Though your Hair be as Scarlet

WAHOO! So.. I got pooped on again this week. By a bird flying by. This makes 4 times in the last three weeks. And the chances of being pooped on by a bird here are the same as at home. So it just shows what good luck I have…

So we had a babtism this past week! I´ll send pictures the next week. But her name is Fernanda, and she is awesome. She is not a “church type” of person, but I have seen a lot of changes in her already. She lives with her dad and has a baby (who bites) but I hope she can continue to grow her faith. She´s a little timid, and we practically had to drag her out of the bathroom stall because she was embarassed of the dress she was babtised in, but she feels good in this church and she knows it is true.
So we had our multi-zone last last week, and I forgot to write about it. It was awesome! Really reminded us how to live up to our fullest. And that we´re all going through a rough time. We are as the armies of Helaman. For reals. I don´t know about other missions, but we are soldiers. For reals. If our General (President) asks us what we´re doing here, we shout (in perfect army unison) “BAUTIZAR Y RETENER!” We are here for a duty. And he doesn´t let us forget it. He is hard, and he knows he is hard, but I couldn´t ask for a better one. I resent him at times, but I have such high respect for President Russell. He has such pride in his missionaries, and I know he expects the best and no less. It feels really good, Unified as a mission. We all hate him, but love him.
So I was reading a conference talk the other day (Which I love… Mom if you could send me the latest conference Ensign in English that would be amazing) And I loved one that adviced us the best way to EXCERSIVE our faith:
1. 5 x´s daily “Prayer”
2. 1x daily “Scripture Study”
3. 1x Weekly “Family Home Evening”
4. 1x Monthly “Go to the temple”
I expect all of us to cut the flab off of our testimony, and get to work.
So yeah… I died my hair red. Super dumb. But a good experience. I have spent all week dying, bleaching, begging, praying, trying to get back to my blonde hair. And guess what? Nothing. It´s orange. I had a hard time. I know it´s silly, only hair, but where is the atonement? I realized what I did was wrong, and said I was sorry, I´m trying to fix it and… nothing. Though my sins be as scarlet, I wasn´t seeing white hair. But you know what? Sometimes we just need to live with it. Cut it. So I cut what I could, and I did the most important part of repentance. I let it go. I did all I could, and now I need to live with the consequences of what I couldn´t fix. (for another few months or so until it grows out) how frustrating right?! But we can´t always correct what we have wronged. And that´s why we have the atonement.
That´s all folks. I´m sorry I don´t have any crazy Nica stories this week… It´s a shame that they just seem normal, so I forget to remember them for you guys. But this next week yes! And lots of pictures next week!

— Love

Hermana Lord

REVOLUTION!

So yeah. Yesterday was the revolution date of Nicaragua… Not really independance, but it is a huge celebration here. 36 years since the war. Kinda a big deal to the people. But it didn´t affect our work too much here in Jinotepe, mostly because all of the people went to Managua…. like… the whole country met in the Capital. Nobody was home all day. Super dangerous. But super fun for everybody!

So sadly yesterday was a very sad day. We dropped a ton of our progressing investigators. Right now is just not the time for them. It just is so sad. One of them told us that the church he was going to before, feels more like home than the ours… and like… DUH! You´ve only gone once to this church! But it´s just sad.

But it is good, we talked to a investigator yesterday (The one who is a grandpa and is only 35 years old) about if he felt like he had recieved an answer yet about this church. And he said yes! He said he felt like what we said was true. And he has been praying, and reading the Book of Mormon a little. And he felt like he needed this in his life… YES! All of the let down, but let up to this moment. We´re pretty happy.

So we worked with the Bishop this past week, and it was awesome! He brings such authority to the lessons. I loved it. Dad you better be working with the missionaries as much as you can. Because I know that they love it. It doesn´t matter if you´re mormon or not, you can feel the Priesthood authority that those leaders have.

It just testifies to me more that we need to support our leaders more and more. They have been called of God for this work, and we need to sustain them!

Spanish is going super well. The Latinas have to learn English, and the more I teach Hna. Aguilar English, the better my Spanish is becoming. Its really good!

I love you all, and I love hearing for you guys always! Even just a little bit. I´ll try to send more pictures about how Nicaragua is!

But this picture is the number of babtisms our mission had in the month of May, and all the names of the people babtized.

And the other… just eating American food… doesn´t happen too often

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Chelita mi amor!

Chela means white girl…
Another great week in Nicaragua! Had a ton of wake up moments this week. Where we are just walking down the street, chatting in Spanish, and bam. It hits me. 10 years ago… no 5… not even 1 year ago did I imagine I would be here. In Nicaragua. I didn’t even know it existed! And here I am, in the middle of it. Stuffing my face with Gallo Pinto (Nica way to say rice and beans) and getting way too excited over little things… like yay we have water!
So this month (Julio) is the month of Saint James! (Santiago) And he happens to be the Saint of Jinotepe…. so yeah. The city is a little crazy right now. With a ton of drunk people. And it is so funny. They aren’t dangerous, because they are just like zombies. Dumb and slow. But we have passed out a Word of wisdom pampleth to a guy who started sobbing about how he needs to stop drinking (who also was carrying around a chicken in his backpack…) and ran into a member who was so super drunk… good times… not. But they’re funny, and all night I get shouted at more than usual “Chelita mi amor!” It’s pretty funny. So in memory, I bought a bracelet, and had my name burned into it.
But on to the important things… STUDIO C IS COMING TO OUR HOUSE! And I’m going to miss it. Commendeer a t-shirt for me if you can please 😀 Man. Can’t believe I’m missing it! Impress them by telling them you have an amazing daughter in Nicaragua 😉
As for your questions mom, about Groceries, here we have a grocery store, that we shop at. But sometimes (like today) we have ran out of money. So I didn’t buy any groceries. But they also have these pulperrias… everywhere. That have the basics. So when I have money I can just grab milk or whatever from there. It’s just cheaper at the big store. And we buy our groceries seperatly. But we end up sharing food anyways.
I’ll try to take more photos. I’m on it.
So super sad. We had this Investigator, who has decided to go back to her other church…  but she knows this church is true. We were with her, and her brother walks into the room and starts telling us what we believe (which of course, isn’t even close to the truth) And lo and behold, Martha (our investigator) starts defending us. and was like “I believe in everything they say… and it’s like this… and here are the scriptures to defend them”and it was super great. But super sad. We figure she doesn’t want to come to church because her husband doesn’t want to marry her, and so she feels ashamed… Lay de Castidad… for reals. Super sad. But super great.
Sometimes my job is just clearing up misinformation day after day… but I feel like that’s a pretty great start.
And Kandis, as for your experience with the friend of a friend who wanted to know about our church, I understand.  Don’t worry, after the first time you’re better prepared with what to say. Trust me, with time it is a lot better. I feel so much more prepared. But might I suggest, for those who haven’t had the opportunidad to practice very much, the 13 articles of faith?
Joseph Smith literally gave these Articles, to explain what Mormons believe. I have found them very useful. In a situation when the people just don’t want to listen, just back out with these essential doctrines. So perfectly laid out. (probably more useful in modern day speech) but basics for “Mormonism”. I love it when a conversation starts out with “So, Joseph Smith is your God right?” because it’s actually a great opportunity to get our name out there a little more. Correctly. With practice and confidence that this church is the true church, it suddenly becomes so much easier. No kidding, I love answering questions now, when before it made me cringe.
But with this, I would like to share a talk from October 2013 General Conference, that I absolutly love. I attached it here for those too lazy to look it up. “put your trust in the Lord” and it’s about… MISSIONARY WORK! WOOOOOOH! Not going to lie. Before a mission, I cringed. And I still cringe thinking about missionary work in the “civilian lifestyle” But I love this talk! I love how he says, if we pray for an experience, we are going to recieve one. But it’s going to come naturally! You don’t have to street contact. It’s going to come up with friends, family, in some way that you can help them grow closer to Christ. It isn’t always with a pamphlet or with the missionaries, but in any little way. Spread the light that is Christ. Super beautiful. I know it’s super scary, trust me, I KNOW. But we can’t let these people wander. Not finding the truth “because they know not where to look”
Way other note, people are amazing. Last night we ate dinner at a less actives house (like we do every Sunday) and there house… isn’t even a one bedroom house. It’s a zero bedroom house. For their parents, and grown up children. Pretty sure they all share one big bed. And they are the best people ever! They are so loving. They feed us way too much, and they have so little. So great. There is so much each of us can do without. Simplify! Yep
This letter is way too long. Thanks for listening.
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Whose hair is that?

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We colored the bottom of my hair a brown/red color.

Beautiful "White GIrl"
Beautiful “White GIrl”

Not Worthy of an American Flag!

So yeah… I´m a failure as an American, because the 4th of July came and went… super silently…  My duty as an american citizen, and as the only Chela here, I have failed…But ya know. Whatever.

Super sad about Body K Packer passing away.   I really loved him. It is weird, me and my comp were just talking about this this past week. It´s really interesting.
So, I survived my first earthquake! Ok ok. It isn´t that exciting. We were sitting there planning, when I felt super weird, and looked over and our beds were shaking back and forth. And then it stopped. I was super surprised, and Hna. Aguilar thought it was pretty funny. Apparently it´s a thing here. Freaky!  Hermana Aguilar is the best. I hope we stay in contact after this, super sad she is only here with me for only 6 weeks. We’re pretty funny.

Everything is going good here, this week has been a little rougher (working wise) but hopefully our luck changes! The Nicas here have a lot of superstitions, and one is when a bird poops on you, you have more luck! And in the past week, it happened to me three times! So yeah. I better be getting good luck with my soiled clothing!
So we were teaching The Plan of Salvation, when it just hit me. Like, I felt like I was waking up. I know there is more to this life. I KNOW it. I just can´t remember it. And it is very frustrating. We lived with God before this life. It´s obvious. He knows our potential, and he knows us better than we know ourselves! Super great. Super awe-inspiring. Wonderful.
On a humbling note. You guys know the clothes from Savers? The clothes that nobody wants? Know what happens when nobody wants the clothes from Savers?  They send those clothes to Nicaragua.
It is very humbling here. My area right now has a little more money than my area before. But still very humble. I love it. It is a really good reminder, that all the things we have in our houses… that we don´t actually need! Sometimes we have things, just to take up space! Literally! Super crazy.
 Hermana Aguilar is the best. I hope we can stay in contact after this, super sad she is only here with me for only 6 weeks. We’re pretty funny.
I love you all! Have a great week!