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, March 26, 2013

Monday, March 26, 2013

So this week was good... mostly. We are working with our two families that we have for this weekend. This weekend is going to suck because we have papers ready and waiting for one wedding, but the other ......we are going to have to do some work.....  Teguc at least twice this week.   Sucks when we do that. (Note:  Teguc is a two hour bus ride away although it is only about 45 miles.  The roads in Honduras are super windy and although there aren't great mountains, it is hill after hill after hill.  Add that to horrible emissions and crowded, dusty and non-air conditioned bus and you understand why he doesn't like it.)

For the rest of the week, we are finally getting food from people!!!! The people that we are baptizing, Luis and Suyapa, are giving us food. We had mondongo this week. It is a soup with corn, zucchini, potato, plantain, and yuca, with.............................................................................................................well, its a meat. its the lining of the stomach of the cow and part of the intestine. Its super chewy. But apart from that it´s good. Really good. And with arroz and tortillas, I am a fan. The guy is the jack of all trades. Firefighter, body guard, scuba, military, police, chef....so awesome. We are pretty sure that he could be the possible new branch president. he wants to start a scout troop here, and so we are thinking to start him in young men's. It fits. super cool beans.

Also, he lives above the old branch president. in an apartment. and we are finding some very interesting things out about him. It just makes me think of the scripture in Alma when he is talking to Conrianton, and he tells him that for his bad example, the Zoramites didn´t want to listen to the gospel. As much as you don´t think about it living in Utah, people watch you and what you do. People take note of how you act, what you say, and who you are. Actions speak louder than words. Pres. Uchtdorf quoted St. Francis of Assissi when he said Preach the gospel at all times - and if necessary, use words. Our actions say who we are.. D&C 121:41-46.

But apart from that, we have to quizas, maybe, make our own baptismal font in a river. Pretty sweet. but I might end up with leeches. So, its pretty so so. We went to look for the pila, and our invest. Luis helped us make our own pila. so stoked for his own baptism that he helped us start make our own pila. So cool!!!!!!!!!

We are working these weeks with the families that are going to baptize.  Its hard to try and keep them animated and excited when the devil is working the hardest with them.

That´s really it, its been sort of a short week.
I love you all. Be safe, pray always, and keep on the straight and narrow.

Zach

P.S. U.S. plays HONDURAS in SALT LAKE!!!!! HIT THAT GAME UP!!!!!!!!!

Do it because you love me.

Thanks guys.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Monday, March 18, 2013

Wow, so this was a crazy week. Keep your bloomers on folks, you´re in for a ride.

Monday, I went to teguc. normal. We go practically every week. I hate it, but we have to. 
 
Tuesday, I did divisions with a gringo from Idaho. being all my time in the field with Latino´s has killed me being with gringos. I never struggle here with Spanish, and this kid is the same as me....not with Spanish, with the whole has one Spanish grandparent. but, no Spanish. Esparza had to go to Teguc for a dl council with Pres and he had to go with the other dl in our zone, asi que I stayed in our area and worked. We went to our one family that was SUPPOSED to get baptized this week, but we have more details later on. Tthen he went with me to another cita with another family that had been chatting with missionaries in Teguc, they seemed mostly positive, and I think this guy could be the next bp. Anyway, we taught, or I mostly taught, the second half of the plan of salvation- from death to the kingdoms- and the importance of marriage and baptism inside that part. The spirit was so thick you could cut it with a knife. I wouldn´t ever do that, cut the spirit, him being godhead and all, but its a figure of speech. Anywho, you could feel it. They agreed!!!! 30 of this month. Crazy day. I had to go the half hour drive to the Entrada of Yuscaran, its pretty far, once at 7 in the morning and again at 545, but I had to come back both times. Didn´t get much done that day and most of it was done hitching rides in truck beds, and one of the hitches killed a dog with us in the back. Sad day. But it was good, and all worth it, just for making the date with the family.
 
Wednesday. We started to get all of the stuff together for the wedding and the baptism that was going to be this weekend. well, we went to the city hall, and they told us that if we wanted to do the wedding there, we had to turn in a whole bunch of papers that we didn´t really need and wait fifteen days for them to do the lawyer stuff. Well, that wasn´t going to fly, considering the wedding was in three days. or four. Anyways, we ran and visited a lawyer. I wanted to HIT THIS GUY IN THE FACE. The first thing he asks the gringo was ¨Me entiende cuando hablo?¨ (Can you understand me?")  presumptuous little son of a biscuit. Then he has the nerve to ask me if he is talking to fast. I just about lost it, but then I remembered I was a missionary, and with a little sarcasm, said, No se preocupe, yo le digo si esta hablando demasiado rapido. ahorita estoy bien. (No, but I will let you know if you are talking to fast.")  Angry. Anyway, he told us he would need a week and 6000 limps to do it. We immediately knew it wasn´t going to be with him. So that leads us to

Thursday. We had to go to Teguc to drop off the wedding papers. the ZL´s were coming to do the interview, but there was no way we were making it back in time, so they went with the other missionaries here. Well, one of the pair didn´t pass it. For things in the past that she said happened 22 years ago, but our ZL is positive she said last week. So, we have to wait till the 30. The good part is our goal for the month was 5 baptisms and 1 family. We would end with 5 and 2 families. IF they both get married and baptized. the bad part is that it´s the last weekend of the month, and if we lose that, we have to wait till April, and we lose our goal. Do not want that to happen.

Friday....we had district meetings and spent like four hours doing interviews with those elders for baptisms. My comp being DL, we do a lot of interviews. and that area is an hour away, so we didn´t get much done that day either.

Saturday was the cultural night. It was sort of long. pretty cool, and I learned a little bit about Honduras, but it was super long. That took a while because they were apparently only doing it via satellite, so we drove in rented bus the hour to the district center to see it, and then learned it had been on tv. So, we wasted a good part of the day with that.

Today was the temple dedication. WOW. I went fasting, because I feel like we have a lot at stake this month, and I need some help to get stuff done. Holy crap. The spirit was sooooo strong. I couldn´t believe it. It was incredible. I felt the spirit and received some inspiration and help that I had been needing. Being in the mission, and understanding what apostles do, what the priesthood really is, and what temples really make possible, makes having a temple, or temples, so close to home in Utah almost seem like a joke. Like it´s too easy to just go and do stuff, but we never do. Elder Scott said something so profound in last conference that just came to my mind, ¨put to the side those things in your life that don´t really matter, and do something that will have eternal consequences.¨ That is what we do. He also said that if we want to get rid of the influence of the adversary in our lives, we need to get involved with the work for our ancestors, inside and outside the temple. Petey, that would be a great way to prepare for the mission. No, we didn´t speak with an apostle, or shook his hand: I just saw him on the screen. But what the spirit testified to me in those short minutes, and the peace and quiet serenity I felt, let me know that I was in a holy place, even just watching it on satellite.

¨¿Quien subirá al monte de Jehovah? ¿Quien estará en su lugar santo? El limpio de mano y puro de corazón, el que no levanta su alma en vanidad, ni jurado en engaño.¨ Psalms 24:2-3. Its scripture mastery, and I realized that having a scripture memorized and understood are two different things. It means so much more now.

So, it was a nuts week. tomorrow we have to get stuff moving for the weddings, the 30, and find new people, because after we baptize the people we have, we have nobody.

Also, some side notes.

They chose the new pope this week. and when I say they, I mean the other 100 and some cardinals. You should really research How they do the conclave, it´s fascinating. a cardinal said something very interesting. He said that God already has the new pope chosen, now they just have to find him. So different from how the apostles, and by definition Christ, did it. They do it by the spirit, not by voting, like in conclave, which is Latin for with key, fun fact. And another thing. They picked him while we were eating lunch on Thursday, and all the tvs in latino america had that playing. And when they announced the new pope, he came out, and everybody was cheering, and shouting, and yelling. praises of the world, you could say. But compare that to what happens when we have a new prophet. We all just raise our arms to the square. No cheering, no shouting. he doesn´t wear fancy robes or hats, and when he is in the temple, he wears the same clothes as everybody else. Just that he has a different calling than the rest of us. I am so grateful for the many wonderful people in this world of all faiths, but I just realized more and more everyday how much it means to really have the fulness of the gospel.  Because, if we go back to the temple, no matter how hard he tries, the pope will never ever be able to marry somebody for eternity, and yet the temple workers will. It is truly amazing what we have on this earth, and how blessed we are to have it.

The change in SPS will be effective in June. Crazy, huh??°!!?!?!?!?! with so many leaving, it makes sense. When I got to the field, we were at around 170ish. By June, mission Honduras Tegucigalpa will have 250 missionaries. When I got here, there were 11 zones. Now, this next change, there will be....14. and with plans to have about 17 shortly. Everything is just growing and expanding so fast. I can´t believe it.

Petey, Congrats!!!!! I remember that weekend and day with great clarity, and I am still so glad that you were a part of it with me.

My guess.....I am going to take two. Fantasy would be TEGUCIGALPA HONDURAS.

My other guess would be Mexico. Yucatan. Just remember that wherever you go, you have a friend waiting for you. I have already found one of mine. I know you will be sent to the place where the Lord knows you will be best.

I love you all. This work is true. I love every minute of it.

And of course, I love all of you, my family and missionary friends. Work hard, all of you. Never forget why we are here.

Its the most important thing we will do with this time in our lives.

ZACH

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Should be Monday, March 11, but really, Thursday March 14

I can´t think of a subject line, but it´s not really that important anyway.

This week was one of the most interesting I have had in all of my mission. Seriously. Some crazy stuff happened.

For starters, we found this great family that had been listening to the missionaries in Teguc. ZL´s. one of those zls is ap right now. So they knew some pretty darn good missionaries. I was wondering what we would find, and I was thinking that they would be pretty close to baptism. They are.....sort of. We still have to get them married, they have 5 kids, and are super great. The dad´s name is Luis, the Mom is Suyapa, and three of the five live with them. The other two are older daughters.  The other three are great! One that is ten, a little girl that is 2, and a baby of less than a year. The little girl is the CUTEST thing EVER!!!! Her name is Anyelee, pronounced Angielee, and she still thinks that we are the other missionaries in Teguc. So she calls me elder Prows. haha. And Esparza is Ramirez. But it´s okay. They seem pretty positive, and even came to church today. We have a ridiculously busy few weeks, with the dedication, then district conference (where they will probably split the district and put half into one stake in Teguc and half into Danli) and then one weekend normal and then general conference. Seeing as how we have to have attendances to baptize, 3 times in church or 2 and one activity, that will make baptisms super hard, we half to transport people to the district center, and that requires more sacrifice that more people, even members, aren´t willing to make.  It is difficult but we will be working with them, and they should be baptized. They would be a great help for the branch, and we are looking at the father as the potential branch president.

The family we had for the 23?? We moved the date to the 16.  But then the ----- didn´t come to church today, so we can´t do it until the 23 anyways. What scares me is that he left for work yesterday and didn´t come home, and his wife hasn´t seen him since 6 yesterday morning. So she is worried that he is out drinking, which he had left behind, because this was his pattern when he was super bolo. But I haven´t seen or heard him yet, so I don´t want to pre judge. But I am truly scared. We even went to their house this morning to get them here, to make sure. We walked for 25 minutes and nothing. So we walked back. We had these as sure baptisms, and if he drank, I don´t think they can get baptized this month. The wife can, but I don´t want her to baptize without him. They have a daughter that could possibly be baptized at the beginning of April, but we shall see. She went to the temple, and said she wants to get married there, so maybe that will motivate her a little bit.

And I had the most incredible experience. There is a lady here that cuts missionaries hair. Has been for about 2 years. Her name is -----, and she attends another church. Like, is group leader, stuff like that. Imagine a young women's president, but for all the youth in the congregation. Big stuff. Super metida in her church. Well, she has a boyfriend who lives in Teguc, and is an RM. super pilas, this guy. They want to get married, sort of, but he told her that he wouldn´t get married in her church because her pastor can´t seal families because he doesn´t have the Melchizedek priesthood. She asked us what all that meant. I was with Elder Guzman, who is in his first change in the field, and super chill. We started chatting with her. Like, it took her 45 minutes to cut both of us, but we were there for an hour and a half. She told us that she had never let the missionaries teach her because she didn´t want to become confused. Well, we started to talk to her, and she just opened up. She told us that when she goes to church, she goes just so that people don´t wonder where she is, and that she comes home feeling empty inside. She thinks that church should be more than that, but she can´t leave her congregation. I told her that we would make a deal. She would listen to the discussions, all of them, and cumplir with all the compromisos. Dad is going to have to help, I can´t think of how to say that in English right now. And that if that didn´t fill the emptiness that she had, then no worries. But if it did, then she had some changing to do. She agreed!! We had a lesson with her on Friday night. I was super anxious to go. She is super smart, which is a lovely change, because we can explain things to her in a way that we can´t to others. She asked all sorts of questions, to which we had all the answers. She was super astonished because she had had these questions for a long time, and nobody could ever answer them in a way that satisfied her. for example, ¨what happens if a woman is going to church, her boyfriend doesn´t want to get married or baptized, but she is faithful to the religion?¨ I explained that even though the woman is making an effort, that the Atonement of Jesus Christ can´t apply to the lady because when you repent, you leave the sin behind. If she is still living in fornication, she hasn´t repented. So, in the day of judgement, she will have to suffer even as christ suffered. (DyC 58;42-43, DyC 19:16-19) She had other questions, and at the end of the lesson, she said it was all good because we all worship the same god. I said that we didn´t.

Think about it.

The world perceives God in so many ways nowadays. The catholics have the trinity, and evangelicals and baptists that he is spirit, and others believe (even though they would tell you otherwise) that we should still be living the Law of Moses because they worship Jehovah.

How many people actually believe that Christ and God have flesh and Bone???

She asked where in the world, or the bible, it was written that Christ is flesh and bone. LUCAS 24. 36-39. KNOW THAT REFERENCE, PRE MISSIONARIES. she had never read there before. And then she asked where it says that God has a body. ACTS 7:55-56. On the RIGHT HAND of God. How did Steven see that Christ was at the right hand of God if he couldn´t see god because god was a spirit??? Doesn´t make sense. And in Genesis 1:25 and 26, The Gods say IN OUR IMAGE....if they didn´t have an image, how did they create us with image, and them being spirits??? It doesn´t make sense.

I can honestly say that I felt the spirit so strongly during that lesson. The problem is is that she is super scared to leave her church. Her pastor told her that she would go to hell if she apostatized. She asked what we thought of that. Esparza said that he had no place to say that, because Christ will judge us in the end, and that if she fixes her life and repents, he will be judged with the same judgement with which he judged. I responded by saying that she hasn´t apostatized and can´t apostatize because to apostatize, you have to have the fulness, which she doesn´t have. I told her that. She was a little taken aback. We explained the Apostasy again, to try and help her see what that meant. I am pretty sure she got it. I think what will help her a lot is the Plan of Salvation. Lots of her questions have to do with that theme, and I am so happy to teach it to her.

Other than that, it was a good week. We had 30 in church today, which was super bomb, and even though me and the comp keep finding problems, we fix them. We are figuring out slowly that all of this comes from the fact that we haven´t been communicating well and that when Satan knows we can do a lot of good, he tries to ruin us, because if he can ruin us, he can ruin all that God has planned here. So we are working a lot harder at doing better with each other.

I saw in one of the ensigns that a missionary wrote to New Era a list of things to do to prepare. I couldn´t read it, but it was mentioned in the ensign. What does that list say?? I would guess that elder is serving in the states. IF that is the case, he is having a totally different mission than the rest of the world. I would like to know what the list says, and I will have to make some changes to it. Most likely.

Well, that´s about all for this week. I am just thinking that after this conference, I only have two conferences left here. Crazy.

Love you All!!!

Have a great week.

Zach


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Monday, March 4, 2013

Well hello family and fellow missionaries. Hope that you are all good, and that you have good weeks and keep working hard. I have a little written something for all of you, so scroll down.

All the way down.

Fam, it has been a good week!!!
First, to answer dads questions, reactivating is a fickle, fickle thing. It can go wonderfully, or it can just make you wonder why the person got baptized in the first place, and if most inactives are meaner than investigators. But, it is the work of God, and they will one day answer for everything. We found one who has been inactive for like 20 years, and takes care of his 94 year old parents. He came for an hour last Sunday!!! Two Sundays ago. I was super impressed. He would be awesome for the branch, he is so thoughtful and deep, and I feel like still has a fire going inside, but for his two parents, he can´t be out of the house for more than like an hour.

On the flip side, we found an inactive woman who told us she had one name, Carla, and then when I asked her what relation she had to the inactive, Paola, she told me that she was Paola Carla, and wanted nothing to do with us, so if we would do her the favor of just leaving her alone, that would be great. Thanks and don´t ever come back. so, in some cases, it is harder to work with inactives than investigators.

Speaking of investigators, we had our family at church, and it was great!!! Tthey will be getting married and baptized the 23!!!!! And their other daughter hopefully soon after. We are also working with another family that just moved here from Teguc, and was meeting with missionaries there, so it was super great. we also had a cita with another family that we were hoping to start working with, but I will explain what happened here in just a sec.

Well, not much other than that work wise this week. Our family lives like 20 minutes missionary walking, which is faster than Nelson Glassett walking, from the town. So that eats a good chunk of our day. but it´s worth it.

Now, for the non work but just as important stuff.

We had a wind storm and the temp dropped AGAIN. it was so cold. and to make matters worse, the wind knocked over a pole of electricity, and in Yuscaran when one person doesn´t have power, NO ONE has power. We went for 26 hours sin luz (without lights)  and that means no hot water. Or cooking, but we were fasting, so it´s okay. when we got done fasting, there was still no light, so we made a fire at the church and cooked tortillas, beans, and rice. HAHA I am pure CATRACHO!!!!!! Beans rice and tortillas. Never gets old. But it all came back, so it´s okay. (Note: I think he means, the power came back.  I have not idea what Catracho is.)

Then today, we had to go to Teguc to buy groceries. We stopped on the way there to get gas for the bus  and I noticed that as they were filling the tank, they were pushing the bus to shake it- to help the gas SETTLE. Do they not realize that gasoline is a LIQUID, and for it´s properties of matter, will automatically fill all the cracks and small places?? Better yet, do they not realize that gas tanks have NO cracks or small places??? I was laughing and got some weird looks from passengers around me, and my comp. but it was just too funny.

I also got the package for Valentines day, mom.TThank you for sending that. I think I will wear the tie this week, if it matches my pants. If not, it has to wait until black pants week. But thank you!!! I loved the calender and all the photos. I realized that we are all nuts, the Glassett clan is just nuts. except Mom, who is really Adams, but she got guilty by association. 
 
That's really it for this week, I will work with the recipes. I brought brownie mix this week!!! I am stoked to use it. I hope that they are good.....

I love you all fam!!!! I hope that this week warms up and that you continue to see God´s hand in all your lives!!!!

Love you ALL!!!!

Zach