Monday, October 20, 2014

Marijuana or Jesus?

Dear Family and Friends, 

Oh buddy, so much has happened in these past few weeks. Sorry for not writing a big comprehensive letter lately. I haven't had much time the last p-days to write one. But I always love you all; don't feel under-appreciated. 

Life is bouncing on in Honduras. I am always astounded by just how violent it is here. All street cred jokes aside, it is crazy seeing the effects of violence, gang and otherwise, everywhere. The other day, we contacted and taught a lesson on the Plan of Salvation to a 17 year old whose brother had just been shot and killed a month earlier while they were walking together. This youth barely escaped. His family had to move homes to hide from another potential attack. 

After that, we talked about the law of chastity to a man who hasn't gotten married to his girlfriend because her other son is in a gang and he is afraid of getting killed by being related to the other son. Then we visited a member family that was all packed and ready to move to the other side of the country randomly because their cousin was a gang member and killed a member of the opposing gang and was subsequently killed, and the opposing gang is famous for taking out the entire family of anyone that kills one of their members. From that lesson, we went and taught a man with a stab wound in his stomach. We then went to teach a man who has a bullet wound from when he was 13 years old. Like honestly, CHILL OUT HONDURAS!

Every day this week it has rained. Every day. The major river flooded, and many people's houses were flooded. Very, very wet.

Cool lesson his week: We were teaching the youth whose brother was just killed when this tatted up guy pokes his head in. We invited him to join us, and he said, "No thanks, I am going to smoke marijuana." We replied, "Okay, well... you should probably stay with us then instead of going to smoke." Then, seeing the golden opportunity to practice his English on a real live gringo, he asks me, "You like weed?" So much time has passed since someone has asked me if I like marijuana in English that at first I didn't understand him, but after the second inquiry I replied, a bit indignantly, "No! of course not!" and he said, "Why?" I replied, "Because it is terrible for your body and your soul!" So he decided to stay and talk with us and actually asked us some great questions like, what is our purpose here in life (to be happy), how can we be happy (obey the commandments and follow the example of Jesus Christ), what to do if someone is looking to kill you (my favorite question. REPENT!!!!!!!!!!). The spirit was really strong in that lesson.

What else? Oh yeah, we went to San Pedro Sula again to renew my immigracion this weekend. Always fun to get 25 people squeezed into a 12 person bus. Google search "honduras san pedro rapidito" and I imagine you will get the idea. On the ride, a man squeezed next to me and he said that he baptized in the states, but then made a lot of wrong decisions, ended up in jail, and now is here. I asked him if he wanted to come back to the church and change his life. The sad answer? "Naw, not now. I like what I am doing too much." Well, all I could tell him is that true lasting happiness only comes from obedience to the commandments and tell him that I love him before he got off. Hope that made a difference. On the twp hour trip back, we taught the restoration of the gospel to a Seventh Day Adventist pastor. Oh how beautiful and simple is the message of the restauration of the gospel!

Love the gospel. Love the people in Honduras. Love being a missionary. Love my family even though they went to Hawaii without me. 

Hurrah for Israel!

Elder Moffitt

Our muddy pila water after the rains. Wanna bathe in that?

Playing "Gospel Kickball". First base is Faith in Jesus Christ, 2nd Repentance,
3rd Baptism and Gift of the Holy Ghost, and 4th endure to the end, or to home base.

1 Nefi 10: 4-6
O ye people of these great cities which have fallen, who are descendants of Jacob, yea, who are of the house of Israel, how oft have I gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and have nourished you.
 And again, how oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, yea, O ye people of the house of Israel, who have fallen; yea, O ye people of the house of Israel, ye that dwell at Jerusalem, as ye that have fallen; yea, how oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens, and ye would not.
 O ye house of Israel whom I have spared, how oft will I gather you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, if ye will repent and return unto me with full purpose of heart.

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