I’m sure it’s somebody’s birthday today! Happy 20th Birthday to Me!

I LOVE being a Missionary!
I LOVE being a Missionary!

Hey family! Today has been so great! I am well loved here, don’t even worry! (mom, that is for you) My birthday has been amazing. The sisters from my district showed up early this morning with doughnuts and campestre! Perfect! We didn’t take pictures (gladly) because I had just gotten out of the shower. But it was really great. And then our whole district went out for… burgers? Nica’s attempt at Burgers! They were really great!

Things with Hermana Martinez are super tuani! (cool) Really though, we are becoming better and better friends. She is such a hard worker, and together we push the other. This past week has been especially difficult, but it’s all good, because I think that has helped us grow closer together!
With Juan and Luisa, I’m afraid there is not going to be a babtism. He has been lying and smoking this whole time, and while Luisa wants babtism, she wants to stay with Juan.. and they can’t get married, because he actually already has a wife! It’s great. I’m going to come home with trust issues. The amount people lie to us here! It’s really funny. Sometimes people just yell (from inside their house) “no estoy!” or “nadie esta!” It’s pretty great.
But for reals! I can’t believe I am 20! No, I haven’t gotten any eggs smashed on my head. A few of our investigators want me to come by, with the threat of eggs, but I think I’ll avoid them well enough.
I’m gonna send lots of pictures! YAY … well hopefully!
Hermanas in my District.  Made my Birthday so special.
Hermanas in my District.
Made my Birthday so special.

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May 18, 2015 The reign of Hermana Martinez (also, officially three months!)

I Loved my wonderful Trainer Hermana Reyes.  She was my first friend in Nicaragua.
I Loved my wonderful Trainer Hermana Reyes. She was my first friend in Nicaragua.

Hola Fam!

So this week has felt like an enternity! Hermana Reyes left for her home (sad) but I got my new trainer! Her name is Hermana Martinez (refer to subject) we had kinda a rough start, but after a few companionship inventories (which those RMs totally know everything about) we becoming pretty great friends! In only three days! So I can not wait to see what the rest of the transfer is like. It is really looking up!
I read Laura’s email about the DR (or in Spanish RD) and well… yep. ‘Bout sums up my life here. Need I add more? Rice and beans and Chicken. Sweating. Always thirsty. Crazy people cat-calling you in the streets (that wasn’t in the letter but I am sure that it happened often)
I got my birthday package! Hurray! The chocolate was just what I needed! And I love the skirt… and the scarves? Maybe you confused with me with the daughter you have serving in Siberia… jk. I love them. They are way cute, and I acutally wore one today! But I don’t think I would ever survive with this while I was working. But it is a way cute way to doll up an outfit! (as mom would say) But for reals, thanks for the package. I loved all the photos and little nick-nacks.
So our family Juan and Luisa have taken a step back, turns out Juan has been lying to us and smoking this entire time.. but hopefully her understands now how important it is. But you never know.
I didn’t get your letter this week yet, so I don’t have any questions to answer! But I hope this gives you a little fill of Nicaragua! (and seriously, Republica Dominica.. strange fruity drinks.. ice cream (Ice and cream) and rice and beans? Bout sums up the food here too 😉 I am glad you guys got to feel a little of Nica!
Love you lots!

Hungry Hungry Hermana

Talking was sooo good Yesterday! I was so glad just to see all of your faces! Really though. I kept changing who I was looking at. I really felt your love and support. This week was pretty hard for homesickness, and I was worried that talking to and seeing all of you would make me more homesick, but it did the opposite! I love all of you, and knowing that you love me and are proud of me makes me want to work harder and do better. It was really cool, and built my confidence a ton. I felt like I saw me through your eyes a little bit. I really have changed a lot, and I can feel that! Thank you. And I am sorry I did not have any questions prepared! I should have thought of that more!

Mom had some questions that she wants me to answer here.
Q-  When it rains are the roads really muddy or is it pretty compacted?
So I have only had super heavy rain once, and I couldnt even see anything. But there were like rivers in the streets! But luckily we were on a part that was cobblestone, and from what I have experience after the rain, it is more around the ditches that is super muddy (we are always hopping ditches) but the streets are mas o menos.
Q-  How did you get around,  I know you walk a lot but like yesterday going to    the stake center.  Does someone drive you to farther places?
We walk… and when it is too far, we grab a taxi. And then walk. And when we do not have money… we walk. We do a lot of walking. A lot of days most of our meetings fall though, and we have walked the entire day. It is pretty crazy. But my feet actually have not hurt as bad as they did when I worked in the restaurant. So that has prepared me for this mission!
Q-  Do you every feel scared walking around?
Yesterday there was a fight just right in front of our house, about an hour before we were supposed to go home (and there isnt a light in the street in front of our house) So we were a little nervous, but I didnt feel too scared. There is an area we can not be in after dark, and it is pretty far away from our house, and one time it was a pretty close call. But I think I was just scared because it was in my first week. But no, the drunk people do no more than just cat-call and such. I do not feel too scared.
Q-  Could you be getting transferred this week or are you just getting a new comp?
I could get transfered, but it is very unlikely, because then nobody would know the area! So probably just another companion.
So yeah! Yesterday we had a babtism, his name is Jose Miguel and he is 10! But he was super excited for his babtism. So that is really good! His mom was worried, but we got through that. So that was super cool.  The man in white is the person who baptized Jose Miguel. The missionarys only can babtize once. So usually it is their own converts. This old man is so cute and so cheery all the time. Only a member for like two months. So it is sooo funny that he looks so grumpy! They all are so grumpy! I think it might be a culture thing. Quien sabe. Pero él usualmente esta muy feliz.

HUNGER GAMES! For real. So two weeks ago (ish) we did not have very much money, because it was the end of the pay period, so we did not buy ver much food. Then we had Hna Grow surprise us, and eat our food. Then the day of Money, our cards did not work, so we couldnt get money. THEN monday we did not have time to shop for food. So for the last two weeks we have been very light on food, and usually I am not that hungry for breakfast and dinner, but it has been way hard. Not even the hunger part, but just because of hunger you start thinking of home more, and your body hurts more and whatever. So I am definently buying a ton today… jk, I do not have very much money again! So funny how this works 😉
I love you all! I am sorry I did not get to talk to ALL of you yesterday, but I definentally loved seeing you!
Hermana Lord

The week the Circus came to town!

Hurray! The circus! I do not have any pictures, but it parked right infront of our house, so we hear it every night. It is really small, only like two monkeys and a bunch of people. Hna Reyes doesnt like it, she says all circus people are bad. It is pretty great.
No babtisms this week, but a miracle did happen yesterday (Fast sunday, so hard, so thirsty) anyways. So we were doing our weekly round-up of people to go to church (we have to physically pick them up and go in the taxi with each and every one of them. Lots of money.) So we go to the house of Juan and Louisa, this family that is super into our discussions, and they are not there! The dad said that they were headed for Bombarros 45 (near our house, great spot to grab a taxi) so we basically run, trying to catch them. But there is nobody, Usually this happens, because people avoid us like the plague on Sunday. But we had hope, so we got a taxi and raced for the church… and guess what… THEY WERE THERE! It might seem really stupid, but here that is a super huge deal. Especially because this particular family is super poor. Like. Pretty dang poor. So for them to have gotten a taxi (or walked… which is really far) is like a big deal as well. The testimonies were perfect (even though their little boy was crying, so the dad had to take him out) and for class, they taught the restauration! (spell check… only know how to spell it in Spanish) Anyways. Complete with the movie, which Lousia said she loved! AHHH! Miracles. Prayer works. (because seriously, the entire taxi ride I was praying like a mad woman)
Anyways. So this week was full of new things. Wednesday I had exchanges with Hna Seaui-Matagi and then Thursday, the Hermana Leader showed up, so she worked with us all that day (which was crazy, because we just put our beds together on the floor, and all three of us slept together… just like the old days at the cabin!) Then Friday we had a member with us a good part of the day. It was pretty fun.
And May 1st right on the dot, it rained. HARD! We were in a members house (more like a tin house… for context, I love the houses here, but they are nothing more than tin layers!) and it started pouring. And the lights went out. So we waited, but then the streets were rivers! So we borrowed and umbrella and waded through the water to our house. Luckily it was pretty close. But our skirts were so soaked! And we did not have electricity either, so it was really fun studying by candle light. Pretty cool adventure.
So yeah. That is bascially all the “cool” stuff that happend. Other than that, the weather is getting “colder” (which just means not boiling outside)
Today we made pupusas, sooo  good. And tonight is my moms final interview before she dies. I am really sad, and she is pretty nervous. But mostly I am super duper sad. I dont want her to go! But it will be good.
That is all for today!
— Love

Hermana Lord