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, November 16, 2015
el 16 de Noviembre
things here in el rosario are hitting the polar ends.
during the afternoon the sun is stronger than ever,
because we are starting into the summer months. but,
november and december are cooler during the evenings,
so it's kind of bipolar. at night, it's so cool that i'm using
my comforter to sleep! we are relatively close to the cost, yes.
about a two hour drive to the coast. if the raineys and the
moris were in costa rica, they were very close to where i am.
costa rica is a place where the nicas go to find work for a
couple of months, and then come back to support their
families. whatever they can do to find money to put food
on the table.
a favorite scripture from this week... the joseph smith
translation of luke 12:57
::For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much
be required; and to whom the Lord has committed much,
of him will men ask the more.::
the lord know us, and has required much of those he has
chosen. the world will try and ask the more, but know that
he has asked the most.
::all that he requires of you is to keep his commandments;
and he has promised you that if ye would keep his
commandments ye should prosper in the land; and he never
doth vary from that which he hath said; therefore, if ye do
keep his commandments he doth bless you and prosper you.::
a favorite person.. can it be a thing? his name is aslan...
he's a husky and the biggest playful thing ever! he and his
companion, bella, are the two dogs of our lunch appointment,
and it's funny. you would think that he would be the one to
bark and bite, but it's actually bella, a cute little pitbull that you
have to be careful around. crazy story, she is really brava, or
aggressive. if you enter the gate, and she doesn't know you,
she will bite. the owners say she's mormon, because whatever
missionary that passes through the gate, she's the cutest little
puppy ever. but if you don't have a plaque, or are a strange dog,
she will attack. guaranteed. crazy right? power of the plaque.
a great challenge this week: completing with the normas. monday
wasn't a great day for us, because it's p-day. there isn't a full day
of work to do. tuesday we worked with the lovely sister hancock,
our hermana training leader, and so there was a little bit of time
sacrifice there. wednesday we had our planning meeting because
thursday we had interviews with president and we passed all
afternoon in jinotepe, waiting our turn. friday we spent all day in
managua for my doctor's appointment, where i got diagnosed
with escabiosis, or a skin parasite, that i most likely picked up in
granada. this little bugger is because i have been itching myself
for the last month, and thanks to some modern medicine,
everything is on the way to healing. saturday and sunday it was a
mad dash to complete with numbers, and thanks to some return
missionaries in the ward, we were able to least get closer to
some goals this week: know the area, go beyond the normas,
and work with our investigators to teach more families. it will
be an adventure!
most tender mercy: we were in a lesson with a less active, and
she had been without water for four days. we started with a
prayer, and hermana rodriguez said the prayer. she asked for
water, and then we just continued to read in the book of
mormon with the less active. not a moment after gabriela
said the closing prayer, the hose started to spurt water.
the power of prayer my friends.
i love you all, and thank you so much for your letters!