Monday, October 27, 2014

San Miguel Week 20

OK wow sounds like you guys really had a week this last week. I want you guys to know that you are in my prayers and I'm going to work really hard this week. Tyler know I love you and you’re going to be ok. Mom please keep me updated through all this.

Well, for other things this week for me I'm going to always remember this week as the week of crazy food. But first I'm going to talk about my investigators a little.

The first family is the Ambowas. They are a family of 7 and their oldest is 10. I love teaching them but it's a little hard at times because the kids are always screaming. We already baptized the two little girls but the mom and the dad are a different story. But I love them just the same.

The next family is the family of a recent convert named Domingo. He has a family of around 16 people, crazy right. Anyway we visited them and it went really well. I think if we keep up the meetings with them and really work hard they will be a family that continues forward strong.

Ok so my companion is like an old lawn mower. You have to pull that string a couple of times to get him going but once he gets going he is moving. He is an outstanding teacher and I am learning a lot from him. We are also very close and are able to talk about stuff like friends do.

Also I wanted to talk about my house a little. Well its super super hot and has a really low ceiling. I really like the lay out and it’s close to everything so that nice. This next Monday I'm going to make a video of it.

Exercise. Well, I need to work out a little harder because I'm eating way more in my new area. But I can almost do 40 pull-ups so that pretty good I think. But I'm going to have to work hard if I want a body like my little brother, 6 pack and all.

Well, like I said this was a week for food. For starters, I had my first coconut here which was awesome I love them. The other thing I got this week was a drink, which I'm going to call snot in a cup because that's what it tasted like and felt like haha.

But the big story for food this week was at lunch one day our lunch lady asked me if there was anything I didn't like in Nicaragua. I said No and that I wanted to try everything. Well the next day I got what I asked for. She had made soup for us and to my surprise when I put my spoon in up came a huge crab body and all from the broth. Also there were whole fish fins and eyes. And the best part was the guts were still in the crab and the fish. But I said I wanted to try everything so I did. I ate the whole thing. Yes, I'm ready for survivor! haha.

Anyway that was my story for this week. I hope all is well. Know everyone is in my prayers. I love you please be safe.

Q) Is San Carlos the correct spelling of your new area?  A) Sorry it's San Miguel
Q) Is it really 5 blocks away from your last area? Q) yep
Q) I'm almost ready to send your holiday package. Any last requests? A) yes but maybe smaller shirts 

Yummy! Crab Soup!

Monday, October 20, 2014

San Miguel Week 19

This week was crazy! Everyday had something new. I hate changes for a lot of reasons and I think the main reason is the packing up and moving. But anyway, I’m going to start from the beginning of the week.

Ok so after I wrote you last week we went home and I was writing in my journal when all of the sudden my head started to hurt. Then I looked up and everything was moving. My companion quickly went under the desks. I was super confused and then I realized it was a huge earthquake. It was crazy. Don’t worry I’m fine and so is every missionary, but the city had some problems. Luckily no one died, I think but it was the craziest day this week.

The day after was very awesome day for me because José and Maria were baptized. They have been a big project in my last area and I was super happy they chose to be baptized before the changes so that I could see them get baptized. After they hugged me and told me thank you for everything. It really made me super happy to see a family that now can be together forever.

Well the day of changes was a little lame for me. I packed up and went all the way to the change meeting only to find that my new area was just another place in our zone. My new area is 5 blocks away from my last haha. But I have to say that I like my new area way better. It’s huge! It used to be for 8 missionaries but now it’s just my companion and me. The people here are super nice and the other thing is that the ward is super awesome and everyone wants to help the missionaries.

We also had 4 other people that get baptized this week. I became friends with them really quick. We baptized José Lester and two little girls named Naomi and

Jade. The bishop was super cool and before the baptisms the ward had a barbeque for them to welcome them into the ward. At the barbeque we ate lamb. It was super good but the funny thing is that they cook the whole thing and the bishop got to eat the head, haha. Super gross but it made me laugh because I thought of bishop Oliver eating a lamb head, haha.

Well my new companion is super cool and we joke around a ton. The greatest thing is that he is really helping me with Spanish and I’m learning so much with him. His birthday was this week and I bought him a soccer ball cause he loves soccer. We became friends super fast. Also for his birthday it was funny every member who knew it was his birthday through eggs at him. The other thing that I like about him is that he reminds me of Dallin so it has been easy to talk to him.

So, that was really my week this week. Crazy! Right?

Another thing that makes this an awesome area is that before me there was a different Elder here from Arizona that everyone loved. So when the people know I’m from Arizona and realize that I know the Baldwin family, because he is a Baldwin, they freak out and want to talk to me, haha. I LOVE IT.


Q) Where is your new area? A) San Carlos
Q) Who is your companion? A) Elder Valasciz
Q)  What do you do on P-days? A) Chill, really and shop and eat 
Q) Do you need peanut butter? A)Yes, in my new area I can't buy anything. 
Q) Pictures? A) This cyber can't send pics. I'm so sorry I'm going to find a cyber that can next week 
Q) Are you eating ok? A)  Don't worry I have a big lunch and a big dinner every night in my new area haha.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Masaya Week 18

Well it’s your friendly neighborhood Elder again. I’m reporting on my last week of training! This week was more laid back, but had some fun parts too. Mom It sounds like you are doing great and I really miss you. Please be safe and know that I’m doing fine and I’m happy.
I’m going to talk about my investigators again because this week was a really eventful week for them and me.
First I’m going to talk about my investigator Ewin. I think I reported about him a little bit last week. He is the one that has 5 wives and 27 kids and has a huge problem with the word of wisdom. Anyway, we went to visit him this week and he wanted to show me something. So we went into his back room and he had drawn a huge picture of Jesus praying in Gethsemane. It was super cool. I thought it was interesting that out of all the pictures we gave him, he chose that one to draw. It was super awesome and I’m going to send a picture of it next week. He is really progressing and has stopped drinking coffee. Beer on the other hand, has been a little bit harder to give up though. But we will see.
The other Family that we have been teaching is José and Maria. They have been a great family and we have been working hard with them to get ready for baptism. We had their wedding this week for them. It was really great, but I’ve got to say a wedding in Nicaragua is like a golf tournament. Everyone is really quite and when they were announced married everyone softly clapped. Me on the other hand was hooting and wailing. Hey, that’s what we do, Right?
Another big thing that happened this week was that we helped with another baptism. I have to say my Spanish is to the point were I do understand a lot and people can understand me, but I just have no accent. So, I sound like a white person. Anyway, I had to give the baptism message to the family. It was a little sketchy but I said a little prayer before and the message I think went really well.
Something else this week kind of big is that we have changes tomorrow. I’m a little shaky but I know it’s going to be ok. I hope that during this next change I will become fluent in this Spanish. But we´ll sees how it all goes.
My companion right now is funny because he tries to speak English and he's really hard to understand at times. I hope that is not what people think of me now, haha. The thing that makes me feel really good is when someone tells me, “wow your Spanish is a lot better now.” 
OK another funny thing for this week was teaching the language. So, remember last week I said a lot of English speaking missionaries teach bad words to their companions? Well get this, we were in a planning meeting and some Latinos were showing off how much English they knew. We were getting ready to pray when all of the sudden one missionary called another missionary a loser and it was funny. But then, the other missionary yelled back at him and called him a bastard. I was dyeing and after the meeting we had to tell him that what he said was very bad and to never say it while on a mission.
A great week all in all! Tell everyone I love them.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Masaya Week 17

Q) What is a typical P- day like? A) I read a lot and study
Q) Did you get to watch conference? A) Only Priesthood
Q) How do you get clean water? A) I don't haha

Well first I'm going to start out and tell you I miss you again a lot haha. I'm not going to lie I'm a big mamma's boy and I'm proud of it haha. It looks and sounds like everyone is doing great. That makes me really happy!

Anyway as always I'm going to start with my investigators this week. The boy I talked about last week Steven has grown really close to me this week. I met his mom and I'm not going to lie it's sad. His mom is really really sick and almost died a little bit ago. It brought tears to my eyes because I know he just wants to be with his mom forever. He came to conference also this week and really loved it. I really hope he felt the sprit strong during it. I am not going to be able to see him baptized because I finish my training after this next week.

My other family that we're teaching is Julio and Vanessa. They are a really cute family that has a son and a brand new baby girl. We started teaching about the Plan of Salvation and gave them a pamphlet to read about it. The father read all night and the next visit he had a ton of awesome questions. I have to say something awesome about the mission is when you get to see something like this with a family. It also made me super happy and also brought tears to my eyes (I’m a very emotional person I guess haha) because It made me think how lucky I am to have a great family who loves me and that we can be together forever.

The next investigator that I have grown close to Is a man named Ewin. He is like the stereotypical hobo in America but really he has money for a person living here. He is super cool but he unfortunately has a lot of problems. He has 27 kids, has had 5 wives, and has a huge problem with drinking. But it's cool because our first visit with him we told him drinking was a sin and he stopped. He is now progressing just fine and he is really feeling different he says. He really puts meaning to don't judge a book by its cover.

A different experience this week was when we got a call from the sisters because they needed our help. When we got to their church we found that there were 40 people in the church waiting for a baptism but there was no power. So we had to wait for the water to slowly fill the font. When the water was about knee deep the bishop said that we could baptize. The woman getting baptized was old and she was a little scared. The sad thing was that the guy baptizing her had to dunk her 3 times because he couldn't get her all the way under haha.

Also so this week was conference. So we had a zone meeting to discuss the rules. In order to watch we had to have 4 investigators in each session and they couldn't be the same session. Our zone was really ticked at the zone leaders and I'm not going to lie so was I. So the first day we only had 2 so we couldn't watch. But the sad thing was that half of our zone lied and said they had 4 and the zone leaders found out and now everyone hates the zone leaders. So that’s a little problem in our zone right now. But It doesn't involve me so don't worry.

Anyways I got to watch the priesthood session in English. I was so happy, I loved it and I really learned a lot. My favorite was Quinton L. Cook. Maybe Dad can do a family night on it because it was really good and important.

Well my Spanish is really coming a long now. This week was week 11 in my training. Week 11 is a big week for English speaking missionaries because this is the week where the trainer cannot speak in the lessons. I was a little worried at first but the Holy Ghost really helped me and I taught all the lessons this week. Pretty good eh.

OK also something funny about Nicaragua is there are so many religions here. I have taught Test Jehovah witness and a ton of Catholic people. The Test Jehovah witnesses are so weird. Somethings they believe are so funny and crazy.

Also something super funny but super bad is teaching a language. Ok so the English-speaking missionaries are suppose to teach the Latinos English. Well because I needed so much help when I was younger I have gotten pretty good at teaching and even have been told to help other missionaries. Anyway to be funny I taught my companion to use the word eh a lot haha. He always says eh at the end of everything haha. The next thing I might teach him to use is y'all, haha, like the people in Texas.

Anyways mom I want to tell you I love you. This mission is hard but I was given a mother like the stripling warriors. Mom you taught me correct principles and I know because of you I can be successful. I love you all, please be safe.

See ya, later