Honduras San Pedro Sula West Mission


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Downtown San Pedro Sula. Photo cca-sa3.0u by Gervaldez at Wikimedia Commons.

 

Snapshot of Honduras – The official language of Honduras is Spanish. Most of Honduras’ population shares both European and Native American ancestry. Most Hondurans are Christian, with the Roman Catholic church being the largest church in the country. However, various Protestant and Evangelical denominations have been increasing in popularity in recent years. Legends and folklore are rather prevalent in Honduras. Holidays and other celebrations are marked by music and dancing, and during the Holy Week processions are held commemorating the events of Easter. Colored sawdust is often used to decorate the pathway of the processions. Salsa, merengue, reggaeton, and American music are popular in Honduras, though Mexican rancheras music is also popular in more rural areas. Soccer is Honduras’ most popular sport. Tortillas are used in most Honduran meals and in a variety of dishes. Fried fish, carne asada, and tamales are all typical menu items in different regions of the country. Red bean soup and rice and beans are also common. Coconut is frequently used in recipes, and many tropical fruits, such as papaya, pineapple, and passion fruit are regularly eaten as well.

The Church

There are 7 stakes and districts located within the Honduras San Pedro Sula West Mission.  The growth of the Church in the region, as well as the recent influx of missionaries led to the creation of this mission in July 2013.  Though there is not a temple within the mission area, San Pedro Sula is home to a CES Institute and an Employment Resource Center.

The San Pedro Sula CES Institute building. Photo from lds.org.

Food

Honduran cuisine combines elements of Spanish and indigenous culture.  Food staples include tortillas, rice and beans, and soup.  Conch (caracol) soup and red bean soup are popular types of soup.  Seafood (especially fresh fish) is commonly incorporated in dishes in the coastal region.  Other popular dishes include chicharron (a dish made using fried pork rinds) and tamales.  Tamales in Honduras are often served without any filling to accompany a meal.  Many types of tropical fruit are also widely available.

Baleadas are a popular street food.  Baleadas consist of a thick wheat flour tortilla filled with mashed fried beans and cheese, sometimes incorporating other ingredients such as eggs or sausage.

Chicharron.

Transportation

Missionaries serving in Honduras get around either by walking or by using public transportation.  Within San Pedro Sula, there are many public transportation options available, including buses, minivans (called rapiditos), and taxis (called colectivos).  Rapiditos are the fastest form of transportation.

A rapidito minibus.

Safety

The city of San Pedro Sula is notorious for its gang activity.  Weapons and drug trafficking are serious problems, as is homicide.  Stay away from dangerous neighborhoods that have gang activity.  Ask local members or your mission president about places within your area that you should avoid.

Customs

Some of the largest holidays in Honduras include Christmas, Easter, Honduras Independence Day (September 15), and Día del Niño (September 10).  Honduras Independence Day is celebrated with parades, marching bands, and traditional foods.  On Día del Niño, children have parties and receive gifts.

San Pedro Sula’s Avenida Circunvalación is home to many events throughout the year, such as the popular Feria Juniana celebrated in the month of June.

The city of Puerto Cortés is known for its two-week celebration of local patron saints that occurs each August.  The festivities culminate with the Noche Veneciana.

Essential Equipment

Bring a lightweight, waterproof jacket for the rainier months. Comfortable and waterproof walking shoes are also especially useful.

Additional Info

Ruins at Copán.

There are a wide variety of sites to see located within the San Pedro Sula West mission!  Most of the city’s historical and cultural sites are located within the West mission, such as the city’s Central Park and municipal palace.  Other sites in the region include the Copán ruins, San Fernando Fortress in Omoa, and Lake Yojoa, which was formed by volcanoes and is Honduras’ largest lake.

Shipping: Recommended shipping companies are DHL and UPS. It is recommended to get package tracking on anything sent to Honduras. Do not send packages to the missionaries apartment. Send all packages to the mission home.

Lake Yojoa. Photo cca-sa3.0u by Juan Irias at Wikimedia Commons.

 

 

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Honduras
President James M. Dester

12 Calle Ave. Circunvalacion SO
Edf Yude Canahuati, 3 Nivel Oficina #4
San Pedro Sula, Cortés
Honduras

Spanish
About 2.4 million
Roman Catholic, other Christian
San Pedro Sula has a tropical savanna climate. Temperatures reach between the 80s and 90s Fahrenheit year-round. Rain is also common throughout the year, though January through May are somewhat drier.
San Pedro Sula, Choloma, Puerto Cortes, Santa Rosa de Copan, Santa Barbara

Experiences

The work is going so well in Honduras that the Church recently created the Honduras San Pedro Sula West mission! Check back in a year to hear what the first missionaries in the Honduras San Pedro Sula West mission have to say!

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