Monday, September 8, 2014

9/1/2014 La Ceiba, Honduras - Snakes & Blessings

My Second week in Honduras and I am doing all right!

So far I have run into to a couple of snakes, vicious goats and really aggressive dogs (and chickens). 

My companion and I were visiting a member and Elder Itza was looking in their washing machine, full of clothes (So real quick, everyone here as only a washing machine for their clothes. They hang dry it afterwards) and I thought I saw something orange. So I picked up the lid again, thinking it was a caterpillar or some kind of bug, then I realized it was a snake! So I calmly put stepped back...just kidding, I gave a yep and jumped back. And Elder Itza was looking at me weird. So I tried to explain that there was a snake in there using body language and examples of sounds (since I didn’t know the word for snake). Long story short, there really was a snake and the member's neighbor took care of it for us. The Sister was really grateful that I saw that because she was going to finish the laundry that night and she wouldn’t have seen it. That could have led to a very serious situation because of the poisonous snake.

Was it a coincidence that we stopped by her house and I just happened to see that snake? I honestly don’t think so and that family was blessed with health and safety because of it. After that whole snake ordeal we shared with them our message. I shared with them Helaman 5:12 and explained that I know that with Jesus Christ as our foundation, having faith in Him, we will never fail. We will always, always overcome our own trials in life and whatever Satan throws at us. We will not falter. For instance, the snake; they were not harmed and their family was blessed. I know that God works through us to bring to pass the salvation of His children, for we are the instruments of God. 

It is starting into the rainy season here and we experienced a little taste of it this past couple of days. First off when it rains you have about a 20 second warning. So we were going to by some water from a local pulperia and my companion looks at me says, what is that? I didn’t notice anything but then I heard a soft pounding noise. It sounded just like a car on the dirt road but a little ways off. Then I looked at my companion and he had the same thought and we booked it back to our apartment. We would’ve have made it inside without getting wet it were not for the fact that we have like 20 locks on our door. So needless to say we got a little wet...

Alright, also when it rains it pours like now other. So a great investment is an umbrella and good pair of boots that are about to the mid-calf. I have an umbrella, but boots down here are super cheap so that’s not a problem.

Now being in Honduras for two weeks, the weather is not that bad. The freezing cold shower in the morning really wakes you up and feels kind of refreshing.

But it’s a really great place. we have gotten quite a few investigators. Some are progressing so that is really cool. In lessons I am starting to talk more and more as I get comfortable with this language that they call Spanish. It’s still really hard for me to understand what everyone is saying. Some words I can catch like, gringo, Americano, Washington DC, no habla español. Stuff like that.

Well I know that I am here for a reason and that I was called here to Honduras through divine revelation of God through His prophets and apostles today.

Take care and buenas.

-Elder Keller

A bridge cars cross everyday

A river right near my apartment

Coast off of La Ceiba

Me and Elder Itza

Real Fresh Sugar Cane!

Look what I found in the shower!

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