The tide is high…But I’m holding on.

So, Diriamba is looking to be a pretty great challenge before me. We have been working so hard, and working like crazy  this past weeks trying to find good positive investigators, and we are just coming up dry. But changing some finding techniques this week, and hopefully that can pay off!

We only had one investigator come to church yesterday, and her name is Teresa. She is so smart, and actually always studies the pamphlets and the scriptures we leave her in the Book of Mormon. The only problem is the faith! She just wants to see the proof. We talked about how Jesus came and visited the Americas, and she was just too focused on if there was any Native American findings about if it was actually true or not. It is so hard to try and fight it about the faith.
But then I kind of realize that is what I`m doing. We are working so hard and not seeing the fruits of the labor. Where is the ¨Proof¨ of that what we do is right! We have to stop being doubting Thomas´s and just believe! We KNOW that the Lord will reward us. So we just need to keep working along!
THANKSGIVING! We had the opportunitiy to come together as a Zone and have a cute little Thanksgiving dinner. We couldn`t really find a pie, but after ward coorelation that night we went out for Ice Cream instead! I was very thankful for our ¨Acción de Gracias!¨
Hermana Hansen also went in for her LAST INTERVIEW! I can`t believe how this change has just flown! I am so nervous for who is going to be my next companion, because it just has been so perfect with her!
Anyways. Wish me good luck! Going back into the fray!

Hump Day!

WER’RE HALFWAY THERE! Not that I am trunky AT ALL! I really have hit a wonderful spot in my mission. I am just into the work, loving every moment, and feeling the spirit always!

So this week has had a lot of ups and downs. From people “slyly” locking their gate as we walk by, to people really WAY TOO BUSY to talk to us (aka watching the TV) but then to teaching a 95 year old man how to fist-bump, so I can’t really complain.

So on a sad note, our investigator that has a pet monkey is only 16 (she had told us she was 19) and we got chewed out by her aunt about teaching a menor without parents permision… so we missed out on that picture! Naw, it is sad, she had seemed so positive! Maybe with time…

So the sister training leaders (who are in our district) had to stay over for a couple nights because their landlord didn’t pay the electric bill. So we had a pretty fun sleep over with us for gringas! Pretty awesome!

Other mission bucket-list items, we went to the hospital this past week! Hermana Hansen had made it all of her mission without this trip, so it was a very big moment for the best of us! Nothing big, I have just had about 2 months with this cough, so we went in to take an x-ray of my lungs… turns out we still don’t know what is wrong, so they just gave me a whole lot of drugs, and we’ll see what happens with that! (So don’t be worried mom, I’m fine!)

Just living on a prayer over here, and it’s treating me pretty great here in Nicaragua. I feel wonderful, loved, safe, all that good stuff you worry about mom. Don’t worry at all, only 9 months to live it! I can’t believe I’m closer to going than to coming.

I’m pretty excited for Thanksgiving! Even though, ya know, they don’t celebrate it here in Nicaragua, I heard that last year he gave everybody 100 corbs (like 4 bucks) to eat as a district or a zone. So hopefully we’ll have that happen this week too! I’m pretty excited! Also today as a district we went to “La Makina” which is super pretty waterfalls. We had a picnic, and then just climbed all over the rocks and took pictures. Super fun!

Pictures:
Hopefully I don’t have to explain the pregnant belly… 9 months…
My pharmacy!
Hospital trip! it was pretty great!
— I love you all!
Hermana Lord

Walking in a Winter Wonderland…

Hey there!

So nothing new, just hanging out with my awesome companion Hermana Hansen! But, with the mission there is always troubles. I guess since I just have it so easy with her, we are kinda struggling trying to find investigators.

But we do have a really awesome one named Lauren, who is working so hard on getting an answer. Her family is really catholic and giving her a really hard time, so I think she`s scared of accepting the answer. So we have been praying very hard for her.
So this week has been a week of CHRISTMAS! DSC04637I got that package from you guys of the tree and all of the ornaments  (even if you didn`t happen to send a picture of yourself mom… I`ll be expecting that) So we put up Hermana Hansens Christmas tree and we`ve been listening to christmas music all of this time. It feels pretty weird sweating, and taking holiday pictures. But it was pretty fun. I`ll be sad not being home, but let`s be honest, the only Christmas I will ever spend in Nicaragua! How cool is that!
Talking to Lauren yesterday, and she brought up like “You just don’t understand MY situation” and so we talked about how many people have sacrificed for what they know is true. And about the pioneers. And as we were talking I couldn’t keep myself from being filled with just so much joy! This is the truth. This is the reason I’m here. Being in Nicaragua is awesome, but I just need to send this clarity to all the world! She talked about how she feels such confusion, and I just wanted to let her feel as I feel. If we just embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ. If we undestand and accept his atonement! Not very many people outside of our faith actually understand the word “Atonement”. And reading that talk that mom sent me from Sheri Dew about Grace, just opened my mind up even more. THIS IS SO NEEDED FOR A HAPPY LIFE! If we didn’t have this gospel, we would be so lost!
Stepping off my soap box now…
So mom asked what is the most common occupation here. I would probably have to say selling stuff. We have the market, and also people go door to door selling with rice and milk, bread, clothes. As well as most people have a little store in their houses. Just a wall with clothes that you can look through and buy. Or “Pulperias” which are just little general stores..
But the second most common job would be construction worker. Something is always being constructed. Either they are changing houses from tin walls, to stone walls… or putting in cobblestone streets.
That is one thing that Nicaragua has always suprised me with, it’s ingenuity. They may not have a lot of money, or education. But somehow they can make due with weird odds and ends, and use them for your advantage. Don’t have weights? Just fill up with paint cans with cement and put a bar between them. They just do what they can with what they have. It is awesome!
Speaking of which… DSC04578this is a bridge over a very high drop into a very small stream. They just got old rail road track, and put wood over it. The wood isn’t nailed down or anything. So that was always pretty exciting!
And also, learning from Nica-ness, this is what we call “Poor mans PP&J” it’s just peanuts with jelly. It is actually amazing. I would highly recommend it! DSC04583
Ever feeling sad? Just look at this picture. DSC04587Hermana Hansen’s cousin drew this of Jesus. And it just makes me so happy. I just love it.
Last but not least riding in a moto-taxi. Awesome!DSC04593

 Here is the babtism I walked into..DSC04600 DSC04594

Halloween came and went , they don’t really celebrate it here.  Nov 2nd is “The day of the dead”  ad it is basically memorial day, where everybody goes to graves and remembers their dead. The little bag of candy was the only thing that reminded me that it was Halloween!

Par de locas!

So… crazy week! First off….

I HAD TRANSFERS!
And I can´t even explain how awesome it is. So first off, her name is Hermana Hansen. I´m killing her… again with the killing people… (I better start getting used to that) But she´s white… and like… from Utah… and then it gets even better… BECAUSE SHE IS FROM OREM! Crazy right? It is awesome. We just have so many built in jokes! We can start singing from “Saturdays Warriors” Together, and we just totally get it! She is a wonderful missionary, and was actually in my same district when I first arrived in Nicaragua… Basically saved my life with English breaks and real life “This only happens when you’re in Nicarauga” sort of stuff. So I am so grateful to be her companion. She was somebody I really looked up to, and now I get to work with her!
So other than staying up way too late every night talking (Cause we just can’t ever stop talking) I have been learning a lot of my new area DIRIAMBA! It’s a way bigger area than Jinotepe was, but I’m getting better and getting around here. We have an interesting lunch appointment (like, we eat sardines) as well as our apartment usually doesn’t have water (I thought a cold shower was bad… cold bucket showers are worse!) But we do get around in these little “Moto-taxis” three wheeled golf-carts.
 They (we) had a babtism this past Saturday, her name is Angela and she is possibly the coolest lady ever. The next day was testimony meeting and she totally shared her testimony. So glad I got to be part of her big day!
So this past Sunday, we got a call from some Jehovas Witnesses that the other sisters had talked to a little. They are here preaching as well, and just wanted other Gringas to talk to. So we went over, ready to not fight at all. No matter what. And they were really interested in the Plan of Salvation, so we explained it really fast (like, without scriptures… weren’t there to bash) and just the basics of what we believe. After we finished (and they had a ton of questions) they asked if we had some questions for them… Which the truth is, we didn’t. But they wanted to share their whole “Why we are here on the earth” spill, so we let them. (That’s one thing I love about Hermana Hansen, she is just so calm and humble.) But the reason I bring this up, is because it was so sad. Basically they believe that the life that Adam and Eve had, was the life that God intended for all humans. And basically them eating the fruit just put a detour to that life, and Jesus basically just atoned for Adams sin, so that we can all be in that happy no progression we don’t know misery life again one day… WHAT?!? What would be our reason for exsisting then? Why would we have commandments in this life? Why would we be so worried about having a relationship with God? I just… can’t even!
THE PLAN OF HAPPINESS is so essential for… well… our happiness! We are here to act upon our own free will. God was loving enough to let us be GROWN UPS! To let us make these decisions. He wasn’t selfish, he didn’t keep us for himself like little ants in an ant farm. In a “Perfect little world”. 2 Nephi 2:25Adam fell that men might be; AND MEN ARE THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE JOY! I just can’t even express how much I love this gospel. So many people are just so lost without it. Man. I just love it!
So I guess that is my rant for the week… tune in next time! When, I´ll still be in Nicaragua!
P.S.The mom of Regina gave me this sweater, and I bought the skirt, it was super duper long, so I just had it cut.
The chapels are air conditioned here so sweaters feel good to wear.
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I wore this outifit to the Multi Mission  Meeting.  I sang in the choir.  Elder Snow was our visiting authority.