i have been called to serve a mission for the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints for eighteen months in the nicaragua managua south mission. my family has agreed to post my weekly emails here, as well as any comments or posts they wish to add.
Monday, July 27, 2015
el 22 de Junio
our greatest success this week would have to be having 52
lessons with investigators, and 28 lessons with converts or less actives. (the standard here is 50 lessons with investigators and 28 lessons with less actives or converts. usually we hit right at the 50 and 28 mark, but this week, we surpassed it.
::a note about our daily work:: each day, we have to contact
24 people, have 7 lessons with investigators, 4 lessons with recent converts, and place a baptismal date with three people. that's each day. with about nine hours of work and one hour of break time. break that downinto half hour segments into 18 segments, and we have a full plate. but we get it all done, thanks to the good old man upstairs.
one thing that we are really working hard on right now, is our
retention of the new converts. latin america is famous for having a plentitude of baptisms, but far and in between is the member that once they are baptized, stays faithful all his life. we are working right now on making all things possible for the nicaragua managua south mission to have this success in retaining our converts; making sure all the lights are flashing green so that they make it to the right path.
a great tender mercy was finding gloria, a señorita who lives
alone with her oldest son and his children. we were out looking for a less active and we stopped to ask for directions (sounds like the start of a good country song, right?) and we ended up having a short lesson with her to introduce her to the church. we set a time to come back a couple of days later and her demeanor had changed. for the better. we found out that she is really worried about a family situation, and we promised her that this message would bring her peace and guidance. she accepted the invitation to be baptized, and made the promise to come to church two days later. we called her sunday morning and she was on her way to the church building. arriving with a friend! she felt the truth of the gospel light, and is already looking to help us with the missionary work.
my goals for this week include finding the gusto to do our morning
exercise more effectively. i love my morning stretches, but we should be doing more than a couple of yoga poses.... here's to good
this week a favorite scripture is in john 10:27
::My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me::
the lord has offered us sufficient comfort, if we are only willing to
come and follow him. all faith needs a little action.
my favorite person this week is hermana maria jose, who on short
notice allowed us to come into her home and make us food. hermana gladis has some family in town that doesn't like that she is still making food for the missionaries (she's almost 80) and so we had to leave for a month while they are here. it's so weird not to see her and have a great ol' mama gladis hug every day!
but until next week, here is a picture of my zone!
i'm in the middle, with the yellow skirt. we are all matching
as companions, so it's easy to pick out who is with whom.
what could be my final picture with hermana gladis... tears!