Time Goes By Too Fast

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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Long but good week

Hey everybody,

We have had a pretty amazing week out here, with the zone conference, interviews, and a few amazing experiences. In the zone conf, they really drilled it in to us that our attitude is everything, and that those who have bad attitudes and bad experiences out here are the ones who don´t want it to go well for them. It was really good, and has actually helped us a lot to work a little better and be a little happier.


Interviews with the president went well, and talking with his wife went well too. We all finally learned what it is like to have the machete sharpened and used on us now, which is good and helps us to stay well in line. The whole mission just got their hair cut like I have it, and I just sat back and laughed while everyone cried…. hahaha! 


President also took my district out to lunch because one of my elders had his birthday, so that was cool. Dude is super awesome and is finally preparing us for the life after the mission too. It is amazing.
We had a ton of success this weekend, including putting up baptism dates, getting people lined up, and finding a ton of people ready to progress. My district is also doing really well too, and we are going to be killing it out here soon with the numbers we are putting up.


I also dream in 100% Spanish now and it is kind of weird. this hour with you is the only time I work in English my whole life now…


Photos:half of the district, my companion, me up and ready to go to zone conf at 2 in the morning (shoes polished and everything)

Elder Searle

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Two weeks here already… I am so tanned

Hey everybody,

It has been a good week, and we have worked super hard out here so far. The district is going really well too, and it has been nice to have a role of leadership, and get a little taste of everything in my district. I am DL over the Zone leaders, and we have to “keep each other in line” which makes it a little more interesting.


In the house, we have almost no water, only late at night, and it makes it hard to do the simple little things like shave, brush your teeth, and wash your hands, let alone shower. It is a little more difficult, but it is a good challenge to work with. We finally have someone who can do our laundry which is super awesome, and been a good relief on the back. We also always have food here, and it has been nice to not fight hunger always, even though the food is a bit different. Yesterday I ate pigs foot. It is super super hot and really really dry, and I end up wanting to die just waiting for the sun to go down every day so that I don’t actually die. 


We have some weird Utah stuff here that goes on too, like the classic old guy in the ward that just talks the whole testimony meeting with the same old man story, and he also argues in Sunday school class with everyone about random weird stuff… Also we have really crummy ward council and we don’t get anything done or make any decisions…. So at least the church is the same in all parts of the world, right? Hahaha Face palm so hard


My new comp is super awesome, and we are helping each other in many things. I have never gotten upset with him, we work well together, we are both learning and trying new things, and getting along really well. Dude reminds me quite a bit of Ben, and is super spiritual, humble, and obedient. It has been a super good experience so far. 


The district is working really hard and really well together, and it has been a good time for me so far. I finally got the “new start” that I needed, and I finally get along really well with everyone in the district. First time since my first district, and it has been super awesome. Also, having new responsibilities and work to do have been super good for my energy and mindset.


I feel like I am at 100% even though it is super hard, and even though we have our moments, the Lord makes it clear that he has not forgotten us. He is always so close, waiting to see how far we get, cheering us on, and then swooping in when we don’t quite get there.


I love you all, hope you have had a good week!


Elder Searle

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First day in new area ( Second Area )

It has been a hard and a good time. I cried for like 4 days straight from when I learned I had to leave my first area until I got to my next one. I was the only one going out to where I am at now, so I had to travel 4 hours in a bus alone, and was kind of sad the whole time. I am all good now, trying to get adjusted to my new area, which is a huge ward where there is no work. I feel like a missionary in Utah…

It is going to be a little hard getting work going here again, but It is a new challenge that I needed. I have also been trained to be a District leader, and learned that the president’s wife is actually the most scariest person that there is on the planet. She cut deep into obedience, and president just said, “you all are going to remember her words more than mine, so just listen to her” and sat back to watch her finish us off. They are super awesome, and going to transform this mission into a whole new level. We are going to have more success and a lot more obedience here too. I am excited for all of this. 


Getting to know a new area is a little difficult, but I am already going well. It is a LOT hotter here than it was in my last area, and the sun hurts my brain. I am drinking like a gallon and a half of water every day no matter what, and it is still tough. My apartment doesn’t have running water, not just like running water to drink or whatever you have out there, but like NOTHING comes out. So it is cool to go take water out of the pila and bucket shower for the first time ever. 


I am going well. Ready for a new challenge, and even though I have received a lot of challenges, I know they can’t stop. I have to learn a lot, and I need to be tested for it. I hope to learn all that I can. I have met some real difficult people here, and the work is going to be a lot more interesting. We have to start from scratch here, and it will be a good experience. I love you all and hope you all have had a good week.


Love you all

Elder Searle

I have to leave the Masica :'(

This week was the first week that I have cried in for quite a long minute. They told me that I am leaving my first area here, and I think I denied thinking about it for too long and it hit me all at once. I was definitely not ready to leave here, but I know that it is all for a purpose. I am going to an area that is called Olanchito, which is known to be one of the hardest areas to be in. It is even more humble than it is here, and everyone always complains about going there, even the people who have never been there. I know I am going to love it for reals. I am leaving as District leader over 6 missionaries, 2 of which are sisters. It will be a new experience for me and it will be good to face new challenges and get a fresh start at everything again. I feel good and bad and it feels like leaving home again honestly.


Aside from that, we had three baptisms this week in my area, and we baptized all three in a river. It went really well and will be a great way to leave my area. I hope to have left it well, and I know that I will have.
I have learned a lot here, and I am glad to have been here for so much time truthfully. I love the people and the culture and everything that there is down here, and it is going to be hard to leave it all one day. It is important to learn everything you can, and to try to be as Christlike as possible. Just getting 1 percent better every day is sufficient.


I have been saying my goodbyes throughout the week, and I am going to be spending the rest of the day today finishing up with that, but most of my pictures are of families and people that I have been with, and the baptisms that we had. I hope you all had a good week and that everything went well for you, I am doing well and the next time I write you I will be in my new area.


I love you all and hope you have all had a good week!
Elder Searle

8 Months in this thing

Hey everybody,

It has been quite the long week for me out here, but really good. I have been working really hard with the people here, in doing service, teaching and visiting. We have found success for it, as we are going to be having 3 baptisms (with faith). I love my area and the people here so much, and it has been good for me to get out and just work my guts out as hard as I can lately. I am super grateful to be out here, and I know that I regret nothing and never will. I have learned and grown a lot, and I am glad to have done everything I have been able to to do so. 


I have also grown spiritually this week, as I have been getting up a few minutes early to be able to read my scriptures first thing out of bed, and then continue reading when I have study time. I have seen my spiritual level increase, and also have seen that I can teach a little bit better.
I have learned how to cook a ton of stuff too, so when I get home I will teach you all what a real tortilla tastes like, and a few new foods that you didn’t even know existed.


I hope you all have had a good week, and that you all will continue to keep strengthening your testimony in the gospel and in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.


I love you all, Take care of yourselves,


Elder Searle

We builded a house

Hey everybody,

It has been a pretty good week out here in my area. We are going to have some amazing times out here in my potentially last few weeks here. We have been making sure to do plenty of service projects, and been retaining the people that we already have here. We have also been finding a lot of other success out here, and we are looking at a maximum of 6 baptisms my last Sunday here. I still don’t want to leave this stinking place, and I love it too much down here. I just can’t imagine myself walking into my next area and just leaving it all behind. It is going to be difficult.  I have grown so much in Patience, Humility and Charity out here, and it has done me a lot of good. I hope to keep moving forward in those things in my life too. 


We built a house this week, which was super awesome. On Wednesday at 7 AM we left the house, got way up high in the mountains, and arrived at the place we were going to be building. We got there and there was just wood and a bunch of dirt. We had a circular saw, a tape measure, one pencil, a machete, and like 2 hammers. In about 5 or 6 hours with 5 or 6 hardworking men, we had put everything up except for the last wall (we ran out of wood) and the roof (Had to buy the material). We did it all for an old man whose house had actually fallen over, and I felt really well afterwards. We went with the inactive man that is my bud, and is from my favorite family. Just because we don’t go to church doesn’t mean that we aren’t awesome people haha. 


We went paint-balling again today, I am sore and tired. It wasn’t as fun as the first time. I am learning a ton of stuff here, mostly how to make new foods. I can almost make tamales now, and I can make wheat tortillas from the bag until the plate. It is super awesome.


Photos:Turtle, Wood, Empty space, house, tan lines


Love you all, 


Elder Searle

I lost my CTR ring this last week :(

Hey everybody,

It has been a long and a bit of a weird week for some reason, but I don’t know why. The country has seemed to calm down quite a bit, as this last week there was soldiers in the streets, and now there is nothing, not even rumors of protests. I think everything has finally calmed down, and I hope so too. I hope it stays that way and that everything gets resolved well. 


The new mission president is already here, and we have the zone conference this week. We also all have interviews with him like normal, and he is going to be doing a tour of the whole mission so that he can know what this place needs. I bet he is going to be an awesome dude and do awesome stuff here for us.


I have been taking good care of the family that I had to visit with the HC this last week, and they are actually doing a little better. They have been inactive for a few years is all, and the head of the household has actually asked that in this week he wants us to bless his home as it has never been blessed before. I know that it will be good, and that a change is somewhere in his heart, as he is asking to re-invite the spirit into his home.


The same man was a soldier here in Honduras for about 8 years, and has been teaching me some weird and cool stuff that he learned out there. He taught me how to open someone’s closed fist with just 2 fingers, and also how to make someone cry just by barely touching them. He made me cry like a little girl and it was pretty cool honestly. He is a really good dude and I am so glad I got the chance to be close with him and his family. They will be remembered always. His wife actually talked with me yesterday too, and told me something interesting. She said that after so many missionaries had been in their house over so much time, she has learned that there are only two types of missionaries that people remember, the ones that leave holes in peoples lives, and the ones that leave footprints. She then reminded me of that thing mom has hanging up in the kitchen, and made me think about how I should be leaving every person here that I meet.


My studies have been going really well lately, and it is amazing how much a few small changes can make in your life. I have noticed that just by having a companion who puts in 50% more effort it makes a world of difference, and I am able to feel a ton better. I am doing well, and although not perfect, I am getting better every day and that is what is most important.


Other that that it has been a normal week, and I am glad to be out here still. I haven’t had any major challenges or problems, and I feel really good about everything still. I love you all and know you have all had a good week, hope you all have a good time this next week in your adventures too!


Photos:We played risk this last p day… it took all of p day…, the photos of me sucking the pineapple would have turned out a lot better if my companion wouldn’t have touched the lens on the camera with his sticky finger, but you get the point., and my good ol buddy Elder Cartagena with a butterfly on his nose.


Love you all tons!


Elder Searle