David's FAVORITE SCRIPTURE
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
LDS Church in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. 4/12/2013
Elder Gurr at the LDS Chapel in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. 4/12/2013
This week went by so fast. It has been tough because my companion has
been very sick throughout the week.This
week there were two baptisms. They we baptized on Friday at 7:00 pm and then
confirmed on Sunday. Every time I see
them they bring joy to my soul and I am so happy. This week has been very good to me. Not much new happened, but we found 4 new
investigators. They all seem really
positive and we are going to be working with them. They have never gone to a church which is good
for us because they are interested. It
is like teaching people who have never heard of it.
We have two progressing
investigators. One still has smoking problems, but we are
working hard with him to help him to stop and we are thinking about giving him
a blessing. He loves the book of Mormon and believes it.He found this out by himself and he just has one
thing stopping him. He says he wants to
be able not to smoke anymore before getting baptized.He is trying his best.
One of the investigators has never gone to church before and
religion is all new to him but he has family that is helping him along. We invited him to the last two baptisms and he
came to both. He showed up late to the first one but the other he came early. After the baptism service we asked him what
did you think about the baptism and he said that he loved it and he wants to
put a baptism date, not next week, but soon. He says that he feels like he is almost ready.
When you are working hard on a mission
time goes by fast. Studying is becoming easier to me than it used to be. Sometimes I wish we had more time to study, so
I am happy right now. I can understand
some parts about what people ask me and say to me and it is getting way better.
I am still working on talking and my
goal is to try to say something in Spanish to as many people as possible. It’s not easy, but the language is simplified
a lot. For example: Will you pray?=Orarà? Sometimes it takes a lot of words to
say a simple sentence in English.
My Spanish is improving and I hope
to be able to carry on conversations in about a month and a half. Sometimes it’s hard to write in English because
the way you say things in Spanish is different.So sometimes I don’t write correctly. I am trying to think in Spanish. I sometimes think in Spanish. It’s funny. I am working hard, studying hard, and enjoying
the mission. Love you all and write to you next week.
I am sorry I didn’t write much but the
keyboards here are hard to work with plus everything I see is in Spanish and
tells me everything I write is wrong. Anyways, how are things going? This week is way better because there are 2
baptisms happening this week. This week
was interesting because we heard that a missionary in Tegucigalpa died, but we
found out it was a spread rumor and there is nothing to worry now. Anyways we had a service project this week and
we helped build a house and you can see pictures of Honduras which is hard to
show because it’s unsafe to have a camera out.You can see some of the pictures that I have of the area.
This week was General Conference and we got to
watch it in English which was a relief to me because I thought how I am going
to understand General Conference. This
week understanding the people is getting better mainly because people ask the
same questions: Where are you from? How are you? How’s it going? I am able to respond faster. The 6 week
companion change is almost over but the training is 12 weeks. I have my
companion for about 7 more weeks and most likely I will be staying here because
my companion was trained for 18 weeks then he was sent to train me so for a
total of 30 weeks he will be here.
I am slowly getting to know the members more
and some of the members are interested in helping me out with speaking. There
is this one sister in the ward working on Spanish and she helps translate and
it helps so much. We also have Burger
King, Little Caesars, and other things so I don’t have to miss those places.We go there once a week and it’s great.
I sent some pictures of our service
project.The service project was to collect
rocks and we filled this big hole with dirt and rocks so they can level the
house. I heard they have been building
this house for a few months now. It’s
hard to find service projects here because people don’t trust us or think we
have other motives or something, but they don’t like getting help from others.
The time we can use for email now is 50
minutes and we can email our old friends, which started the first week here. I am slowly picking up Spanish and this week I
have the privilege of baptizing one of the investigators and I cannot wait. My first one ever to baptize
and it’s in Spanish, in Central America! I am happy because the computer’s USB works
and I can send pictures. I love you all and will write to you next week.
Hello everyone it has been awhile and I am excited to be back here writing you. I have been here in Honduras for about a month now. It was difficult this week because it was spring break and most people left the country because of spring break. The thing is almost everything here closes down this week and the town looked like a ghost town. Not too many people were here. We taught a few lessons but the last few days have been tough. All of our best investigators are gone but should be back today. Today we will meet a few investigators. We also talked to someone named Victor and I guess he thought we said that we wanted him to follow Thomas S. Monson because he doesn’t understand that we need to follow the prophet as he tells us what God wants us to do through his revelation. I am sorry there is not much to write about but it has been tough. Most people are back now and it can only get better. We walk really fast from door to door and I think I am going to be really physically fit when I come back because we go up stairs a lot. Also this week is going to be a service project so I will try to take pictures and hopefully be able to. I love you all so much. I hope things get better with Grandma and Grandpa and it sounds like it is crazy over there but all is well. I know that we are blessed with trials and if we endure we can learn so much. Buenas.