Thursday, June 20, 2013

June 17, 2013 El Triunfo Spencer's a District Leader!

This was the first week that I forgot to write to Spencer.  I didn't really forget, it was just a crazy week.  We had been go for the week to California.  We got home late Sunday night and I was tired when I climbed into bed.  I was going to write when I got up on Monday.  But I forgot that we were helping a friend move first thing Monday morning.  So when I got home from that, I was doing some computer work and remembered that I hadn't written to him.  Just as I was finishing my computer work, I got Spencer's email.  Luckily, we were able to email back and forth for a little while.  It was fun.

Dear mom dad and everyone

Well lets see.... lets start off with I cant believe that you forgot to write me. But whatever the past is the past. 
Let’s see, so starting the week on Tuesday we just chilled in the house till about 3pm because my comp had changes and we had to got to Choluteca to stay the night to be able to make the bus that goes to Tegus for changes. So we left and dropped off my comp’s stuff at the Zl's house and went out and spent the afternoon with Elder Clawson and his comp. They both had changes so they had to stay in Cholu as well. So we went to Wendy's for dinner and there was a Honduras selection game on so we went to the 1st half. Then we went back to the Zl's house to be able to get our changes so we waited till 930 and the Zl's never showed up. So I had to call them, and they told me that Elder Torres was going to a place called Via Viejas which is a super hilly area and he has a hard time climbing and going to hills so we will see how he does. and I got a new comp his name is elder Garcia he is from Guatemala City actually from the mission Taylor is going to which is kind of cool. And I got made District Leader so I'm really excited about that.
Wednesday they wouldn't let me and my new comp go to changes and a lot of our friends from the mish went home that day so it kind of sucked. So what we did instead is we just went back to the area so we could get a few investigators ready for their baptism on Saturday. On Friday we had them interviewed and everything. We had the baptism on Saturday. Everything went well on Saturday and on Sunday.
But other then that everything is going great I love you guys just 4 months left 
Elder Spencer Olsen 
here are the young mens and women oif my branch 
 here are our 3 baptisms the older lady her name is rosa the little girl her name is miliedi 
and the guys name is david 
me with a new bro named Lester. He is the son of a convert of my last comp 
this is my new comp Elder Garcia

June 10, 2013 El Triunfo Temple Trip

Hey Mom Dad and everyone,

Man that sounds like an all of a sudden trip hahaha. I cant wait to go.

Man well this week was cool. We went to Choluteca everyday but Saturday and Sunday, and we almost had to go yesterday hahaha. On Tuesday last week I got to go on divisions with Harrington for the 1st time since the MTC hahaha. I got to go to his area because his comp was showing some stuff to the branch secretary on mls the church system to do all the tithing and stuff like that. Man it was really cool to remember old times and to be able to do everything for real this time with both of us knowing Spanish. Sorry there wasn't any time for photos hahaha. But we had a good time anyways.

Lets see that same day Elder Harrington's comp convinced an Inv we have had since I got here to get baptized on Sunday. Her name is Dora. Her sister had gotten baptized like a week before I got here, and Dora was staying with that sister watching her because she was pregnant with like 7 months. So we finally got her to get baptized yesterday and we also confirmed her hahaha.

Lets see its been really rainy out here lately. and when there is rain means that there isn't light. I think everyday this week the lights have gone out at lease once during the day. It was funny on Saturday Honduras was going to play against Costa Rica and just before that the lights had gone out for like 2 hours and like 30 min before the lights came back. hahaha That just shows how obsessed Hondurans are for soccer hahaha.

And this week was my comps turn to get sick. Saturday and Sunday we didn't leave the house. I ready like 60 pages of the BofM in those 2 days I have like 150 pages till I finish again. I have been reading a lot. I want to finish it this time and one more time in Spanish before I leave. I have my English triple with me almost everyday when we leave the house just in case we end up doing nothing hahaha.

Lets see so this weekend we are looking at lease 3 baptisms so its going to be a little bit of a crazy week cuz only 2 are from the same house and the other is from another. But it will be a good time. And what the Zl's are telling me is that I will probably train again these changes that are coming. So we we’ll see how everything works out. On Thursday this week the branch is going to be going to the temple. There are 2 families to get sealed and like 3 that are going to get endowed and a lot of people that are going to just go do family work. its going to be soooo awesome.

Well I love you guys have fun if you got to Santa cuz get me a black shirt hahahahaha. tell all the cousins I say hi and I miss them lots


Elder Spencer Olsen Anderson

photos download very slowly sorry. next week ill get you some

June 3, 2013 El Triunfo Making Tortilla

Hey mom dad and everyone,

Well man this week was just another one of those weeks in the mission. touching doors getting sick same old some old.  Man I  honestly don't know what to say. Hahaha We have a new investigator named David. He is the nephew of a less active member that we are activating right now. He is progressing super fast. There really isn't anything big going on with him. He should be getting baptized this weekend. 
The Caceres family is going there. We went and talked to Javier the husband now that his wife is back from Nicaragua and everything. he says that he doesn't want to go through with everything right now because he doesn't have enough money to go through with a nice little party and feels bad if he doesn't put anything. so we were trying to tell him that he didn't need to worry about it but he said he didn’t want to have problems with members later on down the road and knowing this branch they will say something hahaha. but they are still we told Javier that he would be blessed with the things if made an actual effort to go to church. so we should start to see some results with them right now.
Man the big thing that happened was that I got sick. so bad on Saturday that we didn't even leave the house until like 6 and that's because we had too haha. but don't worry. 
man I have nothing to tell you guys this week. well next Wednesday is changes and I cant wait to see what happens I love you guys sorry for not writing much  
Elder Spencer Olsen Anderson

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

El Triunfo May 27, 2013 Schools out for the Summer!

Hey mom dad and everyone,

Hahahah Ya, I can feel you I cant wait to take a break myself hahahaha. At least in October I’ll be able to go and see your class ahhahah. Man the time is running away from me. Im looking at all the pics you sent and holy crap Justin Morrison and Easton Troyanek. I can’t believe how big they are. That’s so awesome for Garrett and Mitchell that they get to go on that trip. I would like to do something like that with them. And knowing Eliason, man he got them in over their heads. The Bishop is coming out with his leg completely broken this time. hahahaha. Skooter time.

For Connor the best shirts that I have seen and had are the Stratford shirts you have been sending me. They are light, comfy and wash very easily. Shoes just get something comfortable that’s all. He will always be able to find shoes where he is at but those boots are a must. And tell him with the suit not to wear the pants unless he is wearing the suit cuz they don’t last long. Don’t take a 1st aid kit, waste of space. I threw it out in Monjaras. Sewing kit super necessary. Don’t take like nice going out cloths. I never have used . Umm clippers for hair even if he doesn’t use them they will be good to help out poorer members with hair cuts and what not, cuz a lot of people don’t even have enough money to do that out here. And he if forgets something in the mtc he will be able to get it.

So on Thursday we had zone conference and I got to talk to Pres. Hernandez about you  guys coming down. So what he told me is that you guys can come down...... but he isn’t going to give me any days extra. He said that you guys could come down and pick me up and that he would give me to you guys in the chapel where we do changes on Wednesday the 16th. So what I figure you guys can do is come down the day before and stay in the Marriott here in Tegus. it is really close to the change chapel. I didn’t get to ask him too much but he said it was ok. So get the tickets ready so they can get my flight on the same as your guys return flight home so you  guys would come down Tuesday the 15th and you guys figure out how much time you want to be down here for.

Cool stories... well on Thursday  went on división en Choluteca with a missionary named Elder Vanegas. He is from Nicaragua. His área has the famous Choluteca river and bridge in it so I told him I wanted a pic down there.  so we went down and there were a few Little kids down there swimming and they were just being annoying. And then out of nowhere came this guy tatted up and said hey Elders what’s up? So we started to talk with him. Found out he was a member of about 15 years. He had gotten into drugs a little while back. but had put his life together. He told us that about 8 years earlier that he was headed out for a missión and that he had his calling in hand and was headed to the Dominican Republic. He told us that he is currently with his wife but they aren’t married, and that she isn’t married. So while we were there with him we set up an appointment with him and he said it was cool. Its crazy for small things that we do. They can turn into miracles for others.

Well, that’s what I got for this week. We do have a few more people that we are teaching right now. We have about 8 dates set right now. Things are starting to look really good for us right now. There are 2 weeks left in this change on the 12th. I can’t wait to see what they send me this change I sure hope that its another gringo. I would love that cuz I have only had one my entire mission. So that would be nice. Well I’ll let you guys go this week. Only 21 more to go hahahaha. I’ll keep you informed with everything about you guys coming down and everything.

Love you guys lots

Elder Spencer Olsen Anderson