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Monday, October 20, 2014

Week 7 1st Area Entrada de Copan

How was the night at the AP apartment and the day with president Dester?
The night in the apartment with President Dester was pretty fun. We had food that was very similar to the ccm food, like I couldn’t tell a difference.

What area were you assigned to and do you remember the name of the ward you attend? La Entrada Copan, the El Dorado branch; we are mainly focusing on reactivating people because there are tons of inactive, like 100.  Right in the middle of our area is the top of a big hill it is called Hill Cumorah because everyone are members, the only problem is that half are inactive. Is your companion new to the area as well or has he been there awhile?  My companion has never been here before. In the area book we didn’t even have a map so it is hard to figure it out. We often feel lost. Via Bosque is a place where we did service. There was some major flooding so we were there for a day and a half moving dirt and shoveling out houses and driveway paths.  I am glad I had the waterproof trextas shoes, they were way better, my companion had to buy big rubber work boots but they were 140 lempira ($6.57)
El Dorado Branch

Tell us about Copan.  It is inland in the mountains, a 3-hour bus ride from San Pedro Sula. It cost 100 lempira ($ 4.69) for the bus ride. It is way up in the mountains.   We are pretty much isolated from everyone else.   Our district class is supposed to be the best, “we are the chosen” as they say because here the temp is low and everyone wants to keep the rules and we have the best p day activities.

What is your companion’s name and where is he from, do you know anything about his family?  Elder C. he is from Quetzaltenango in Guatemala I forgot what he said about his family.   He is pretty funny and likes to joke around. He has almost fallen in the street twice, he did fall once. How long is your companion been out?  Six and 1/2 month.  Is it because your mission is so new, or do most people train at 6 months? I don’t know, I am the second person he has trained. Also we are, I think what they said, “reopening an area”. He speaks quite a bit of English but he can go a day without any. He says that I speak a lot more Spanish than the other kid he trained.  Are you happy Dad made you get those shoes?  Yes there way better than the other shoes I could have. It is literally hillier than San Francisco here. I am going to be in amazing shape when I am done. We went to the grocery store and I forgot my money so I had to use the ATM. It was a real grocery store that had a lot, we bought pancakes, syrup, milk, cereal, pasta, tomatoes, ramen.

Tell us about your apartment and living conditions for example, who is doing your wash, electricity and water cooking of meals anything like that. Our apartment isn’t even in our area i don’t think. But as I said, we don’t have a map of our area.  Our apartment is a mess; there is dirty stuff everywhere and a constant line of these weird little bugs crawling through the door and up the walls. Don’t worry, when you put the bed in the middle of the room you cant’ get attacked by these bugs. Well at least I haven’t yet. I have been working on cleaning up our apartment.   I have yet not tackled the bathroom.   If your house is cleaner you will have fewer bugs coming in.  The bug’s come in no matter what, we have our garbage inside. There is no place else to put it, there is a dog that is outside and sometimes it gets annoying but we have a dog outside. Also I saw a land rover defender just one. I saw way more in the ccm.  I think Guatemala was nicer as far as everything went. 
Have you used the water purifier?  No I have been using the bottle that the church gave me and other than that I have not filtered water I just drink it from a bottle. Bags of water cost 2 linpiras in case you were wondering.   The first 3 nights we didn’t have water pura so we just filtered it from the tap using a carbon filter.  We don’t have an oven, just an electric cook top with two burners and really only one good pan.  The next thing I might buy is a couple pans that I will take with me to my other areas, as well as a scoop to get water from the pila.
Brian's Bunk is on top

For my work clothes I washed them in the pila and for the others we are paying the branch president’s wife to wash, 300 lempria per month ($14.08). We get about 2000 limps every 2 weeks ($93.00) I think, so it is quite a bit. 

We also take moto taxis a lot which cost 20 lempira ($ .94)  for my companion and me. Yes I can understand a lot, I just don’t know how to speak back that well and the verbs are weird because so many of them can mean different things. Yes the people I have spoken to understand me. It was really weird we went around to the members to gain their support and we shared our favorite scriptures and I had to say a ton of prayers. We even gave a blessing this week but I did my part in English, thank goodness.
Overall we just eat what we are given and the people are as safe as they can be with cooking for the most part. The thing I can’t get over is how they open things always with their mouths or my companion try’s to open things with his toenail clippers, how strange. Are you carrying your knife now, you could use that to open things.  I did get it out of my bag and put it on our table so we can use it. Our apartment is 200 sq. ft. of nothing.  We had a lady that claimed she couldn’t cook, cook us lunch one day and I think it was the best food we have had yet.   Her name it Hermana G., she owns a small health clinic in her house.  We went to the grocery store and I forgot my money so I had to use the atm. It was a real grocery store that had a lot, we bought pancakes, syrup, milk, cereal, pasta, tomatoes, ramen.  Also here in Honduras their homemade orange juice is amazing, I almost think it is limonada but they say it is orange juice. We really haven’t had that many snacks or treats but I though the one rice crispy I brought form the ccm was amazing. I will make some one-day. Also at lunch yesterday the lady gave us a doughnut, I can’t tell you how good this tasted.  No banana doughnuts?  Not yet. I hope I can find the, or something similar to them. It seems like everyone here is in the bread industry, or they run their own home store thing.  There is really good soda here it is called Copan dry. Look it up, it is pretty good. They also have this malt drink that is supposed to be similar to root beer but it was terrible. In my area there are no restaurants, just some street venders who sell baleadas for 10 lempira ($ .47) we have had these for breakfast a couple times. 

We went and played soccer today in Santa Rosa de Copan, I think but I am not sure, it was really fun and after we went and ate at Bunny’s Pollo it was ok, but no one has ketchup.  Yes I had French fries today. They were good. Instead of ketchup I just used hot sauce, I drenched them and they were good. The bus ride to Santa Rosa today cost 30 limps. 

How is the weather and the mosquitos?   Is your hammock up yet? NO I have not put my hammock up yet I have not found a place to. It rains almost daily. Today on our way back from Santa Rosa there was a rainstorm and it was cool to see the water flowing down the hills and it flooded all the roads. I now can see where flash floods can come from. The mosquitoes aren’t that bad but I always have repellent on. Only two things have bitten me, I am not sure what they were, but that’s not to bad. 

What was your spiritual moment of the week? We were teaching this brother. First of all we were just contacting and he let us in the door to talk, second he let us teach a lesson and he said we could come back. We taught the restoration and he was all loud and laughing at the beginning but as we went, he began to nottivce and become more interested. Just to watch how this man changed over the course of the lesson was the most spiritual thing.  Another interesting moment, we were out looking for someone to teach and get contacts. So we said a prayer and asked for guidance on where to go. We got up and began waking, just over the hill we talked to this lady.   She was the wife of a Baptist pastor. We spent two hours there, one hour in to it, her husband showed up so there we sat with the pastor and his wife trying to teach. In the end the pastor said he had been to the LDS church and the only think he didn’t like about it was that when you go to the LDS party’s the music is not in harmony with the church standards. He invited us to Christmas dinner so we will see if we will take him up on this offer. He has money so it may not be a bad idea because we will get good food. Also he gave us a mandarin while we were talking.  Overall he is a very nice man. 

How are you eating and what are you eating? Do the members’ feed you lunch in your area?
We are eating baleadas usually daily. The member’s don’t feed us that often.  We only have a couple lunches and a couple dinners. Often times we go without a meal but that is fine. I just didn’t want to go without breakfast, that is why I bought pancakes, cereal and milk. 

Are you going to wear Jen’s tie out or do I need her to help me pick out?  On the ties, I will have to buy some more down here, I can get really cool handmade wool ones.  How is your side pouch working?  I love the size of my side pouch. It is good.

Have you seen any animals?  Yes there is birds that walk on our roof in the mornings; we also have seen a lot of geckos in houses, just one in our apartment so far, and these giant toads.  There are lots of cows and horses. 

How long do missionaries usually stay in an area before their transfer to a new area any idea?  I will be here for 12 weeks and probably stay out here in Copan for 10 or 12 months it seems like. 

Tell us about the Internet cafĂ© and computers.  The screen is small but it will do. 

Two years isn’t even that long. Time always seems like it is flying. There will be no problem with fun, we work hard and go to bed and it feels great!

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