Christmas in Honduras is so amazing, and i loved it so much. It is definately nothing like the states, but i had so much fun. Being a missionary in such a wonderful time of year is great, and i have so many opportunities to bare my testimony of Christ.
On Tuesday after our weekly district meeting our whole zone watched "Forever Strong", which has a really good messege. Our Zone did a gift exchange, which was a lot of fun, and i definately wore my Santa hat that my Mom got me. Christmas with missionaries is a lot of fun because we use everything that we can to make it like the Christmas at home. We definately decorated a palm tree and put our Christmas presents under them, it was awesome.
The whole week leading up to Christmas Elder Webb and I worked hard to talk to as many people as we could about Christ. Christmas is such a great opportunity to teach and testify of Christ. We used The Living Christ in a lot of our lessons and passed them out to as many people as we could. I also have a lot of pictures of Christ that i tried to give to many people. One lady we found and taught accused us of not believing in Christ, and when i heard her say that i immidiately got our my pictures of Christ and bore my Testimony of Christ. In reality i wouldnt be the person i am if it wasnt for Christ and his atoneing sacrifice for me. I am so grateful for everything that he has done a suffered for me. I am also so grateful to represent Him and preach His gospel.
Saturday the 24th was Navidad for the people here, and Honduras goes crazy about Christmas. The way the people here celebrate Christmas is by blowing up stuff, firecrackers, fireworks, and anything that shots fire or makes a lot of noise. All day Saturday my ears were ringing because. Sometimes i felt like i was in the middle of World War 2. Everytime something blow up i just smiled and lauged. Another thing that the people love here for Christmas is making lots and lots of Tamales. I am pretty sure that every person we taught and visited gave us Tamales. I at 8-10 throughout the day and i felt like i was going to explode. The tamales here are really good, so when i was full i just asked the people to put it into a bag so that i could save it for later. My fridge is now full of Tamales. The people here are realy nice, and they made my Christmas so great. A lot of the members treat us missionaries like family, and it is really great. I love the people here so much.
Another thing the the people here love doing is drinking beer, and a lot of it. Most times when people are drunk they are funny and always try to use english when they see us, but the only words they know are 4 letter words. On Sunday when we went to go pick up our investigators to Church, a few of our investigators were so wasted from the night before that they couldnt come outside because either they couldnt walk or the sun was too bright. Needless to say, they didnt come to Church. Church was great, and we were able to bring some of our investigators to Church, and they loved it. the biggest problem is that people dont go to Church. I love going to Church, feeling the spirit, and sitting with and teaching our investigators.
I made Cookies with the stuff that my Mom sent me, and I gave cookies to all of our investigators and members that make us dinner. They loved the cookies a lot, and some of them want me to show them how to make them. A long with handing out cookies we handed out pictures of Christ and bore our testimonies of Christ often.
Christmas for me was amazing. We even had a little Christmas Tree with lights and ornaments that our neighbor let us use. We put all of our presents under the tree, and when i woke uf the next morning Santa came and we opened our presents. My comp and I get alone very well, and we had a grand Christmas Party.
Overall, this was the best Christmas in Honduras that i have ever had. It was a lot of fun, and it was amazing to see how the people here celebrate Christmas. The Cultures are very different. I try to do everything i can to enjoy and be apart of the Culture. I love the people so much, and i love serving them and preaching them the gospel. I am so grateful for this Christmas and the opportunity i have to share my testimony all the time about Christ and his wonderful gospel. I want you nto know that i know that my Redeemer Lives. I know that Jesus Christ died for me and for you. I am so grateful for his atoneing sacrifice for me and for everyone. I love being a missionary and being an example of Jesus Christ. I am doing fantastic, and i have never been happier in my life. I had an amazing Christmas, and i hope that you had a great Christmas too. Thanks for your support and your prayers.
Elder Travis Jay Ward