Sunday, July 25, 2010

July 19, 2010

The internet was down in the town where Elder Paulson is serving and so he could not write to us this day. First week we had not received a letter from him. I called the mission office just to make sure that he was okay, no Dengue fever or anything illness that might have been keeping him from sending that much anticipated letter. Not really expecting anything but a email back telling me that everything was just fine, I received a phone call from the mission office elder telling me that he has spoken to Elder Paulson and he was just fine and that I should get out and do something to get my mind off him. Funny!!! Oh well, so I have the reputation of being a mother who worries, pretty sure I am not the first nor will I be the last! Made me feel better to know that he was fine!

Not sure about the birds on Elder Paulson's shoulder, but he loves the creatures of Honduras so I had to share them! This is the family that he has been working with, Roberto, Patricia, Gabriela, Dago, and I am not sure about the smallest child's name.

July 12, 2010

Well hello to another change,
So this will be the first letter you will be getting from my 7th change in the mission!!! It feels like time has gone by so fast, and I feel that I only have so short of a time to be a part of this work! Well I got my new comp last week, I'm still in the same place. My new comp is Elder Eslava from..... Peru, this will be my second companion from Peru.I have already learned a lot from him he is an amazing teacher and I think that we are going to be really good friends.
So this last week we didn't have any baptisms, we put a couple dates, but we will see how they go. We're still having problems with that family that we baptized the week before, the mother in law is causing a lot of problems, she didn't want them to get married..... and it's just a big mess. We are going to have to go fix another problem they are having! But i know that if they just focus in on the things of the gospel they wouldn't be having these problems.
So we have had some big changes in the world wide mission organization, every 6 weeks we would have zone conferences and also interviews with the President, but now everything is happening every three months! That's a long time, they are really putting a lot more confidence in the missionaries now! It's alot more honor system. There's been a BIG!!! problem here in Honduras with Dengue fever ( I think that's how you spell it) it's carried around by the mosquitos, and people are dying from it. We now sleep with mosquito nets that the mission gave us and there's been a lot of stuff going on in the church to prevent it, and in the mission. but I'm not worried, I know the Lord will protect us, and if we just follow the rules of how to stay safe will be fine.
Thanks mom for sharing that with me, I have always considered you my friend and I don't know what our relationship would be like without that part of it. I'm super bummed that you didn't get my letter, it was an awesome letter but I'll write another one like it, I think I saved a copy of it. Well a few crazy things I have eaten..... cow stomach, chicken feet, this little fruit called nanci ( they call it the cherry's evil twin),they make homemade pork rindes here but I like them. It's mostly just rice and beans with fried platanos.
Right now I'm reading this talk that my comp has called the "The Atonment of Jesus Christ" it's amazing. I have learned so much from it, it was written by and Elder Skousen I think, I'm sure you could find it on the internet, but you guys should really read it.
Well I did get garments but shirts no, but I need your guys help, I need to pay for that family that got married and it's like 30 bucks or something like that do you think you guys could help me. Also mom I have seen those hero pictures, if you could find some and send them to me that would be awesome, the walls of our house are pretty bare, and if you could send a another picture of Jesus Christ like what you sent for christmas that would be awesome, but mom I'm grateful always for what you guys do for me, I love you all and hope all is well.
Love your son, Elder Paulson
P.S. to Max
Hey Bro, hows it going? I just wanted to write you and say... WHAT ARE YOU THINKING!!!!???? Dude you have to play football! It's obivous you are not going to wrestle, but you have to play football, you have so much potential! You could be amazing if you keep going and working your butt off in football, you could be better then me!!! But think about that!

July 5, 2010

mi familia

First answer: Yes I got my package! hahaha and it was awsome! I loved everything you sent, all that Chinese candy and the spam and sushi and the Reeses. I have to say mom, you did very well on hiding that mp4 player, I didn't even know where it was, I opened those speakers and I said " why did she send me these if she didn't send anything to listen to?" hahaha! But everything was very cool and I loved it all. Yes that Johnny Lingo movie was the same one I had, but it's okay and I was stoked for the Other Side of Heaven but it doesn't have and Spanish settings, but it's okay. I loved it all and I'm more than grateful for you doing all that for me. That mp4 player works just fine. I loved it. I had to share my dingdongs with the district but it was alright.
So word on the work. well we didn't get the "whole" family baptized this week. We did get them married but the mom and one of the kids don't have the attendance at church they need but the dad (Roberto) and his daughter (Gabriela) did get baptized. The mom (Patricia) and the son (Dago) have a date for the 24th of July!!!! hahahaha! The mom was at the baptism of her husband and her daughter and after she came up to us and said she wanted to be baptized with them and she was all bummed out, and the son (who is 8) came up to me and asked when could he be baptized, it was an awesome experience! So they are really fighting for this date, and the cool thing is the dad will be able to baptize them. They got married on Friday. We also are teaching her sister and her boyfriend so we might have to be doing another wedding but I'm not complaining, it's worth it to baptize them.
That was really awesome what Jenny said about Uncle Reed, those things are really true, he really did live like that and we are all better people if we follow his example like that.

Well my comp left for home today so I'll be getting a new one on Wednesday, I don't know who it is but I'll let you know next week. Well I love you all. Thanks for everything. Thanks mom again for all. Té amo mucho!!!
Love your son, Elder Paulson

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Birthday package finally arrives! Yeah, only 7 weeks to get there!
Dressed for rain, not the whimpy Utah rain!
No words to explain this photo!
June 28, 2010

Hello to another week!
Alright, first I'm sorry I didn't write yesterday, we had to go to the office and go to emigration to take out my identification and go through all that fun stuff! So, ya that's why i didn't write yesterday.
So this last week was a good week, that family is still progressing, they still haven't been married. We are still waiting on some papers that we need, but we are hoping and praying for this week. Plans are we are going to marry them this week and then baptize them on Sunday, because the sister works everyday of the week so we're hoping for a miracle on that. We have been finding alot of new people this week to teach, which I have been excited for! This month the mission baptized 112 people and this month completes a year for Pres. Flores and from this time last year to now the mission has baptized 1127 people,1127 children of God! Who were lost and have now found their way back home again! Like what Pres. Flores shared with us I feel the same when Ammon rejoices in the Lord ( Alma 26). I have really been focusing on my obedience to the rules of the mission and can truely say that I have felt the spirit of the Lord in work more now!
This week we haven't had that much rain, it rained a lot on Friday to the point of rivers in the streets and the rivers rising to touch the bridges, but that's nothing new here. It has been really humid but I'm kinda just getting used to it ow, there's nothing I really can do to change it so I just live with it. Well that's it for now, I'm out of time I only had a 1/2 hour today because it's not our day to write. Love you all, I'll write more next week.
Thanks for everything mom, I hope you like the pics, love you!!!!
Love your son, Elder Paulson