Monday, September 29, 2014

Masaya Week 16

HEY Mom its your friendly neighborhood Elder! I want to say I’m doing great and this work has me really busy, haha. This week was really slow however. We worked with the other missionaries this week because one area has 27 baptisms and they needed a lot help getting them to church. So, all in all this week was really long.
Well as always want to start with my investigators. First, I have to say I want to serve in the Young Men’s program when I get home like my Dad, because I have a connection with boys 12 to 17 years of age. This week I met another boy named Steven. He is super cool and he loves that I know so much about Mind Craft. Haha. That game is popular in a 3rd world country also, haha. We joke around a lot and he came to church with me yesterday. Marcelo also said he would show him around at church so it was cool because after Steven said he loved it and wanted to go to mutual and come to church next week. So, I can’t wait to see what happens with Steven.  
 Also I don’t know if you remember about an investigator named Marisol, but Marisol is a new member of the church and her and her family have really grown, I think it’s because I’m goofy that I can get the kids to listen. The sad thing with her and her family is that her x-husband threw her out this week. She is now living with her dad and it’s really sad. The thing that really sucks is that she is not in my area anymore and we can’t see her or her family anymore.

About the food... Ok when people told me we would eat a lot of rice and beans it was an understatement. I have beans and rice everyday. But they cook the rice and beans different. They called it GUYOPENTO and Mom I want you guys to make it for family night, haha. Also I love the bananas. They fry the bananas, grill bananas, smoke bananas, and anyway you can cook something you can also cook a bananas that way. Also tell me if this is awesome, I might get to eat turtle, haha. I am really excited. Everyone loves it here. Also I love this one drink called Cocow its like a version of chocolate milk.

The people here are funny like I said before they are very accepting. Anyways, we have some investigators that are gay! There are so many gay men here it’s scary because they look totally strait but when you start to teach them about the law of chastity it just comes out!  Weird right!?

Also what’s funny here is that there are a lot of car crashes. And Mom don’t worry I’m fine. But one day we were walking and we saw a car crash. Unlike in America the people just backed up didn’t yell or scream and went on there way like nothing happened. I was shocked. I told my companion if that happened In America a lot more stuff would have happened!  

Anyways that’s it for this week. I  want to say I love you and please be safe ok.
Love, Elder Hironaka

Monday, September 22, 2014

Masaya Week 15

It's your friendly neighborhood Elder, 

Q) Did you get my package? A) yes
Q) How many investigators do you have? A) 26
I am so sorry for last weeks email, it was unacceptable and really short. I am trying to write things on a paper everyday so at the end of the week I can send a really good letter. I got to say though this week was a fast week.

We contacted a ton. We have a lot of investigators but not any good ones, haha. It's really different here in my mission. We are taught that the first time we meet someone we should try to set a baptism date and then set up another meeting with them, haha. It super funny because It's like I say, "HI my name is Elder Hironaka our message can help you in everything in you life. Will you be baptized?" haha. That's really how it is.

OK, also this week on Thursday my companion told me we would be working with a member for the whole day. This was odd because I have worked with members before but it was only for a 1-hour or 2. He also would not tell me who the member was. When I saw whom the member was I almost died. It was my last companion who finished the mission a month ago. It was great to see him but also was super weird to see him not in his missionary clothes. But we worked hard and had a great time.

Also this week was my first multi zone meeting. It was great and I learned a lot. The only thing was that it was 8 hours long so I was tired. I also got to see some other people from the MTC, which was fun. We have a progressed so much. One person in my group even has lost 30lbs! That's a lot, right? 

The best part of the whole trip though was that at the end I got a huge box. It was my fist package from home. I almost broke down and cried right there. No. But I was super happy to receive it. I love all the stuff that was in it. The best part were the letters. Also I was super happy when I saw 15 Dear Elder letters from my Mom but then came to find out they were only work outs, haha. [ cross fit exercises from cousin Melissa] A little depressing.

Also so I made another friend here named Marco. He is super funny and he is also only 12 years old. He loves to rap and his favorite rapper is Will Smith. He always likes to sing the theme song The Fresh Prince of Bel Air song. I'm going to make a music video with him one of these days.

Well Spanish is Spanish. It's really getting old not being fluent, but I keep telling my self that Rome wasn't built in a day, haha. I am nearing the end of the Book of Mormon so this will really be a test of my faith. I feel when I do finish it I will be.

Well I'm 200lbs now and I think im going to stay there. We got a new lunch cita, which is awesome. She has been giving us a bunch of food. She has been cooking for the missionaries for 6 years. She shared her testimony with me and said even though she is poor, ever since she started feeding the missionaries her family has never gone with out. It was really cool to hear her say that.

Also something cool, I know how to wash clothes by hand, NICA style. It's super cool and fun and gives you a little workout.

And talking about workout I have added more to my workout program haha. I run a mile in the morning. My companion wanted to start running in the morning so we have. And it's great, but its like free running because the streets are crap and have obstacles.

Cultural things for the week include: people here carry things on there heads like in the movies, which is kind of cool but different. Also I feel bad to say this but in American people really don't take schooling serious. Here all the kids love school and all of them are trying super hard to learn English. I remember when I was in school and would sleep in Spanish class. (I was so bad). Another thing that is funny in Nicaragua is that there is a place called Blue Fields. Its funny only black people live there and they speak a different language. The people here call the language Mosquito because it's annoying to listen to, haha. Guess what language it really is? ENGLISH!

Also another funny thing that happened this week was that, during a lesson we were teaching I heard something that sounded like a person peeing and I looked up and the 8 year old boy just un did his pants a went to the bathroom in the middle of the house! haha!  Also, the weather is super hot so it’s not uncommon to wipe your head. Anyway, when the women wipe their head you get to have a great look at their long armpit hair! haha. I mean I know this is a 3rd world country but when your leg and armpit hair are long enough to take a machete to you have a big problem. Also nose picking its not bad here, everyone does it. When a missionary goes home the people make him a, 'look alike' piñata.


A look alike piñata for missionaries going home

Me and Marco

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Masaya Week 14

This week was really slow. So, last month our zone had 79 baptisms, which is crazy for one zone. But this month our zone only got 4 ha-ha. A really bad month. We have been contacting like crazy. This week we taught 10 lessons each day. So, at least his week I was super dead tired.

Also this week was the meeting with all the new missionaries who came out with me. It was fun to see all my friends from the MTC again. I think out of all of them my Spanish as progressed the most. My Spanish is not the best out of all of them but I feel my Spanish has improved a ton. Also we had McDonalds that day ha-ha. It was the best McDonalds I have ever had in my whole life ha-ha. 

Another thing to talk about here is the culture. It’s funny to think about AZ getting all that rain. Because here it rains everyday and people’s houses here just flood and they don’t care. Also, no matter who you are if you have a big house or you live in a garbage bag with sticks (no lie the house is a big garbage bag) you have a TV. The people here are so lazy and watch TV all the time.                                                                             

This is bad and really I’m not counting the days but people tell me I have 100 days in the mission on Tuesday! Isn’t that crazy! The days feel like weeks and the weeks feel like days in my mission.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Masaya Week 13

It’s your friendly neighborhood Elder ha-ha. Well I'm in the second part of my training which is awesome because time is going faster and I'm really starting to understand the work here as a missionary. Also I am helping by doing work with a Zone Leader as well, which is really hard and different because I have to talk a lot and explain things to others in Spanish.

Also this week elder Palasios returned home. My new companion was the District Leader his name is Elder Castro. He is a very hard worker and has a really different life from me. He became a member when he was 18, which was crazy. He is now currently 24 and has been a missionary for 14 months. He expects a lot from me in lessons, which I like. Its funny he wants to learn English so I’m helping him learn English which is funny because I had speech problems when I was younger and now I'm helping him ha-ha.

The sad thing about my work right now is that I only have 3 progressing investigators. I'm going to change that soon. Its funny here though, we have a list of people that had their baptisms but never got confirmed which I think is crazy because now we have to re-baptize them.

Elder Carter and I work together on Tuesday now because our companions have Zone Leaders meetings. This is really crazy because were both are so new but we really work hard and we get stuff done.

My Spanish is still bad but the people can totally understand me. I feel like the missionary in that movie who reads the Book of Mormon in Tongan and wakes up and is fluent. I read the Book of Mormon all the time in Spanish and I am currently in Helaman. I get better and better everyday. So the Spanish really comes from reading the Book of Mormon for me.

Ok the culture. So, here the people are super kind but the are also very open. For example if you are fat than they call you fat, if you’re skinny then they call you skinny ha-ha stuff like that. Also being 16 and having 2 kids is not a bad thing here. And its awesome the people really have nothing but they say they have their family and that’s all they need. 

I have also made a lot of friends here. The teachers and priests in our ward love me. Every Sunday they all sit by me ha-ha it’s funny.  Marcelo is also my best friend here. He always wants to talk and to chill on  P-days. He will never ever mean the same to me as Tyler but he reminds me of Tyler a lot. So when I hang with Marcelo it makes me sad because I think of how much I miss Tyler.

It's funny for food I bought Pb and J. In the morning I eat portage and for dinner I have Pb and j sandwiches ha-ha.

Also I have lost weight. Not bad weight but I got to say my 6 pack is coming in just fine. I think after my mission I'll make a workout program for people to lose weight. It will say workout hard in the morning only eat rice and beans for lunch and walk 6 miles a day ha-ha. 

Lastly I wanted to share a funny story with you, ok so Elder Palacios his last day wanted to say good-bye to all his families so we did but the only problem was every family had dinner for us. Here if you don't eat what people give you its super rude because the people have nothing? Anyway we had 4 dinners and I had to eat 3 of Elder Palacios plates ha-ha. So in total I ate for a family of 7 ha-ha. After we had to walk for 3 miles home, so, yes I threw up on the way home ha-ha it was funny and my companion got a real kick out of it ha-ha. And now looking back on it was pretty funny. 
Love Ya Lots! Your Elder

Q) Last week you sent some gross pictures of a shack, bathroom, and toilet. You said, "The sister lives here" who lives there? The sister missionaries or a sister from the ward? A) The sisters live there.
Q) I heard that in the Nicaragua mission you only get to perform baptisms only once.  What does that mean? A) You only get to enter the waters of baptism once. I got to do it twice last week because the Marcello really wanted me too.