San Marcos, Ocotepeque, Honduras (San Marcos Branch)
Hoy qué hay?! Todo va muy bien aquí en San Marcos, Santa Barbara, Honduras. I am grateful to be here and have the opportunity to preach the Gospel to the people here. I appreciate the support and love of each one of you. I am grateful for my Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ. They love us and want us to inherit salvation one day. I'm so grateful for my family and for the restored gospel that has changed my life. I'm grateful for the Atonement of Christ who as the Prince of Peace has given me peace in my life. I'm so grateful for the gift of repentance and for the opportunity we have through the atonement to become like God. I'm grateful for our prophet today, Russell M. Nelson and for his leadership in these the latter days. I'm grateful for loving parents who have taught me how to be a man of Christ. I'm so grateful for the Plan of Salvation that allows us to live with God again and have eternal life. This week was a bit of a challenging week but we're looking forward to this week with hopes of more success.
So on Thursday we had the opportunity to have our own Thanksgiving - Catracho style haha. So after our District Meeting, we as a district went to a restaurant in Cofradía, Cortes to have our "Thanksgiving" dinner. We each bought big meal and ate it together. It was fun. I bought a hamburger and fries which was the most American menu option they had available. We couldn't find anywhere that had turkey, potatoes, rolls, and pies and all of the other good stuff but it still tasted pretty good. The only problem is that about an hour after eating I started to feel really sick. So typical. Gotta love Thanksgiving in Honduras!
We had a pretty cool the experience on Saturday night. We decided to try again with Karla Turcios, remember her? We visited again with her on Wednesday and then on Saturday. She's been going through a difficult time in her life with the loss of her Husband. On Tuesday, we talked to her about the peace that the Savior can give us and how we can feel his comfort through prayer to our Heavenly Father. We left her an assignment to read in the Book of Mormon in Alma 7:11-17 and when we came back on Saturday we found out that she hadn't read it. So we read it with her and talked about what Alma wanted us to know. We talked about the importance of repentance and baptism. And then we shared an example talking about repentance as a child running to her father, kneeling down with arms open wide. The loving father is the Savior and the child is us. And the action of running to be in his embrace is repentance. We asked her what she desired and she said she wanted to be in that embrace. We then asked her how she could be in that embrace. She responded, "Repentance and getting baptized." We challenged her to baptism and she accepted. She is going to think about a date when she can get baptized. I'm so grateful for the Holy Ghost who bore witness to her heart of the doctrine of Christ. We're hoping and praying that she will follow through with her decision.
Everything is going pretty well here and I'm so grateful to be a part of this great work. I love the Lord and I'm grateful for his mercy and patience with all of my many weaknesses. I'm so grateful for your love and support. Have a great week!