Monday, November 24, 2014

San Miguel Week 24

This is your friendly neighborhood Elder Hiro, haha. The people can’t say my name so everyone calls me Elder HIRO.  I’ve got to say that this week went by  super fast, which is a good, but I really miss my loving family.
The first thing I want to say is that the people here don’t have Thanksgiving so I am missing out on one of my favorite times of the year, haha. I remember the year we did the turkey trot. That was fun but I remember thinking that the race was pointless because all the weight I was losing during the run was just going to be gained back when I ate that night haha. 
It’s awesome that Tyler has the chance to try out for the basketball team!! I got to say though Tyler you need to wait until the doctor says your ready because there’s always next year, but if you brake your leg there’s even a longer wait to play again. So be smart man. Also have Tyler tell old coach Siegh that I say Hi. We were pretty tight and he was someone that always helped me.
The work here in Nicaragua is good. Unfortunately this week the family we talked to last week that was progressing really well had an accident. The mom got very sick and went to the hospital. I hope she is going to be ok. Were going to see them next week.
Another thing that happened this week, which was super cool, was with an investigator named Melva. She is what we call an eternal investigator she has been taught for over a year. Her husband won’t marry her. I didn’t understand they have 2 kids and have lived together for 11 years. I wonder, “Why aren’t you married?” Anyway, she was on my mind all week and I have prayed hard for her. This last Friday was  awesome. We started teaching her husband and he turned to her and said, “I think we need to get married Hun.” A long story short we will have their marriage this Wednesday. Yeah! After the lesson I fist pumped the air a bunch haha!
Also this week we had inter cambios. It’s when everyone has changes for one day. And guess where I got sent? My old area! It was awesome seeing everyone again. Everyone has progressed so much. Marcelo has the priesthood and he even saved money to buy a suit. I was proud of him. I got to be the zone leader for the day. It was sweet taking numbers and talking to the other missionaries and asking them about their day. I loved it.
Spanish is great I can now function really good and people say my Spanish is good but that I’m white and don’t talk like a Latino. This is bad, but a part of me says good haha. Pero estoy aprendiendo cada dia. (I’m learning everyday).
We have changes this week and everyone thinks I’m going to start training a new missionary. I’m not going to lie I would love that. I would be a good trainer but a cool one at the same time. Right now in the mission we are having a little problem because the new missionaries don’t like their trainers.
Ok I’m going to talk about something that is a joke in America but here its normal. So, we have a working with a family that has 5 kids and they’re a hand full, but I love them because for me a busy family is the best. THE REASON WHY I THINK THIS, IS BECAUSE I HAVE A BUSY FAMILY. Anyway we were teaching when all the sudden the little boy runs up to his mom and ask her for milk. I thought she was going to get up and go get him some but no. She puts his head under her shirt. After the lesson I asked how old her kids were. Her youngest is 4 years old!!!! In my mind I was like 4 years old freak this country has problems. But it’s a story haha.
I really miss you guys and I hope all is well. I’m praying for you everyday and hope you are doing great. I can’t wait to talk to you guys next week. Please be safe love you!!! 
Q) Do you have milk there? Yes but it is different
Q) Do you ever see any police there? Nope
Q) What is the legal system like? Terrible Haha
Q) Are there harsh punishments for crimes? I hope so
Q) Do you wish you had a jacket? Nope
Q) There are a few moms getting ready their missionaries to serve in Nicaragua and I wanted to help them with their packing list. Other than a backpack do you wish that you brought anything else with you that we forgot? No
Q) Did you bring too much of anything? Only the over the counter meds.
Q) Meds? We packed a lot do even use them? Nope
Q) Bed bug mattress pad do you use it? Or still even have it? Nope they have them here
Q) Do you like your pillow? Best thing ever, No lie
Q) Use your mosquito net? Nope

Monday, November 17, 2014

San Miguel Week 23

Hola!! Well its your friendly neighborhood Elder haha. I want start by saying how much I miss my wonderful family and how thankful I am that my little bro Tyler is feeling and doing better. I got to say this week went super fast. It also feels like the time back home for you guys is just flying by. 

Anyway I've got first start by saying I wish I was there in Disneyland with you HALLE, HAPPY LATE BIRTHDAY!!! I remember when I was little and went to Disneyland and I was scared of the splash mountain ride haha. 

This week was a great week for me in that I talked a lot more Spanish. Know I know I'm not perfect but I have got to say I can really do this now. Spanish was great to learn and might be the biggest and hardest thing I have ever done but it's going to be an awesome to know in the States. 

This week was ok for investigators. We're teaching a woman called Isabel. Get this, her son in law was a missionary here, haha, crazy right. She is progressing but she didn't go to church last week so I have to macheete her tomorrow. Which means I need to share a scripture with her that makes her feel bad. I hate doing that, but unfortunately it's the only way to get someone to do something here. I'm expecting a baptism with her in a month so we're going to see.

Also we are now teaching a family who is super cool. They are seriously like perfect investigators. One night we gave the Dad a Book of Mormon and I think he might be that one investigator that reads it all in one night. Their family is really cool and I can't wait to see them progress in the church.

Also something cool this week was when we had a service project. We helped a member in our ward gather these vegetables that are like potatoes but are bigger and red. It was a great work out and I've got to say I'm a expert with a machete haha. The only thing which was a little scary is that these huge spiders were everywhere. So it was cool but you had to be very careful. But It was a sweet service activity.

Also I'm sorry I don't have a lot of pictures of this area. I not going to lie I'm fine but I'm in the most dangerous part of my zone and it's almost the most dangerous part of Nicaragua. A lot of elders have unfortunately have  been robbed in this area. The thing is that the people here are tiny. So If I wanted to beat the crap out of 4 punks I could but president tells all the missionaries to not even think about starting anything with the people so I'm going to do what he says. But this is the reason I don't have a lot of pictures because I don't want my camera to be stolen.

This new area also has cochons. Cochons are men that dress up as women. They are extremely gay. LIKE SUPER GAY.

Also another thing about my mission I have learned is that I now have a love for reading. I know Mom its a shock!!! But I love reading and studying questions the investigators have. I hope this love for reading doesn't stop after my mission haha. I think that learning a new language takes patience. I now understand that instead of thinking,"crap what do I do next" I have learned if I just calm down and think I can get stuff done and receive direction.

We'll I have got to say that a sad thing for the week is here in Nicaragua everyone is preparing for Christmas. I almost cried because one of the members has the same santa and frosty decorations as we do.

I miss everyone I'm happy everyone is safe and I am going to work hard and pray everyday for you guys! Love you!!!
Q) pictures of your house and bathroom please? A) ok
Q) Your companion's family has six brothers and sisters? A)  no 5 kids 
Q) Do you keep in touch with your friends from home who are on missions? 
     A) yes but its hard                                                                     
Q) What is your mission President like? A) nice but really strait to the point                                                                                                               Q) Do you write the mission President? A) we have to every week    
Q) How much money do you get from the mission to spend? 
     A) 75 american dollars every 2 weeks                                                     
Q) Last week you mentioned you had a baptism and bought a big wedding cake. Did you have a wedding too? A) yes

Monday, November 10, 2014

San Miguel Week 22

Buena’s Dias Madera!
Another week passed in the best mission in the world, haha. I can’t wait, in1 month I can talk to you! I’m so excited to see everyone. You have no Idea. Well maybe you do. Anyway, I’m so happy to hear Tyler is doing better and that he is going to make a full recovery.
 I’m going to start again by talking about my investigators. The first family I want to talk about is a family named Gamboa. They are the family with 5 kids. Anyway we baptized the parents this week. It was super sweet and the family was so happy and so excited. And being the white guy that I am for their wedding I bought them a huge cake, which was only 20 dollars, but for here that was a really big thing and it was really awesome. I loved seeing their faces after they were baptized. 
The other investigator we have right now is a woman named Melba. She is a real nice lady and has been an investigator for a year. She knows everything about the lessons and already has a testimony. The only thing about her is she is living with a member man who doesn’t want to get married because it’s a tradition in the family not to get married. How stupid is that? Right. Anyway, we’re going to work with them this week really hard to get them married.
Also this week was a week of divisions for me. I worked one day with the district leader. And don’t worry I wasn’t in trouble he just has to work with us every 4th week in a change. But it was great. After that day the next day I worked with a member who is a returned missionary who met his wife I the field. (Who does that sound like?) He is a great member and has said over and over again that once you’re a missionary, you’re always a missionary.
This week was also a great week for the language. I can just about understand everything being said which is awesome. Also for me it’s easy to talk in present tense and future tense but past tense is a different story. But reading the book of Mormon out loud has really helped me a lot.
Ok I’m going to go into more depth about my companion. He is the baby of his family and all of his brothers and sisters have severed missions. His family is a family of 6 and a one time they had 3 kids out on missions at the same time. My companion is very well known in the mission but it’s for unfortunate things. This is his second mission. His first mission was in El Salvador. He has moved missions because he had big problems with leaders in his last mission. The sad thing is he didn’t learn a lot from it because the leaders here don’t like him either. I feel the reason President put me with him is because President needs me to help him but also make the relationship with the people in the ward better in this area. I think I’m doing a good job because the ward mission leader says he and others in the ward feel  that I want to strengthen the ward. So I guess this is good for me.
I love my mission and I am learning more and more everyday I hope everyone is doing better. Tyler, I know you’re going to get better. You’re all in my prayers. I think of you everyday. LOVE YOU GUYS PLS BE SAFE:

 Q) Please tell me you received your package. A) Nope
      I’ll be totally bummed if you have not.  A) Me too
Q) How about the Dear Elders are you getting them? A) No
Q) Are you hot? I heard summer is coming? A) Yes it is summer right now
Q) Can you see the pictures I email? A) Yep, I love them!
Q) Are you sure you want Toms and do you know what they are? A) Yes I know   
     What they are. Haha
Q) Eric, why aren't you buying the 3 gallon purified water? Parasites could ruin you for life. A)     HAHA I love you and mom parasites are part of the mission! Haha!  I am. We buy a 5 gallon every week and I still have my filter.

Monday, November 3, 2014

San Miguel Week 21

Ok so another week in the mission haha. Nothing really new but I still miss my family a lot please be safe guys. I really hope Tyler is doing well. I want you all to know I miss you and think of you guys everyday.

Well going to start this email off by talking about a family I'm teaching. Family Gambowa. They are a great family that is a family of 7 and the kids are all under the age of 11. Anyway the story for them is that they're my new workout because I lifted the little boy up in the air and after that they all wanted to be thrown in the air. So If I miss my workout in the morning its ok because I know I will break a sweat with them. But they are great and I can’t wait until they are all baptized.

Other investigator I have right now is Isabelle. The thing about her is one day we were working this week and she ran up to me and said I have heard about your church can I be baptize? I was like, "wow that was a easy contact" haha. Anyway we taught her and she has a baptism date for this month.

Ok so the other thing I wanted to talk about is the families in this ward. They are super cool and they always want to help the missionaries in lessons. Its funny some people here are like the Spanish version of people in gilbert 4th ward. This ward has someone very similar to Brother Poulson and Brother Greer. And the best person ever in this ward is a guy that is like IKE ISAACSON!!!!! I died when I meet him haha.

I did my first service project this week. We helped members move their firewood to another part of their yard. It was great, but holy crap I saw the bird eating a spider! It was huge and super fast. Its butt was was the size of a computer mouse. And the scary thing is that the members said that was a baby!!!! So little scare haha.

Well another big thing for this week is that I can now teach lessons by my self now and get my point across. This is really good progress because it's good to know that I don't need my companion to carry the lesson anymore.

Other story I wanted to share is that I found out why some Elders are scared of dogs here. My new area has attack dogs everywhere! I went to visit a new investigator and was chased away by dogs haha. For me it was a little exciting and funny, but my companion was super timid after haha.

I really love you and miss you. I really need you to be safe and everyone else to be safe too. 

        1) Please describe your house, bathroom ECT. A) Small house
        2) Do you have a refrigerator?  A) Yes
        3) What is you companion like? A) Yes
        4) Did you get the package yet? A) No
5) Do you use your umbrella?  A) Yes
        6) Do you have a cell phone?  A) Yes, The phone is really bad haha its    
            super hard to listen to haha.
9) How are you? A) Great but I miss you guys
10) Is the mission what you thought it would be? A) Yes and No