D&C 76:22

And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives! D&C 76:22

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

ALMOST CHRISTMAS

Monday, December 16, 2013

So, its almost Christmas. Fun stuff. Honduras doesn`t change, so it doesn`t feel like Christmas, but there is a little calender that I have that says it is. Can`t believe my last one in the mission is going to pass soon, but wow....five more months until mothers day.
This week was okay. Sort of uneventful. We had our Christmas party, and I played a piano number with Vellver, it was really cool. An hermana sang to it, and did super good. Was pretty fun. We got to play some soccer, and ate some turkey and potatoes, so it was worth it. Also, we lost a lot of time waiting in the office the next day, which wasn`t fun.
We are in the hunt for new investigators, that family we found isn`t really progressing. We had four baptisms and a marriage this last weekend, so all of out investigators aren`t investigators anymore. I don`t have pictures, but Lars will be home, and he has them, so get them from him. Plus, I have no way to send pictures on these computers. So next week I will send what I have.
Honestly, our week was pretty slow, and sort of boring, just doing stuff for the baptisms, interviews and whatnot. I did meet Manuel Flores, an RM from my ward here who was a translator for your trip, Mom and Dad. He says he got to talk to both of you. Served in Idaho. Speaks super good English. Said that Davìd Gonzalez will be moving to Salt Lake soon, he got a job with the church there, so he will be moving. Sad day. I have not seen Luis Rubio, I haven`t had a chance. I haven`t had time to really go and do that stuff.
Ovesons are good. Baggy (which is just thinking of home.) Lars doesn`t sleep much anymore. Super nervous. Oh well. And Stephen is super sick poor guy. Ear infection, cough, everything. Sucks to be him right now.
I also saw Beesley for the last time on my mission. I will miss that guy alot. Love him to DEATH. Sad day...but he needs to go home. It's time. Same with Lars. It's about time.
Me and Lars were talking about the time we were in mission prep together, and Brother ________ was teaching it...he remembered the time when Brother _______ was telling me that I had to take it for another semester because I wasn`t ready yet, and Lars told me, ``you pretty much smirked and like, `well, that should be difficult, becuase I am going to college, so...whatevs'``.  We were both laughing. It's amazing to think how much I have changed since then. 
 
Good to hear all are well. Just gear up for the cold!!! Enjoy it for me.
I bought butter cookies and eggnog last week, and I had to pour the eggnog into a cup and mix it with milk because I heard mom's voice tell me too...to make it last longer and more value for my money!! I will be enjoying those butter cookies with mate soon, pops.
I love you all!!!! until next week!!!!
lñiasfioparoaroawjer waoerjiwar
I am so excited to talk to you peeps I can`t even type!!!!
Love

Zach

Monday, December 9, 2013

Another week gone ................



Monday, December, 9, 2013

So this week was pretty good. Long, but very short, if that makes any sense. Being with the Ovesons is pretty ridiculous. Stephen practically can`t walk anymore, and so that makes it hard for them to work. But they are somehow still managing to baptize five people in between last weekend and this coming weekend. And a family.  Which is fine. 

We spent last week working. Wednesday we had to go to Consejo (council), it’s for the mission leaders and stuff. It was relatively short in comparison to what I had heard in the past. Which is fine. They gave us food and stuff, so it wasn’t bad. The mission hasn`t been baptizing well lately, but we are slowly picking back up. 

We found a new family this week, Juan and Ana. They are pretty cool. References from the ward mission leader. 18 months, and this is the first real ward mission leader I have had in my whole mission.  He leaves with us two to three nights a week to be able to help us, and is super cool. He has a little van, and he uses it to pick people up for church for us. super pilas.  Up here in the city, there is much more order. People here are a little bit more centered, and the leaders here are a lot better about their jobs. They actually do stuff. 

I am also experiencing a little bit of what it is to be a parent. When you are a zl, people in your zone come to you with all their problems. And when I say problems, I mean with whatever they deem is the slightest incommodity to them. Most of the time it really isn`t necessary, but they make it our problem. I am also learning that you can`t give people whatever they want, because then they walk all over you. Which isn`t good either.   

But for the funny and spiritual side of this week. 

Saturday the elders had a baptism planned with una hermana, Maricruz.  She has been an investigator for 8 years, but has never been able to get baptized because her husband never wanted to get married.  Her children, daughters, are members, and she has been coming to church for all this time. Well, her husband is also just a stubborn man, and wouldn`t get married unless he could do it in his own house. This is the first time he had considered getting married. He also changed the date last second, and poor Oveson had to run around like a crazy man. But they got it all done, so we took the lawyer- ummm other story.  ….. Then on Saturday, for the baptism, the bishop told us that he would fill up the font for us and set up the chairs. super nice of him. Well, he got back and told us that he didn`t have time to set up the chairs, so just the font got filled. So we went over to the church.

And oh, was the font filled.

He left the water on!!! There was 3 inches of water in some parts of the chapel. So it was 230 and the baptism was scheduled for 4. So off came the shoes, socks, and tie, and on with the brooms and mops!!! We spent a solid two hours, my comp and I, getting water out of the meetinghouse. It had filled most of the hallways and some of the classrooms and the chapel. Quite the chore. There was nothing we could do other than laugh about it. 

Then was the baptismal service. I gave the message on the holy ghost....which was interesting. I talked right to her, and tried to really help her understand, even though she has been coming to church for 8 years. Well, partway through, I felt the incredibly strong urge to promise her that if she was faithful, her husband would soon follow. I didn`t want to say it, but the words forced themselves out of my mouth. The last time I felt that strongly about promising somebody something was the man who afterwards committed suicide.  So yeah. It came out, and then the bishop also said it in the confirmation. So I feel like it will come true. Just sometimes we have to have a little bit of faith in the Lord that he will fulfill the promises that he makes through his servants. 

I had a decent birthday.  Nothing special.  Thanks for the gifts and all, I loved them!! It sucks that real lost though.

Well, that’s pretty much it for this week. I got nothing else. 

16 DAYS TILL I CAN TALK TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love 
Zach

Monday, December 2, 2013

Changes .............

Monday, December 2, 2013

Well, shoot, I got changed.
Sucks.
I am in the city in zona Tegucigalpa with Elder Fielding, from Idaho Falls. I am in La Reforma....and zl. but I have learned that means nothing.
Also, I am with..........
.drum roll..................
OVESON.
and Stephen.. 
 
(Editor's note.  Oveson is an Elder whose is from our Stake.  He and Zach met in the mission.  Stephen is Oveson's brother, who attends the ysa ward where Nelson serves.  Stephen got permission to spend the last month of his brother's mission with him.  He was kind enough to take Zach's bday and Christmas to him.  Who knew they would spend a month together.  I think Oveson and Zach are the tallest kids in the mission at 6'5" and 6'4".  Go giant elders!)

So yes, I got the backpack. We are in a foursome right now, so its super interesting. But I get to hang with Lars and Steve for 3 weeks, so its super fun. Our house is freaking tiny. Like, literally the size of my room at home. Maybe smaller. But like, without the closet, and the bathroom is smaller too. It's really crammed with four of us in there. More like an apartment than a house. But the ward is good. We get dinner every night, and lunch like some days of the week. So it's not bad. Its freaking FREEZING right now, though. I came from Cholu, which was like 95 daily. And here, its like in the 50`s. Everything is cold. And our hot water heater only works a little because the water is SO COLD that it can`t heat it up any more. So its like living in 50 degrees and showering with Camp Frontier Uintah water. Cold, to say the least. But doable. I bought a HUGE hammock, and can put it up on our roof, so it's chill. I spend some time there every day. It's super relaxing.
As for my last comp, Smith is training. So that is cool beans. Also, we made steak and potatoes last tuesday with a legit salad and ranch dressing. And welch`s sparkling soda. I would send pics, but there is nowhere to connect my camera or insert the card. So some other time. Also, I sat next to Justin all bus ride to Teguc, which was a ton of fun. We talked about old memories, and whatnot. about his ``bull`` cut. haha. bowl cut. and also, I am cold.
We have spent the weekend trying to get to know the new area and ward. Seem pretty pilas, and the food is good. We have some positives for this month, so it should go well.
I know there is nothing really interesting, but it's been a short week. I can`t play with fireworks or my slingshot anymore, so that's sad. And there is member in my area who got shot a few months ago, so he has some dope scars. And we are teaching a ------. But nothing really progessing there. He is nuts and his wife is full of apostasy, and they are really close minded. And the ----------------- never stops talking, which is kind of a problem.
That is pretty much it. Not much else to say.
Hope all are well....
Zach

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

SURVIVAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

So, this week was way, way overhyped. I couldn`t believe it. Literally nothing happened in Choluteca. We were locked inside for three days to sit and bake in our oven house. It was bad. Not one thing happened. Well....apart from the elections, a lady got murdered in our area. But nothing election related. I did a lot of nothing. We told the people in our ward that we wouldn`t be able to leave for three days, and they brought us food for three days straight. I also grew out my beard. I had to shave it this morning because it was too much to wear in public. After only a week. It rivaled Cody`s for a little bit. So there is a photo of that. We also cleaned the crap out of our house...it had stuff in it that had been there for over two years. It was pretty gross. We burned a lot of things. We also played with firecrackers. You can get like 20 for two limps....pretty great. And we also like read the scriptures and stuff...and laid and did nothing. Before that the week wasn`t super productive. We are still in search of new people to teach, and we are having little success. But it will get better. 

It's also almost Thanksgiving. Which is awesome, and sort of weird, because that means that my birthday and Christmas are right around the corner...and that means that 2014 is coming. Super weird. I can`t believe that the time is going this fast. It's too crazy to believe. And freaking colby and tally....holy cow. It seems like an eternity since I have seen them. 
 
This week is changes as well, so we will see what happens with me and my child, Smith. He has really been my favorite comp so far, and I have loved being with him, and would love to be another change with him. 

That is sort of it. Get it ReAL!!!! That is what I am talking about...so sick. SALT LAKE TILL I DIE. Tell me what time the game starts so I can sing the fight song with everyone.....

and I will see if I have any pics for the Christmas card....
Okay that is literally the only decent pic I have. It will have to do. All my old ones got erased....so yeah. Oh wait. Do the temple one. That would be sick.

 And I send the last one just to see who turns their head upside down to see it. hahahahahaha.

I LOVE YOU ALL

Zach
 

And I send the last one just to see who turns their head upside down to see it. hahahahahaha.

Three days on "lockdown" and he thinks his "beard" is "sick."
 

Week done ......

Monday, November 18, 2013
Editor's note.  Please forgive me for the delay.  Sometimes Zach writes things that I need translation help with so I don't get his letters uploaded as quickly.  The translation near the end is well worth the wait...  haha.
Wow. Weeks keep flying by. I can`t believe all those guys are home....holy cow. (Referencing Tally Wilsher and Colby Oliverson) I remember when they all left. That is too nuts...sounds like all is well and normal at home. Mom, I would love to help you with that book, but...uh.....squirrel. haha. No. I live in an adhd world here too. Except here it is everywhere. Not just three or four. Everyone here has adhdhdhdh. I sort of lose control with the dh combo. 

Normal week here. We are doing a lot of finding with members help. We go to the members house and tell them to take us to their friends houses...and it is working. We have to invite ourselves to meetings still, and do all of that stuff. But we found a sister who is from Teguc who actually gets it...and isn`t full of apostasy like a lot people are. I realized that a lot of ..... here almost get excommunicated...most of them actually. It's sort of sad, but nobody here as access to the manuals of the church, which are super SUPER important. And she gets it, along with her husband. She is the first Honduran member that I have met that doesn`t buy on Sundays....yeah. 

We dropped all of our other investigators, and are teaching a fair few of new ones. 

I also was asked to play the piano for the Saturday sessions of stake conference, and it went fairly well. Honduras played Brazil during the priesthood session Saturday night....there were 32 men there. Wow....Would a man sell his soul for a soccer game?? As much as I love it, I have learned here that the church and callings and responsibility take first place in my life. Smart men learn from their mistakes, and wise men learn from the mistakes of others. Wise moment on my part. 

Speaking of soccer, Pres gave us permission to play again. So we did. And I am sore all over. It was hot, and long, and I am dead, but it was tons of fun. 

And also, one of the elders that lives close to me played for byu football. I know...it was byu. But he is super cool. Anyways...he has me sort of working out. Like 50 pushups a day. And he says two things constantly. 1. I am the hardest person to motivate he has ever seen. And 2. I have no muscle. Big surprises....really shockers. Anyway...I spend time doing as many as I can, and then he lifts me up and down for the last like 20. Sort of ashaming. But whateves. Get swoll. hahahaha. That will never happen to me. 

Okay. pay attention to this next part.

This next week, I will not be able to email on Monday. We are going to be experiencing Honduran elections, and we have to be inside Saturday to Monday. I will email Tuesday. PLEASE DON´T FREAK OUT MOM. Everything is fine. Just precautions. Being careful. So I will email TUESDAY. And I am sending a Christmas package soon. So be looking. It might get there after Christmas. But it is for Christmas. It brings gifts. 

and Dad....I found these in the supermarket here. Pensé en ti, entonces los tuve que comprar. y despues me los comì. fueron ricos. hay con blue cheese, y creo que los voy a comprar tambien. (I thought of you so I had to buy them and afterwards I ate them.  They were good.  There are some with bleu cheese and I think I am gonna buy those too.)

Spiritual experience and funny moment for the week.

Spiritual experience for the day was yesterday. We have a pilas guy who is the stake exec sec. Jonatan. He is an rm, served in Guatemala, speaks English, super cool. He brought me a kid name Eleazar, and said that he has been going to church, mission prep, and that he wants to be baptized because he prayed and got an answer that he needs to be. So I got super stoked. It would be my first baptism since May. Then they told me where he lives...in the other elders area. 

It was sort of sucky, knowing that I am pretty obedient, and work hard, and try my best, and can`t baptize like freaking anybody, and the baptism that falls literally from heaven goes to someone else. But God has something for me to learn in all this, and whatever it is i gotta learn it. It was a definite blessing from God, even though it wasn`t for me. 

Funny experience. 
We went to find a reference from this same Jonatan. We went to the apartments, and saw a lady and her five year old outside. So we went to talk to them just to ask if they knew which apartment they lived in. The mom sat where we couldn`t see her, and made her kid straight up lie to us. What five year old is going to be home alone with soap operas on and fresh laundry hanging on the line?? Never in a million years. So he just keeps telling us that nobody is home, but you could here his mom telling him to tell us. Then his dad pulled up on a bike and looked at us like what up with the Mormons....walks in the house and looks at his wife and asks her Por que estas alli?? (Why are you there?) and the kid says mami se escondio por que vinieron los mormones y and then the dad says callàte no sabès que estan afuera?? (Mom hid herself because she saw that the Mormons are here.) It was super funny. 
And I love Brandon Estrada. super good kid. Love him to death. Tell him hi for me. 

Love you all

Zach
Zach's purchase that made him think of his dad.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

TEMPLE!!!!!!

Monday, November 11, 2013

SO THIS WEEK WAS DOPE. I WENT TO THE TEMPLE WITH CARLOS AND KARLA. No big. To be honest, apart from that, it was not a great week. We can`t find our investigators, and need to get new ones. All the zone is struggling. And so we are all sort of screwed right now. It's a tough month. We are sort of scraping the bottom right now.  I have been going with the hermanas in my district to help them, and with the other elders to do divisions alot, but with the temple this week it made it very short. And we had a very funny experience with the hermanas. Super funny. And it was a super short week.
 
So, the temple. Super cool. We had to leave at 3 in the morning to get there by 6, and we did. Early day. We waited at the temple for the paperwork until like 10 for the session. Then we went to the sealing, where I got to be a witness. I watched the true priesthood of God seal these people for time and all eternity. What an incredible experience. I hugged Carlos when we were leaving the sealing room,...and he hugged me and as we were both crying, stuttered out...
 
Mejor dia de mi vida.
 
I would have to agree. One of the best days of my life.
 
We got back super late at like 7. And then I was asleep at like 8. I was super dead, but worth every minute of it. So here are some pics.
 
Then on Saturday I went with the hermanas to one of their appointments to teach a family that they have that wasn`t there. Well, the dad wasn`t there. So we talked with his wife and her mom. And the lesson that we tried to have was going nowhere...so we started talking and it just kept going nowhere.  Then she said that the only true church can be the catholic one, because it was the first one. Not totally true. So then I mentioned the whole name of the church thing....and she said we believed in jose smithchsohsf. That is literally how they pronounce Joseph Smith's name. So I will put the rest of conversation in spanish, cuz it aint funny in english. not the same.
 
Entonces, hermana, usted mencionò que creemos en Jose Smith. Eso, de hecho, nos trae a algo interesante. Si nosotros creyéramos en Josè Smith, la iglesia seria la iglesia de jose Smith. Pero, es la Iglesia de Jesucristo, entonces es de Jesucristo. Entonces la iglesia de moises es de moises, y de Elder glassett es de Elder glassett. Ahora, hermana, le hago una pregunta??
 
Translation:  So, sister, you mentioned that we believe in Joseph Smith.  That brings us to something very interesting.  If we believe in Joseph Smith, it would be the church of Joseph Smith.  But we believe in Jesus Christ.  So it belongs to Jesus Christ.  So the church of Moses is the church of Moses and Elder Glassett's is Elder Glassett's. So, sister, let me ask you a question.  
 
Through all of this, she isn`t really lending me attention. and so she was just saying, si, si , si , si...
 
Si, digame hermano??
 
Quien fue esa mujer que se llamaba católica, y porque dio a la iglesia el nombre de ella, se era de Cristo?? A saber, va??
 
Translation:  Yes, ask me brother.  Zach continues, Who was the lady called Catholic and why did she give her name to the church if it was Christ's church?
 
and she just kept saying. si, si, si, si,...
 
the hermanas are dying laughing at this point, and nobody else is really listening. So then we left. Had to be there sort of....but still funny.
 
That was pretty much it. We celebrated this hermanas birthday today, and bought a huge box of ice cream, two of them. And made cake. I am officially lactose intolerant. Wow. So much. And we didn`t finish it all. We made her a rap. You will have to wait to hear it till I get you the memory card, but I held the boombox. Iit was dope.
 
That was pretty much it. so until next time...
 
love.
SKELETOR phantom glassett. 


 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Halloween

November 4, 2013

So, this week was a lot of fun. We had Halloween. Actually, we didn`t, because here they don`t celebrate. But president told us that we had to be in the house early. So we had to be inside at 6:30 on Thursday. But we made good food. And it was good!!! We had pork chops and Idahoan mashed rehydrated potatoes. Pretty good. And then today we made pancake sandwiches. Also good. 

I had a good week. We are having a baptism on the 17, which should be fun. It is a 12 year old named Anna. She is super cool. Her mom is an inactive. So we are going to baptize her.

I also got to see an old investigator, Noly, who we had dropped because we could literally NEVER find her. And when she did, it was because she was leaving her house and couldn`t talk. So we stopped going by. Well, we found her on Friday or Saturday waiting for a bus that never came, which was taking her to church...haha. How convenient. She is waiting to go to church, and the bus never comes, and the missionaries appear. I hadn`t thought of that before. I just smiled. haha. ennywaay. She explained about how she has been super busy fixing a problem from her younger sisters school. the school was new two years, and when they enrolled, the school never enrolled the students in the department of education. So the two years that they did practically don`t count. I took that as a HUGE opportunity to teach her that that's how it is if you don`t go to the Mormon church. in practically those exact words. Told her about how important to make all the efforts with the right authority. It's good that she wants to go to church, but the right one. Pick the RIGHT one. She is sort of coming around, I think. We have a cita with her this week. 

I also made chimichurri. SO GOOD!!!!!!. I can`t wait to eat it. I let the hermanas borrow it. Hopefully I get some back haha they love it. They both told me. And i might not get some of it back. But it's okay. I can make more. 

This week we are going to be finding a lot of people, hopefully, so I am super stoked....and it should go well. My kid is pilas, super cool, good missionary.  Dad and Cody and Erin, congrats on the half marathon and mom and Mas, good job on the five k. mas....SQUIRREL!!!!!!! haha. 

I didnt go to the temple this week. It will be in a week and a halfish. so it should be super good!!! And mom and dad, happy anniversary. Congrats. I feel old at almost 21. 

Tell courtney congrats!!!! I am going to have to get to know some people when I get back. Yikes. Everybody is getting married. haha....I don't have to stand in wedding photos. EXITO!!! I hate wedding photos....

Love you all!!! Have a good one!!
Zach's Chimichurri


Pancake Sandwich?

Monday, October 28, 2013

ELDER OCHOA

Monday, October 28, 2013

SO THIS WEEK WAS SICK. We had Elder Adriàn Ochoa, of the 70 and our area presidency, tour the mission. It was really good. It complicated the week, because we had  him do a mission tour, and we got to listen to him speak and shake his hand. He truly is a special witness of Jesus Christ. He bore such powerful testimony and gave such great instruction to us. One thing that he mentioned that I have since put into practice is that we literally represent Jesus Christ, and we need the people that we teach to know that. They need to know that we are literally there in his place. That we represent him, and that gives us the power to make the challenges and commitments that we do. NOBODY ELSE HAS THAT. Incredible. We also had a question and answer session which was fun. I learned a lot. Lots of good stuff. 

And we had an investigator that ended up in rehab...and he is out now. He shouldn`t be. We talked yesterday before church, and this is one of the times in my mission where I have felt the evil more present than ever before. Literally, it was palpable. Like one of the apostles once said, we don`t talk much about the adversary, but we acknowledge that he exists. And I feel like I have really experienced that once or twice now. This was definitely one of them. It's amazing, almost, to see somebody so closed and so dark. It is a pretty haunting feeling. Very empty. I remember one time how dad told me that death row inmates have nothing in their eyes, no light, no spark...nothing. Seen that. Very unsettling. 

On a better note, we are having some success. An elder who is going on a mission soon is having us teach his family. They are very catholic, so we will see how that goes. And we have a 12 year old, ANA, who is so close. Her mom is an inactive. She is very close to baptism. 

And erin mentioned that cody rolled a car. . . .ummm.....please inform about that. I would like to know. Good luck in the marathon...that's a long way to run. And my favorite food here this week....shrimp soup. But with whole shrimp. So GOOD. Heads and all. You gotta pick them out, but its okay.

And love to all! pics of me and Justin Elnicky. Enjoy.

Love,
The abnormal one....
 
Zach and Justin played soccer together when they were 10.  This is the second time they have been in the same area together.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

No subject .....

Monday, October 21, 2013

Well...this week. Interesting. We did a lot, but with little time. We had to go to Teguc on Wednesday, so I got to see some old comps, but it was long. We left at 5 am, so it made for a long day. My buddy Elggren is my ZL, the one who went home for breaking his foot. He got back a little while ago, and is currently zl in our zone. We did divisions of course. Absolutely love him. Our zone stayed almost the same, but the new people that got here are cool. Both are in my group...which means we got to the mission together. 

We are having a lot of progress with Luz and Edwin. They committed to marriage and baptism. Hopefully they will go through. We also had a member give us like two baptisms for very soon, but one is leaving to go work, and will be there every 15 days. So more difficult. Then we had 4 young men give testimonies that go on Wed to the MTC...in various countries. One brought his whole family...none of whom are members. His mom looked so distraught... I can imagine how she felt...not being sure why her son is going to Argentina...for two years. We have a cita with them on Thursday. 

It's been a super slow week. I am super tired all the time now and don`t know why.....oh wait. It's 16 hour days...in this heat. It's bad. 

We have Elder Adrian Ochoa, from the area presidency coming to zone conference on Thursday....and then I have to go to another conference for all zls and dls afterwards. That should be fun. 

I did get my suit. It is SICK!!! I love it. It's gray or grey. I don`t know which one it is. And dad....a cane?!?!? hijole cuate. viejo. andas cojo eh?? jaja. no. Mom...dad will play until the doctor threatens to amputate. 

So this week was sort of slow. No, dad...I am not invited to ward council. I had to invite myself. and I couldn`t give a blessing in English if my life depended on it. Erin...stop making cupcakes. Or make me cupcakes when I get back.

Thats really it for right now. I can`t think of anything else to include.

Fun fact. We saw part of the parent trap...the newer one, last night. Talk about making me feel old. And having kid flashbacks. And then we got soaked by a killer huge storm. It will probably be one of the last ones that I see, for I will be home for the next winter here....16. 8 left. thanks and love you all.

Zach
Fun Facts:  Zach is back in the hotter part of Honduras.  I checked the temperature there on October 22.  It is supposed to be 90 degrees.  What's he complaining about, right?  The humidity level is 89%.  Add that together and you get a temperature of .... wait for it. ...... 122 degrees!  

"The cold season lasts from September 20 to October 31 with an average daily high temperature below 91°F. The coldest day of the year is November 1, with an average low of 73°F and high of 91°F"

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Pena!!

Monday, October 14, 2013
 
So this week was rough. Nothing is going like we want it. We had lots of investigators that we were sure were going to get baptized. And right now, all is in jeopardy. It sucks super bad. We are doing everything we can to try and find new people to teach, and getting to be able to do the stuff that we need to do to help them, but nobody responds. It's really frustrating. Makes me want to really kind of hit people. 

But that isn`t what Christ would do....So I try not to. 

All is good, though. Working like always, doing more to work with the ward. They don`t really help us. The same members are always doing the helping, and they will get burned out. The bishop sat us down and tried to give us a talking to about how we need to do better....the problem started with him telling us how humble he is. I respect the guy for a bishop.  Time will tell. 

I did have a huge event this week. We invited ourselves to ward council yesterday, because I am needing help from the members, and that is the easiest way to get it. Well, we were there and the bishop was kind of talking about missionary work and how the members need to be more involved. One of the ladies there, a counselor of yw....spoke up for us in a huge way. She told how the two elders...me and Smith, had been a huge help for her. She has a nonmember husband who drinks and stuff, and she lives trying to stay with him, and help him. He is a hardened man. Anyway, she told the whole council how awesome we were, and how much we have personally helped her and her family. It was a confirmation for me that I am actually doing some good in my area, even if it seems like nobody wants to progress. I felt so much better after that. 

And then, this morning for pday, we went to the Peña. I went there when I got to the mission, but i forgot to take my camera, so i took it this time and wow, worth the climb and all. So COOL!!!!!! We went as a zone, it was so dope!!! Absolutely loved it!!! I got a little burned, but I put sunblock on, so it wasn`t so bad. 

I also sort of kind of got in a members face this week. Not proud of it, but it needed to be done. Nobody in this country understands the whole one true church concept, so its sad. And they have a lot of misconceptions about a lot of things. Even members. I was very strong and very direct. It maybe was a little harsh, but sometimes, I have learned, you have to do it. The church is true, and we have to defend it. Elder James E. Talmage said that ¨Ignorance is a fertile soil for apostasy.¨ So lets do our best to help our friends and neighbors know exactly who we are and what we believe.

I love you all!!!

Zach
 


Waldo or Zach? 

More pictures of the missionary please!!
 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Conference ....

Monday, October 7, 2013
 
So conference was good. I missed most of it due to bringing investigators, and most of the sessions because it was not being transmitted well. But it is okay. We had some interesting stuff happen this week.

First off, we lost our four kids that we were going to be baptizing. They really loved coming to church and all, but their father....banned them from meeting with us.

Also, Noly, an investigator we have, is progressing more slowly than we thought, but it is okay. We are being very thorough, and trying to help her the best that we possibly can to make it a true change....and we are also working with the littlest sister of the member who found us Noly, her name is Adelfa. Her sister that is getting baptized is named Neymi. Names are weird here.

And we also started teaching a couple that the last Elders were teaching. Luz and Edwin. Edwin is 25, and Luz is 35. Her first husband died, and she had four kids to raise...so she shacked up with Edwin.  They are okay.  We will see what happens. 

I had a very cool experience this week. There is a little boy in our area, David. He is 7, and his family are members. He got super sick with Dengue this week. And the poor kid got freaked out of his mind because the clinic where they took him to do the tests had some guy that was like dying from dengue. So when the doctor told him he had dengue, he started bawling because he thought he was going to die from it. So we gave him a blessing. It also didn`t help that his mom and grandma were freaking out like he was going to die. So I took some time to just talk to him. I convinced him that being sick is the best thing ever because he can watch as many real madrid games as he wants. So he took it to heart and did just that. The doctor had told his mother that his blood platelet level would drop before it got better, because dengue attacks platelets. It's a hemorrhagic disease, and when little David went in for the cita, the doctor couldn`t understand why his count had gone up. THE PRIESTHOOD WORKS.

That is pretty much it right now. I have no real cool stories this week. Jst a lot of working, and trying to be me.   I just am surviving here in little old Honduras. loving it. pics!!!

I also got to visit my old area this week, and saw Carlos and Karla, Pamela, Norde and Glenda, all of my old friends!!! It was good!!!! I loved them all, and am so glad I got to see all of them. So here are some pictures....

Cheers!!!
Zach
All the pictures this week are from friends in Zach's first round in Choluteca.  I think the couple in the last photo are those being sealed on November 2.  Zach has permission to go with them!


 

Anti-mormon literature

September 30, 2013
So. This week just made me angry. Like, really angry. We had a great week, don`t get me wrong. Taught thirty lessons, seven baptismal challenges. Have some good positive people. 

What got me most angry was what happened to our baptism.

There are some jovenes and their mom that we are teaching. Suyapa, the mom, and her seven kids Luis16 junior 15 oliver 12 Alejandro 10 Ariel 7 Yasir 3 and Anita 1.5. The father has never been there, due to the fact that he lives and works in Tegucigalpa. So we didn`t even think to ask him for permission. We have had the registros bautismales full for the last 2 weeks, and they come to church. They are awesome, and were found by members, so it was super great. We love this family.  And on thursday we went over to review the baptismal interview questions...and Suyapa tells me that the dad found out and forbid it. Well, logic tells me this. 

He comes once every two months to Choluteca to supposedly leave money with his family. but members told us that he really doesn`t make any money to bring them,  .....He said no. So I said I wanted to talk to him. We were at their house the next morning. I bought the minutes and called him on Suyapa`s phone. We talked for 25 minutes...and he got absolutely nowhere. He was definitely reading straight from a book of anti mormon literature. He would ask me things like, "Why do mormons teach that Christ had 7 wives and lots of children and Joseph Smith Jr claimed to be one of those descendants??¨ I told him that that was the first time in 21 years I had ever heard that. He asked why we can't see the plates, and why Joseph Smith didn`t show them to anyone. I told him that we can't see them so we have faith and believe on something we can't see, and 11 other people saw them. He asked why we practice vicarious baptism if it isn`t in the bible. So I explained that God is a just God, and everybody needs to hear the gospel. Then used 1 peter 3 18-20, juan 3 5 and 1 cor. 15:29. quoted them. And he kept asking. I literally answered everything he asked me, and did it from the bible. He asked why Joseph Smith had to use special magic rocks, ....and I told him the urim and thummim appear in the bible. Everything. And I was fine until he asked why I believe in such a book as the Book of Mormon, and how it just talks about joseph smith. I very curtly asked him if he had read the book. The ACTUAL book. He said no. So I told him to read it, and that it would change his life. I bore my testimony to him, and thought maybe I had it. but he still said no. He wants to speak with us the next time he comes to Cholu. hopefully its soon. 

Then we had a super great experience Sunday afternoon!!!!! We have an investigator that is named Noly. She is super great, and actually very interested in everything. She learned this week that the Book of Mormon is true....and knows it. She goes to a church named Cedars of Lebanon, so I left her one scripture....just one. 3 Nephi 27:8. Go find it. She was very taken aback. But she says it made sense. Then we started talking,...and she opened up. She has had a very difficult life. She has been playing mom for her sisters since age 12, has a four year old daughter, and has 24 years. She has sacrificed her own life and goals for her sisters. so she just opened up and started crying. She told us that she had asked for help from her church, to help her feel better...but she felt like they can`t make her feel like we do when we talk to her. And this day was no different. She was definitely impacted by our chat...and has promised to do everything we ask her to do as representatives of Christ. So I am super excited to keep working with her.

Then, we celebrated a birthday, and broke eggs, and everything, but it just went downhill. Today we are eating a TON of ice cream....so stoked. and cake.  Can't wait. 

Everything is good. This week was super freaking hot, but it stormed like NUTS on Saturday. rained like crazy. Crazy crazy rain. This has got to be winter season now. 

But I am loving it here. We are working hard...and doing everything we can to help people down here. I love the ward, and the investigators are awesome. I can`t wait for General Conference, and am looking forward to hearing the prophet's voice. 

And home sounds crazier than ever. I talked with a member this week...she has a very good life, her husband is very successful, and they have two kids. the kids go to a bilingual school, and have the American school schedule. She was telling me about how she doesn`t let her kids to extra curricular stuff because its too much wear and tear for her, and how she wishes they didn`t want to do stuff. OH MY GOODNESS. Thank you, MOM and DAD, for sacrificing everything for us kids. Thanks for always putting us first, and making sure that we are happy before you. Thank you for taking the time to raise us in the gospel, and getting us into good programs, and doing whatever we ever asked you!!!! I love you both so much!!!!!

That is all for this week.

Zach

Making pancakes, Glassett style -  many at a time.

He's not a fan of homemade self rising flour, but he now has the real deal so hopefully his pancakes will taste more like home.

I think this was originally a birthday party because of the flour all over the girl.  Zach hasn't changed too much.  He is still the one who is the most clean. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Pancakes

September 23, 2013
So, this week was good. Solid new people and good lessons. It wasn`t what we hoped for in some aspects... But it was still good.

As for Carlos and Karla, They are going to the temple the 2nd of November. I almost told them to switch it to the 3rd, but that is a Sunday. And president told me I had permission to go. So I will be going. Super stoked. 

As for everything else, it's great. We have a super pilas lady named Noly that we found this week. She is awesome. She goes to two churches right now, but she really wants to know which church is true. So she came to the chapel for a kids day activity with her 4 year old daughter, and while they were playing, we took her on a tour of the chapel, and it really changed her. Not like oh my gosh, baptize me here is water Phillip said the eunuch, but she said she felt something. She got to the chapel chapel, where we do sacrament, and said she just felt something incredible, something she had never felt before. It was cool to watch her. You could see it- it was a visible. How she was acting, talking, held herself, everything. different. She said that she wasn`t coming to church on Sunday, that she wasn`t planning on it, until she went to that room. I am a full believer in the fact that our buildings are something special. The spirit really does dwell. 

Wendy and Roman are never home, and Roman told the kids around there that we bug them a lot, so we don`t really go by there anymore. It is sort of sad, but they are just choosing to not progress. 

We have two baptisms for this weekend. Two jovenes, Luis and Alejandro. They are so cool. Their family is awesome, and love us. They are of scarce resources....and it is sad. But they love us. And we love them!!! They all came to church. all the kids, anyways. They loved it.

And then we got rained on a lot, and ate a ton. Yesterday we ate with our lunch lady. Normal. Well, then there is a member here who is from guate, but served in ciudad nueva years ago, and married a chick from there. Well, they have two kids, and one of them turned 7 yesterday. So he begged his mom to let us come, they love us. His restaurant is super good and REALLY successful. They are pretty well off. And the food is so GOOD. They have a super spicy sauce, ...almost as bad as the habanero I bit once. Hot. And yesterday it was free with a drink and cake, and candy, and bocaditos, and all the food we wanted.  Then our cook lady made us baleadas....oh my gosh. My body was mad at me. Then this morning we ATE PANCAKES!!!!! Mostly homemade, but they just weren't the same. The homemade self rising flour didn`t work. But its okay. They still tasted BOMB. I would send pictures, but won`t send pictures. But they weren`t the same. 

It has been tranquilo. I will say, though, I am disappointed. UTAH BEAT BYU AND NOT ONE MENTION OF IT IN ANY OF YOUR LETTERS. The MUSS and Crimson Club would be sad and disappointed. I had to learn from another elder. Shame on all you ahahahahahahaha. just kidding. 

Everything is good here. Just waiting for my 2nd to last conference. That means that I am really coming home soon. HAHAHA. 

From the Phantom.

Skeletor Glassett

Thursday, September 19, 2013

What a week

Monday, September 16, 2013
 
I had a fairly nuts week. We have found our area super prepared for us, and even with no help from the Elder that stayed, we are seeing miracles.

So at the beginning of the week, we had a FHE with a family that is mostly kids...there are 7 of them. And the mom. she can`t get married because her spouse comes and visits once a month from teguc....nuf said. But her kids want to get baptized. And they were given to us by members. pilas (great) members. Their kid is on a mission in Peru, and they love working with us...something about treating the missionaries like she hopes they treat her son. Needless to say, they always feed us. We have the registros ready for the baptisms, and just need to have them come to church again. 

Then on the mundane side, we got a phone call on Wednesday night that Elder Martinez had a plane ticket for Friday, so he had to be in Teguc on Thursday, and we had to take him. So I spent 3.5 hours going, 1.5 hours in Teguc, and 4.5 hours returning to my area. It was HORRIBLE. Worse than the rides to Teguc from Yuscaran. The bus died coming back...and I just said a little silent prayer...God, if this bus dies, you are going to have one unhappy missionary...so don`t let it die. And it started right up.  Such a good result. God really does answer prayers. haha.

and then for two really spiritual experiences....

The first one was with a lady named Ada. She is a married lady that has her and her kids baptized, but her husband is not a member and won`t get baptized. We went to visit her to ask her to help with an investigator...and longer story made less long...she ended sort of spilling to us a lot of stuff that was going on. I could tell that she was going through a really tough time....and then she asked for blessing. I honestly didn`t know what I was going to say, and was just waiting for the spirit to kick in. From what I can remember, it was a super specific blessing. And it was sort of personal for her....when I finished she was crying. The spirit was super strong. I shared with her the story of Carlos and Karla, because she is going through like the same thing. I hope it helped her.

The second one was from yesterday. We were teaching a lesson to two jovenes (youth) that had fecha for this weekend. One of them at least, Wendy, 13. She and her brother go to a baptist church, and they didn`t come to our church yesterday because their pastor came and got them. so it was super like...do or die. So I laid everything out on the table for them. I felt like I was literally having words put in my mouth. And then we tried something I started using in my last area...where they pray to see if its true, and then we just all be silent for like a minute. So she asked if she could say it silently, so I just told her to say amen out loud. She did. And then she started just biting her lip, and looked kind of funny. So I asked her if she could describe what she was feeling. And she broke down sobbing and said that she couldn`t. She just kept sobbing...and had just put make up on, so then she wouldn`t look at me afterwards. But I asked her if she knew it was true, and she said yes. Then I asked her about baptism and she said she was too young. haha. One thing at a time, then. 

But I started thinking about as she had broken down sobbing. It made me think of all the times that I had felt that spirit, and how I had reacted. I cry very rarely now, and I think that it comes from being used to having this kind of spirit with me. It was SO STRONG yesterday in that lesson. I could totally feel it. But how strange it must be for her to be feeling that. She literally couldn`t describe it with words. I am so grateful that the Lord comes through when you need him most. I know that the spirit touches lives. And with force. 

That is sort of all that happened this week. We are working hard, and trying our best to do our best. I can barely wrap my head around 9 more months. Seems like just yesterday I was starting this whole shebang....but whatevs.

I love you all!!!

Zach

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

So changes. .... at last

Note:  Let me preface this with two things.  He is so happy to be back "home."  He is in the area which he told me last year at this time, was the beginning of his two year camping trip.  Not because it isn't a great area, but because it is pretty much dusty road and camping conditions.   Also, he is almost giddy in this letter and he wrote a few things that don't make sense to me.  I asked him to clarify but he was still so giddy that he didn't help me at all.

Family....

I came home. I am BACK in Choluteca!!!!

I am in Limon B, which is part of Ciudad Nueva, and is in the same stake as Los Llanos, where I started, and I went to a conference last night and saw Everybody!!!! I was so happy!!!! It was fantastic!!!!!!

I am also training again, and I am a DL still, so it's always busy. I am in a trio, and the other elder is a Honduran waiting to go to Mexico. And he is leaving this week, which is great, I can stop sharing a bed. 

I love my area.

I love my area. 

I love my area.

I had a lady tell us,....."Hey, this is my neighbor. This is where she lives. Go teach her.¨  Wow....so much time since I heard that last. Our attendance was over 200 this Sunday. I just bore my testimony at the request of the ward. No talk, no leading, no receiving tithing, no teaching classes, no audit....breath of fresh air!!!!!

Knowing that, I was told today that Yuscaran had two members at church yesterday.

My new comp is Elder Smith. He is from Lehi, and played soccer....he beat Cody 7-0, and took state. He is cool beans. He speaks Spanish pretty well.  I had forgotten how working with someone who speaks Spanish is...it's actually great. 

My zone is chill. Elder Clawson is my ZL...and I was his in this MTC. There is an elder who was on the BYU football team. Pau´u. Big Tongan. And it's chill. We played dodgeball this morning for pday. So great. My house is the house where my first Zone leaders lived....and I am in the chapel where we had District meeting and pday for my first four changes. So I am right at home. 

I also know that the US national team lost. So I have been saying I am Canadian. Nobody believes me. Probably because I told them all I am from the states first. But oh well. We will win against Mexico. it's all good. 

And the members already love me. I don`t think they know I love them more. But I am definitely aprovecharing (mix of English and Spanish here and we think he means he is totally loving having member help)  having members. It's great. I think that is many times that I have said that...but I can`t stop!!! It's amazing!!!!

Mas has super games always....super. mas, its super. sorry, drives me nuts.

And mom...I am skinny because I spent 7 months in an area where members voluntarily fed me twice. And because I am walking like crazy. And I will stay this skinny....

Dad, tell Abuela and Tia Lenna I got their stuff.

and Cody and Erin, I hope Homecoming was fun...I am sure it was. Good job in volleyball erin, and congrats on the commercial Cody! That should be good stuff.

I really have nothing else to write. I love my area. 

Here are some pictures with me and my child, and President and Hermana Hernandez. good stuff. 

I caught you a delicious bass....  (Note:  Napoleon Dynamite reference.)

Elder Glassett
 

 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Almost there ..... wow.

Monday, September 2, 2013

So, this is super weird, considering that this is my last email to be sent from Yuscaran. I am pretty positive that I am out this change. My saludos to this area, but I am sort of anxious to see somewhere new.
I had a super good week. I worked my freaking BUTT OFF. We killed it. Needless to say we have no new or progressing investigators, but we taught a buttload. I honestly have never worked and tried so hard in a while. But it will pay off. For somebody else that is not me. but it is okay. ningun esfuerzo es en vano. I have killed my kid, too, I think. He has been so dead, and had so many headaches from speaking Spanish. But its a good thing.

One spiritual experience from the week was a lesson we taught on Friday night. We are teaching a less active couple of girls who are the little sisters of an old branch president from this area. We studied about the whole receiving answers through prayer earlier in the day, and had been trying to apply it all day with little success. Well, we were teaching about the Book of Mormon, and she had read it, but hadn´t prayed about it. So I asked her to pray about it to know right then....and she was very hesitant. (For those of you who have seen the district, it comes right from there.) So I offered to offer a prayer first, and then she would offer another prayer to be able to know if its true or not. She did. And then I asked for silence for a minute so that she could think. When she got done, she started talking about all the doubts she still had. Well, I sort of rudely interrupted her and asked her to just be silent, and focus on what she felt, not what she thought. And she felt something incredible. She believes the Book of Mormon is true, or at least wants to believe it. And we have a cita with her tonight to go back and teach some more. Probably lesson two. But the spirit was so strong, and me and Benning taught the best lesson we have had together. Which is saying a lot. I absolutely loved it. I have a good feeling about them.

And the pictures that I sent this week are from what we do in the branch on Sundays, and then a photo we took of the branch presidency. We modeled it after the first presidency. I am sending some other ones too, but in a different carta.

I love you all, and thanks for writing me!!! I hope you had a bomb time in Payson this last weekend, fam, and I look forward to joining you next year.

Love 
Zach
 
A birthday party at the branch.  They broke and egg and dumped flour on her head.
"Pato" (the duck) and "taller"
The Zone

Zach calls himself "taller" so his description of this photo is "taller de zona"

Zach's post mission list of things to do which include:  meet Oprah, read all of the works of Edgar Allan Poe, build his own house and wear a suit everyday for a year.  Before I understood the list I told him he could cross off wear a suit everyday for a year.  His reply was, "It can be any kind of suit....birthday suit, swim suit, sunday suit, space suit."

Branch Presidency photo taken in the same manner as the First Presidency Photo.  I guess that makes Zach the first counselor.  Yep, I think he is thinner too!!

What they do on Sundays in Yuscaran.  LtoR read the lesson manual, count tithing, study the handbook and study the scriptures.