Wow, what a week. Noche buena, la Navidad, Skype, and I officially hit the year mark in the mission.
First off, the 24th. We started out Christmas even giving service to the first counselor in the branch, Santiago Castillo. We washed the laminas of his roof and painted them. It was good but a little sketchy at times. With normal roofs you can just walk anywhere, but with the aluminum sheets (laminas), you can only walk on the studs where the nails are because they won´t support the weight. Anyways, it was good service and we taught a quick lesson to his friend that had dropped off some tools.
We continued contacting (basically, the 23rd, 24th, and 25th we just contacted with #ÉleslaDádiva) and ended up giving out 112 during those three days. We had a lesson with some part-member families and finished the night with the branch president and his family. We had to be in the house early, so we decided to have our own little party in the house with just us 4 missionaries. We made carne asada with arroz, frijoles, papas, aguacate (avocado) and 7up. It was really good, but unfortunately we bought way too much. 5 lbs of meat when we only ate almost 2 lbs, 2 lbs of rice when we only ate 1, etc. We had leftovers the next day. I also opened up my presents that night since we were having festivities that night. Thanks for all the presents! It was a Good night. It was tough to get to sleep because of fireworks the entire night. The fireworks here are way louder and one "la bomba" literally sounds like a bomb is going off. SUPER LOUD! It hurts our ears even when we were inside the house.
Next on the list, la Navidad and Skype. We had weekly planning and when we finished to go to lunch, there was hardly anyone in the streets. After lunch, we contacted with #Dádiva and spent some time with members. We tried skyping at 4 with a member family but it was not working, super slow internet, so we decided to contact and go to another family at 6 or 7. The ZLs had actually left where we were at and went to the other family, the relief society president. Good skype sesh with all of you guys. Love you. Good talking with you despite the so-so internet.
Friday we gave service and had some nice lessons.
Last but not least, I hit the one year mark on Saturday the 27th. We had a pretty good day. It was filled with ups and downs, but that´s the norm. We were going to go to a restaurant "La Atocha" to buy pizza, but we ultimately decided to just eat with the members for that night. I didn´t burn a tie or a shirt. What a waste. I´m going to give it away to someone here in Honduras who needs it for a mission or a convert. Crazy how fast time goes by.
We had a good Sunday as well. Only one person came to church, but we had a really good lesson with N, her mom J, and her grandpa. J had heard some material about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon and had serious doubts. She stopped listening to us and wouldn´t give permission for N to get baptized. We took action, as I said last week, giving service, watching the Joseph Smith movie, and last night we had a good Lección 3 with her. We challenged the mom to be baptized the 7th of Febuary and she said yes if she´s ready. We then asked permission for N if she´s ready by the 7th (she pretty much already is) and she said yes. We then finished the lesson and watched the Joseph Smith movie with O because he didn´t go to the activity when we watched it. Good day.
Well, that´s all I have. From what I´ve heard, it´s all downhill from here after the year mark. The first year for me went by super fast so I can´t even imagine the second. Still a lot to do, a lot to serve, and a lot to become.
Río Lindo, Zona Yojoa 12/22/14 - 12/29/14