Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"A Very Filling Week!" -November 29th, 2016

Hello! Wow, it feels like the weeks are flying by... People say that time flies when your having fun, so I guess if you add serving the Lord on top of that then you get the quickest two years of your life! 

This week was yet another great week! We did a Zone Training on Wednesday and it went really well! Lots of preparation but I think that the Zone had a good time and enjoyed the Trainings! I'll attach some pics of our zone from the meeting. I'll also try to attach a picture of Elder Opare and I training on being "Anti-Missionary's"! haha aka how to not being robot missionaries:)

As it was Elder Opare's last full week in the mission we tried to work our hardest and also have a ton of fun doing it and we did just that! It's been a massive blessing to be able to spend these transfers with Opare and I'm very grateful for the lifelong friendship that we've built.

As far as transfer news goes. Obviously, Elder Opare will be heading back to Utah and I will be staying here in the promised land of Prattville! My new companion will be Elder Coleman. He's a great guy who's also into style and what not so this should be a pretty great transfer! 

Oh yeah! We also had a great Thanksgiving. We spent it with three different families and ended the day with a massive food baby (as Cami would say haha)! So blessed to have such awesome ward members who love the missionaries so much! It's hard being away from y'all on holidays but it really helped being in such amazing families homes. Oh yeah, the stuffing helped too;) 

Haha anyways, I think that's all I've got for now! As always, I love each of you a ton and hope y'all have a fantastic week! 

Also, BIG SHOUT OUT!! To my beautiful little sister who's turning 17 this week. Everyone better spoil her... but not too much... don't want her going sour;) Love you tons faith! 

Monday, November 21, 2016

"It's getting cold outside, good thing the water's warm!" -November 21st, 2016

Hello again! 

I hope you all had a lovely week. We definitely did here in the promised land of Prattville! 

Like I mentioned last week, we had Zone Conference on Wednesday and it was a good meeting. Very long but good still. A change was recently made in our mission so that now we have a Zone Conference and Interviews with President once every transfer. So lots of meetings! Pretty much one every week.

Then on Thursday and Friday we were mainly taking care of administrative things and making preparations for our two baptisms on Saturday

Then on Saturday we had the immense privileged to witness two of our investigators make a sacred covenant with our Father in Heaven and be baptized. The first one was Tracy! We've been teaching Tracy ever since I got to Prattville and he's awesome. He's the brother of a member and lives with their family. It was amazing to see the light of Christ working on him and preparing him to be baptized. And also being able to see him work together with his sister and brother in-law to prepare and learn as many things as he could before he made that step.

The next was a 14 year old girl name Rachel. She's a friend of a part member family that we've been working with. Her whole journey was actually a pretty quick one! We would teach her every once and a while when she was in their house the all of a sudden she got a lot more serious about ti and she decided to be baptized. Two weeks later, she was! It was a fantastic experience and I'm so grateful for the opportunity that we had to participate in the little way that we did. All we are is a mouthpiece for the Spirit and an instrument in the Lords hands. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to be just that for these two years. 

It's starting to get pretty cold here so we made sure that the water in the font was nice and warm:) 
It was a lot of preparation but it payed off for both baptisms. It was definitely a perfect Saturday

This week we've got a Zone Training so we've been planning for that. It's also Thanksgiving so I hope y'all have a great day! I also hope that everyone can think about the true purpose behind this holiday and not just turkey and gravy;) 

Love you guys! 

Monday, November 14, 2016

"Deliverance is Nigh!" -November 14th, 2016

How's it going everyone?!

It's been a long week here in Prattville... It feels like last Monday was forever ago! 

This past week Elder Opare and I attended missionary leadership council up in Birmingham. Between the meeting and the driving time, it was a full day of sitting. BUT it was a great meeting and we learned a lot from President and Sister Sainsbury.

The rest of the week was spent preparing a couple of our investigators for baptism this coming weekend. We've been very blessed to be able to see some of the fruits of ours and previous missionaries labors!

This upcoming week is going to be fantastic! We have two baptisms planned for this Saturday as well as Zone Conference this Wednesday. So Elder Opare and I are really looking forward to tackling everything that this week has to hold!

Something that I wanted to share today was a training that President Hanks showed us when he was here. This past week I was asked to do a training of my own choice at a district meeting and I chose this one. I thought I'd share it with y'all as well! 

So it's called "The Parable of the Diamond; A Book of Mormon Parable" hope you enjoy it! 

     "A young man once long ago claimed he had found a large diamond in his field as he 
     was plowing. He put the stone on display to the public free of charge, and everyone 
     took sides. A psychologist showed, by citing some famous case studies, that the 
     young man was suffering from a well-known form of delusion. An historian showed 
     that other men have also claimed to have found diamonds in fields and been 
     deceived. A geologist proved that there was no diamonds in the area but only 
     quartz. The young man had been found fooled by a quartz. When asked to inspect 
     the stone itself, the geologist declined with a weary, tolerant smile and a kindly 
     shake of the head. An English professor showed that the young man in describing 
     his stone used the very same language that others had used in describing uncut 
     diamonds; he was, therefore simply speaking the common language of his time. A 
     sociologist showed that only three out of 177 florists' assistants in four major cities 
     believed the stone was genuine. A clergyman wrote a book to show that it was not 
     the young man but someone else who had found the stone.
     Finally an indigent jeweler named Snite pointed out that since the stone was still 
     available for examination the answer to the question of whether it was a diamond or 
     not had absolutely nothing to do with who found it, or whether the finder was 
     honest or sane, or who believed him, or whether he would know a diamond from a 
     brick, or whether diamonds had ever been found in fields, or whether people had 
     ever been fooled by quartz or glass, but was to be answered simply and solely by 
     putting the stone to certain well-known tests for diamonds. Experts on diamonds 
     were called in. Some of them declared that they could not very well jeopardize their 
     dignity and reputations by appearing to take the thing too seriously. To hide the bad 
     impression thus made, someone came out with the theory that the stone was really a 
     synthetic diamond, very skillfully made, but a fake just the same. The objection to 
     this is that the production of a good synthetic diamond 120 years ago would have 
     been an even more remarkable feat that the finding of a real one"

I really loved this Parable when I first heard it. When I first heard it, I hadn't been on my mission for very long and at this time was struggling to testify of the Book of Mormon when I knew there was a high chance of it being questioned and attacked. I found my self trying to hide the Book of Mormon behind the Bible and not introducing it as the life changing book that it is. This parable really reinforced in my mind exactly what the Book of Mormon has gone through and yet it still stands as a beacon of light and as the cornerstone of our Church. 

I love the Paragraph in the introduction of the Book of Mormon that says "Concerning this record the Prophet Joseph Smith said: “I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.” This paragraph really shows the true power and importance of the Book of Mormon. This paragraph and the Parable really helped me to learn to testify of the Book with confidence and power! I hope it does the same for y'all! 

Oh yeah, I should probably explain the title of this email! So yesterday morning Elder Opare said "Sunday around six is the best feeling sometimes... it's a good feeling knowing that deliverance is nigh!" (p-day) haha i thought this was pretty funny and perfectly explains how you feel at the end of a week full of hard work! 

Anyways, that's all I've got! I hope all of you have a great week. Until we meet again!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Beyond Grateful! -November 7th, 2016

Hey everyone! 

Another week in the books! 

This week was alright.  A lot of not so great things have been happening but even throughout all those tough things, we've still been able to have some great experiences. This past week there was a death in our ward of a young youth boy. It hit the ward pretty hard and we've just been trying to be as much of a support as we can. If y'all could keep his family in your prayers that would be amazing. 

I guess the adversary hasn't been happy with all the good that's been happening in Prattville so he decided to take his game to the next level. No big deal though, we did the exact same thing! Like I said earlier, even with a number of trials this past week we were still able to push through and see some amazing things happen! 

One of our investigators who we've been teaching for a while just made a big step in her progression towards baptism and it actually wasn't even anything that she did really! We've been teaching her for a while and she's loved everything we talk about. She come to church quite a few times and is amazing. The only thing stopping her from being baptized was getting her mother permission. BUT this last week, her mother decided that she's going to let her follow what she believes and be baptized! So we got her mother signature and set a date for two weeks out! We're really excited and grateful for the influence that the Holy Ghost had on her mother to allow her to do this!

I also wanted to take a moment and express gratitude. 
First, to my Father in Heaven who has given me SO much for these first twenty years of my life. I'm awestruck when I look back at my life and see how much He has been involved. Words can't describe how much gratitude I have in my heart for everything in my life. 
Especially all my amazing family and friends who do so much for me. All the love and support that I've had throughout my life and more specifically today and this past week is overwhelming and I could never explain how much it all means to me. So, thank you to everyone who sent me a card, an email, a package, anything! The support and love mean more than the world to me. 

I hope y'all have a fantastic week! Till next Monday:)

Elder Honn

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Happy Halloween! -November 1st, 2016

“Mommy, everyone says I look like a werewolf.”
“Please be quiet and comb your face.”

Haha hey everyone! I thought I'd start with this funny quote in light of today. I hope you all got a good giggle out of it!

Elder Opare and I have had yet another good week in P-ville! We're trying to work our hardest together so that he can finish his mission as strongly as possible. It's pretty strange being with someone who's going home soon... it's made me realize how quickly it goes and how I need to make sure to always be giving it my 100% effort because before I know it, I'll be boarding a plane and heading out. 

This week we were able to go to quite a few areas in our zone. On Tuesday we were in Wetumpka for a District meeting. Then on Wednesday we drove all the way to Alex City to give the sisters there some media. It was a long drive but a beautiful road so it was good! 

The weather here is just playing with all of us. One day it will be chilly and perfect for a jacket then the next day it will be right back up to mid 90's... Mother nature is trying to give us all whiplash, I guess! Hopefully it starts to cool down soon. 

We had a pretty good weekend as well. We play soccer every Saturday morning with members and investigators and this week we had a great turnout! Over twenty people came so it was a ton of fun. We also had the ward trunk or treat on Friday. Elder Opare and I went as... wait for it... Salt and Pepper! haha everyone thought it was hilarious and we had to pose for quite a few pictures. I'll attach one below. We also used the things that y'all sent to decorate our trunk and we handed out candy with the sisters. I'll attach a pic of that also. It was a ton of fun! Wouldn't have been possible without the stuff from my package either so thanks a ton. 

I think that's all I've really got for this week! I hope you all have a great Halloween and a good rest of the week as well. Love y'all! 


1. Elder Opare and I met and have started to teach Goliath! He's progressing well and really wants to be baptized. We're just trying to find a font big enough;) 

2. The Waters of Alabama! Mosiah 18:30

3. Salt and Pepper:) 

4. And our Spooky trunk!