San Marcos, Ocotepeque, Honduras (San Marcos Branch)
Oy! Buenas Buenas bienvenido a San Marcos! Todo está bien aquí in San Marcos y realmente me encanta el área. Estoy aprendiendo muchas cosas y estoy muy agradecido con mi Padre Celestial por estar aquí en esta rama haciendo su obra. So everything is going good here in San Marcos! It's been cool getting to know the area and I'm really excited to get to know more and to work here in San Marcos. I really think that we're going to have a lot of success down here. I already love the members of this branch, they are all super cool and loving. This area is a lot different than my last areas because it is huge. I thought that Morelos was really big but I was so wrong. This area I'm in is one of the biggest areas in the whole mission. The unique thing about this area is that there are a lot of "pueblos" or small communities that are just a 10 to 15 minute drive from our house. There's a lot of variety of people and culture. It's not quite as hot here which is nice. The really awesome thing though is that we have a small swamp cooler in the bedroom in the house. It has been soooo amazing! I forgot how amazing it is to have AC when you are trying to sleep.
I have a few new things from Honduras that I want to share. I know that it's been a while since I have shared anything new about Honduras.
1. First off "Oy!" This is another way to say hi to people and it's really common here in San Marcos. You'll pass by someone and they will always say it to you. The thing is though, you have to say it in like a high pitched squeaky voice, I'm not sure why but that's what you do LOL.
2. "Zarco" This word means "light colored eyes". Most people here in Honduras have brown eyes so when someone has blue or green eyes they call them a "zarco." So they call me Gringo Zarco haha.
3. "Chele" is another word that they use to refer to someone who has light skin. San Marcos is a little pueblo way out in the country, so it's not as common to see Gringos. I've had a lot of people staring at me which has been a funny experience haha. I am now commonly referred to as the "Chele Gringo Zarco" which translates roughly to the "super white, light eyed, white guy" LOL. People also often say that my skin is red and not white haha.
This week we had a couple of funny experiences which has been interesting. The other day while we were doing our companionship study a giant lizard ran inside our house and my companions freaked out and grabbed a giant stick and a machete and killed it. So that was fun haha and a bit scary. This week I also saw a spider bigger than the palm of the hand. My sisters would LOVE IT down here. We had another funny experience we we were contacting people. We met a girl who was chele or white and looked like she was from the States but she's Honduran. When she found out that Elder Maynez and I are from the States she asked "Y con cual me puedo casar?" or "So which one of you can I marry?" So that was funny, haha. We kind of just avoided the question and started talking about the Restoration of the Church. We'll see if she's interested but she was kind of strange haha.
This week we also had some spiritual experiences which was cool. Yesterday we talked to a recent contact named Marvin Quiroz and he is a really cool guy. But he is really firm in his beliefs of the Bible. He doesn't attend any church. But yesterday we visited him and tried to encourage him to accept the Book of Mormon and search for his own answer. He refused to accept it. I then felt the Spirit swell up in my heart and what followed was a powerful testimony of what I know to be true and how I know that it's true. I'm so grateful for the Spirit and I know it guides us as we testify of the truth. I don't know if Marvin is ready yet but I trust that one day he will be ready to hear the gospel. I also had an amazing day yesterday in Church with the Sacrament. I prepared for the Sacrament a lot more this week and focused on the scripture Mosiah 14:3-7 and it really helped me to focus on the sacrifice of my Savior, feel the spirit, and renew my covenants. I testify that as we truly prepare for the sacred ordinance of the Sacrament we will recieve the promise in the blessing of the Sacrament that we might always have His Spirit to be with us. I testify of the sacredness of the Sacrament.
I love you all so much and have a great week!