Sunday, April 28, 2013

LDS Church in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  4/12/2013

Elder Gurr at the LDS Chapel in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. 4/12/2013

View of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  4/12/2013

4/15/13 April 15th Elder David Gurr Honduras
Hello again my family,

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.

Elder Gurr

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Elder David Gurr at a Servcie Project in Honduras. 4/8/13

Elder Gurr working on the house foundation in Honduras.  4/8/13

Elder Gurr, Elder Erickson, and two other missionaries at the service project with the homeowners. 4/8/13

4/8/13 April 8th Elder David Gurr Honduras
Hello to everyone.


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.



Elder Gurr

Area: 21 de Febrero, Comayagüela, Honduras

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Elder David Gurr getting ready to do some yardwork. April 1, 2013.

Elder David Gurr resting in his backyard on another beautiful day in Honduras. April 1, 2013.

Elder David Gurr at his Desk in his house. Tegucigalpa, Honduras April 1, 2013

4/1/13 April 1st Elder Gurr Honduras
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.

Elder Gurr
Tegucigalpa, Honduras Temple Dedication and Opening March 17, 2013.
Elder David Gurr at his Desk in his house.  Tegucigalpa, Honduras April 1, 2013