Being a missionary is so amazing, and i love being a servant of the Lord. We had Changes this week which was exciting because it was my first change since my very first day. All the members and investigators are really sad that Elder Neher is leaving right before Christmas, but they are excited that i am staying for Christmas. I am so excited to spend my first Christmas in Honduras with the people that I love. We had changes on Wednesday, and all the missionaries that have changes all meet at the big stake center in San Pedro Sula. The meeting is really cool because we get to meet all the new missionaries straight from the MTC or CCM, and we also get to hear all the testimonies of all the missionaries that are leaving. there were about 19 new missionaries (And its crazy to think that i was one of those newbies a few months ago), and 25 missionaries that were leaving home. It is really exciting to have all those missionaries together, and there is a lot of excitement because of all the changes. Elder Neher was a great trainer and i was able to learn so much from him, but i was really excited to get a new companion. I was really hoping to get a Latin comp so that he could help me better my Spanish. At the end i got my new comp Elder Webb, and he is from Salt Lake City. He is a really great Elder, and I am so excited to be with him and learn from him. This week has been really great because i have been able to get to know my new comp, and we are already really great friends. I know my area very well, so i was able to show him where everything is and introduce him to all the investigators and members. Because my comp doesn't know anyone or where to go I had to take the lead on everything. I am really surprised at how much my Spanish has grown, and i feel a lot more comfortable with it. It is a great feeling to really be able to talk to people and express myself, especially during the lessons, teaching, and when i share my testimony.
It has been raining a lot this week, and because of all the rain there is a lot of mud. However hard i try to keep my shoes and pants clean, they get covered in mud. I also really enjoy when the buses and cars drive by on the dirty muddy roads and spray mud everywhere. Also, there have been many times when i am walking and i think the ground is solid or its a rock, and its not, and my whole foots sinks into the mud. Its awesome. I actually think its really fun because when i walk on the street people always tell me that i have mud up to my shins. I just use that opportunity to talk to them and invite them to come closer to Christ. Overall, i love Honduras, and there is no place on Earth that i would rather be than here in Honduras on my mission.
Because it is almost Christmas we have been able to use Christmas and Christ to find and teach a lot of people. A lot of people don't realize the true meaning of Christmas and just focus on the colors, presents, gifts, candy, and everything else that comes with it. I have been able to share my testimony many times this week about the true meaning of Christmas which is Christ. Since i have been on my mission i have strengthened my testimony in Jesus Christ because there have been many times were i needed to turn to Christ for help or put all of my faith in him. Teaching about Christ is a powerful and wonderful way to preach the Gospel. Most people here already know a lot about Jesus and love him very much, so they always want to know more about him. We teach about Christ, share our testimonies on Christ, and then go into the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for Jesus Christ and everything that he has done for me. I know that he lives. I know that he died and suffered for each and every one of us and all of our sins. I wouldn't be here on my mission if it wasn't for Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a representative of Jesus Christ, to be his hands, and the preach his gospel.
"We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins. - 2 Nephi 25:26
"And Now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him! That he lives! For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father -- That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God." -- D&C 76:22-24
Overall, I am doing fantastic, i love being a missionary, and i have never been happier in my life. I am so excited to spend my first Christmas in Honduras with the people that i love. part of the culture of Honduras during Christmas is lots a lots of fireworks, and lots of tamales. I am so excited, and i cant wait to tell you more about it next week. I hope that you enjoy the pictures that i sent. I love you very much, and thank you very much for all the prayers, letters, and support.
Elder Travis Jay Ward