Category Archive : Missionary

We went to the mountain, finally…..

Hey everybody, We finally got to go over to Pico Bonito this p day, and that is why I am so late writing you today, but I am going to try to be quick with my emails so that I can be able to call you later too. It was super fun and I have a TON of pictures from it, so I won’t say too much, but will let you look at all the pictures instead. 


We had splits the other day, and we are going to have splits again tomorrow all day long. It was weird being with another missionary, and I am not going to lie, I wasn’t a big fan of it. I got put with a fresh greenie right out of the MTC, who didn’t communicate well with me, and made everything his way. I was awakened to the fact that I am not always going to have awesome companions, and that despite the faults we have had, up until now, I have had some truly awesome companions out here. 


We lost the baptism we had set for this week, because the mom is not ready to let the daughter be baptized yet. She does not believe she is old enough or ready to make decisions like that yet, so we will not be seeing this baptism anytime soon. But, we have been receiving a ton of new people who are prepared to receive us, and all of them are progressing. It is amazing to see the Lord’s hand work in our lives when we are willing to look for it, and when we are humble enough to ask for it.


I am going to get the box you all sent from home to me this week, as we have a companionship that has to go to the mission office this week. They are going to bring it back to their area, and when we finish splits I will have it in my hands. I think it all worked out for the better, and I truly have learned a lot about how important patience is and that it pays off when we are truly patient to the core.


Okay new foods that I tried this week (careful reading these, not a fan myself):A cow’s udder (tastes and smells like milk)chicken Feet (tastes and basically is super glue with oil and fat in it)
Photos this week:The mouse that was in our house that I killed with my bare hands (broke the broom doing it, I am quite proud to say that I have a little bit of mom in me for this haha), a hen with her 21 babies (what a mom), the cow udder, the mother and baby healthy and in their home from my story last week, chicken feet, the most pathetically small tacos I have seen in my life, and pictures from Pico Bonito


I love you all. Have a great week and remember to stay diligent in being both patient and humble!


Pregnant mother was about to have a baby

Hey everybody,

We have had another baptism here this week, and we are wicked excited to maybe see another two or three this coming weekend as well. I am super happy to still be here, and hope that we keep seeing so much success. I am going to work my guts out in this area until I die, and then continue on after that haha. Time has been passing by faster and faster, and even though I love you all tons and tons, I have not been distracted or home sick a single moment this week. I hope to keep losing myself in the work here and killing it.

I cleaned our house last week, taking a large chunk of preparation day to do it, but I am glad that it is done now. It is easier to have the Spirit, I feel more comfortable in the home, and I feel better just for having done it. It is always good to get your mind of something by doing something else for a little while.

We met a couple in a Pulperia (store) here that have a bible completely marked up and they know a ton of stuff about it. We heard this man’s lesson for about 35 minutes, until when he was finished I invited him to turn to a scripture in his bible Ezekiel (spelled wrong I know) 37:15-17, and then gave my short testimony and explained the book of Mormon to him. When I pulled this book of Mormon out of my bag, his wife took it out of my hands before I could even say “Libro de Mormón” She flipped it open and started reading it, and when we returned 2 days later she had already marked things. I hope we are able to establish a testimony there so that we can bring them to Christ.

I also had a wicked cool spiritual experience, in which I felt physically stopped in the street, and that we needed to change the schedule we had and go to a different house. My companion just listened and came along, without saying anything much about it. We arrived at the other house and the pregnant mother was there about to have a baby, couldn’t leave the kids, and had no one else in the home to help her. Thank goodness I took that EMR class and learned how to deliver a baby…. Hahaha just kidding, we ran over to the clinic and had a nurse come with us to help her out. I know the Spirit is powerful, and I don’t know what we would have done without it.

Pictures:
Stuff literally grows everywhere here, our district went to zone conf with matching pink colored ties, I ate a cow tongue (tastes like chewy beef no joke), baptism day, and a part of the half watermelon I ate last night

Love you all tons, and hope everything is going good at home.

Elder Searle

Baptism 3

Hey yall,
We had a baptism yesterday that went super well! We also have dates for at least four more people this month, all of which seem pretty solid. I am wicked excited to see the work of the lord progressing and moving forward so quickly! It was a stressful day yesterday as the missionaries in this branch are always more than just missionaries, and we had to plan and execute everything without having any notice at all. It was a stressful day and I fell into a dead sleep. 


I had a crazy experience the other day in which a four wheeler just stopped in the middle of the street without any reason, my companion pointed it out, and the driver seemed to be struggling with something. We ran over there and he was having a seizure! We had no choice but to pull his little daughter out of his arms so that he didn’t crush her or hurt her. All was good, and with some water and about 3 minutes of waiting, he just up and left. It was a good reminder that we need to be prepared to do anything at any moment, and always be worthy to receive the call of action when it comes. I have also seen 2 mute people for the first time in my life. One was a little boy who was trying to tell us something and we couldn’t figure out what it was, but he followed us for a few streets being our little buddy and it was pretty cute. I love the people here.


I was reading the story of Enos this week, and marked certain parts in it to make the story shorter and more simple, and I think that the story of Enos truly is amazing. We can see how powerful the atonement is in a matter of about 6-7 versus of scripture. This proves just how simple it is, even though it seems to be quite complicated. I know that the Atonement is powerful, and it does not matter where we are at in our lives, there is no point of no return, and we can always come back into the fold of God.


We had to say goodbye to hermana T. a little bit early as she is moving houses. She is the first person I met, and it is really hard to say goodbye to her. She is my mama de la mision and I don’t want to see her go. I love her and her family, and I didn’t realize how hard it would be to say goodbye already. She will visit every once in a while, but it just won’t be the same without her. 🙁


New foods I’ve tried this week:tamarind (fruit)The inside parts of a chicken (wish I wouldn’t have asked what kind of meat it was after eating it)
Pictures: Big huge baleadas, how to truly use the toothpaste to the end, baptism day, guess what type of meat it is (armadillo tail), Saying goodbye to Hermana T. (my mom of the mission):
I am doing great out here and wicked excited to talk to you all this week! hope you are all doing good at home! Love you tons!!
Elder Searle

Sneezes: 270 Baleadas: 103


I feel older….

Hey y’all,
It has been an average week here, hot and humid as normal. We have a baptism interview this Saturday, and if all goes well we should have at the least 1 baptism this coming Sunday. We are way excited to have this work, and we are going to put up more dates as we keep finding prepared people out here. We have ran into a million prepared people out here and I am glad to be feeling so well and working so hard.


I tried Iguana for the first time last night, after watching them kill it. I have a video and this was a little harder to eat then the armadillo, but it was really good haha.


Yesterday afternoon we got a little bored and didn’t know what to do, so we walked all over our area in places my companion had never been, and we ran into a few people who had questions about us and we talked to for a little while. We also walked almost into the jungle basically, where there were no cars and few houses/sounds. It was very peaceful and recharging to my soul and I realized how much I miss climbing mountains and being in the peace up there. 


The zone Conf. got moved to this coming week in march, so it will be a little longer before I can video call you all, but I think I will buy some headphones or something out here so I can at least voice call you at some point. It also makes it more sure that the package will be here in time for the zone conf if all goes well. 


Pictures this week:My birthday party with the other missionaries and Felix (they caked my face!), the gifts I got, the machete that we have in our house, shaka laka, birthday for a 4 year old in San Juan, my first baptism “playing  guitar” on a rock wall, the iguana before and after and video, our walk last night, the iguana in plate form.
Love you all and hope you are all doing super awesome at home!!
Elder Searle

Sneezes: 254

Baleadas: 93

Hey Y’all

Hey yall,


This week I had some pretty amazing experiences, even though the week itself seemed kind of meh. I gave my first talk in Spanish in front of our whole branch, which was pretty awesome, and I was called on to do it only the night before, which is better than 5 minutes before, so at least I was ready haha. I also gave my first blessings in Spanish this week too. I had participated in the circle in spanish and done the first part of consecrated oil before in spanish, but this time I gave the blessing, and it was super amazing. I have always seen myself speak through the spirit in blessings, but doing it in spanish too is even more amazing and a wonderful experience to have.


I have been witnessing more blessings out here as I am now paying for it myself out here. I am grateful for all the hard work I did to get myself out here, and I think a lot about all I had to do to get myself out here. It is motivating to think of, and motivates me to move faster. I worked a lot to get myself here, and I am not trying to waste a single second of it. I take breaks and have my faults all the same, but I find that I am working more vigorously, and that I find a greater purpose in every moment of my day. I have also seen the difference in myself versus other missionaries whose parents are paying for their whole mission. They are good missionaries and have purpose and are great, but it seems to me like they almost lack a certain fire that is necessary to take it to the next level of hard work. I am glad I worked my guts out to get here.


We also had our first service project in the house of an hermano here, in which we removed banana trees from his back yard. They barely have any roots and we basically just pushed them over, and you can cut through their weak trunks in just one slice of a machete which is pretty cool as well. It was reviving to my soul to go out and serve and I felt better this day for that. 


I also witnessed for the first time fireflies, which are super cool and kind of breathtaking your first time. It is like watching the stars blink from the ground. I don’t know how else to explain it other then that, but it is super amazing and I am glad to have seen them because now I am spotting them everywhere haha. Also they are impossible to catch and super fast (I already tried)


Okay now for a list of foods I have eaten or tried here that I haven’t had before. Some of them are only the Honduranian name, so I don’t know if you will be able to find them all, but some of them you might already know:Meats: ArmadilloFruits: Licha, guanawana, sapote, paterna, cacao verde, guineo, platano, papayavegetables: pakaya, yukoDrinks: horchada, jugo de pinol, judo de avena, topollios (frozen)


Pictures:Me ready for our service project, us burning more mice (I’ve killed 5 now), my scripture case in spanish, our next baptisms the “pandas”, homemade pizza at a members house, and me being “puro Catracho” or pure honduranio


I love you all and am way excited to be able to call you sometime this next couple weeks. Hope you are all doing good and I am excited to talk to you all this week in a little while! 


Tons of love, and your favorite elder, 

Elder Searle

Week of the number that this week is

Hey everybody!


How are we all doing? I am doing awesome out here and very glad to still be doing well in the work of the Lord. My companion has flipped like a switch and we are working harder than ever before and I am loving it! It is not that he was ever not working, or like the light wasn’t on, just that now it has been amplified and we are doing some awesome things out here. We are most likely going to have at least 2 baptisms this month, and we already have a goal set to put up 6 more dates this week! We are enjoying the work of the lord a lot and both doing awesome, learning and growing together, and feeling the spirit around every corner in our lives. I am glad I have one more exchange with my mission “padre”.


I found out that there are different breeds of varicela here, and that you can contract it up to three times. Also that the vaccination I have for it has not worked for the other missionaries before me. Yea…. (Thumbs up of fear)


There is a ton of things here that are very different and that I do not agree with here, but that I am learning lessons from, whether it is things to do, or things to not do, but it is hard to see some of these things. There is abuse around all corners, and it is hard to watch malnourished children get whipped by their parents, and then receive more when they start to cry, and receive more until the crying stops. I am in a different world and have been blessed more than I realized, and I am learning about things in my family that I am going to be really diligent about. I am going to raise a family with love as Christ would, and not with an overbearingly strong hand as it is here. 


I have eaten all sorts of new foods, and I will make a list to send to you all next week so you can look up pictures and try to find some of them, but I don’t have quite all of them down right now, and I will have to think for a while to get them all. I haven’t eaten anything I hated yet, but I don’t want to speak to soon on that…


Pictures that I have this week:
The wooden placas and the three of us at the bus stop is my mission family tree.
A few new things that I bought this week, me and my companion dead at 2:30am because we had to take a 6 hour long bus ride to make it to a meeting one day.
A pencil that isn’t broken but is bent do to the heat of the sun in my bag, sleeping on the bus ride home, the stars, an ugly cat showing its teeth for Ali 😉
My broken scriptures 🙁
Us getting creative with boring food, and the fighting roosters at the house of Abi


Love you all and hope you are all doing awesome!

Elder Nathan Searle

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Hey everybody…

Hey everybody, 

This week has been pretty normal, went by fast and took forever at the same time, and nothing too amazing happened. The most amazing thing is that we have a new investigator named Abi, who is just a miracle. Me and my companion both were walking and just stopped at the same time, we both felt the prompting to return to a certain house we had just passed and contact there. We went, and talked to the owner of the house for about 15 minutes, who seemed to have little to no interest in our message. Then, just before leaving, he introduced us to his daughter, we shook her hand and left. About 3 days later we returned, and taught the daughter the Restoration of the Gospel and felt really good about it. She is really smart and receptive to our message and fully embraced it all. Then we taught the Gospel of Christ a few days later, and I felt the need to invite her to baptism, my companion was a little scared to do it so early, but I invited her all the same and she accepted instantly. We gave her a date for three weeks from now, and I am just amazed at how prepared she was for us. 


One more thing, I experienced an accident closer to my body than I would ever care to have again. I could have reached out and touched the motorcycle that was involved, without even fully extending my arm. Granted it was just a motorcycle hitting a dog, but all the same I did not enjoy watching such a horrible image. 

Love you and hope you are all doing great!


Love,
Elder Nathan Searle


I ( dad ) thought it would be good to share a bunch of pictures from Nathan today. These go from good to kind of rough. So enjoy the flowers, but make sure you are done eating by the time you get to the bottom of this post.

Flowers and various trees

People from his branch

Nathan and comp have a friendly gecko / lizard / mice problem. They decided to kill a mouse with the plunger. Then learned to go get mouse traps.

Food from last month.
Top : Breakfast of champions includes vanilla cookies. BBQ chicken, then some Animal Crackers.
Bottom : Sad plate of rice, hotdogs with mustard, fried egg and what looks like sour cream. Bottom middle looks to be large family meal, with lots of fruit. Last picture is tuna, noodles and an egg. Have guilt as I was posting this, with a nice piece of Pi Pizza on my plate. 😐

Week somewhere between 1-104 ish

Hey everybody!

This week has been my first week that I have felt really settled in here, and this week I have actually felt pretty normal without anything too exciting going on. We have been doing awesome on our goals and going out and contacting, and this week we are going to put up a ton of dates for baptisms, hopefully.

Our biggest problem is just getting people to church, as everyone lives really far away and they only have one bus that goes through each town. It is a bus that is smaller than Vince ( The Searle Adventure Van that Pa Searle loves to hate ) , but I have seen about 30 people get out of it in one day. We have been having more people come to church which is awesome, and with hope we might have a ward instead of a branch here in a couple months.

I am super excited to be out here and just keep feeling better about it every day and every second. The Spanish is coming so fast and I have seen the gift of tongues in my life and I know my companion has too, as he seems to be taken by my ability to teach and use analogies in the lessons. There is no place I would rather be right now than in the mission, and I would not give up these experiences for anything as they are what is most important. There is a whole bunch of things that I miss from home and just miss being able to do, but with sacrifices we receive blessings more than we can hold.

Feeling like I am doing good with my health in all aspects for the most part, getting skinny, tan, able to see my veins in my arms again, working out every day, and probably going to leave masica with a six pack if I keep eating rice and doing sit ups like I have been haha. But I have seen the downside of this as well…

This week I had my first, very outspoken “Guiper” Translation-someone who flirts with you with no embarrassment. We were walking on one side of the street, almost to our house, and we saw these three ladies on the other side of the street coming towards us, so we go to say “buenas” as we do with everyone, and before my companion even got to the “bue-” one of the ladies across the street made the loudest kissing noise with her mouth you’ve ever heard and said “mmmmmmmm pero que Rico Gringo” while rolling all of her r’s. (Translation is roughly “that’s a nice looking gringo”) so that was nice. We both barely made it into the house before bursting out laughing, and my face was quite red up until that point as it was not something I was expecting that day. And, now that I noticed that, I noticed that there is a ton of people here that do the same thing with the missionaries. Classic women… haha 😉

Remember that time we got soaked in the rain because we didn’t have umbrellas or jackets or anything? Remember when I promised myself to always be prepared to never let it happen again? Well welcome to the jungle where it is sunny all morning and soaks you to death the whole way back to your house about a 30 minute walk. I actually enjoyed this rain a lot more than the other, and I took some pictures of myself soaking wet in the house afterwards.

I also caught my finger in one of the mouse traps that I have a picture of, they are too hardcore for the mice that we have in our house, because they eat all the food and don’t set the traps off, so of course I grab the trap and go to put more food on it, not realizing that it hadn’t gone off yet, and you can guess the rest. Don’t worry though it isn’t broken and it only bled a little bit because of the teeth on the trap. Everything is fine for reals.

I love you all and hope you are all doing great! I am doing great and hope you all keep up on your studying and prayers and just the simple things you need to do every day to keep progressing


Love you!!

Elder Nathan Searle

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2+ months

Wow it has already been 2 months…I cannot believe how fast the time flies out here! My companion has 15 months out here and he is super “baggy” which is like trunky I guess. The missionary slang out here is weird. He is counting down the days and I don’t know why. I wish I had more time out here and am actually kind of sad to think that it is almost 10% gone. Holy cow. 


Okay weird things I ate this week : An entire crappy pizza by myself (first meal for a day) Armadillo meat 🙁 I found out that most animals taste really good as long as you don’t think about how cute they were before you put them in a taco and inhaled them haha. I am also gaining an appetite for all sorts of new foods out here now. I love tomatoes now and cucumbers and just about any food that gets set in my pathway.


I don’t have a picture, but the way that people fish here is amazing. They just have a harpoon with an eyelet on the end that has about a billion rubber bands on it, then they pull it back and shoot any fish within like a 12 inch radius. I wish that we could get in the water so that I could try it just to say I had done it.


There are about a billion geckos around here, along with every other animal you could imagine, just roaming the streets continually, and this week I had a gecko somehow get onto my sleeve. When I felt it move I reached back and flicked it off and screamed like I was about a 5 year old girl. It was at a members house thank goodness but I don’t think I am ever going to hear the end of this one from my companion…


I fell asleep on my knees again, this time on the cement that is more chopped up than that in our driveway. It was an even longer night than the one in the MTC. I am also starting to get cold in the night which I didn’t think was posible. I am cold right now because of the rain for 3 days straight. I’m going to die when I come home in the winter time… 


Some of my written quotes:

“The best audience is one that is strapped down” – E. Ehlert

“You can’t overdo it on water, unless you drown, then you’ve overdone it”-E. Searle


Okay I am going to tell you more about my companion. He is from Uruguay, speaks only Spanish except for some really broken English that I have been trying to help him with. We both teach and learn together in all things. He is 25 years old, so there is a bit of an age gap between us, but we get along really well and work well together in lessons and in all things. He is obedient, and is probably one of the most obedient missionaries we have out here, as I have heard and seen that quite a few missionaries out here go home early do to problems. He is really good at establishing relationships with people and explaining complicated terms to the investigators, but has told me time and again that he can’t for the life of him remember where scriptures are at, which is where I come in during the lessons. I am glad that we complete each other as teachers, and I know this companionship was giving through revelation. He has only read the book of Mormon all the way through one time in his life, and that took about 12 months of his mission, which is amazing to me that we truly can convert people through the smallest and simplest of truths. I love him and we are growing together well.


Pictures this week:Beach, last p day. Mouse at other missionaries house. Zone conference this last week (sorry for the blurry closeups, it was a competition to see who could zoom in all the way and get a good picture of the other one). Before and after my third haircut in the mission (note that I smiled with teeth). Our pathetic fire of grass in our yard. A birthday party of a member in the ward last night. And finally me trying to show you all how clean my teeth are because I have been taking good care of them out of fear.

I love you all very much and continue to pray for you all daily. I hope that your testimonies all continue to grow and that you all continue to strengthen your relationships with others and just with everyone. Some scriptures I read this week that speak very powerfully that I wanted to share: Mormon 7-9. Especially v. 21-25,26 ish in 9 that talk about answers to prayers in Christ’s name and his disciples work.

It is a great time to be on the earth and be a missionary!


Much Love,

Elder Nathan Searle


Week 8

Hey everybody!I am doing awesome out here, been crazy busy and just all sorts of crazy stuff that happens every day out here. First, some more things about Honduras:We are in the poorest mission of the world, but its also the best mission (that’s what my mission president said so it must be true;) 24 Lempiras are worth 1 american dollar here. We buy bags of water (5oo ml) for 3 lempiras, and everything is real cheap except for travel is a bit more expensive and we have to travel a lot. We are quite poor, but eat lunch and dinner with members just about every day. We were going to go hiking today, but we had a change of plans and are now going to the beach this afternoon, so next week you will get some pictures of the beach, and the week after, some pictures of the mountains while I am out hiking. 

There is a staple food here called baleadas, which is beans and eggs in a tortilla shell, and then you just add things as you feel rich. The first one was alright, and now they are all great. I am going to get fat if I don’t starve to death. My stomach took about 9 days to adjust and be okay with this climate and food, and now I am never not hungry so that’s great… It rains all day when it rains, and it rains mercilessly. We got caught off guard one day and got soaked… That won’t happen to me again haha

Other things: There is a song called “one by one” written by Elder Bednar that is pretty good that we heard in the MTC. Elder Bednar is my favorite apostle now aside from the prophet because he always seems to talk about the things I need to hear.

Alright, spiritual experiences:We baptized two people yesterday after church, and confirmed them right there too. We have a font that is a laundry tub thing without the laundry part. (you will get a picture of my laundry stuff after this) it was great and we have at least 2 more baptisms this month that we know of so far. I can’t wait for them!

Going to send some pictures of the baptism, the laundry bin thingy we use, a member named “F” who lives in our district but not our area, my new district of 5, and a meal that “F” cooked for us after our district meeting last week.


I love you all very much and I am grateful for all of your support while I am out here. It has been a good week, and we are coming up on two months here soon… I can’t believe how fast it has gone, and it only seems to be speeding up!


I love you all tons and tons!

Elder Nathan Searle

Note from dad : We got some pictures today. Looks to be a small frog, spiders that need to be baptized by fire, awesome wood missionary tag. Then the great ‘laundry’ system, Felix and Felix’s lunch ( fish ) & the kids they baptized this week.

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First Week In Honduras

I have had the longest week ever. Before we left for Honduras, we got to go to the temple, which was very spiritual and a bit different. It is a good place to be always. The airports were way way ghetto and I didn’t enjoy them much, but we made it here safe and its my last time on a plane for 2 years.

In the MTC I experienced my first time falling asleep on my knees praying. It was a long night sleeping on my knees and I’m sure it won’t be my only out here. 

Honduras is sooooo hot. We have the 2nd biggest area in our whole mission, and it is only me and Elder C (mi mission padre) out here. We are on a bus for about an hour every day to travel to other small satellite cities nearby. I have seen many weird things, but it is pretty nice here. My companion doesn’t speak a lick of English and it is the best. I have been learning Spanish a lot faster now. We have our own laundry tub thing in our apartment and I am going to do laundry tonight by scrubbing everything by hand. It is a long way from home out here….

In church we have to bless and prep the sacrament each week, which will be good. We have a branch of about 40 people right now, and it is a very small building. Their is a billion dogs running around out here everywhere and I don’t like them. We also have 3 baptisms next week… Already!! I can’t wait to have my first baptisms already, and even though I didn’t plant the seed, harvesting the fruit is still a good thing too. I got to have a couple lessons with them so it is all good. I was brutally ill yesterday after church. We returned to our apartment and didn’t leave for the rest of the day. Food poisoning times 100…. No me gusta.

Okay, hope you all are doing good and I didn’t forget to say anything important. I love you all so very much!!

Elder Nathan Searle


Note from mom/dad : Nathan sent us pictures for the first time ( Not allowed to upload in MTC ), and we decided to share a bunch of them. Some of them are his zone, the MTC & Temple, few of a visit to local zoo, and then his humble apartment in Honduras.