Don’t Hug your Neighborhood missionary!

DSC04416So this week has headed off pretty good. Other than just being really tired from this cold I´ve got. Everything is going good!
Changes are this Wednesday, and who knows if I´ve got them! But there is a chance! I have mixed feelings. I really am getting along great with my companion, and the members in my ward finally know me. BUT…. it has been really hard finding new investigators here. Our area is pretty small, and in my three transfers here we have contacted just about every house. So it´s getting pretty hard.
We do though, have two investigators super cool, Regina and Mauricio. Today we hung out with them playing basketball, and eating pupusas. Mauricio is still working on the word of wisdom, but they are both really progressing well. They went to church this Sunday again (although Regina doesn´t really like Relief Society) and they seem to be here for good! It´s so wonderful to see them progress! I´m only worried about the whole, when the missionarys leave. We just don´t have very many young adults to befriend them with!
So we had ANOTHER multi-mission this week. Elder Snow from the seventy came and talked to us. It was really cool. I sang in the quartet (although I´m dying from this cough I´ve got) but my cold actually helped me hit some of those alto notes. So that was good. He is the historian for all of the church, so after scolding us for not writing in our journals enough, he talked a little bit about the history of the church in Central America. But he didn´t really say very much. But it was a good inspired talk about how we need to believe in ourselves, and how we can do better. I liked it.
I don´t have a lot of words. But I have a lot of pictures!
So this week has headed off pretty good. Other than just being really tired from this cold I´ve got. Everything is going good!
Changes are this Wednesday, and who knows if I´ve got them! But there is a chance! I have mixed feelings. I really am getting along great with my companion, and the members in my ward finally know me. BUT…. it has been really hard finding new investigators here. Our area is pretty small, and in my three transfers here we have contacted just about every house. So it´s getting pretty hard.
We do though, have two investigators super cool, Regina and Mauricio. Today we hung out with them playing basketball, and eating pupusas. Mauricio is still working on the word of wisdom, but they are both really progressing well. They went to church this Sunday again (although Regina doesn´t really like Relief Society) and they seem to be here for good! It´s so wonderful to see them progress! I´m only worried about the whole, when the missionarys leave. We just don´t have very many young adults to befriend them with!
So we had ANOTHER multi-mission this week. Elder Snow from the seventy came and talked to us. It was really cool. I sang in the quartet (although I´m dying from this cough I´ve got) but my cold actually helped me hit some of those alto notes. So that was good. He is the historian for all of the church, so after scolding us for not writing in our journals enough, he talked a little bit about the history of the church in Central America. But he didn´t really say very much. But it was a good inspired talk about how we need to believe in ourselves, and how we can do better. I liked it.I don´t have a lot of words. But I have a lot of

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Fotos!

1) just going to work!
2) Rosa heading off to the MTC to start her mission in Honduras!
3) Sleeping like a Princess
4) Fog!
5) Where we wash our clothes
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Life as we know it.

So this week has flown by, really! I can´t think of very many things that happened…

Investigator wise, we have two new progressing investigators who are really neat. Mauricio and Regina, they are cousins. They both are only like 20 years old. Mauricio has a bit more of problems because he just got out of jail like a month ago, and still doesn´t have a very good relationship with God. But that is why we´re here! But Regina is awesome. Her moms is very evangelica, so that might be a problem. But Regina is looking for how she can grow closer to God. They both went to church this past week, and really liked it! So we´ll see where that goes! As well as this past monday we watched the movie “The Testiments” with them. And they are doing really good in the Book of Mormon!

With 8 months in the mission now, everything feels about the same. I took a few photos (but forgot my cable at home) so I´ll have to send those the next week.

Pretty cool, I´m going to be in the choir this Saturday for a MULTI-MISSION. Elder Snow from the 70s is going to come and speak to us. I think the topic is about how the missionary work started here in Nicaragua. The sad part about the choir is that it took out part of my p-day… and the good part? I got to eat McDonalds! So that was super weird. It tastes like normal, good ole American Mcdonalds. Just that I haven´t tasted in 8 months. So pretty weird.

So, since there has been so much sickness with mosquitos, we have to use bug nets now. And although our house usually is pretty bug free, I do feel like a princess with my bug net. They gave them to us, and of course the only color that they bought for the girls is… PINK! So yes. I sleep very well.

I´m make sure to send pictures the next week! I love you all!

Minute to Win it

Hello Family!

So this week was pretty fun! We had a multi-zone activity, and we played a bunch of games from “Minute to win it” and it was awesome! Next family reunion activity? I don`t know. But it really helped us de-stress! Also talked a ton about the fourth missionary, and how we need to be completly focused on the work here. Not just working hard with our minds elsewhere, but completly involved.
So my first Sunday here in Jinotepe, we met a woman named Ivania. She had come to church by herself, and asked for a Book of Mormon. Turns out her companion is a members, but is still married to another memeber of the church. And they`ve been sealed in the temple and everything. But because his other children are all big, he decided to now be with Ivania and raise the children he had with her.
So yeah. This situation is really hard. Because she knows that this church is true, and needs babtism. But we can`t and shouldn`t support him and his other wife getting divorced. So it`s been a battle. But now, almost 4 and a half months later, they are finally getting divorced, so that Ivania can fufill with the law of chastity! And she can get babtized this week or the next! How exciting! She`s been waiting for awhile… but It`s a hard situation. We support the good, and reject the bad. But when the good has to come of bad things?

Very Clean Streets
Very Clean Streets

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So that`s hard. But, we`ll do our part and leave the judging to God!
Here is a picture of the street outside of our house.
and the door to our room!
Answers to moms questions!  And some questions of my own….
1. I hired a member to do my laundry. We use space of the Land Lady. She is very kind.
2. There is dirt on the floor occasionally… but I keep my stuff pretty clean. Always have in the mission. My bed is never made though.
3. Yes I am still in Jinotepe
4. I have lost and gained and lost and gained….
5. My hair is getting longer it touches my shoulders. And I can use ponytails, with lots of bobbypins.
6. in Jinotepe we aren`t very cool, and usually all of the p-days it`s just me and my companion. The last p-day we ate hamburgers with other sisters.
So, the mission president has requested that we ask our parents in every package to send two bottles (can`t be aerosal. Only pump spray) of bug repelant. At least 40 deet. Because we can`t buy it strong here.
AS well as thinking about cheap Christmas presents… I would love those glow in the dark starts, taht you can stick to the ceiling… would be cool…
I Love You !

Master Theif

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So this weekend was awesome! We could only watch General Conference on Sunday, but it was very beautiful! I loved the talk from the Prophet. Very inspiring, and very centered in Jesus Christ. I could feel the power that he has!

AS WELL! I´m going to start the “ponderize” every week a scripture thing from General conf Elder Devin Durrant. This week is Alma 34:41 41 “But that ye have patience, and bear with those afflictions, with a firm hope that ye shall one day rest from all your afflictions.”

So this week started out pretty interesting. We ran into a less-active member drinking in the street. He started to talk to us, and started crying about how he can’t go home because “it upsets the women-folk to see me like this” so we invited him to sit down, which he couldn´t do it because he had a huge bottle of alcohol tucked into his pants… so he had to take it out…. In which moment I used my awesome stealing abilities, and stole from a drunk man. I felt pretty bad. My companion didn´t even notice that I took it, so that was good. But when he got up to leave he was pretty sad. He told us we shouldn´t do such things to poor drunk men, and something about how he can preach the gospel too. But then he stumbled away. At which point I pulled out the bottle, poured out the liquor and safely deposited the bottle in the trash… but pretty exciting.

Soo… scripture study time! Yesterday a member asked us where the city of Zarahemla came from… and you know what? We don´t even know how they got to the Americas! Only that the Mulekites were in Jeruselem, all his family got persecuted and died… and BOOM. They were guided to America (the northern part) so… looking forward to finding this hidden bit of history one day…

So right now we are in “winter” which basically means rain… but it´s actually a super hot time of year! It is supposed to rain any second, but always before rain it´s super humid and hot…. so we´ve been sweating like crazy. I´m in one of the coolest areas of the mission! And I´m dying of heat! so that´s crazy.

Everything is going pretty good besides that… just chugging along!

Loving all the family annoucments! How exciting! Everybody sounds like they´re doing awesome!

Loving it here!       Enjoy some cola!