Monday, November 23, 2015

el 23 de Noviembre

let´s just be real for a second. saturday i completed a year since i got 
my mission call. this time last year, i was telling the whole wide world 
that i was going to nicaragua for eighteen months. and here we are, 
almost eleven full months later. i have almost been away from home 
for a year... yikes people.

i am doing great! the medicine that the doctor helped a lot, and then 
i got permission to buy a cream especially meant to treat sarna, and 
that has done miracles to clear it all up. i continue to take benadryl to 
stay on top of the itching, but i am no longer calling attention to myself 
with all the itching. our ward mission leader noticed and gave me an 
antibacterial liquid that is supposed to help with the itching as well, 
sweet man. the parasite is something that i got from the mattress in 
granada, but the mission yes, had a doctor actually look at it in person
 because the first round of medicine didn´t do anything to calm the itching. 
the rash, with all the symptons that i had, were enough evidence to know
 that i had the parasite. with the conditions that are granada, it wasn´t 
overly surprising really.

the greatest success this week, would have to include the fact that we 
completed with all the normas. thanks to some great return missionaries, 
and willing sisters, we were able to do quick spurts of divisions with the 
members to cover more ground in less time. can i please ask all those that 
can, to please do divisions or visits with the missionaries like once a week. 
having that kind of support from the ward makes such a great difference in 
all aspects of the work.

a tender mercy... we were able to teach harold and his children about prayer, 
and it just went swimmingly. harold showed up to church four sundays ago, 
looking for a church where his kids could have a realtionship with their savior, 
and where they would have the opportunity to interact with clean kids... 
something every father wants, right? well, we have been focusing on only 
teaching this family with members because it just makes such a different in 
everything. we taught them about the power of prayer, and it was great to 
see the power of the spirit that was there to help us.

a favorite scripture: philippians 4:8

::Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, 
whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are 
lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there 
be any praise, think on these things.::

just remember that when we think after these things, we will be able to know 
our savior better. because these are his attributes.

a favorite person.. let´s go with the ward mission leader. his name is ricardo, and 
he is pretty much an optime of every missionary´s dream. he goes out looking 
for references for us, and when we were wating on thursday to have our weekly 
coorelation meeting, he was contacting the people that were passing by, helping 
us work as well as giving us a larger teaching pool. what an example... he reminds 
me a lot of grandpa bingham in his ability to talk about random church history 
and deep doctrinal topics, and the ability to capture you in a conversation for an 
hour.... amazing really. i attached a picture of the great man deep in thought. (yes,
 those would be his g´s hanging out... good ol´ nica for ya)

goals this week... be a better example for my companion. something that i have 
learned on my mission is that so much of your desire to do something has to do 
with what you see around you. if your companion doesn´t go to bed on time, it´s 
harder to do it. if your companion doesn´t do exercises, it´s almost impossible to 
have the will to do it. but when you do it, they will too. 

some challenges... getting through all the normas. but like i said early, thanks to 
some great ward members, we were able to complete! also, getting our investigators 
to church, but that is something that shows through because of our lack of work 
before sunday afternoon.

we celebrated hermana quezada´s birthday with cake! delicious, whipped 
creamed iced birthday cake... yummmmmmm

i love you guys so much, and make sure to remember about the christmas wish 
i have for you!

hermana graves

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