Monday, November 2, 2015

el 2 de Noviembre

ya'll ready for this? i had changes to..... el rosario! 

aka, the missionary's dream land: the members feed you dinner, the investigators show up to church by themselves, members show up to baptisms, and the bishop is on top of the retention of new converts. i was absolutely shocked. absolutely felt like living in a novel here. the song sleepy little town comes to mind frequently...
it was hard to leave granada, especially with all the less actives, converts, and investigators that have become such good friends, but time for new adventures. time for hermana liberato to be a big girl missionary now!

i will send this picture of me home because it's the most glamorous i took. the other ones i am half crying, half smiling. this was when i still didn't know that i was leaving granada. lady, gabriela (recent convert) and i. 

tuesday night i got to bed about midnight, packing all of my crap (i can't believe how it all multiplies!) into my three suitcases again and then at four am, it was up again! a quick changes meeting and then my zone leader, elder mataalii, and i changed zones together, again. we were in the same zone in universitaria together when he was working as the district leader and in the office, then together we went to granada, both trained together, and then both moved to jinotepe together. crazy! 
i'm now in el rosario, with sister rodriguez, a sister that started in nicaragua with me. what a treat! 

please ignore the un-makeup-ed face. it's pday.

​the best part of this weekend was helping jose danilo make the baptismal convenant with his father in heaven. he and his stepdaughter (who is only eight, so counted for the ward) were baptized saturday night, completing another family in zion! he marks baptism number 21, family number 3. i love being a missionary here in nicaragua where the fruits of repentance are relatively easy to start, but where the greatest challenge is the retention. it's great to see it all. come through here.

el rosario is a little town, where the bishop is part of one of the oldest families in the ward. almost all of the active members are endowed and the grand majority of the people are converts. the church is old enough here that there are return missionaries as converts children, and it's just amazing! aaahhh!!

a favorite scripture this week will be a modern scripture.... 
::the savior wouldn't bring you to it, if he couldn't help you through it.:: 

now my childinsert your name here, I would that ye should remember, that as much as ye shall put your trust in God even so much ye shall be delivered out of your trials, and your troubles, and your afflictions, and ye shall be lifted up at the last day. alma 38:5

i love you all so much. thank you for your support. know that i pray for you, and think of you always. i am being taken care of here by the lovely sisters and brothers here in el rosario, and just hope to be here for christmas.

lots of love,
hermana graves

last week i saw hermana cornell and hermana garfield. look how much it's all changed!

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