Its been like a whole week since we last talked…

Its been like a whole week since we last talked…

Hey dudes,

It has been a long week honestly. We got a lot of people that weren’t at home when they said they were going to be, who hid in their houses, and even a few who closed their doors in our faces. Ahhhh, the life of an average missionary. It has been good honestly. The 2 days that we were outside without anyone to receive us, there was at least nice weather, so that was nice. It has been raining on and off and super cloudy and actually a little cool out here and I have been enjoying it. Today I woke up at like 5:30 and couldn’t sleep anymore because I was super cold haha. If you were here you would be dying of heat, but I was freezing cold…


We had 2 weird experiences with the same problem this last week. the first one, we finished the lesson and asked ¨how have you felt?¨ and the person just stood up and walked into another room. He came out with his hand in his pocket hiding something, and a million thoughts ran through my head. He said ¨You guys asked me how I felt right?¨ and pulled out 20 lepiras (80 cents) and tried to give it to us. We aren’t supposed to take money from anyone, and so we tried to deny it, but he came back at us with ¨the spirit told me that I have to give this to you.¨ So it turned into take the money or deny the spirit (and according to him, take away the blessing that he was going to get). Reluctantly, we took the money and left. We both promised to not spend any of that money on someone who was not in need, and that same night we found a little boy who is very humble. It was very likely that his family was not going to eat dinner that night, and so we gave it to him and told him to give it to his dad without saying where he got it from. I hadn’t seen a smile so big for a long time. later, we had the same thing happen from another family who gave us 10 lempiras, and we are still looking for who we can bless with it. 


We had out normal interviews with the mission presidente this last week on Tuesday, and they went really well. I talked to his wife for a little while because she is also super awesome, and they were both institute teachers for a long time, so they understand a lot of the doctrine in the church. They are both super awesome, and they inspire me every time I talk with them. My mission president always tells us to listen to his wife more than to him because returned missionaries only remember what the mission president´s wife says after the mission. I guess we will see if he is right whenever it is that I get home…


I have been increasing my desire to share the restored gospel with the whole world. Before the mission, my testimony in the restoration and in Joseph Smith was the weakest testimony that I had in any gospel doctrine. Now, it is a certainty. Every time I open my mouth to testify about the restored gospel, I feel the burning confirmation of the Spirit swell up within me, and I know with more of a certainty that it is true every time. All we have to do is ask… Its soooooo simple, and I don´t know why it is so hard for some people. The blessings promised and the seemingly instant answer is so great, that it seems so silly to not ask. But, thinking on the Savior, he had to be rejected even by those who saw with their own eyes. Salvation was never easy.


I love you all, and testify the truth of the restored gospel in all aspects. I know God lives and that he actually answers our prayers. Take care, glad to hear you are all well. 


Love you!!


Elder Searle


Photos: PB sandwich with honey… ¨Like kissing your sister¨-Dad,

The searle bench is the same bench world wide, spicy salsa, video of rain and sun at the same time (its not fair)  🙁 

Its already November…..

Hey everybody,

It has been a pretty good week. I got everything patched up with my comp, and we are working hard to get some really good people we have moving. I am actually glad to say that I have been finding genuine joy in my work out here, and it is giving me a better purpose to be here. I feel like recently, it has all just kind of  ¨clicked¨ into place and I feel really good about all we are doing. I feel like i have found my reason to be here over these last few months, and it feels good. 


We are simultaneously finding, teaching and baptizing and it feels good to be finding success in all of these things. I am doing great and feel the spirit as my constant companion and comforter. It is a constant testimony to me, and I know I will come home truly converted unto the Lord. 


Something interesting that I have been doing is that I am reading the book of Mormon looking for many interesting things, and the two that I want to share with you are the names of Jesus Christ, and also his many attributes. I have found a lot of interesting attributes, and when I finish the book here in a month or so, I will make sure to let you all know what I find. I testify that it is the most true and best book there is on this earth. 


Photos:District pic, pizza, homemade bomb I made, baptism


I love you all, I am doing great, and I know you all are too. I hope you can all find joy and delight in the words of Christ, and I know that just by reading his words and remembering him all the time will help us to get to know him, and this is truly life eternal. I testify it to you all, I know it is true by experiencing it.


Love,

Elder Searle

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11 Munths. ya me voy

Hey everybody,

Time has been going by so fast 🙁


I am doing alright with my companion, we were getting along super super awesome two weeks ago, (when I started to write this letter and the lights got shut off all night long), but this last week was not so great. I am trying to use all my time wisely and misuse none of it, and my companion is not in agreement. We wasted some time in a couple of houses, and my companion likes to talk a little bit too much with some of the female peoples we are visiting, so that’s cool… I guess we will see how it works out.


Edwin baptized his little sister, only 6 days after becoming a member himself, it was a really good experience. 


I tried a new study, which was to go through my patriarchal blessing and make a two sided list. Blessings, and requirements. I learned a lot and feel like I got a lot out of it. It is something good to see and to know. 


We had one of the 70s come to our mission and give us a lesson thing instead of having a zone conference this go around. He is called Elder Alan Walker, and it was really really good.  He spoke powerfully and I felt the spirit strongly. I have been feeling really really good lately, and honestly have had the spirit with me a lot more often as I am striving to be a better disciple of Christ. It has been a good experience. I feel calmer, with more peace and I find Joy in my everyday works. It has been a great blessing to try and continuously apply new doctrine to my life and be better every single day.


Also, the on November 16th, Elder David A Bednard is going to come to our mission and we are going to have a conference with him!!!!! It is going to be the best day of my life. He is my favorite.


For Halloween, I have no idea what is going to happen, or how they celebrate it here, but I don’t think they are going to do anything because we have heard nothing.


Even though I couldn’t write you this last week, I feel like it was a normal week. I have sacrificed it all to be here and I am trying to submit myself to the will of My Father. I have never seen such great blessings and tender mercies of the Lord, and in his infinite grace and goodness He has done much for me. He lives, and it is the most true thing that we can know.


I love you all, 

Elder Searle

Photos: The last one I am going to take with money I promise, Sunset/Rise, I can sew!!, Big baleada, the pineapple… mmmm…., baptism with Edwin and his sister :), Olanchito, Interesting popcicle, flying caterpillar, Christmas candy already?, Poprocks, gangsters

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Another one bites the dust

Hey everybody,

It has been a real quick week, and gone by really fast out here. I am surprised to see that we are now in October. I just barely realized that… 


We had a baptism this week and it went really well. They are always the most stressful but most rewarding events down here, and I am excited to say that we are going to be baptizing for the next few weeks here too. This next week Edwin, (The one who got baptized right now) is going to baptize his little sister and I don´t think I will ever forget the experience to see that. 


My companion and I are doing quite a bit better and working hard to keep up our area. We want it to produce good fruit and keep getting better, and I want to leave this area a lot better than when I found it. I know that we are going to have a lot of success here soon and I am super excited. 


I want to share with you all the importance of something that I am learning right now, and it is mind control. It is very important to have for your own mind. Our mind and our thoughts is where everything starts, and if we have control of that, we control everything. The thing most important to understand is that we can only entertain one thought at a time, and as long as we are always trying to think positively and about Christ, we will eventually become like him. The thing is to train your mind to always do that. Hence, Mind Control.


Photos: My fathers last agenda, my face while playing with my camera, baptism, my companion had these $20 bills and it made me think of home when I was rich


I love you all and I have seen that you have all had good weeks. I hope you all have a good one and take care. I pray for you always and I am doing absolutely awesome!!!


Elder Searle 🙂


I feel like I am learning a lot and how to be more like an adult out here… That’s weird.

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Been a though week…

Hey everybody,

My new companion is a bit difficult. Dude had some problems in his old area, and has now ¨repented¨ and is with me to learn how to be obedient. So the president trusts a lot in me, and he wants to see that I am able to handle challenges and do all that is possible to help a missionary stay out here. The thing is is that the dude has a big character and we run into each other a bit. It has been one of the hardest challenges I have faced in the mission, but it is not the worst week I have ever had, just the hardest. If that make sense. I am glad for the challenge, and it will be interesting to see how it all ends up. I hope to learn to learn a little bit better and I hope I learn a lot from this experience. 


General Conference was super awesome, and most of what I noticed is that they talked a lot about Satan and how he works. They talked a lot about how we need to keep our covenants too, and I think that it is very interesting how they have touched those two subjects so many times. Like a third of the talks talked about Satan, and I think it is a clear warning about what is coming in this world. The prophet and his apostles are getting us ready, and cleaning our blood from their garments. Very interesting.


Pictures:Sun set, Jamo, light switch that I put in the house, PISTO (money), I like the one with the angry face


Love you all, glad to hear you are all well and that you freeze your butts off in the mountain.


Elder Searle

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Dudes. I’m sad now :(

Hey everybody,

This week has been super awesome. We have had a ton of good work and been doing really awesome as a companionship. We are super strong and I actually love the dude like a brother. The worst thing that has happened is that we received some bad news last night. There have been emergency transfers, and they are going to take my companion out of here and send him to another area. They are going to send him to La Masica, (my first area). I am super sad that he is leaving, and I don´t understand why it had to be him after all of his hard work and now he wont get to see the fruits of it. Poor guy:( They are sending me some guy from San Pedro, so I guess we will see what happens in the next few days here. 


We had zone conference this last week, and it was really really good. I feel super enthusiastic and super good to keep working and keep on going out here. Our mission president is very awesome, and I am super glad for all he does. He is helping me to become a true disciple of Christ, and it feels good to know that we are being led by a strong leader. Also, it is just about to be general conference time, and I can´t wait for it! I am super excited. Also, Elder Bernard is going to be coming out here in November, and he might get to talk to our whole mission, and might be announcing the temple breaking ground!!!! How exciting. He is my favorite, and I hope that he gets to come out to us.


Photos:Sister always sleeps with her mouth open…, foods, sexy boots, saying goodbye with my companion


I am doing really well. I have seen that all of you are too. I love you all tons


Elder Searle

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Week Was Super Awesome

Hey everybody, 

My week has been amazing. We have found all the success that we have been looking for for so much time, and it was such an amazing experience. I am super glad for all of your prayers from home, and for having helped me to stay motivated in your letters and such. We found a ton of families this last week, and had 7 investigators at church yesterday. 5 of them have baptismal dates already, and 3-4 of them are really sound. We are super excited to be working super tough out here and seeing the fruits for giving it all of our work. 


My comp and I have been doing well, and although not perfect, we are both getting along well and trying to be better people everyday. I am super glad to be with him for this next transfer, and I hope that we reap some rewards of our hard work out here together.


I am doing well, glad for your prayers, and for your love and support. I am lost out here in the work and the time passes by real quick. I have already been out here for 10 months, and I am so excited to think that I still have more than half of my mission ahead of me for at least a little while longer. It is amazing and I regret nothing. 


Pictures : Little Possum we found dead in our back yard getting eating by a million ants (it is still there today, 4 days later), Ice Cream… It was crappy, but there was a lot of it… America


I love you all and am glad to have heard you all had a good week. 


Elder Searle

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Time Goes By Too Fast

Hey everybody, 

It has been a really long week and a little stressful too, and all the appointments that we had here fell through EVERY SINGLE DAY. We were in the street contacting all day long and it is super hot and sunny outside all the time.

 
What has been good is that I have been having really good studies and feel like I am learning quite a bit of the doctrine and getting a little bit smarter.
We also have one person who is progressing really fast and we are going to get baptized here real quick. He is already reading the book of Mormon by himself a whole bunch, and he understands and applies the doctrine to his life so quickly it is amazing. 


I have a video of how to pull a quarter out from under a match without making it fall over for you all to watch, so enjoy.


Love you all tons, I Hope the best for you all!!


Elder Searle

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Matches

Just a bunch of pics

Dad : Nathan’s email was pretty short, and not too much to share, so here are some recent random pics. 5 gallon bucket shower picture should make you grateful for a good shower each morning.

Another week dudes

How are we all doing?

I forgot my journal of stuff to write you all today in the house, so I am just going to wing it. This last week a bee bit me in the hand and it is the second time in my whole life that it has happened and that thing hurts a little bit. We have been working super hard and having quite a bit of troubles, but at the same time success. I finally know what Utah feels like, (in some aspects). 


Me and my companion get along well, the district is going well and they are going to have some baptisms this week.


I have been working on taking control of my mind, as our president has taught us that is where the mission is failing. We lose the war in our heads, and then we can´t fight anymore because we already lost the first step. It is like a wrestling match a little bit. If you see the Goliath that you are going to fight, and you lose before you step foot on the mat, you have already lost a battle without fighting. We are learning and trying to work on this a lot in this mission, and it is going well. I feel like I am learning a lot and getting to be a true disciple of Christ.

I hope to be able to keep getting better always, and that is one of the things that I was going to talk to you about. The two talks that president Nelson had this last conference were to help the family grow and have exaltation. Our president told us that it is absurd to live in the celestial kingdom without being exalted, and even though salvation is personal, exaltation is familiar. The other one in the priesthood session is hard to hear but very much needed in this world with where we are going. It actually motivated me a bunch.


Love you all tons!

Elder Searle

Another Week…

It has been another long and hot week here in Olanchito, and it was pretty rough too. I feel like I am finally getting that butt kicking missionary work in, where you put in all that you can, get so close, and everything falls through. We had no one come to church this last week, and had 6 baptismal dates put up that also fell through for that. We had people kick us out of their houses, close the door on our faces, yell ¨it´s the Mormons!!!¨ close the door and pretend that they were not home, pastors tell us weird stuff they read in the bible but when we ask them where it was written they all the sudden forgot every scripture ever, and a whole bunch of awesome stuff like that. Aside from all of those things, I am actually in pretty good shape, as I get along really really well with my companion, and it has been a great blessing for the both of us. We are working super hard, and even though the work is tough, we just keep moving forward with it. Aside from our own area, the district is actually doing pretty well, so I must being doing some sort of good out here. 


We are also getting in some really good studies, and are starting to teach a lot more with the book of Mormon. The missionaries here have gotten too adapted to teaching out of pamphlets, that we forget about the most important tool that we have, and everyone here is using the book of Mormon a lot more now. We are also studying scriptures to kill apostasy here with my companion, and it has been pretty fun. I guess we will see how it goes for us in these next few weeks.


Pictures:My lego army, the new razorblade that is going to bring me to my one year mark…..


Love you all!


Elder Searle

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