Sunday, November 21, 2010

November 15, 2010

Alright family
Alright so I got a lot to tell you guys, first of all I will answer your questions. We go to to an internet cafe at a mall. We had the baptisms on Tuesday because I was getting transfered out of the area. They were really awesome, the mom was crying and all. The meatball sandwiches went awesome!!!! They loved them and they wrote down the recipe and said they were going to make them all the time now, and for dad the weather is a lot cooler than before but it's not really raining that much right now but it is supposed to start again soon.
Alright, so a lot has changed this week, and I mean a lot!!!! So we got transfers last week and I was called to a new area La Pradera, in zone Comayagüela it's a really small zone and my area is pretty ghetto seeing how I just got put closer to the center of the city. But this is not the best part, I'm opening an area, they divided the area where I'm at so now there are 4 missionaries in my area, and we really don't have anything to work with we just have been contacting all this week, but that's still not the best news!!!!! I'm trainning!!!!!!!! What!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? I know it's ridiculous, I had a feeling I was going to train but not open an area too!!!! It's been kind of a really stressed week for me, I'm trying not to let my "son" (when your training you call your comp your son) get all discouraged because all we do is contact. But we have had some success in that. But it really was a big change for me, coming from 6 baptismal dates to almost nothing, but I know that's not what measures the success of a missionary, I'm just more worried about my "son." I know that success will come we just have to find the people. The members here are just not as in to the work as they were in my last area, because all my investigators from my last area were referrals, and all the ones we have now are from contacting. I have found a new confidence in myself for this experience that I'm going through.
So ya, that's what is kinda happen here for me right now, but no worries, I'm good now, I'm really happy. It's just some days it's a little hard to get myself to knock another door but I always think of the scripture in Ether 12:6 It's after the test of our faith that we receive the witness. Thanks mom and dad and all the family that contributed to my Christmas package, I love you all, I have an awesome family!!!!! Thanks for everything. Well that is all I have for this week. That's all that has really happened. Te amo mucho!!!!!
Love Elder Paulson

Sunday, November 14, 2010

October 26, 2010

This is a little out of order but it was so small I had a hard time finding it. Ha, Ha!

Hello family,
Alright so this was an excellent week, we had 4 baptisms, the Family Nunez did not get baptized but we're going to go see what's up. But it was an amazing experience! Alright so that's what happened, I'm sorry I have to do this again but I'm really short on time. I love you all!!! Really I'm sorry! Thanks for everything.

Love Elder Paulson
November 1, 2010

First off I have to tell you all I'm sorry, sorry for the short letters that I sometimes send, (like 3 times in the whole mission). I try I really try but I have only 1 hour!!!! to write all of you and my mission Presidente and I have been told I have to write him first. I dont do it for a lack of love for you all, you all know how much I love you, there should be no question about that, but I'm trying to really make the best out of the time I have here and part of that requires that I am obedient to the rules of the mission. Now I don't want you all after reading this part of my letter to think " WOW what's happened to Spencer!?!?!?!, he's gone all crazy missionary on us!", that's not the case, I'm just trying to get you guys to see it from my perspective. And now I don't want you to think that you have to write me shorter emails, I have one hour a week to know whats going on in your lives and whats happening back home and trust me I really need to hear these things, I need this 1 hour to be the most informational hour of the week. Alright I'm done with this part now I just hope you can understand.
So sounds like it was a really good week for the sports back home, nice job Max keep it up! And Dad I was really worrying how the game would turn out against UVU but I guess there was no need to. but who is ranked 23rd in the nation SLCC or UVU? Well I have to say I'm a little ashamed to hear how Halloween went, not even a pumpkin carved in my home!? I tried to get some pumpkin carving going on here but we couldn't find any pumpkins, I thought about using a watermelon but it just wouldnt be the same. Today in Honduras is Dia de los muertos (day of the dead) but all they do is go to the graves of their dead family members and clean their tombs, that's all realy.
Well we had another successful week we and another baptism this weekend, just one but the guy gave a talk in church this Sunday as a member and it seemed like he had been in the church for years, he wants to serve a mission so I was stoked to hear that. Also we are teaching this awesome family that is really just eating up the gospel they really are just a family of gold!!!! This week we put a baptismal date for the 13th of November 3 days after transfers I really don't want to leave this area! We also have another family that this Sunday at church they asked what they had to do to get baptized, were working on getting them married right now. The Lord really is blessing us I don't know what we have been doing but it's working, I think that it's just that we're putting more trust in him.
So some updates on what's going on in Honduras.... well not much has changed it's about the same.... but the weather has gottin a little bit hotter and dryer but everyone still thinks its cold. This month the mission had 120 baptisms, but we're still a lot behind to complete our goal for the year of 1600. So we're just going to have to step it up!!! So like I said last week we had the baptisms, 4 in total it really was awesome they truly had big changes in their lives, men that had been drinking and smoking since they were 6 years old, and lots and lots of other things and now this next sunday they will be receiving the melquezidek priesthood! It's amazing the changes the gospel can make in someones life.
Hey mom give grandma and grandpa a hug for me and a kiss, I'll write them a note and the end here. I thought of something for the Christmas package a musibi maker, I think you could find them at the Hawaiian store in West Valley I think that is were it's at, or you could just ask the guys at Lanikai. and if you could send more songs of Israel Kamakulai, the guy that sings Over the Rainbow. You could just put them on a USB flash dirve.
Well thats all I have for now, I hope I wrote enough for you guys, thanks for every thing you all, I love you all, Te amo mucho.
Elder Paulson
Grandma and Grandpa
How are you guys, thanks so much for the money, you guys don't have to give so much! I really miss you guys, I told mom to give you a kiss and a hug for me. We really are having alot of success here. I love being a missionary it makes me sad sometimes that I have so little time left. But I'll be glad to see you guys. I love you!!
Love Elder Paulson
October 18, 2010

Alright family!!!
So first off, it's awesome to see Andrew, thanks for the pictures mom! I can't wait to hear from him. I was thinking about sending him a letter but it might be easier now just to email. If you see him again give him a bro hug for me!!!! I haven't heard from the Mondragons for a little while, I sent them a letter like.... 2 weeks ago, but it does take awhile to get there. Sorry about the short letter last week, but we have to write president and sometimes I have to tell him a lot of things. But I'll work hard on not sending short ones anymore. Dad, the team is looking really good!!! Tell the guys what's up for me. Do you go to practice every day with them? I can't wait to get back and get going with them again! But I'm kinda really out of shape we don't really get much time to work out or do anything like that, some times we play soccer on p-day but other than that not really anything else......
Alright so for what's happening here in Honduras, well first things first, I thought you guys would like to know that we haven't had electricity for a week.....why you ask? We didn't pay our power bill on time hahaha but it's not like the states where you just send it in the mail or over the internet, you have to find a bank that you can pay at and where we live there's not really any banks.... but we paid it we just have to find someone now to come reconnect the wires ( they just cut the wires here to shut your power off) but really for me it's not that bad, we're never in the house for much time, we just need a way of refridgeration and some way to cook and we would be good and we wouldn't need to have any electricity at all !!!! but my comp wants light so I guess we will get it fixed but don't worry the members feed us here, they are all really awesome...... So I have figured something out, Hondurans don't do well with rapid weather changes, the weather has turned coolish here and they just can't handle it. Everyone is getting sick, and as for me well I am just fine hahaha! They all have like big winter coats on and I'm here in my short sleeves, and they all ask me "aren't you cooled" i just say "no" and laugh. My comp has been a little bit under the weather thanks to this, but he's getting better.
Alright so for the missionary work this weekend we will have 5 baptisms!!!!!!! 1 family, Family Lopez Nuñez and we're completing 2 other families. We really have been blessed. I feel we are working hard, but then I remember that i only have 10 months left and I feel like I'm not working hard enough and I should be doing so much better. But this week we are really working hard with these people that have baptismal dates for this weekend. This week when we were visiting the Fam. Lopez Nuñez we were teaching the word of wisdom and the law of chastity, well when we were teaching the law of chastity the sister said something that made me and my comp laugh super hard. She said "Dios quire que obedicemos la ley de castidad, pero..... es bien rico!!!!" (god wants us to obey the law of chastity, but is soooo good!!!!) hahahaha she was joking around but it still was funny. This family is really awesome!!! I have truly enjoyed teaching them and when the time comes it will be that much better to see them baptized!!!! So for the first week of November the stake were in will be spliting, and will be creating a new stake, and word on the street is that Elder Ballad is coming!!! That would be so sick!!!!! We don't have any callings in the ward it's really a pretty big ward, just a question what's the attendance for our ward on sundays, if you could get that for me mom I would really appreciate it.
Alright one last thing, as you guys think about Christmas I just need to say that I'm falling out of my pants..... I have pretty much worn holes in the crouch of my pants. I can get that lady that made my suit to make me some pants and there not really that expensive. But it's just something I thought you guys could consider.
Well my family, I love you all and I thank you for your sacrifices and your love. Even when some of you find it difficult to write me. I still love you. TE AMO MUCHO)¨!!!!!! and thanks mom for the money, I truly appreciate it.

Love, Elder Paulson