Sunday, July 31, 2011

July 24, 2011

well another week down, i dont know about you guys but i feel that the time is going by super fast!!!! and as much as i cant wait to see you guys i would like it to slow down a little bit. but i guess i cant change that, it will go how it goes and i just got to make the best of the time.
well this week we had a little hick-up in the work but we dont let those kind of things stop us, we didnt have a baptism last week but we do have some for this week 2, a family and of course they have to get married. but thats okay thats part of the work. no i did not have transfers im still here in the same old area, but thats okay i like it and we have a lot of people we are working with here that i like so im okay with that. theres a lady here that can get a lot of stuff for me like souvenirs so im okay with that, actually there just a few more things that i would like to get before i leave. now im not saying i have to have them but if theres still some money of mine laying around somewhere that would be nice. im just asking.
well i dont know about the flight plans i thought you would know by now too but im sure you could call the office and talk to them. but im sure ill be home the 1st of september. thanks for getting my room all fixed up mom i really appriciate it. happy 24th on the 25th, but i cant believe you are not going to the parade, ill have to come home and fix ya guys up!!! send me some pics of the bathroom.
the pictures i have include are of the new baby of my converts that is 4 days old and then of the scorpion that we found.... ahahaha .
well i have to go im out of time and i dont know what else to talk about hahahaha but i love you all i cant wait to see you all.
with a bunch of love elder paulson
July 18, 2011

hahahahaha. okay well i guess your all doing good thanks all you that wrote me!!!! =) im really grateful for you all thanks for being awesome!
well the work is going well, we still have the family with a baptismal date and we found 3 new families this week to teach. in 2 weeks the family andrade should be married and baptized if all goes well with there marriage and then we have another family with a date for the 6th of august the family barrahona, they are all really awesome families that have just had leeps of progress.
well sounds like you are getting things ready for the great homecoming... hahaha!!! this week i have officially started my last change in the mission, this all seems so weird to me that the time has come and gone so fast it still hasnt really registerd yet, it catches me off guard some times, and i think "ill be home in 6 weeks", its kind of really sad but also happy. one day this will just be a dream that happened long ago. but i have learned so much here and i am so grateful for it. Today i learned that, " if you want to be happy in eternity, our life time is to make it happen, if you want to be happy in life, your mission is the time to make it happen." and i truly believe that, the mission has been a starting point in my life.
well since you asked mom about the airport, yes family, you know who would be good to invite and then of friends austin, mathew, chance, shir, andrew,branagan, kenny, jared. you know the bunch and yes Emi, but im telling her in my letter im sending this week. the room sounds good, you should send me a pic next week of the room and the bathroom, i like the beach idea but it cant be like the dinky beach theme stuff, you got to make it like cool beach stuff and colors. but thanks for doing that. its going to be awesome.
dad im exctied to get started right away, im doing a lot of jump rope in the morning. but there's not much i can do.
well love you guys thanks for every thing. te amo mucho
elder paulson

July 11, 2011

hello my dear family
well sounds like things are going normal for you all.... at least thats what i think seeing how i didnt hear from very many of you...(really just mom). but thats okay i guess no news is good news.... at least thats what they say. this has been just another good week in the work of the lord and the life of a missionary. that time is coming to an end very fast but there is still some time and with that i plan on doin some serious work! also i just can wait to see what austin and mathew have planned for my homecoming...... kind of scares me, not going to lie. and the homecomeing food you talked about sounds awesome... theres also some things from here that i would like to make also if thats okay like this drink made from corn called pozol, and some other things, i hope thats okay. so have you started painting yet i dont know how i could get those colors to you but the colors i want that were on that paper you sent me were that last blue one and there was like this crimson red on the other one those 2 colors.
well today was a really diffrent day we had an activity with President Flores and his family, he took our whole zone bowling and then we had lunch at his house, this was the first time he has done anything like that for a whole zone, he did it because of the success we have been having in the zone this last few months. so that was really cool.
well we have 1 family with a bapismal date right now Wilmer and Patty, they have been a crazy case because well of course they werent married like all of Honduras... but any ways Patty's papers for marriage were all messed up and so many things were wrong and they have been waiting for like 2 months to get this all fixed and it has been a long wait, they have been very good about it and patient, and now finally they have got them all fixed and are ready to get married and baptized. so i am very excited for them and hope that they are too, they seem like it. Well that is all I have.

Love you, Elder Paulson
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July 4th, 2011

How goes it? thank you all for your emails that i have recived (those who sent one). life in Honduras is really a joy. there are always new things happening.... i just dont know what they are!.... hahahaah because i dont read the news paper or watch the news or any of that good stuff im just here in my little happy missionary bubble..... ahahaha the mission is awesome. but i hope life has been well for you all and that the lord continues to bless you all, its crazy to think that we have made it to the final 2 months, as much as i am going to love seeing you all again and how much fun its goin to be with you all again, its going to be very hard saying good bye to the mission. i have learned so much and there is still so much to have be learned, these have been the best 2 years of my life so far!!!! i cant thank my father in heaven for what he has done for me in my time here in the mission.
well i guess you guys would like to know what happend this last week... well we had another baptism!!! it was so sweet!!!! the person who got baptized is named Richard he is the dad of the family that got baptized at the beginning of the month so that makes one more whole family on their way down the road to enternl life! their are such a cool family, when i first knew them i made a personal goal to get them baptized, and im glad i was here to see it done.
well i dont know what else to say.... miller how goes the whole being pregnet thing??? i hope your lovin it, your gonna be an awesome mom and same with kel and how about the farmers market how goes that. and the rest of you. hey dad i really like the jersey you sent we're gonna look sick on the field in those and you mentioned that we might be getting other ones.... well if we do we should get yellow ones with navy blue and navy blue shorts
well i love you all and thanks for your love
con mucho amor...
Elder Paulson

YUM.....mystery meat!!

June 27, 2011

Marraige papers for 2 familys.... 1,500.00 lempiras, Bus ride to distant pueblo to retrieve marraige papers 800.00 lempiras, Cost of gas to other distant pueblo to perform marriage 300.00 lempiras, Seeing 2 families enter the waters of baptism.... Priceless. WOW this has been a crazy crazy week!!!! i mean i have never had so many things to do all at one time, i had like 16,543,345 things to do and only 24 hours a day to finish them all...... ya its been crazy... but like my good old man kenny said you got to look at the miracles, and that is what im doing. i have seen 2 families make sacred covenants with our Heavenly Father and i am happy. it truly was a day of rejoicing, in all we had 6 baptisms this saturday and all were confirmed sunday morning in church( sorry i was not able to get a photo). One of them Carlos Espinal recently had his big toe amputated, but insipite of that he offered us his time so he could go and do visits with us, i thought how awsome is that.
well that has been about my week getting those two families married and baptized and i want to thank you, my wonderful parents, for your help and support, i just couldnt get the ward together to start rasing money. but with your help we got it done. i love you guys so much and thanks for all the support you have given me during my time in the mission.
okay well i guess like i didnt sound like i was happy enough for amelia and kel, (which i truly am) i get to be that crazy awsome uncle. i have so many plans for my future nephew or niece. so dont get me wrong i am stoked and i cant wait... by the way do you know what its going to be.... and have you started to put thought into names or any of that good stuff????? i hope so.... i would like to put in my thought.... if its a boy his name should be Axel (and no thats not a spelling error) and if its a girl Abigail.
well i cant believe that kenny's home.... thats so crazy i didnt even think he was close to getting home, i hope some one gave him a big bear hug on my part and that hes savin a sit for me at the settlers table. and mom a song that i would like is "Onward chrisitan soldiers" or " The day dawn is breaking".
well i am horrible out of time but thank you all that wrote me this week, Mom, Dad,......... well thats about it, and a little note from Kaelen.
well i love you all
Elder Paulson

June 20, 2011

Hello family,
well im really excited to write you guys, i dont know why but i am. i hope your week has gone well.
well were running around like chickens with our heads cut off, we have 2 familys this week that need marraige and baptisam and we still have alot to do before it happens, one of the husbands is from a department (state) about 3 or 4 hours away where he has to go to take out his birth certificate and a whole bunch of other stuff, another one lost his identification and he has to go get that taken out to. so lots of things and little time to do them but i know the lord is on our side and i'm not worried.
so this week we had elder falabela from the seventy come and talk to us, it was really really good he talked about free will, and i have included a picture with him. well he invited us this week to get a blessing from our bishop in the ward we are serving so last night we went and got one, and it was a really cool cool blessing he gave me, really powerful.
so this week the zone leaders had a baptism so we went to help them and while we were waiting for the baptismal font to fill up we went and started playing the piano. well we got distracted and lost track of time, then one of the elders went to go to the bathrom and all of a sudden we hear "HELP" and so we come running out and see that the font had run over and over!!!!!! so we had alot of mopping to do.
well i loveyou all that's about it for this week not much until the end of this week i will let you know how it all goes.
with love elder paulson

Monday, June 13, 2011

June 13, 2011

Well sounds like a lot of crazy things are going on back home!!!!!! Sounds like you guys had a good time with the whole Birthday thing for mom!!! and i just want to say happy BIRTHDAY MOM!!!! I hope it was an awesome one!!!! I love you tons and am so grateful that you are my mom. For me the birthday was almost just kind of another day except that I saved the presents to open and my zone leader bought a little gift thing so that was nice but other than that it was just a normal day, but not that I was bad or anything I really enjoyed dedicating my birthday to the Lord, it's not like I don't owe it to him anyways for all that he has done for me I don't see the whole mission thing any more as putting my life on hold for 2 years so I can serve the Lord, more it's that I find myself once again in his debt for the things he has done for me in my life here in the mission. So I am more than happy to have my birthday pass as just a normal day while in the work of the Lord.
So this is my first week as trainer again, it's always the hardest because they know nothing and you really have to help them along but it's such an awesome experience to see them grow and become the missionary the Lord has intended them to be and be apart of that growing with them. This new training program that we are doing is reallly awesome and I am learning a lot from it. I'm really gratetful that the Lord has given me this opportunity to be a trainer to finish my mission, we kind of had a hard week in the district but we are working on getting it better and helping the other elders. but all is moving along
This week we have the opportunity to hear Elder Falabela of the seventy come and talk to us missionaries which is really awesome. I love this opportunity to learn from these men of the Lord. I have a lot of things I am hoping he can help me with, I have learned that if I write what I want to change or to better on a piece of paper and then take notes in these meetings I usually find the answer.
So we are working with this new family that is really cool, the family Espinal, they are a really humble family and even more humble with the fact that the husband isn't working right now because he had his big toe amputated about 2 months ago and it still hasn't healed, but they have much faith in the sense that he had a doctors appointment but decided to come to church instead so I really love them and they have had really good progress. So if you can include them in your prayers that would be awesome.
So I really loved everything that was in the package, I have been fighting off hordes of missionaries for those chocolate chip cookies and grandma's cookies that you sent me, just one thing.... the whole green tea candy's ya I'm really grateful for them and the thought but.... ya, but the rest was awesome. Thank you all mom, dad, Amelia and Kel (the dried squid was gone before Sunday it was really good).
Well i just have to tell you all thanks for everything, I love you all so much.
love Elder Paulson