Lleno de gozo

Weekly Letter! Wahoo!

Alright, I don´t really have very much to write you, because this week has just flown by.

Something really cool happened this past monday, we were talking to Teresa and Diego, after a family night with some memebers, and she told me “I know that this church is true because I feel such joy inside” and I about died. So exciting. But they´ve been thinking about changing their babtism again, because Diego has chickungunya (which is… really bad. Like it affects you for the rest of your life sort  of thing…. your bones hurt, as well as a grand fever and stuff like that) But he recieved a blessing and hopefully he can feel better for this weekend!

Something exciting, is that… PRESIDENT NELSON IS COMING TO NICARAGUA! I don´t wanna brag or nothin´… but pretty dang excited. This Saturday (bright and early) we are headed off for Managua, were we will join with the Nicaragua north mission to hear him talk (and a few from the seventies as well…) but yea… future Prophet… in my country… pretty excited.

I´d be way more excited if he announced a temple here… just saying. We have so many people who need to do temple work, and who want to, but they can´t leave the country for reasons of medical, or they don´t have the money, or for the youth their parents don´t support them with a signature (which is super sad) but yeah… would be awesome!

-Nobody in the family of my companion Hermana Quezada is a member, and she loves you guys, so she adopted usBut yeah. Just going along!
-Eating Pupusas... because my companion is from El Salvador... had to be done!
-Eating Pupusas… because my companion is from El Salvador… had to be done!
I´m 6 months old in the mission! I can finally have this apple sauce! Wahoo!

IT’s the Final Count down! Kindof

ok not really. But this time next year folks… crap! I don´t have any time left. I have things to do! People to babtize! Areas to proselite!

But really, 6 months down and I feel like I’m finally getting into the swing of things. Things with Hermana Quezada are super awesome. She is a really hard worker and we’ve been doing good!
Thank you for all your prayer and help, Fernando got babtised! DSC03687Yes! He’s super awesome. He’s the one right next to me in the picture. We’re pretty happy, but this is when the real test comes in. Half of it is the babtism, but the other half is a lot longer… the rest of your life… enduring. It’s something that is a fight and is hard no matter where you live. From the Happy Valley to Russia. It’s hard. Hopefully we can motivate him to always make those choices correct.
Our latest miracle happened Wednesday, we have a family we are teaching (who have 7 kids, but they aren’t married) and they went to the church for a Noche de Hermanamiento (night of brotherhood?) Anyways. And after, we needed contacts, so we went contacting in the park near by (after saying goodbye to Diego and Teresa) anyways. So idk why, but this night there was only a bunch of drunk people, and this one guy started talking to us, but he wouldn´t let us go out of the conversation. We started feeling uneasy, and we saw Diego sitting on the other side of the park watching us, with Teresa and one of their sons Abel. Anyways, he had had the feeling that he shouldn´t leave the park until we did, which was a good thing, we left the man to go and talk to them, and he started following us. When we sat down, he sat down not too far away from us, pretending to be on his phone, but when we got up and left, he was right there with us. It was a little spooky, and my companion made a little bit bigger deal out of it, but we were very grateful to Diego and that he followed this prompting. They dropped us off at a members house not too far away, where we waited for awhile until the man left. So yeah, that was a little exciting.
But Teresa and Diego are rockstars man. We´re so excited. Their wedding/babtism is the 29 of August, and I would love all of your prayers again… they are very special and I know this is important for them. All of their kids aren´t quite ready to hear the gospel truth yet, but I know with time and patience, and with the example of their parents.
Here are a few pictures, of my area,
how lazy I am that I haven’t  washed my dishes, so I had to eat a hot dog with a knife. DSC03466
This is where I live, we live with this sweet little Catholic lady rents the back room of her house, so this is the “hallway” To our apt. Super pretty. DSC03463
Yep. That´s how it´s shaking bacon… pretty darn great. I think I got rid of the lice in my hair too, hurray!
Hasta LuegDSC03542DSC03470DSC03471

La Chilka de El Salvador!

DSC03651So who remembers that episode of Arther, where everybody in the school had lice? Welcome to my lice… erm… life. yeah. I have lice. How embarassing right? It has been a week of Arther re-runs in my head. Pretty great!

But, the best part is my companion is great! And loves to comb through my hair! Hurray! So yeah. I had changes! Hermana Aguilar is at her house, loving it! Having a Sunday without running crazy through the town looking for investigators! Yeah. Pretty sad for her. This life is much more exciting..

But my new companion is…. HERMANA QUEZADA! DSC03622She was in Granada with me (in the same district) and we got along super well… so when I saw her step off the bus I about died. Pretty dang excited. She’s wonderful, super sweet, but has more layers than that. She is the only member of the family, and her mom basically doesn’t support her at all. For the first 6 months in her mission she didn’t get letters from home. But her family is warming up to the idea. She was a motor bike racer, but quit because she had to work sundays. I just love it. She has such a strong testimony, and a really good way at breaking the ice with people. I LOVE WORKING WITH HER! it’s been pretty great.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! I hope you all gave her lots of love in behaf of me.

So yeah. FERNANDO IS GOING TO BE BABTIZED THIS NEXT WEEK! This man. Man. He is awesome. He knows the church is true. And he just. is awesome. We worked hard to help him understand. And he has worked hard to keep the faith. And we’re all super excited that he can be babtized this next Saturday. Pray for us! We never know what weird plan Satan has in store for this week.

I love you lots, and way jealous that you’re going to Lake Powell! Hopefully next year!

I love that the Reunion is the day I get home. That’s so exciting!

Love you all!

Me gusta esta Chelita! Ella va a ser mi esposa!” -Some man in the street (aka future husband)

Apart from loving comments from old men in the streets, this weeks has been pretty good. We`ve been told that there are sloths in the central park here, so we have been on the look out for them all this week too. (and I just thank my lucky stars they haven`t pooed on me yet) So yeah. I`m pretty excited to see a “Perisoso” (which also means Lazy… pretty great this language)

So I got your package of letters today! I loved all the wonderful pictures from the kids, and the letters from the adults (y entonces, why didn`t the adults draw me pictures too??) But yeah. and I LOVED the crazy picture of our family. I put it in a frame, and it`s on my desk right now. Loved it (but it is missing Kaleb and Steven and Delilah)

So there is a BOM challenge? When am I supposed to finish it? I`m going to read it in Spanish! Wahoo! I`ve gotten to Mosiah and haven`t gotten too lost yet. Hopefully I`ll be able to make it through.

So I don`t know if I`ve told you guys yet, but I am officially a NICA! WAHOO! Got my “green card” and everything. YESSSSSS.

So we went to a lesson the other day, with this really awesome Old guy, who understands a lot… and the lesson turned into the neighborhood gathering with like 100 people! (ok not really. only like 10, but it feels like a lot when they`re all old and looking right at you… and making comments to your companion about how Chela`s can`t speak Spanish… “I`m right here you know!”) But anyways. Was really interesting. all have really different religious beliefs, and like to argue, but was pretty entertaining. They all argue with love. But something pretty cool, was when we talked… there was authority. Pretty great.

But for the end, we asked him to pray, but instead he told his ex-wife to pray… and boy… did she have a pray. Super active in an envangelico (I don`t even know how to say this in English) church…and boy… super exciting. We all stood up, she gave a brief synopsis of what her prayer was going to be about. And then she begun. Screaming. Touching people. Asking for forgiveness for basically breathing… and by the end people were crying, and me and Aguilar were trying not to laugh out loud. Super interesting how other churches are. With a slight fear of God, and what feels like pretended love. All about the grand show. Idk… something to think about.

Just living the dream here in paradise. It`s weird, I know the living conditions are different (and I`m talking in another language) but it doesn`t feel too weird. (except when it does… but that`s another story)

I love you all!DSC03440 DSC03443