Monday, May 25, 2015

Comayagua Week 14

Wow this week was absolutely nuts! Lets begin with Tuesday, shall we? We got to go to the temple! Holy crap, it was so awesome! The grounds and the temple were so beautiful, and it was so cool to see how strong the church is here in Honduras. Plus it was amazing how quite and peaceful it was, just at the grounds, and you can see the whole city of Teguc, it sure was amazing. And inside was even more awesome, it was a little interesting in Spanish, but i realized that I kindof know quite a bit of Spanish now. Such a great experience that gave us so much animo for the upcoming week.

Thursday began the insanity of this week, we had to go to Flores for an entrevista because elder dunn is DL, and then we had to hustle back to Comayagua and do interviews for Familila Hernandez! It was stressful because we got there late and then the zone leaders got there even later, but this family is just so golden, it didn't even matter. And we had a leccion con Jose, and we put a fecha with him for the 6th of June while the interviews were going on. It sure was insane haha. 

But then on Friday, we had zone conference! And last second they moved it to our building, so we had to get all the keys and stuff, and then at President and the assistants had told us to bring investigators and recent converts to the meeting for an activity, but then they told us to cancel 10 minutes before... anyways it was a little hairy but Fma hernandez came, and President interviewed them in front of the two zones. It went pretty good actually. But then, we had the wedding at 1, so we had to leave zone conference at 12 with our family to get to ajuterique. So missionaries were mad at us for leaving, but we had planned this thing way way back, before the conference. (this was presidents last conference before he goes home next month). Anyways, at 5 we had the baptism!!! It was so awesome, and after the ordinance and after we changed, we sang families can be together forever, it was so powerful, and they already know the words! They are so excited to go to the temple next year to be sealed, I love them so much, their faith in this message was so big. I sure do hope they can persevere in the church, I really think they will, they have already made so many friends at church. I was so filled with so much joy as we talked about the temple, and how excited they were. We saw so many little tender mercies of the Lord throughout those crazy two days, I cannot even write a hundredth part. I am so grateful everything went out awesome, it sure was stressful, but looking back, it was so worth it. This family is so amazing.

Also: I got the package!!!!! I LOVE THE GOLDFISH! haha and the little games are fun haha.
Elder Dunn and I are having a blast! I really feel like this transfer is already going way way too fast, it has been so great these past two weeks. I have learned a bunch, and I can really see how the Lord has prepared these people, and how He has blessed us in this work. I am so thankful for that, and for you guys.

Love y'all!

Elder Wagner

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Comayagua Week 13: New Companion

On martes I didn't go to teguc I stayed here in comayagua and did service, while pretty much all the rest of the zone had cambios. 

At lunch I met my new companion, Elder Dunn!! He is so awesome! He has like 7 months on the mission, and he went to BYU summer term! Haha we dont know each other, but we know a lot of the same people, which is really really cool and fun. Plus he is a really hard worker, we had a really excellent week this week, I have learned so much from Elder Dunn. He was made the district leader as well, so he is always on the phone at night too. A really cool thing we did this week was make an effort to go out with all the 18 year old guys in the ward. We went out twith this menos activo named darwin, it was so fun! And we had a really powerful lesson on the Book of Mormon, it was great. 

On Friday it was really cool, we were contacting, and I thought that we could go visit an antiguo investigador, but it ended up we taught like his aunt who was there! She was really receptive, and we taught the Restauracion. We really built up the lesson to the 1st vision, and I recited it, and The Spirit was so strong as I spoke. She and her daughter both felt the Spirit, and they accepted a fecha bautismal for the 6th of June. There is so much power in Joseph Smith´s story, I am so grateful for that. And for the Book of Mormon. Famailia Hernandez, the family we are marrying this next Friday and baptizing, have been so receptive, and have quit coffee this past week, largely because I believe their faith has been increased by their daily reading of the Book of Mormon. They are such a great family, I am so grateful for them. Plus, they have given us a boatload of references to us of their family. 

Sunday we had 8 investigators!!! And their was a bunch of menos activos that came to church too that we taught! This week has been amazing, and I really have lost like all feeling of homesickness. Tomorrow, we get to go to the Temple!!! I am so excited! 

Also: our old ward mission leader, Alex mejia, went to Costa Rica on his mission, he knows Jake Smoot, and then he showed me a pic of jake´s wedding from facebook, haha so that was cool. Small world, eh? 
Anyways I had a fantastic week! We have worked really hard, but I also had a lot of fun too. 

We basically have a new zone and a new district, so it is really cool. I am excited to get back to work this week, and I am ever grateful for all of your prayers for me in my behalf. 

Love, Elder Wagner

Friday, May 15, 2015

Comayagua Week 12

Wow that was so great to get to talk to the fam. So good to see everyone's faces and to see my future nephew also. 

This week was crazy, as you know, we had to finalize the wedding papers, and we both paid 800 limps (so yeah for today I pulled out 600 limps), we also found out that Elder Bingham is leaving so we are going to teguc tomorrow, and I will get a new companion. Every one thinks that I will get someone who is leaving the next change, and then I will train. Who knows, it will be interesting if i get a latino comp too. We will have to see next week to see what happens. 

But yeah on Tuesday we went all over town to get all of the papers, and we tried to visit this one girl whose boyfriend is a member, but they haven't answered their phone and they are never home.. So it looks like that fecha will fall. But yeah familia hernandez are so great, I hope they continue to be so positive as their baptismal date approaches. 

On miercoles we visited a member who works at fedEx, and her brother was there, and the guy kept reading stuff out of Apocaplipsis (revelations), but he did seem interested in that we have a living prophet on the earth today. 

Thursday we had our ingles class, and the two nieces of a member, we set up an appointment next week, so and they seem pretty positive too. Friday we finished up the wedding papers and we had district meeting, and it was really cool to hear our DL testimony on the mission, as he is going home this week. 

On saturday elder bingham skyped, and then there was a ward party for mothers day. Familia hernandez came! But the problem was that everyone was told it started at 6, but food wasn't served nor the program began until 8. It was a little frustrating, but once the food was served everyone was happy, including our investigators, which was good. 

On sunday like no one came to church, it was kinda sad. But this week I really want to focus on visiting as much menos activos and miembros this week to explain the importance of taking the sacrament weekly. And then we skyped! 

That was so great to see y'all, I'm glad you are all doing so well. It did make me a wee bit homesick, but it also gave me more energy to work harder out here in the mission field. I am pumped for this next week, we will have to see who my new companion is. Thank you all for your examples and prayers! This work truly is the work of The Lord! 

Elder Wagner 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Comayagua Week 11

Solid week, Tuesday we visited Familia Leon, they are so fun! They are still waiting on a divorce, so who knows when they can get baptized, but they're practically members now, they go to all church functions and the two kids go to institute. It was a super fun night as we ate dinner with them, we were just joking and having a good time, and my Spanish just felt real natural and it was a hoot. 

On Wednesday we ate at this one member´s house, and we ate some mangoes (i guess this is the time of year where mangoes are ripe) I love mangoes. Oh yeah and elder bingham was eating his mango, and he almost dropped it but he caught it but then it landed on his shirt,, so he had this HUGE orange mango stain on his shirt i was laughing so hard haha.

On Thursday we had our usual free English class, and this member has brought his two nieces for like a month now, and one of the nieces finally asked about the church, and the hermano solomon talked about everything! and we gave them a book of mormon, so we will have to see if they like it. Now i am starting to see the fruits of having english class every week.

Friday we had zone meeting, it was really good, and then we went to pizza hut. On Saturday, we helped out some members with are yard sale thingy, because there is a kid with leukemia who doesn't have enough money for treatments. It was cool to help out and then after we went with tayron to this family hernandez, we found the guy, who is a taxi driver, and they seemed pretty positive. On Sunday we got them to come to church! They are super positive, and they sure loved church. Today we went over to figure out how to plan the wedding for them, and they are super excited! This family has been super prepared for us, and they are so ready. It is really cool to see how the Lord has prepared them to this point. My prayer is that we can get the marriage done in a timely manner (we pretty much have to pay for it all), but we still haven't taught them palabra de sabiduria yet. but we put a fecha for the 23rd of this month, and we are planning to do the wedding and the baptism on the same day, hopefully everything works out. 

That was pretty much my week! It was really cool to meet this chosen family, and i look forward to this week, as well as preparing others for this month. It will be weird because elder bingham is probably going to leave next change (next week), and I will find out today or tomorrow if i train or not.  I cannot wait to talk to yall on mothers day!!! Make sure to have questions to ask me, because i dont want any lulls in the conversation, ya know?  haha it will be good to see yall. 

Thank you for all your prayers in my behalf! This truly is the Lord´s work!

Love, Elder Wagner