Monday, July 28, 2014

Masaya Nicaragua Week 7

I love it here. This is the best adventure ever. I have only been out for 6 days in the field and we already have a family and 3 people who want to be baptized. The people are so nice here and the children are the best. It's funny, what I heard about Nicaragua was wrong. There is no crime here. Like none. We always have electricity and the water is not bad. There is also like zero bugs here. 

My first day was fun. I had to contact a bus! I had to stand in the front of the bus and teach or share my testimony. I didn't get any help from my companion. 

The food here is good, a lot of beans and rice. Its funny I have to drink soda with everything. I hate soda.

The best thing here though is the stars. SO so so many stars.

Something that’s everywhere here also which I love is avocados. I love them.

I have only have only eaten one thing that was weird but I loved. I ate this little fruit. It looks and feels like snot, haha, but it was awesome.

My first p-day was great we went to the lake. There are monkeys everywhere. This place really looks like what you see on TV. I'm in the best place to buy souvenirs.

Anyway, I’m short on time.  I love all of you please be safe. I miss all of you so much.


Q) What is your area like? A) Awesome! I love it!  
Q) Tell me about your companions. A) I have 3 companions. Two are the Zone
     Leaders, and one is new like me. His name is Elder Carter from Utah. My
     companion for the day is Elder Palacios who is from Nicaragua and the other
     ZL is Elder Munge from Costa Rica.
Q) What is your living quarters like? A) Awesome, I have a bed and two
Q) Are you in cultural shock? A) No, I thought it was going to be worse
Q) What are the bathrooms like? A) Nice, cold showers
Q) Water situation? A) Ok, I'm using my filter 
Q) Do you have a refrigerator or electricity?  A) Yes and Yes
Q) What are the Nicaragua people like? A) I love the people. They are so nice.
     Seems like many are interested.
Q) Did you get to stay one night withe the mission President? A) No
Q) Do you feel safe?  A) This place is more safe than America
Q) Can you exercise? A) Yes, I do 300 push ups                                         
Q) Do you have someone wash your clothes? A) Yes
Q) Can you get into the water? A) Nope we can't which is sad. It is awesome! 




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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Safe Arrival in Nicaragua Week 6

July 23, Wednesday
Two days later we received a email
from President Bryan G. Russell telling us that Eric arrived safe and about who his companions were and that he would be serving in the Masaya Area. I have looked up the city and have learned that it is a large city that has a large shopping area with some American stores and is known as the clothing district. I think it is a great place to start, being that it is not in the more rural or bush areas and hopefully an easier adjustment. 

President Bryan and Peggy Russell and Elder Hironaka

Monday, July 21, 2014

Phone Call From the Mexico Airport

July 21, Monday, I went to bed with the phone under my bad. Around 4:00am the phone rang. I answered it before even a whole ring had finished. The line went dead. I knew it was Eric. I prayed and waited hoping he would get through. The phone rang once again around 4:30. I answered and on the other end I heard “Mom?” We talked about 20 minutes and then the line went dead. It was ok because we were about ready to hang up and had already exchanged I love you. He called collect. His voice cracked when he heard ours but sounded happy and well. He said he had been homesick but said The Lord was helping him through it. He also said they were traveling with a group of about 13 missionaries and all were going to the south mission. He said he was super excited to be going to Nicaragua. He spoke a little to us in Spanish, which was fun to hear. It was just so good to hear his voice. I prayed for all of them to have a safe journey. He said he has only gotten 3 of my dear elder letters and we have send about 6. That means they are over 2 weeks behind. I am going to copy and paste the missed letters and try to send them to Nicaragua.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Travel Plans to Nicaragua

Eric emailed us his travel plans on July 19, 2014, Saturday
Hey I got my flight plan. I leave for the airport MONDAY at 3 in the morning my time.  My ride to the airport is only 45 min and my plane leaves at 6:57 in the morning. I think I will have time to call. I really hope so! I miss you! Stay by the Phone all of MONDAY!

Mom, I really miss you. I wasn’t able to Email really today. But I really hope I can call. It’s still a maybe though. I love you so much please be safe and pray for me and my understanding of Spanish. I will try my very hardest to call in Mexico. In Nicaragua I don’t know if I can call or when my next P-day is. I LOVE YOU!  Please don’t miss my call and know it’s 10 American dollars a minute to call so please put money on my card. Please if not, know I love you so much Mom and I will email you next P-day. LOVE YOU!