a really nice gesture and i love how the members are getting involved here. Then we went back to our house and went to bed and then at midnight the fireworks started haha with a few gunshots mixed in there haha but its not dangerous here at all. Christmas is way different here but its still a lot of fun. They wait til midnight and open up their presents right then.
  The 25th was pretty similar, we were knocking doors most of the day but we got to teach a few lessons. It was really kind of sad to see how people were just laying on the street really drunk from the night before. Thats not really the good cheerful christmas spirit we would hope for, but we are helping people change their lives to really make christ the center of everything.
   On Sunday we woke up early to go bring investigators to church. We went to la familia guzman`s house and they were all asleep so we kept knocking on the door hoping to wake them up, Then we continued on getting other investigators. Then we came back and they had woken up and said they were going to meet us there in the church so we left to church after that. But we were waiting there and waiting past the first and second hour and they didnt come. Before sacrament meeting we left again to go to their house to bring them and luckily we got the mom and three of the kids to come with us haha. It took a lot of effort on our part but they came. I hope they had a good experience but i was kind of bothered about how irrereverent some people were being. Like this dad was just running around the benches with his daughter making a lof of noise...i dont know how people like dont realize that they are being so disruptive. Honestly for myself i dont care, but its just embarassing when we try SO hard to bring people to church and then there are people acting like that...but i also have to understand that the church is really young here haha.

Today will be pretty similar to the 24th. They are actually exactly the same, just today there arent presents, but more fireworks.

anyways thats it for this week! i love you all. i hope you have a happy new year. 2012 went by so fast and it will be one of the only years in my life where i was able to give all my time and energy to heavenly father for the entire year. 2013 itll just be half haha.

con mucho amor,

Elder Archibald

Week 75: Feliz Navidad y Prospero ano

 Feliz Navidad!
    Hey everbody! well its been a good week out here in comayagua. Its been raining a lot though so we have been getting pretty wet and muddy as usual. Things are great in the area, a little slow lately. December has been a hard month because people travel a lot more and we set appointments and we show up and nobody is lots of wasted time because of people not following through which is pretty frustrating. We have been walking SO much. Our families are doing really good here, but it has been SO hard to get them to church. We arent sure what else we can do..the members come with us to invite them to church, we go to their house early in the morning to pick them up, we even bring them breakfast to wake them up haha. But they just dont come.. mainly La familia Guzman. Its been a challenge trying to help everyone in the family progress because there are so many 8 kids, the parents, and a nephew. The good thing is that they are reading in the book of mormon and praying. The kids in the family are such a good example, they read every day and pray and ask god if what we are teaching is true. And they say that theyve recieved an answer. The mom and dad are starting to do the same. We are hoping that when the season settles down a little bit it will be easier. The other family is la familia rivera, we have only had a few appointments but they are super positive. the mom met with missionaries about 5 years ago and her sister got baptized, and she said that she cried when the missionaries left. so she really loves the missionaries. The son of the family comes to church with us and is being a good example to the rest. He has lots of friends in the church now.
  Another cool thing thats going on is that the military members that live on the base are helping out with the missionary work. They are bringing a friend to church named miguel. He is from california and is military too. He has been to church 2 times now and wants us to go teach him on the base. So now they are helping me get a pass to get onto the base. The only bad thing is that we are going to have to wait 2 weeks to go see him because he will be on leave. His friend that brings him to church is a recent convert that got baptized 2 months before coming here to honduras and he has been here for 3 months. im impressed that he makes the extra effort to go to church every week.
  On thursday the whole zone went to tegucigalpa to Lempira (my old area) for the christmas activity. We were with 5 of the 9 zones. President and his wife spoke a little bit, then each zone did like a christmas presentation. Comayagua did a spin off of the grinch. it is always fun to be around other missionaries. After the skit things we ate a turkey dinner and played basketball. It was a good time. We ended the activity then got back on the bus to go home.
   I got the small package that mom and dad sent me. I love the tie!!! im excited to open the other package tomorrow.
 im excited to see you all tomorrow! i hope it works out. If not ill just call up mom and dad on their vonage number. The time is flying coming up on my 18 month mark.
con mucho amor
Elder Archibald